Our Executive Director

Executive Director

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Temple B’nai Israel, a Reform congregation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is seeking a dynamic and experienced manager with a strong Judaic background to assume a leadership role in supporting the growth and activities of our congregation in its new home. The Director will oversee the daily operations of the Temple, assist the Temple Board of Directors in achieving its goals and work collaboratively with clergy, staff and volunteers.

Founded more than 65 years ago, Temple B’nai Israel primarily serves the Jewish population of the mid-shore, including Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. In its earliest days the approximately 50 founding members of the congregation, in addition to sponsoring religious services and social activities, succeeded in raising funds to build our current home, which was dedicated in 1951

Since Rabbi Peter E Hyman became the first full-time Rabbi in 2008, the congregation has seen remarkable growth both in membership and the richness of our spiritual, educational, cultural, social and interfaith activities.  We now have about 200 members, many of whom call the Eastern Shore home and others who maintain second homes in this unique area.

Our Temple is the center of a warm, inclusive and progressive Jewish community that celebrates the beauty of Jewish holidays and rituals, provides schooling, cultural activities and programming and is a leader in the interfaith community.  Our membership reflects the rich diversity in contemporary America, welcoming interfaith families as members.  We engage actively in the wider community.

With the growth in membership and programming, the congregation has taken the bold and necessary step of building a beautiful new home which will be fully accessible and environmentally sustainable. Our campaign for the new building and an endowment will soon be completed; construction began last spring. The opening of Temple B’nai Israel, the Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore, is scheduled for June 2018.



Bachelor’s degree, strong Judaic background, 3-5 years’ experience in a leadership role; experience in non-profit organizations preferred.

The ideal candidate:

Is a “people person” who has the ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships both internally and externally and can demonstrate they have been able to navigate relationships with people who have a variety of opinions, styles and roles.

Can demonstrate an understanding of Jewish ritual and programming to support clergy and work with committees to offer attractive programs.

Is a good communicator with marketing flair as demonstrated by previous publicity/marketing campaigns.

Can motivate volunteer participation as demonstrated by having led a volunteer committee or organized a volunteer program, or at a minimum served as a volunteer.

Can demonstrate the ability to articulate a vision by describing a past mission or work they were passionate about.

Is well organized as demonstrated by programs they implemented or developed and reports they created.

Is a fast learner and willing to be coached by the Temple’s lay leaders, accountants, fundraisers, etc. to fill in any gaps in knowledge as demonstrated by something they learned in a work environment.

Has demonstrated success in overseeing fundraising campaigns and events, maintaining donor stewardship; experience with membership and fundraising software preferred. 

Has experience supervising and evaluating employees. 

Has experience developing and managing organizational budgets.

Can organize office operations and set up and maintain accessible, complete and accurate record management systems including databases of membership, donations, correspondence and other related information to provide timely and accurate data to the Rabbi, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and other staff.

Is proficient with Microsoft Office Suite/Google collaborative products such as Gmail and Drive.


work independently and make decisions within the scope of responsibility, effectively manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously, meet deadlines and analyze and solve problems.

Position Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Temple and report directly to the Board President.  They are responsible for program management, fund-raising and campaign strategies and coordination, membership recruitment and retention, and resource (both financial and human) and facilities management. The ED works in close collaboration with the Rabbi, the Board of Directors, the cantorial soloist, the principal of the religious school, and lay leadership to provide for the growth and needs of the congregation.

The Executive Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Manage the day to day operations of Temple B’nai Israel; supervise administrative, maintenance and temporary staff; provide training as needed. 

Develop and regularly update employee and policies and procedures handbooks; prepare new/revised policies for board approval

Solicit vendors and negotiate contracts for Board of Directors approval

Attend Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings


Financial Management

Working with the Treasurer, finance committee and administrative staff, oversee financial systems including payroll, benefits, and budget development; monitor revenues and expenses. 


Working with the President, First Vice Presidents and volunteers, plan and implement fundraising and development activities. 

Communication and Community Relations:

Foster a warm and caring environment so that congregants, potential members and staff feel welcome, respected and appreciated.

Work with membership committee to recruit and retain members; responsible for all member records. 

Liaison to all committees; coordinate schedules, assist in disseminating information and preparing reports to the Board of Directors.

Working with the Rabbi, extend the Temple’s commitment and involvement in interfaith and community wide initiatives.

Recruit, support and recognize volunteers.


Develop/ support Temple programming, coordinate calendar, assist in public relations and communication to members. 

Work with families celebrating life-cycle events.

Support the Rabbi and cantorial soloist in preparations for Shabbat and other services.

Other duties as assigned.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration email your cover letter and resume by February 9, 2018 to: