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Job Posting - Executive Director

Congregation Machzikei Hadas (CMH), the largest and oldest Modern Orthodox congregation in Ottawa, Canada, is looking for a full-time Executive Director (ED). The shul boasts a large multi-purpose facility, with a membership of 298 full member family units and 180 associate member family units. Shabbat morning has an average attendance of 150 people.

The shul is a dynamic organization. In the past year, 36 new families have joined our community, and we have run 128 programs with a total attendance of over 7,000 people (this number excludes Shabbat and Holiday attendance, daily services, weekly recurring classes or regular and holiday programming).  In short, we are growing every day.

The ED is a key member of the CMH team who will help the shul continue its path of growth to be the centre of vibrant Jewish life in Ottawa.  The ED must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment with a wide range of diverse stakeholders with the utmost professionalism. 

Our staff includes a Rabbi, Rabbi Emeritus, Office Manager, Director of Community Building, Youth Program Coordinator, Communications and Development Associate, Superintendent and cleaning staff.  The ED also works closely with service providers (e.g., accounting firm, mashgichim) and tenants.  Apart from the clergy, the ED supervises all staff and is responsible for hiring, firing, performance evaluations and training of those s/he supervises.  The ED reports directly to the Board President. The ED works in close collaboration with the Rabbi, President and Board to ensure our organization effectively provides for the collective needs of the congregation. Principal duties include, but are not limited, to the following:

Strategic Planning: Oversee and be accountable for strategic plan for CMH with the Board and clergy.

Financial Management: Oversee and be accountable for development and implementation of CMH budget; ensure that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and the control of operating expenses remains within the Board approved budget; maintain all insurance policies (property, liability, directors, accident, health); work with members who request adjustments to annual dues; support Treasurer, accounting firm and others as required in the financial management of CMH.

Fundraising: Drive and lead successful multipronged fundraising efforts (e.g., Charidy campaign, Funders Network) to support CMH operations, including supporting and working collaboratively with the Board and volunteers to fundraise; seek and secure grants (e.g., community, Jewish Federation of Ottawa, provincial, federal) for programs as appropriate; solicit and secure sponsorships for programs.

Strategic Communications: Provide continuous information and updates to the President and Board; nurture relationships with donors, members and stakeholders.

Administration: Manage the day-to-day operations of CMH; design and conduct regular staff meetings; ensure up-to-date CMH documentation; implement CMH policies as established by the Board; hire, supervise, train, evaluate and manage personnel; ensure effective operations by preparing for Board meetings (e.g., developing agendas, circulating motions in advance, preparing and circulating minutes), attending Board meetings, and providing support and follow-up to CMH committees and Board; ensure shul facilities and security (including IT) are maintained and upgraded as appropriate in consultation with technical experts.

Communications and Community Relations: Foster a warm and caring environment so that congregants, potential members, and staff feel welcomed, respected and appreciated; maintain and enhance relationships with local and national Jewish organizations (e.g., JFO, other synagogues, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs); represent the programs and points of view of CMH to outside agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Marketing: Manage and be accountable for the development and implementation of marketing efforts, including through printed and electronic media, and social media; develop and assess promotional and marketing materials (e.g., promotional videos); work with staff to monitor and update social media; work with staff to ensure weekly and special communication to membership (e.g., emails).

Programming and Membership: Be accountable for development and implementation of a dynamic 12 month cycle of CMH programming for all ages (e.g., family, youth, adult, 50+); encourage volunteer involvement in programming and other needs; work with Board and appropriate committee(s) to recruit and retain members; work closely with the Director of Community Building and Youth Program Coordinator; facilitate planning with families experiencing life-cycle events (e.g., births, deaths, B’nei mitzvah, marriages); provide services and outreach to CMH members and prospective members.

Goals:  Undertake yearly surveys and evaluations (and course correction as required) on membership and outreach programming, as well as on the effectiveness shul operations (operations, Board, office structure, marketing, communications) and attainment of goals.


The Successful Candidate

The candidate we are seeking is a dynamic and experienced manager who desires to assume a key leadership role in supporting the growth of our vibrant and welcoming congregation.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; prior successful experience in a leadership role in managing people and programs; demonstrated fundraising/sales skills; demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships, and create consensus, with diverse constituencies and stakeholders; budgeting and financial management skills; strong written and oral communication skills; prior experience in nurturing and coordinating the work of volunteers; experience in managing competing priorities in a fluid environment; strong technology experience; ability to promote innovation and guide change; ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend shul meetings and programs.

Desirable Qualifications (but not required): Prior experience working in a non-profit setting; experience/exposure working for or volunteering with a synagogue or other Jewish service organization; experience with website maintenance and/or social media; prior experience using software to manage congregations or membership administration; and ability to attend services as required.

To Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume, including salary expectations, to: Alex Griller at by November 30.  Applications will be kept in confidence and reference check will only be performed with permission of the candidate following an interview.

Wed, November 22 2017 4 Kislev 5778