work at Shaare Zedek

Updated January 12, 2017

We invite applications for the open position of Administrative Director.

administrative director

Congregation Shaare Zedek is a multi-generational, egalitarian Conservative congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side embracing a traditional approach to contemporary Judaism.  Founded in 1837 on the Lower East Side, the Congregation has been in its present location since 1923.  Led by Rabbi Jonah Geffen and a dedicated core of lay leaders, the Congregation is about to embark on the next phase of its history through a real estate transaction that will result in the construction of a new, modern synagogue building on the same site as the present synagogue.  In addition to housing the community’s ritual spaces, the new synagogue will have classrooms and a social hall.  During the construction period, the Congregation anticipates renting a suitable location in the nearby vicinity where services and other communal activities will take place.

The Administrative Director will report to the Congregation’s president and will oversee day-to-day management of the Congregation’s finances, communications with members (including website updates), space rentals, and logistics related to prayer and other ritual services (including High Holidays) and community-wide events.  The Administrative Director will work in conjunction with the Congregation’s officers and trustees to formulate annual and long-term budgets. In addition, the Administrative Director will be responsible for certain aspects of the real estate transaction, such as coordinating the congregation’s temporary relocation and helping to organize the moves in and out of the synagogue building.  Upon the Congregation’s return to the new building, the Administrative Director will have responsibility for coordinating all matters related to the building’s operations, including rentals and upkeep.

The Administrative Director will be a primary point of contact between the Congregation and its members, potential members, representatives of the Jewish community, renters, and vendors. The Administrative Director will also work closely with the Rabbi. Accordingly, strong interpersonal skills are required for this position.

Ideal candidates will have at least five years experience working for a non-profit organization in the Jewish world (preferably a synagogue), with particular emphasis on financial reporting and facilities management.  Candidates who have received or are in the process of receiving graduate degrees or advanced training in business/public administration will also be viewed highly.

primary responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day financial operations, including: maintain electronic financial and membership records, reconcile bank statements, bill members, process payments, keep track of outstanding balances and amounts due the Congregation (including donations), and prepare donor acknowledgment letters
  • Support the Board in annual budgeting process
  • Serve as the congregation’s main point of contact for members
  • Manage High Holiday ticket sales, distribution and seating
  • Oversee communications through printed materials, website, email, telephone and interpersonal contacts
  • Oversee design of printed and electronic materials publicizing community events
  • Oversee and monitor a coordinated synagogue calendar
  • Oversee and maintain rental/contractual arrangements regarding building use
  • Process purchase orders for the Rabbi, lay leadership, and other staff
  • Assist the Rabbi and the Congregation’s Religious Life Committee to ensure that sanctuaries and worship spaces, ritual objects and prayer books are maintained, prepared and available as necessary for all services
  • Assist the Rabbi, Director of Family Engagement and volunteer leaders on programming needs


  • Familiarity with financial and bookkeeping principles and software

  • Experience with facilities and building management and maintenance preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Highly organized and detail oriented

  • Ability to work independently and with various other constituencies, and assume responsibility for projects

  • Preferred, not required: Five+ years experience in office administration, with preference for prior leadership position

salary and benefits

Starting salary is between $60,000 to $70,000 per year, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and prior experience. Benefits package to be negotiated.

to apply

Applicants should send a brief cover letter and resume to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.