Executive Director, Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville, VA

OrganizationCongregation Beth Israel
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineJune 15, 2020
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$60,000-$80,000
Phone(434) 295-6382


Congregation Beth Israel (“CBI”), the only synagogue in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, seeks an experienced and skilled Executive Director (“ED”) to manage the secular business and financial activities of the organization.


Established in 1882, CBI is among the oldest continually operating congregations in the state and nation, with an historic building that has been a community landmark since 1904. Currently the congregation is home to 400 diverse households, which participate in a wide variety of worship opportunities and programs including Friday and Saturday Shabbat worship, a Preschool, a Religious School, social action program, and an active adult education program. We seek an Executive Director who is eager to join our active and dynamic congregation.


The Executive Director reports to the Board President and Board of Directors, in parallel with the Senior Rabbi, and supervises the synagogue office and infrastructure support resources.

The Executive Director is responsible for the secular business of the congregation.  Responsible for all financial management, administrative and operational functions of CBI personally or through delegation to staff and volunteers for assuring the performance of key activities. The ED oversees the work of CBI staff to assure that all required activities are carried out in a timely, professional manner in support of the mission of CBI.


The successful candidate will possess a combination of education, training, and experience to manage a multi-faceted nonprofit.

*We welcome applicants of all religious backgrounds, but the successful candidate must possess a deep and sincere eagerness to learn about Judaism to help ensure success as a primary representative of and advocate for CBI.


A competitive salary indicative of the centrality of the position to the success of CBI will be offered along with health/dental and retirement benefits.

For a complete description of the position with details of key responsibilities, qualifications and prerequisites, go to cbicville.org/opportunities.html

APPLICATION: Please provide a resume detailing education and experience with a letter of interest by 6/15/2020 to cbi.search.committee@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Duties

Budget and Financial Management

The ED guides the Finance Committee and the Board in maintaining the financial health of the synagogue and the management of all finances including budgeting, income forecasting and collection management, revenue and expense tracking and management, accounting and auditing.

Risk Management and Legal Concerns

The ED has primary responsibility for maintaining the organizational legal documents such as tax exemption certification, financial accounts, contracts and property ownership. The ED also ensures that security and risk management measures, control and mitigation are in place.

Human Resources and Personnel Administration

The ED is the human resources officer of the organization and is involved in all stages of recruitment, hiring, supervising and managing staff. This includes maintenance of records, oversight of work, payroll/benefits and coordination of volunteer activities.


The ED ensures that actions of the Board and committees, membership information and business documents are maintained and accessible.

Purchasing, Equipment and Technology

The ED assures that tools are date and sufficient, and that supplies and vendor services are available for the work of the synagogue to be accomplished.

Management and Communication Skills

The ED supports the accomplishment of the mission of CBI including administrative support for all activities including education, worship, social justice and events.

Board and Committee Support

The ED in collaboration with the Senior Rabbi, provides guidance and support to the work of the Board and synagogue committees.

Membership Relations

The ED promotes synagogue membership and engagement, to assure that the needs of prospective, current and new members are supported; this work takes place in partnership with committees, the Board and staff.

Communications and Public Relations

The ED oversees the development and distribution of information to members, prospective members, the general community and affiliated organizations about CBI to assure accurate and timely communication of activities and events and to support public relations with internal and external constituencies.

Development and Fundraising

The ED assists with the development of relationships and resources for the operational and capital long term needs of the congregation, including support of events and tracking of funds received.

Facilities Management

The ED works with staff to oversee and manage the routine and long-term maintenance of the historic building to assure the optimal appearance, safety and operation of the building, grounds, property and equipment.

Other duties

The ED performs other duties as necessary or as required by the Board of Directors.

Skills Required


  • At least 3-5 years of experience managing a nonprofit organization or similar
  • Master’s degree in nonprofit management or business administration preferred but not required
  • Previous experience working in a faith-based/religious organization, or strong appreciation of the unique mission-based needs of places of worship
  • Experience working with financial management systems including budgeting, financial planning, accounting systems, controls, analysis and reporting
  • MS Office Suite, Google and other technical work and communication tools


  • Preference for working with high functioning teams, with independent, talented staff; ability to trust the skills and competence of co-workers
  • Enjoys working directly with synagogue members and prospective members to provide understanding and support for their individual needs, including personal, financial and religious
  • Respect for the need for privacy for member situations, finances and preferences
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to support needs of the Board, staff, members and external individuals and organizations
  • Ability to work in a complex, fast moving environment
  • We welcome applicants of all religious backgrounds, but the successful candidate will have an eagerness to learn about Judaism, and participate in development through membership in Reform Judaism’s association for synagogue administrators (NATA)

Additional Info

Occasional work on weekends, evenings, and holidays is required.   Full day Preschool (18 months- 5 yrs.) on site.

The successful candidate will possess a combination of education, training, and experience to manage a multi-faceted nonprofit. Personal qualities matching the more specific needs of a house of worship will also be heavily weighted in candidate consideration.