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Now Hiring: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors
Hours: 32 hours per week
Salary: $52,915 plus 401(k) match and health benefits

Please submit a resume and cover letter by June 5th to
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The Executive Director (ED) provides day-to-day management of Shir Tikvah’s fiscal, physical, security and administrative affairs. The ED has direct supervision over our small staff, apart from the clergy. This is a 32-hour-a-week position that requires weekend and evening hours during Jewish ritual and communal events. The schedule is flexible and some work can be done from home.

WHO WE ARE: Our founders envisioned a participatory, learning community and we work hard to fulfill that promise. At less than 20 years old, we're the "start-up" in Portland's Jewish Community. Our neighborhoods are diverse and so are our supporters. They come from across the Jewish spectrum: Jew-by-birth, Jew-by-choice, LBGTQIA+, straight, interfaith, atheist, devout believer. We welcome all who want to grapple with the beauty and contradictions of our sacred texts to better understand our faith, our world, and our place in it. We have 200+ member families and a staff that is mostly part-time.

We share a physical location with the Eastside Jewish Commons (EJC), a vibrant organization with 24 Jewish partners. This young organization has created inclusive and inspiring opportunities to engage in Jewish life on Portland’s Eastside. The Executive Director works closely with the EJC staff on governance, scheduling and event partnerships. 


Preferred skills and experience:

The ideal candidate believes strongly in Shir Tikvah’s mission of being a welcoming, learning and participatory community. This candidate must be able to work collaboratively, respecting multiple viewpoints, and to handle sensitive matters with maturity and discretion. Personal familiarity with Jewish culture, practice and tradition is a requirement.

 The ideal candidate is a leader and team player who enjoys being the public face of an organization. That candidate has 5 years experience and education commensurate to this position, as well as the following:

  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communication skills
  • A track record managing budgets
  • Experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising
  • Proven success in Board relations
  • Ability to balance nonprofit analytical perspectives with Jewish religious culture
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles for nonprofit organizations
  • A hands-on approach to everything from spilled wine to federal grant applications

We value diversity. If you don’t have all the qualifications listed but are extremely organized, passionate about our mission, and believe you have applicable and transferable skills from other industries, we encourage you to apply for this position.


Essential Functions:

Synagogue operations and administrative affairs, including staff, finances and facilities:

  •  Ensures a consistent implementation of our mission and creates a warm and welcoming environment for members and guests
  • Oversees office operations and workflow
  • Develops the annual budget in conjunction with the Board Treasurer
  • Oversees financial operations including reviewing and approving service contracts and purchases according to Board Policy
  • Oversees Human Resource operations, including hiring, training,supervising, evaluating, and terminating staff
  • Works closely with our building partner, the Eastside Jewish Commons, on scheduling, maintenance and joint governance
  • Oversees maintenance and operations of congregational facilities, including technology and communications

Communications and membership services:

  • Oversees all internal and external communication, including newsletters,social media, annual report, marketing, and advertising
  • Oversees yearly membership renewal, dues collection process and membership conversations.
  • Collaborates on congregant care with clergy, staff, and volunteers.


  • Plans, coordinates, and implements a wide range of Shir Tikvah events as a visible and approachable member of the community.
  • Oversees educational and other programming for children and adults insupport of the Education Director and appropriate committees.
  • Collaborates with partner organizations to raise Shir Tikvah’s visibility and reach Portland’s broader Jewish community

Reports to the Board of Directors:

  • Attends Board Meetings and Executive Committee meetings as directed
  • Reviews operations with the Board and Rabbi to best utilize volunteers an define the roles of sub-committees.
  • Coordinates with the Board and Rabbi on needs, opportunities, and challenges, presenting capacity assessments when requested to aid in budgetary or policy decisions
  • Collaborates with fundraising subcommittee(s) to meet short/long-term budget requirements
  • Collaborates with the Board on strategic planning. Leads implementation of that plan in cooperation with the Board of Directors
  • Represents Shir Tikvah in strategic planning and operational decisions with the Eastside Jewish Commons in coordination with the Board


Sat, June 3 2023 14 Sivan 5783