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Executive Director, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun

Executive Director, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun

Executive Director
Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun
River Hills, WI 53217

POSTED February 7, 2015


Tracing its roots to Milwaukee’s earliest days, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun (“CEEBJ”) has been serving the Reform Jewish community since 1869. This foundation has led the congregation to a special moment in time. Ten percent of our members are new families who have joined in the past two years. Several prominent Milwaukee families, with deep roots at CEEBJ, have endowed the position of Rabbi and the Cantor. Due to its historic significance and breadth of accomplishments Emanu-El continues to anchor Milwaukee’s Jewish community, and a Future Vision Committee, appointed by the Board, has begun to implement transformative changes around four pillars: i) annual commitment; ii) governance; iii) staffing; and iv) major gifts. The “fair-share” dues structure was replaced with mission-based giving during this last congregational appeal, and contributions rose roughly 5 percent. Governance changes were made to strengthen the policymaking by the Board of Trustees, reduce the personal time commitment and entrust more operational capacity with staff. The current Executive Director is completing her plan to retire from CEEBJ and as a result, we need a strong staff leader able to work with lay leadership to optimize staffing to meet the emerging needs of the growing congregation and drive the relationship building to secure major gifts.


In partnership with the Board and Senior Rabbi, the Executive Director helps formulate and implement the overall strategic plan for the Congregation with special emphasis on fiscal stability and membership growth. The Executive Director is responsible for creating a business plan for the Congregation, presenting it to the Board for approval, and implementing it once approved. The Executive Director will create and supervise the implementation of procedures for finance, administration, information technology, human resources, facilities, budgeting, strategic planning and fundraising. Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:


  • Oversee daily operations of the Congregation including Synagogue facilities, information technology and communications systems, membership, calendar, programming, security, personnel, financial operations, and other such functions.
  • Develop, maintain, implement and monitor operating policies and procedures consistent with the objectives and strategic vision of the Board.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support required for Shabbat, holidays, festivals and life cycle events.
  • Oversee procurement of goods and services, and coordinate with all vendors and service providers that are involved with events at the Synagogue sponsored by members or outside organizations.


  • Maintain positive relationships with current, past, and potential members.
  • Utilize contemporary technology in the development and implementation of membership database management systems to ensure accurate records of membership status, voluntary annual commitment and other pledges, gifts and donations.
  • Collaborate with the Board, Congregation and others to attract new members and retain existing members.
  • Recruit and provide support to volunteers and lay leaders in implementing various membership activities, membership recruitment campaigns and other such efforts and promoting member participation.

Staff Resources

  • Hire and supervise administrative staff and other personnel, including non-clergy professional, support and maintenance staff, and, as appropriate, independent contractors.
  • Assign staff resources to support Congregation operations and programs, as needed.
  • Chair and prepare the agenda for regular staff meetings.


  • Assist the President in setting Board meeting agendas, planning and preparation of Board meetings. This includes regularly scheduled meetings, the Annual Meeting, and other such functions over which the Board may preside.
  • Attend all Board and Executive Committee meetings, as well as relevant Committee meetings and serve as a resource for Committees and Auxiliaries.
  • Aid in the orientation of the new Board and Committee members to facilitate their participation and understanding of governance and stewardship obligations.


  • Assume responsibility for all financial activities including but not limited to billing, collections and disbursements, and banking relationships.
  • Prepare an annual budget and capital expenditure forecast for presentation to the Board.
  • Prepare and present monthly financial statements to the Board.
  • Supervise appropriate financial control protocols.
  • Work closely with the Treasurer, Committee Chairs and staff to develop an annual operating budget for Board review and approval.


  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a program for ongoing, general maintenance of Synagogue facilities.
  • Serve as the Congregation’s representative and oversee any capital investments in its facilities, including new construction, renovations and/or remodeling.
  • Oversee maintenance of the facilities and grounds and supervise the maintenance staff.
  • Oversee the use of the kitchens and associated staff, as well as use by outside caterers.
  • Oversee the coordination and communication for all rental arrangements.


  • Oversee, review, and approve member communications including monthly Bulletin, emails, website, flyers and announcements, press releases, advertising and marketing materials.
  • Facilitate communications among Clergy, professional staff, Religious School and lay leadership.
  • Coordinate communications and relations with other religious organizations in the community.

Development and Fund Raising

  • Work with the Board, Committees, staff and lay leaders to develop, initiate and support formal fund raising programs to meet the Congregation’s financial needs.
  • Create and maintain a target list for potential donors and giving opportunities.
  • Follow-up on all donations, maintain records, acknowledge donors, coordinate dedications, and oversee appropriate signage.
  • Establish relationships with potential donors and, when appropriate, solicit donations.


The Executive Director will be a visionary leader, strong fundraiser and skilled manager who understands the spiritual needs and desires of our members. He/She must be able to develop good rapport with the Board, Clergy and Congregants. He/She will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent organizational ability and the capacity to communicate both orally and in writing to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. He/She will have demonstrated skills in financial, administrative and operational management. Familiarity with social media is essential.


Please send resume to Herb Zien at