Executive Director

Posted: 04/13/2022

Congregation Beth El

Executive Director

Bethesda, MD (Washington, DC Greater area)


About Congregation Beth El

Congregation Beth El is a growing, vibrant Conservative synagogue in Bethesda, MD, located only seven miles from the heart of Washington, DC, and with 1100 families is one of the nation’s largest Conservative shuls.


Congregation Beth El is continually reinvigorated by young families, often attracted to our vibrant Preschool and Religious School programs. Beth El’s overall membership is balanced among ages, stages of life, professions, and community and civic interests. The shul’s programs and activities span the gamut of religious observance and backgrounds within Conservative Judaism.


In their own words, Congregation Beth El congregants say this about themselves:

“We cherish our sense of community.   We worship soulfully.  We celebrate joyously.  We comfort sensitively.  We learn continuously.  We dialogue respectfully.  We are egalitarian, inclusive, innovative, and participatory.  We are a singing congregation.  Our clergy inspire and empower us to marry modernity and Jewish tradition as we create diverse paths to spiritual fulfillment, social action and securing peace and security for our brothers and sisters in Israel.”


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The Executive Director (ED) manages and coordinates all administrative functions and operations, including staff management, for this community of 1,100 families.  They will partner with the Senior Rabbi and Board of Directors to help shape the vision that enables Beth El to continue to thrive.

The Executive Director (ED) will help achieve the congregation’s core values: Welcoming, Inclusive, Relevance, and Community. The ED will be a thoughtful and full participant in building and executing the shul’s long-term strategy while holding overall responsibility for running the synagogue on a day-to-day basis. Specific areas of oversight include operations, staff management, facilities, finance, communications, and administration.

Congregation Beth El has more than 1,100 household units, an annual operating budget of approximately $6M, and an annual fundraising campaign of $600K.  Beth El and is currently governed by a 24-person Board of Directors. Beth El has 24 FTE staff and 100 PTE staff. Their religious school has 360 students, and the preschool has 86 families (over 100 students for the next school year). The ED will have about 5 direct reports.


  • Provide short-term and long-term high level and strategic leadership, partnering with the Senior Rabbi and Board President
  • Assess and re-engineer synagogue processes and systems (in Membership, Facilities, HR, Financial, Schools, Development, Communications, Technology and more) that serve the needs and grow the mission
  • Lead and manage the staff; enhance its cohesion, creativity, operation, responsiveness, and performance


Mission Advancement and Leadership

  • Works in partnership with the board of directors, clergy, committees, staff, and key volunteers to implement strategic initiatives, programs, and services.

Leadership and Support for the Board of Directors

  • Serves as chief staff liaison to the board of directors to support it in fulfilling their duties.

Strategic Planning

  • In conjunction with the Senior Rabbi and the board, participates in developing and implementing a strategic plan that assesses and recognizes changing member needs, organizational strengths and weaknesses and the congregation’s values.

Budget Management

  • Works with the board treasurer and staff to develop the annual budget; manages financial resources consistent with the budget adopted by the board and congregation and maintains appropriate financial records and filing of all required reports; oversees all purchasing, accounting, payroll and financial management.

Day-to-day Operations Management

  • Supervises administrative functions, including recordkeeping, compliance, reporting and a data and document management system for all areas of congregation operations.

Personnel Management and Organizational Development

  • Recruits and effectively manages employees, contractors, and volunteers; supports staff development.
  • Fosters a culture with the staff that promotes teamwork, respect, dignity, and compassion for employees and volunteers and all those served by the organization.

Partners with Clergy and School Directors

  • Partners with clergy in the development thinking and execution of programming and services for all Shabbat, haggim and daily services and activities.
  • Coordinates with directors of preschool and religious school for building usage, security, strategic planning, and budget.

Fundraising and Development

  • Provides support for all development activities to achieve the congregation’s development and philanthropy goals.
  • Supports the Senior Rabbi and Development Director with philanthropy and development activities including annual campaigns, major gifts, planned-giving, endowment, and other fundraising opportunities.
  • Ensures that appropriate cultivation, acknowledgment and recognition processes are in place.

Membership Connections

  • Sets the tone for the relationships among congregants, staff, and clergy and to support/ensure success of programmatic, retention and recruitment goals.
  • Fosters an inclusive and responsive environment aligned with the vision of community established by the clergy.

Facilities Management 

  • Supervises and manages vendors (caterer, security, etc.) who work in the facility.
  • Oversees the coordination of all building usage for life cycle events, religious school, youth programs, maintenance, and rentals, including calendaring, room assignment, event space set up, etc.  Promotes information security and IT system integrity.

Application Instructions

Qualifications and Experiences

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in successfully managing and supervising staff
  • Expertise in working with a financial framework and budget planning process
  • Established and ongoing affiliation with one or more Jewish institutions
  • Skilled in managing varied administrative and operational functions
  • Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Established record of leading membership organizations

Desired Qualifications

  • Skill in working directly with persons of all ages and backgrounds
  • Understanding in social media communication
  • Experience in working with development/fundraising campaigns
  • Proven experience in developing partnerships among organizations
  • Knowledge of writing grant applications

Notable Position Requirements

  • Will frequently need to attend planned meetings and events in the evening and on weekends.  Unplanned events and responsibilities require off-hours availability.  Congregation Beth El is committed to creating an environment where flexibility is honored and respected.
  • Requires ongoing clean criminal and credit check.


This position description is based upon material provided Congregation Beth El, an equal opportunity employer.

Sarah Raful Whinston, Principal

Merav Schwartz, Associate


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