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Manager of Synagogue Services

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Interested? Please contact Marsha Friedman (marsha@consultmef.com) and Matt Austerklein (mattausterklein@gmail.com)

Position summary:
The Manager of Synagogue Services is a part-time position (24-32 hr/wk) providing
event, logistical, and administrative support for the Rabbi, Hazzan, Board of Trustees,
and lay leadership of Beth El Congregation.

Who are we? Beth El Congregation is an innovative Conservative synagogue in Akron,
Ohio grounded in Jewish tradition and caring community. We are located at the front
door of the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life; sharing a building
with the Jewish Community Board of Akron (Federation), The Shaw JCC of Akron, The
Lippman Day School, and Jewish Family Service. As a sacred community dedicated to
growing Jewishly, we seek to provide a wide range of spiritual, cultural, social and
lifelong learning experiences to all who are looking for a vibrant and inclusive Jewish
community.

Position Responsibilities:
I. Management of Office, Equipment, and Administrative Staff
Prepare and oversee the administration and day-to-day operations of the synagogue
Hire, train, supervise and evaluate office administrator
Maintain calendar of events for all synagogue programming, Bar/Bat Mitzvah,
Weddings, and other life cycle events
Coordinate schedules and synagogue master calendar with
Community Calendar
Maintain congregant data
Responsible for security and safety of synagogue property and maintenance
and timely repair of facility
Coordinate scheduling for kitchen helpers and security officers
Order supplies and manage relationships with suppliers, vendors, and
contractors

II. Financial Management
Review payroll and member billing as prepared by the Accounting
Department
Oversee accounts payable and receivable functions
Document and manage grant and endowment funding to ensure timely
payments are received
Maintain programming budgets, actual expenses and program evaluations
Supervise and provide appropriate support to fund-raising efforts

III. Communications and Member Relations
Website maintenance and updates
Coordinate publication of printed and electronic versions of monthly bulletin
Prepare and/or review all other synagogue mailings, announcements, and
publications
Take the lead on advertising, marketing, and social media campaigns
Interface with synagogue members for life cycle events and other needs
Work closely with synagogue President, Officers, and Executive Committee,
and other lay committees, attending committee meetings as needed
Work closely with Rabbi and Hazzan on all aspects of synagogue
programming, community building, and pastoral outreach

IV. Logistics
Prepare synagogue and other ritual spaces for Shabbat, Holiday, and
Weekday Prayer services
Responsible for High Holidays arrangements
Coordinate and maintain books, materials, and logistics for programs and
events
Liaison between congregants and staff with catering and food services
Preparing, setting up, and breaking down events and programs
Coordinating and partnering with lay volunteers
Interfacing with Jewish organizations on Campus, other Synagogues and
community organizations

Ideal Candidate
Candidates must have a love for details, for getting things done, and for quick follow up.
Our work is easier, because we know you are on top of it. But the ideal candidate also
has:
Associates Degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
At least 3-5 years experience in event planning or project implementation
Ability to work nights and weekends, as required
Can exercise discretion in handling confidential information
The grace and people skills to represent the Synagogue to a broad range of
members and guests
The ability to influence others to participate actively in programs and events
and to volunteer their skills and talents
The creative penchant for how to transform a plain event space into an
inviting one
The enthusiasm and imagination to be a full participant in planning meetings
A love for community, gathering, and learning – be a people person
Growing knowledge and interest in Jewish life

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