Community Synagogue of Rye,
Executive Director

Rye, NY


Community Synagogue of Rye (CSR), a Reform Jewish congregation serving Westchester County, NY and lower Fairfield County, CT since 1948, seeks an Executive Director to partner with the Senior Rabbi, clergy team, senior staff and Board of Trustees to implement the congregations vision and to lead all non-religious and non-educational operations of CSR.

CSR is well known for its innovative and dynamic approach to fostering community, Jewish learning and Jewish living. The congregations mission is to be a caring Jewish community that seeks to bring meaning and purpose to each person's life. It aspires to be a center for spiritual transformation, to foster the creation of sacred relationships, and to give people the tools and resources to be God's partner in healing the world.

This vision is guided by CSRs commitment to the Jewish values of Worship (T'filah), Life-Long Learning (Talmud Torah), Community (Kehilah), Loving Kindness (Hesed), Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) and Love of Israel (Ahavat Yisrael).

CSR houses a comprehensive, NY State-licensed Early Childhood Center, with a reputation for high quality learning experiences for children (two through age five), a summer camp, as well as a highly regarded religious school (known as the Center for Jewish Learning), which provides meaningful opportunities for all students (from kindergarten through 12th grade) to find and explore their own unique path to Jewish identity and involvement.

CSR has a highly engaged membership including dedicated lay leaders and experienced professional staff who help organize innovative community programming, bringing speakers, musicians and cultural engagement to its members and wider community, and building connections within the synagogue, the greater Westchester community and beyond. There are many active task forces and committees in the synagogue that provide meaningful engagement opportunities in a variety of areas of Jewish life.

CSR has a membership of approximately 480 households, a full time professional staff of seven, a support staff of four, a custodial staff of three and an annual budget of approximately $3.2 million.

CSR is the midst of an exciting project to modernize and transform its facility, begun in June of 2016. This transformation will enable the congregation to meet the evolving needs of the community and to continue to thrive well into the future. With this project, our Kadima capital campaign continues to raise the necessary funds.
This is an exciting time to join the CSR team!


Community Synagogue of Rye seeks an Executive Director (ED) to partner with the clergy team, senior staff and Board of Trustees in striving for excellence in all its spiritual, educational, programmatic, and operational efforts. Reporting directly to the synagogue President with accountability to the Senior Rabbi, and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the ED will be the most senior non-clergy employee of the synagogue and, as such, must embrace and engage in community outreach and provide best-in-class service and support to its membership.

The ED will provide leadership and direction to professional and administrative staff in support of the vision, policies and messaging of the Board of Trustees and clergy. S/he will be responsible for oversight of all operational day-to-day activities at the synagogue comprising the membership, finance, human resources, fundraising, communications, IT, and facilities functions. Not all of these functions have dedicated staff, so the incumbent must have the flexibility and skills necessary to perform them or to partner with volunteers or outside vendors to effectively manage them. S/he will also be the primary liaison with the Board of Trustees, supporting and coordinating all of the Board functions, committees and taskforces.

The successful candidate will possess the skills and personality to manage a complex organization. S/he will have a demonstrated track record of success in building and managing a strong administrative team, overseeing complex projects, and a personal style that creates a positive tone for the staff, members, and the entire CSR community. S/he will use these skills to assess and modernize operations where warranted, create connections across departments, stimulate and formalize communications, and most importantly foster a dynamic and interconnected feeling of community.



"Embrace and take shared ownership of the vision and strategic direction of the synagogue to enable the continued growth and success of the community.
"Foster and develop meaningful relationships with members of the community and Board by being accessible during business hours and present at worship services, programs and other synagogue events.
"Monitor and assess the administrative and operational structure and develop and recommend plans for continued improvements.

Staff Management
"Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, service, integrity and shared responsibility across and among all staff.
"Motivate, mentor and supervise administrative and facilities staff. Develop and oversee a performance evaluation process, including the clarification of roles and responsibilities, and setting performance expectations and accountability.
"Provide resources for the continued growth and development of staff.

Membership Relations / Communications
"Lead all aspects of the member engagement life cycle, including recruiting and welcoming prospective members, managing the annual membership process, maintaining membership records, and confidentially resolving members concerns and issues.
"Partner with the Membership Committee to create new and innovative recruitment and welcoming opportunities for new members, as well as engagement strategies for continuing members.
"Review and evaluate existing traditional marketing, digital marketing and communications strategies in conjunction with the Communications Associate, and make recommendations for continued enhancements.

"Supervise all finance-related activities, including monitoring expenditures and cash flow
"Ensure regular reporting of financial results to the Board in coordination with outside accounting firm, Financial Secretary and Treasurer
"Oversee annual audit
"Partner with Budget Committee and Treasurer to develop annual budget and long-term financial projections
"Proactively participate in efforts to finance programming, manage expenditures and develop new funding sources for CSR.

Program Support
"Manage all operational, facilities, maintenance and support activities to ensure the successful delivery of all synagogue programs and worship experiences, including but not limited to High Holy Days services at offsite location.

Facilities Management
"Supervise all facilities maintenance activities of building and grounds to ensure the property reflects the caring, welcoming and spiritual community that is CSR.
"Coordinate all construction activities with the House Committee and outside contractors as needed.


The successful candidate will possess the skills and personality to manage a complex organization with qualifications that include:

- An understanding of the role of the synagogue in the community and embrace the mission, vision and program direction that have been established by the Senior Rabbi, CSR leadership, and the full clergy and senior staff team.

- A customer service mindset with a high EQ (emotional intelligence quotient) and a track record of success in staff management, leadership and organizational development.

- Demonstrated confidence, flexibility and professionalism with experience and expertise in managing the operations of an organization or institution; be comfortable working as a leadership team member; ability to motivate volunteers and staff and to communicate and cooperate across departments.

- The highest ethical standards and spirit of inclusiveness, consistent with the values of our sacred organization.

- Outstanding communication skills in writing and in public presentations.

- Experience assessing and managing a complex organizational structure, with experience recommending changes where necessary, working in support of clergy and volunteer leaders in making change and in directing a multi-disciplinary management team.

- Capable of working with diverse constituencies and pressures, with sensitivity and tact.

- Exhibits a high level of professionalism and respect for the confidentiality of personal and financial matters.

- Demonstrated business knowledge and strong previous experience in the financial management of an organization. Experience working with financial statements and the management of accounting and data-base software.

- Experience in staff recruitment, development, motivation and supervision.

- An inclusive management philosophy and style that strives for and promotes excellence, encourages creativity, growth, problem solving and accountability.

- An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree in business administration or a related area, or equivalent experience, is preferred.

- Familiarity with current trends and developments in Jewish communal life and knowledge of and respect for the practices and tenets of Reform Judaism, is preferred.


Sarah Raful Whinston, Consultant

Please submit a resume and cover letter
Fax: 212-983-1687

This search began in August 2017 and is currently active. This position description is based upon material provided by the Community Synagogue of Rye, an equal opportunity employer.