Jewish Job: Executive Director At Temple Israel, Omaha

Job Title:

Synagogue Executive Director

Organization Name:

Temple Israel, Omaha, Neb.

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Job Summary/Description:

Temple Israel is a vibrant 680-family-unit Reform Jewish congregation in Omaha, Nebraska with an annual operating budget of $1.9 million. The congregation is healthy, strong, and stable in terms of membership, leadership, and finances. Temple Israel is located in a brand new, six-year-old building that is completely paid for, and the congregation has a substantial endowment that will ensure the financial security of the congregation for many years to come. As the sole Reform congregation in town, it is part of a friendly, collaborative, and pluralistic Omaha Jewish community. Temple Israel, the other two local synagogues, and the Jewish Federation of Omaha collaborate often to engage community members in Jewish life, while also respecting and supporting each other’s different ideologies and missions. Temple Israel is also a partner in the visionary, ground-breaking, and nationally recognized Tri-Faith Initiative, in which the synagogue, a church, and a mosque are co-located on a campus called the “Tri-Faith Commons.”

The Executive Director works in a collaborative partnership with the Senior Rabbi and as part of the professional team to carry out the Temple mission, vision, and values. As the operational leader of Temple Israel, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the building, operations, finance, human resources, technology, and the cemetery

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Set strategic goals in a collaboration with clergy and the Board of Trustees; work in partnership with clergy and professional team to implement Temple Israel’s vision.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions and fulfill its legal and fiduciary obligations.
  • Evaluate congregational activities to evaluate the effectiveness and communicate this information to the Board, clergy, donors and other constituents.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees and Clergy.

Human Resources and Supervision

  • Recruit, hire, train, review, and terminate as necessary, in consultation with other Senior Staff and Executive Committee and in compliance with state, federal and local laws.
  • Directly Supervise: Office Manager, Bookkeeper/Accountant, Director of Communications, Membership Engagement Coordinator, Maintenance Supervisor

Financial Management

  • In consultation with the Budget Committee and professional team, develop and manage the annual budget and tracking and monthly reports.
  • Responsible for collecting accounts receivable, including membership contributions, religious school and program fees and donations, etc.
  • Oversee and evaluate the use of outside financial services.
  • Review and manage all Temple insurance programs, including employee benefits, property insurance, and Board of Trustees coverage.

IT Management

  • Oversee IT infrastructure ensuring systems are secure, cost-effective and functional.
  • Ensure that all Temple data is appropriately backed up and stored.
  • Manage the IT vendor relationship to ensure it meets the organization’s needs.

Operations and Facilities

  • Oversee the operational needs of the congregation and ensure that clergy, professional team and lay leadership have the support to function effectively in meeting congregants’ religious, social, and communal needs.
  • Oversee administrative and logistical requirements for the smooth running of all Shabbat, High Holy Day, festival, and other services, life-cycle events, and other events and programs.
  • Oversee maintenance and security for the building.
  • Develop, document, and implement comprehensive operational and security policies and procedures.
  • Develop, implement and enforce Temple contracts and policies regarding rentals and all vendors who provide services within and outside the building.
  • Oversee maintenance, operation, security, and finances of Temple Israel Cemetery, including the sale of plots and developing long-term operational plans.


  • Attend and report (as needed) at monthly Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Represent Temple Israel in Omaha’s Jewish community and the community at large.
  • Ensure coordination with Temple Israel and community calendars.
  • Work as part of the team to ensure quality, meaningful worship and programing experience for congregants.
  • Take an active role in the life of the synagogue and the Jewish community.
  • Communicate and collaborate with Tri-Faith campus partners.
  • Work a flexible schedule as needed including nights and weekends.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the following committees: Budget, Audit, Investment, Dues Equalization, Building and Grounds, Cemetery

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The above statements are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the job requirements. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of the job. Temple Israel reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Experience and Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Non-profit Management or related field preferred.
  • An advanced degree in business administration, not-for-profit management, or a related field is a plus.
  • 5 – 7+ years experience in a management role with demonstrated results, ideally in synagogue/non-profit leadership.
  • Familiarity with CRM software and/or synagogue management database software such as Chaverware or Shul Cloud a plus.


  • Knowledge and understanding of Jewish ritual practices, customs, and holidays, and familiarity with the requirements of a Reform Jewish congregation preferred.
  • General understanding of nonprofit management, governance, accounting principles–including financial reporting, budget analysis, and relevant state and local laws.
  • Ability to serve the needs of a diverse congregation and work in partnership with clergy, professional team, and volunteers.
  • Empathy and patience in supporting a wide variety of congregant needs.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer management strongly preferred.
  • Ability to operate with a high level of personal responsibility, discretion, and good judgment.
  • Experience in facility, vendor and database management.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, managerial, and delegation skills.
  • Ability and desire to work with a wide range of professional and volunteer leaders within the congregation and throughout the community.
  • Able to organize, prioritize, and, when needed, shift between competing priorities to complete tasks accurately and within prescribed deadlines.
  • Able to build and sustain positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, responsibilities, and details.
  • Experience with facility management, contracting for services, and vendor negotiations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; working knowledge of accounting software.
  • Familiarity with database software, email newsletters, social media, and website maintenance.
  • Enthusiasm for staying current on best practices and trends in all areas.

Additional Information

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Hours: 40 hours/week, Full Time

How To Apply:

To apply, please send a resume with a cover letter to [email protected].

Applications accepted until January 10.