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Executive Director at Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue is a Reform synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Commensurate with experience and will likely fall within the salary band of $80K to $110K.
Closing date
Aug 20, 2021

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Focus Areas
Religion / Faith-based
Job Function
Executive / Senior Management
Position Type
Full Time
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Role: Executive Director

Organization: Touro Synagogue

Location: New Orleans



Touro Synagogue Vision and Mission:

Touro Synagogue is a very mission and values driven organization built on a vision of reform Jewish values actualized to inspire present and future generations. Touro’s mission is to create a haven for individual, family, and communal connection to Reform Judaism and to each other. This is grounded in the organization’s enduring history and guided by our innovative spirit and ever evolving expression of Jewish faith, hope, possibility, meaning, and impact within our walls and beyond.

Our Core Values:

All that the organization does is based on its core values of transformative prayer, expansive thought, fearless engagement, and love.

Executive Director:

Touro is seeking an Executive Director who will drive the organization’s mission forward in line with the synagogue’s vision and values. This is a full-time opportunity to lead Touro Synagogue, building from its historical past while focusing on its innovative future. The successful candidate is an operations and management expert, and a systems thinker motivated to assume a key leadership role in advancing Touro’s mission. The Executive Director oversees and is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations as described below. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides professional support to the Senior Rabbi, other Clergy, Lay Leadership and members with a 21st Century, modern and contemporary, approach to managing faith-based organizations.


Strategic Leadership & Membership

● Collaborate with the Board and Rabbi to align around the Strategic Framework and be responsible for the implementation

● Own the development and execution of Touro’s membership strategy to cultivate new congregants while exceeding the needs of current congregants.

● Meet annual goals for member renewals

● Recruit and manage volunteer staff, development efforts, and identification and activation of lay leadership

● Create & implement strategy for onboarding new members and retaining existing


● Support the 3-year Campaign for Touro including its flawless implementation

● Work closely with the Board and Senior Rabbi to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals

● Play a visible and active role in fundraising efforts including oversight of all events

● Develop and cultivate relationships with Touro Foundation Officers

● Oversee grant reports and proposals

● Develop a system for tracking donor behavior (engagement, giving, etc.)

● Cultivate relationships with community members and potential donors

Human Resources and Partnerships

● Hire, train, manage & motivate staff and independent contractors with support and direction from the Clergy and Board

● Maintain employee files, ensure personnel reviews are conducted, coordinate annual updating of the Employee Handbook and relevant financial and HR policies and ensure that administrative job descriptions are current

● Undertake outreach efforts to build and expand partnerships with other community organizations & individuals

Services and Event Coordination

● Oversee all major events including High Holy Days and cycle of life events: responsible for all logistics and administrative tasks, including coordination of external vendors, staff assignments and lay leadership involvement

● Manage the Touro calendar, use of the facility, and logistical support for programs

● Organize volunteers and recruit new volunteers

● Provide a significant and consistent presence on Shabbat and during holidays

Marketing & Communications

● Manage the team to ensure marketing objectives are being met and all communication channels remain on brand

● Collaborate with board to develop annual marketing plan with an emphasis on the Campaign

● Ensure strategic use of all digital media to support the voice of the synagogue

● Ensure website is relevant and consistently updated


● Oversee day-to-day financial operations, managing the finances within the approved budget and supporting the Finance Committee

● Prepare annual budget in consultation with the President, Treasurer, Senior Rabbi, and staff

● Implement the Board’s policies regarding allocation and distribution of funds

● Review monthly financial reports and provide analysis for the Board and appropriate committees

● Oversee payments to vendors and review payroll

● Apply strong financial understanding for receiving complex gifts, managing planned giving options, and building process around them


● Oversee facilities operations and administration including tenant relations and Religious School support

● Troubleshoot and streamline office systems

● Manage all building renovations driven by the campaign and grant parameters including troubleshooting any disruptions throughout the process

● Obtain vendor contracts, proposals, and quotes as requested and manage vendor projects in conjunction with Board leadership.

● Oversee administrative support for the Senior Rabbi and other Clergy

● Manage all technology tools and databases including Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, Chaverware, Constant Contact, WordPress, and Sage


Sustained Management Experience: A minimum of 5+ years of successful experience leading all facets of one of the following: a faith-based organization, a business, an association and/or a not-for-profit organization.

Stakeholder Management: Able to build and sustain relationships with diverse constituencies

Talent Management: A proven track record in human resource management

Deep Financial Acumen: Understands financial management and accounting principles and ensures that fiscal controls and procedures are adhered to

Space: Ability to manage complex facility including renovation processes

Planning and Project Management Skills: Ability to prioritize, make decisions quickly and exercise initiative and sound judgment

Social Media Literacy: Ability to manage online presence

Marketing: Strong written and oral communications skills

Process Management: Organized and able to put clear and efficient processes in place

Commitment: Ability to work evenings and weekend hours as needed to attend services, events, religious school, and board meetings

Faith: Familiarity with Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions


● Relevant experience working with synagogues or other Jewish service organizations

● Relevant Master’s degree or certificate in non-profit management

Cultural Fit:

● 100% values aligned

● Positive attitude and ability to multi-task and solve problems independently and efficiently

● Curious, a desire to continually learn and grow

● Accountable for all Synagogue activities

● Confident, discrete and professional

● Strong work ethic and team player

● Genuinely cares about our people and treats them with warmth and love

Please send a cover letter and a resume to tourosearch@gmail

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