Union for Reform Judaism,
Executive Vice President

New York, NY


The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) builds community at every level—from the way they collaborate with congregations, organizations, and individuals to how they make connections across North America to advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life. Providing vision and voice to transform the way people connect to Judaism, URJ helps congregations stay relevant and innovative, motivate more young Jews to embrace Jewish living, agitate for a more progressive society, and foster meaningful connections to Israel.

Founded in 1873, URJ has grown into the largest and most powerful force in North American Jewish life, with nearly 900 member congregations and work that inspires, connects, and educates an estimated 1.5M Jews. URJ’s legacy, reach, leadership, and vision enable them to unite thousands of years of tradition with a modern, evolving Judaism to strengthen Jewish communities today and for future generations.

URJ’s key strategic priorities are:
• Strengthening Congregations
• Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) through the Religious Action Center
• Audacious Hospitality: Being inclusive and welcoming to all
• Youth Engagement

The organization has a budget of $93M, which comes from member congregations, programming and philanthropic efforts that are initiated by the URJ, its camps, and other entities. More than 300 individuals are employed by the URJ year-round, and that number grows to thousands during the summer, when its 15 camps and most of its youth travel programs are in session.
The URJ is working toward an ambitious strategic plan that focuses on aligning each part of the organization toward the URJ’s bold and exciting vision for the future of Reform Judaism. Entitled 2020: A Clear View of Our Future, the plan is driven by the organization’s key values, as well as a commitment to ensure a strong Jewish future.

For more information, please visit www.urj.org.


Reporting to the President of the URJ, this Executive Vice President position is a unique and critically important opportunity for a top-tier executive to help optimize the URJ’s position for growth and continued impact in both the North American and global Jewish community. The URJ is looking for someone to work closely with the Executive team, and to partner with President Rabbi Rick Jacobs to transform and optimize the internal operations of its complex infrastructure. The creation of this new EVP position was carefully constructed to allow President Rabbi Rick Jacobs to dedicate more of his time towards actualizing the key strategic priorities of the 2020 Vision.

This EVP has a mandate to work closely with the URJ President and the URJ Board of Trustees with a focus on generating and implementing effective and innovative strategies in the areas of operational systems, program, strategic planning, finance, development, marketing, and technology, in order to strengthen synergies between departments, and to drive large-scale projects to completion.



The EVP will supervise the outstanding and high-performing Executive Team, to assist them in continually strengthening and developing the capacity of each of their departments, and to drive coordination amongst them. The EVP will guide and direct all day-to-day internal operations of the URJ, and work closely with the President and the Executive Team to build out and implement action plans which will help to support and continually develop the vision of the URJ.

The President of the URJ seeks an experienced senior manager to work in close partnership with him who is action oriented, and who can serve as a strategic engine in implementing the day-to-day work necessary to achieve the ambitious and important agenda that he and the Board of Trustees has developed and laid out. Outstanding candidates for this position will understand how to facilitate, mediate and make decisions around competing priorities in the organization by building strong relationships with team members and by skillfully guiding those teams to drive the translation of the vision of the URJ into a reality.


Qualified Candidates for the EVP position will bring demonstrated successful experience in:
• Developing and stewarding collaboration and creativity when driving large scale, complex projects to completion;
• Supervising and guiding high caliber senior professionals who oversee a wide range of portfolios;
• Consensus building;
• Managing a large and complex organizational infrastructure;
• Making decisions in a timely and thoughtful way;
• Serving as a senior level advisor to a high-profile public organizational leader

Outstanding Candidates for the EVP position will come to this work with a high level of both Emotional Quotient and executive function, outstanding communication and facilitation skills, and a deep passion for and alignment with the mission and vision of the URJ.


Dara Z. Klarfeld, Managing Director
Marlene Mlawski, Associate
Email: URJEVP@drgnyc.com

This position description is based upon material provided by Union for Reform Judaism, an equal opportunity employer.