The Brotherhood Synagogue has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:
Managing Director & CEO
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Email resume and cover letter describing your interest in the role to:
Please write “Brotherhood ED” in the subject line of the email
The Brotherhood Synagogue בית אחים, located on Gramercy Park, is the largest Jewish congregation in downtown New York City. It is an independent, inclusive community — unaffiliated with, but following, the Conservative tradition. This combination allows the Synagogue to honor the spiritual and ethical heritage of the Jewish faith and celebrate the deep commitment and diversity of its membership. Founded in 1954, the extraordinarily diverse congregation has been involved in interfaith and social justice activities from its inception and has had consistent and dedicated lay and clerical leadership. Brotherhood is a very special place – the beautiful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere provides a home for many Synagogue activities, meaningful spaces for prayer and celebrations, education for both adults and children of all ages, classes for adults, social outreach and other programs which support and enhance the community.
The Brotherhood Synagogue is looking for a vibrant, forward thinking leader to be its new Executive Director with vision, imagination, and a sense of what is possible for the future of the Synagogue. With membership of 800+ families, stable revenue, and a healthy endowment and annual fund, the Executive Director should have the proven track record of designing and implementing a comprehensive operational strategy for the Synagogue. The goal is to seamlessly assume leadership and accountability for all operations and administrative functions of the Synagogue, to manage and supervise the staff, including office, maintenance, programming, early childhood, nursery and Hebrew School staff while working with clergy and the Board of Trustees to implement the mission, vision and goals of the congregation.
A critical component of the Executive Director’s role will be to support the Board of Trustees and members of the Synagogue through a strategic assessment and planning process and a multi-year implementation reflecting the dynamic future facing needs and goals of a thriving congregation.
Reporting through the President to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will work closely with Synagogue leadership led by the Rabbi and the Cantor, and the Board of Trustees. The candidate should be self-motivated, able to navigate uncertainty and entertain multiple perspectives. The successful candidate will be comfortable being a visible and active part of the community, and a creative generalist who can design and cultivate strategies that will bring individuals closer to the mission and goals of the Brotherhood Synagogue.
● Collaborate with the clergy and lay leadership to ensure that the Synagogue is well positioned to identify challenges and adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. A core responsibility is ensuring the sustainability of the Synagogue for the future generations. ● Manage the day-to-day operations of the Synagogue office, and supervise, motivate and develop the staff.
● Promote a positive image of the Synagogue, and maintain, strengthen and develop relationships in the Jewish community, the broader community, and the neighborhood as a whole.
● Oversee and have accountability for all payroll, contracts, employee benefits programs and policies, financial record keeping and reporting, and ensuring efficiency and compliance with applicable laws.
● Maintain responsibility for building use and operations, maintenance and improvement projects, ensuring the safety and soundness of the building, grounds, and equipment.
● Work with the Education Director, Program Director, Hebrew School Principal and Nursery School Director to provide operational support to the various educational programs.
● Seek out and develop relationships with congregants in order to promote engagement and develop a leadership pipeline.
● Experience with Jewish religious institutions and/or organizations is strongly preferred.
● Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience.
● Knowledge and understanding of Jewish religious and educational customs.
● Minimum of five years of experience as an executive director, or similar experience, with proven success.
● Knowledge of financial systems, budgeting, accounting, controls, reporting and analysis, and human resources management including benefits and payroll.
● Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to form strategic relationships both internally and externally.
● Superior written and oral communication skills.
● Availability to attend events during the day, evenings, and weekends, with appropriate notice.
● Familiarity with computer systems and various software packages including word processing, knowledge of ShulCloud a plus (not required).
The salary for this position is $150,000 – $175,000, plus benefits.
For more information about The Brotherhood Synagogue, please visit their website at https://brotherhoodsynagogue.org