Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies – Executive Director

Posted: 12/17/2019

The Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies provides adults with high quality in-depth encounters with Jewish thought, history, and culture.

Executive Director Position Description

Salaried position, $70,000 – 80,000 annually for 75% Full Time Equivalent

Hours are flexible due to program and organizational needs

The Executive Director has three main areas of responsibility:

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson to the local and national Jewish community of leaders, donors, academics, Jewish professionals, partner agencies, and general public on the mission, vision, and programs of the organization;
  • Design and implement compelling programs that align with the mission of the organization; and
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration and financial sustainability of the organization through leadership, oversight, and implementation of fundraising initiatives, program revenue streams, and management of the operational structure of the organization.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Spokesperson and Representative in Community
  • Create partnerships, relationships, and alliances with area synagogues, universities, and other cultural institutions and associations
  • Attend communal events and meetings as the representative of the Institute
  • Develop and disseminate impact statements and messages related to the Institute


  • Design the Institute’s programs, in collaboration with the Board Program Committee and in alignment with the Institute’s mission
  • Oversee all aspects of program administration including selecting and inviting presenters, securing co-sponsors and venues, and promoting events
  • Keep abreast of adult Jewish educational programs being presented by others in the Washington area and beyond
  • Attend all Institute programs, introduce speakers, and build a sense of community at programs

Financial Resource Development

  • Drive development strategy to increase donor base and fundraising revenue, in collaboration with Board Development Committee
  • Secure and attend in-person donor meetings to build donor relationships and ask for support
  • Systematize development operations to establish a base for steady growth
  • Help set annual goals that accord with the Institute’s strategic and development plans
  • Maintain robust relationships with current donors and supporters
  • Build new relationships with prospective supporters, including regional and national foundations


  • Partner with Board President in developing Board meeting agendas and in engaging and cultivating Board members
  • Ensure that Institute complies with standard non-profit legal and contractual requirements, in collaboration with the Board Executive and Governance Committees
  • Develop the Institute’s annual budget in collaboration with Board Treasurer and Finance & Database Administrator and monitor expenditures
  • Manage and supervise all staff and office operations
  • Advise the Board pro-actively of any administrative or financial issues that require attention, and prepare ad hoc reports on administrative or financial matters as requested
  • Work with the Institute’s financial, legal, and development consultants

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong background in Adult Jewish Learning
  • Knowledge of and connections to academics and other specialists in the fields of Jewish thought, history, and culture
  • Experience in fundraising and growing a small non-profit
  • Passion for building communal relationships and engaging members of the Jewish community
  • Strong administrative, management, and supervisory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others
  • Excellent speaking, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience building and working with Boards
  • Familiarity and engagement with the Greater Washington Area Jewish Community a plus

Application Instructions

To apply, send cover letter and credentials to  Rabbi Gordon Fuller at, 301-770-4787.