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Executive Director Job Opening

Executive Director

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (CDT) is a vibrant, growing Reconstructionist community in Newton, Massachusetts, with members who live throughout the Greater Boston area. We are an egalitarian, inclusive, social-justice oriented, spiritual, intellectual, warm, and participatory congregation. Our 230+ households are made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our community includes young families, empty-nesters, and people without children; Jews of Color and LGBTQ people; people of all class backgrounds and income levels; spiritual seekers as well as non-believers. One of our core values is “machloket l’shem shamayim,” “debate for the sake of heaven”—we honor our differences and continually work to make our community a place for sacred conversation across those differences. Dorshei Tzedek means “seekers of justice,” and much of our congregational life reflects our commitment to building a more just and loving world. Through the synagogue, many members find meaningful ways to be socially and politically engaged on issues including racial justice, criminal justice reform, sanctuary/immigrant justice, environmental sustainability, working for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and more.

We are seeking an inaugural Executive Director (ED) who will nourish and support our educational, programmatic, and operational services in partnership with our Rabbis, Board of Directors, and the community, in accordance with our mission and core values.

The ED will be responsible for the administrative and financial management of the congregation. Reporting to the president, the ED will work closely with the Board of Directors, clergy, staff, and lay leadership, in strategic planning, financial management, and implementation of best practices.


Leadership and Community Relations
• Guide CDT in strategic planning for future growth.
• Serve as an ambassador of CDT internally and throughout Greater Boston.
• Foster a culture of open communication, high level service, collaboration, and creative problem solving.
• Develop and oversee the implementation of CDT communications strategy.
• Oversee all internal and external communications, including the website.
• Launch fundraising initiatives.

Administrative Management
• Hire and supervise current (Program Associate) and future administrative staff.
• Oversee planning, logistics, and successful execution of congregational activities in collaboration with the Rabbis, Program Associate, committee chairs, and Board of Directors.
• Ensure maintenance of congregational records, including membership data, school registration, and financial information.
• Manage Human Resources, including benefits, and personnel policy oversight.
• Develop relationships with and serve as primary liaison to building management of facilities rented or used by CDT.

Financial Management
• Prepare and administer annual budget in collaboration with the Treasurer and Executive Committee.
• Analyze and prepare monthly and annual financial reports in collaboration with the Treasurer.
• Oversee and monitor congregational finances and periodic audits.
• Negotiate, secure, and maintain contracts with outside vendors, including insurance policies.
• Supervise bookkeeper.

Membership Responsibilities
• Cultivate relationships within the CDT community.
• Collaborate with the VP of Membership and Welcoming Committee on communications to prospective members and onboarding of new members.

• At least 5-7 years of relevant experience including a proven track record of managing organizational operations and supervising staff and/or volunteers.
• Demonstrated financial oversight.
• Success in managing a multi-faceted workload while maintaining positive relationships.
• Familiarity with the rhythm of Jewish life including Shabbat, High Holydays, and life-cycle observances.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Technologically savvy, including proficiency with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office. Experience with ShulCloud a plus.

In addition to all the above, our ideal candidate is warm, personable, compassionate, diplomatic, comfortable with a highly diverse membership, including gender, sexuality, class, and economic, has a great sense of humor, and enjoys the challenge of handling a wide-ranging set of responsibilities.

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants, please submit cover letter and resume to

Wed, 20 March 2019