Chief Executive Job Description

The Rabbinical Assembly, the international membership organization of Conservative rabbis is hiring a Chief Executive. Read below for details on how to apply.

Organizational Relationship: Reports to the Administrative Committee and Executive Council

Summary: Overall executive responsibility for implementing the mission and vision established by the membership through its officers, Administrative Committee, and Executive Council. Serves as important partner to the governing board in establishing the institutional vision. As the chief professional staff, ensures the effective operation of RA office, supervising staff and volunteer leaders and represents the Assembly within the world-wide Conservative/Masorti Movement, in the larger Jewish community, and more widely.

Specific Responsibilities

 

Vision/Leadership:

  • In collaboration with RA Leadership (officers, committees and Executive Council) and staff, Chief Executive plays a significant role in translating the organizational mission into objectives, strategies, activities and deliverables.  This includes leading staff and volunteers in setting the agenda and work of the RA, initiating and supporting networks, establishing goals, projecting financial needs and devising strategic plans as needed.
  • Articulates a vision, lives in accordance with, and serves as an inspiring voice for Conservative/Masorti Judaism’s values and practices.
  • Leads Rabbinical Assembly efforts to magnify the voice of rabbis, strengthen the Conservative Movement and coordinate efforts between movement organizations.
  • Appreciates the unique role a rabbi has in a community and in society and celebrates the work of colleagues as well as the diversity of rabbinic careers through one on one relationships, communications to colleagues and to the larger Jewish and general world. In short, a true champion for rabbis and what they do.

Management:

  • Demonstrate confidence and proficiency in managing a complex organization, applying business and fiscal skills to lead large multi-faceted non-profit through growth, transition, and changing environment.
  • Serve as the organization’s Chief Executive responsible for hiring, firing, and supervision of all professionals implementing clear objectives, accountability/effectiveness, and effective communication.
  • Create a work environment that encourages, attracts and retains talent and a staff structure that supports the membership in their variegated professional career paths.
  • Maintain an open, collaborative, respectful working relationship with staff, Executive Council, and members.
  • Assure that the Constitution is maintained and followed, and regulatory and organizational standards are upheld.

Budget, Finance and Advancement:

  • Develop and propose an annual budget to the Administrative Committee and Executive Council.
  • Create budget and expense policies in accordance with by-laws, overseeing day-to-day income and expenses, investments, and building sustainable financial model.
  • Play an active role in advancement initiatives: developing and sustaining key donor relationships; increasing donor pool; grant opportunities; and other revenue generation.
  • Manage staff and outside vendor for existing RA publications and identify new projects and opportunities for publication as mechanism for amplifying voice of Conservative Rabbis and as revenue source.

Advocacy and Representation in International Movement, Jewish Community and Beyond:

  • Further international scope of the organization, incorporating members and needs into organizational mission and initiatives.
  • Lead and inspire the institution in the continued fulfillment of its mission, in the ongoing evolution of the vision/cooperative for Conservative/Masorti Judaism, and its place in the scope of broader Jewish living.
  • Work with RA leadership to determine representation at key communal meetings, inter-organizational gatherings, and movement discussion/events, serving as said representative as needed to advance Jewish life and the work of the Conservative/Masorti Movement. Some such organizations include the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, worldwide Masorti organizations, boards of Masorti Olami, USCJ, MERCAZ, Jewish Agency for Israel, Interfaith Coalitions and Councils, other denomination organizations/rabbinical associations, and seminaries.
  • Coordinate with member networks, committees and volunteers to determine appropriate responses to major issues, advocacy for social/political issues, and responding to media inquiries.

Networking and Connecting Members:

  • Assist in identifying members and developing volunteers for committees and other networked volunteer opportunities, encouraging shared governance and elevating work of committees to eliminate organizational hierarchy. Facilitate the functioning of all committees (such as Administrative Committee, Executive Council, Committee on Jewish Law & Standards, National Bet Din and Va’ad Hakavod) and serve as an ex-officio member of committees.  Support work of standing and ad hoc committees to achieve specific goals, complete tasks, connect members one to another, and complete projects.
  • Coordinate with staff and members to determine program priorities from within network discussions and connections, seeking out opportunities for intentional design of gathering spaces in-person and online, through internal programs and initiating external partnerships for education, training, and skills development

Pastoral/Personal:

  • Responsible for working in partnership with the Chair of the Vaad HaKavod to handle matters related to the appropriate professional conduct of RA members.
  • Provide structure to assure that members of the RA who request advice with difficult professional or personal situations are assisted and acknowledged in times of need and/or celebration.
  • Assist families of members in financial distress and/or loss, allocating grants and other assistance from designated fund.
  • Provide certification of ordination and denominational affiliation for rabbis as needed (i.e. chaplaincy and other positions) and meets directly with chaplaincy boards and/or legal advisers as needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Rabbinic Ordination from Conservative/Masorti Seminary and/or equivalent
  • Well-developed outreach, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Fiscal experience building a budget and carrying out development strategy
  • Significant experience leading a school, synagogue, communal agency, not-for-profit and/or for-profit organization
  • Willing to travel
  • Visionary Leader seeing possibilities for innovation; inside and outside
  • Demonstrated experience in executing plans (translating vision into reality)
  • Supervision/Mentoring experience
  • Ability to appreciate, understand, articulate, represent, and balance the interests of competing constituencies
  • High measure of emotional intelligence
  • Flexible and open to change in organization and roles
  • Strong voice of Conservative/Masorti Judaism’s principles, Torah, Jewish living and inspiration
  • Kind and approachable; Menschlichkeit
  • Ability to delegate
  • Global understanding of Jewish life – Israel and world wide

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Hebrew (Additional language a plus)
  • Skilled in building networks and consensus within diverse groups
  • Weaver of weavers – collaborator, understands role as connector and relationship builder for rabbis across all fields

To Apply for the Position:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume, and cover letter statement no later than February 28, 2019 to raexecsearch@rabbinicalassembly.org. Cover letter should address the ways in which your rabbinate, experiences, individual qualities, and sense of vision qualify you to be the Chief Executive of the Rabbinical Assembly.

About the Rabbinical Assembly:
The Rabbinical Assembly, first established in 1901 by graduates of the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is the international association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis. Today its ranks include rabbis ordained at the seminaries of the Conservative/Masorti movement as well as rabbis of other accredited rabbinical schools who accept the tenets of Conservative Judaism. Its nearly 1,700 members serve as congregational rabbis, educators, military and hospital chaplains, professors of Judaica, and officers of communal service organizations throughout the world. While the majority of the men and women of the Assembly serve in the United States and Canada, more than ten percent of its rabbis serve in Israel and many of its rabbis serve in Latin America, in the countries of Europe, Australia and South Africa.

Additional information about the Rabbinical Assembly