Executive Director at Adath Jeshurun

Job Title:

Executive Director

Organization Name:

Adath Jeshurun Congregation

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July 19, 2024

Position Summary:

The Executive Director is the congregation’s senior administrative leader responsible for effectively managing its membership, fundraising, finance, facilities management, hospitality, communications, customer service, and administrative functions. The Executive Director partners with clergy to oversee the congregation’s preschool and daycare center and serves as a partner, resource, and consult to clergy, lay leaders, the Board of Trustees, and the Jewish community in the Twin Cities.

The Executive Director reports to the Senior Rabbi and partners with the Board and its President in the leadership of a team of 30 full-time and up to 100 part-time staff members. The Executive Director directly supervises a senior leadership team comprised of the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Membership, Director of Development, Director of Facilities and Hospitality, Communications Manager, and, jointly with clergy, the Director of Early Childhood Education.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Create a clear and compelling vision for the future with the Board of Trustees, the Senior Rabbi, and other lay leaders.
  • Develop and ensure the execution of strategies, programs, and initiatives that deliver the mission and ensure continuous progress toward the vision.
  • Ensure effective strategic and annual planning and monitor and report progress.

Staff Management

  • Develop and implement an appropriate staff structure and ensure that hiring, supervision, and staff development are effective and consistent with the organization’s vision and values.
  • Lead, manage, and support staff and foster a healthy, inclusive, collaborative work culture that recognizes the skills and expertise of all.
  • Support professional growth and development to retain a talented and high-performing team.


  • Develop and ensure the effective implementation of effective, sustainable, and scalable systems and processes to support congregational operations.
  • Ensure the successful execution of membership recruitment and retention strategies; analyze membership data to inform membership growth and engagement.
  • Ensure the successful execution of equitable HR practices that reflect the organization’s values and comply with applicable laws and guidelines.
  • With the Board of Trustees and clergy, develop and ensure the implementation of effective building management practices and capital investments in the synagogue building, grounds, cemeteries, and equipment; ensure that safety and risk management strategies are implemented.
  • Ensure a welcoming experience and exceptional customer care for all who interact with the Congregation. Oversee the marketing and communications functions and ensure that all internal and external communications represent the congregation’s mission, values, and desired image.

Financial Management and Fundraising

  • Ensure the Congregation’s overall financial health; develop appropriate annual and long-term financial objectives and lead the organization in consistently achieving these objectives.
  • Responsible for the organization’s revenue-generating activities; implement growth plans in line with the organization’s mission and objectives; oversee a complex mix of earned and contributed revenue, including dues, donations, rentals, catering, grants, and tuition.
  • Develop and manage the annual operating budget; work proactively with the Board, Treasurer, Finance Committee, and staff to develop a budgeting approach and philosophy. Support and build financial acumen within the staff and Board.
  • Ensure sound financial management practices are followed; assess and mitigate financial, legal, and organizational risk.
  • Partner with the Board, clergy, Adath Foundation, and Director of Development to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy and ensure its successful execution; participate in solicitation and donor meetings as needed.

Board Relations

  • Proactively provide financial, administrative, and personnel information as necessary.
  • Formulate recommendations for consideration by the Board, actively solicit Board input on key priority issues in a timely, effective manner, and engage the Board in strategic, fiduciary, and generative dialogue.
  • Promote and support the continuous development of a strong, engaged Board and committees.
  • Serve as a liaison and resource to the Board and lay leaders; serve as lead staff on committees as assigned.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references as one PDF document to [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19th. Questions about the search can be directed to Melissa Martinez-Sones at Mighty Consulting, [email protected], or 651-808-3409.