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Reconstructing Judaism seeks a detail-oriented assistant with excellent communication skills to provide support to the Executive Vice President and two of her direct reports, the Director of Human Resources & Administration and the Director of Individual Giving. The ideal candidate has an eye for excellence, can identify errors and inconsistencies, can execute tasks with precision, and can proactively troubleshoot challenges and find and carry out solutions. Experience supporting executives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is helpful, but we will orient a person who can demonstrate the skills necessary for the position. The right candidate will be self-motivated, highly organized, well-written, able to effectively prioritize, communicate clearly with varied groups of people, take ownership of tasks from start to finish, work independently, remain calm under pressure, and represent the organization with professionalism and warmth. This role is an opportunity for someone looking to grow their knowledge of nonprofit administration, supporting human resources, fundraising, and strategic oversight functions

Impress us with your well-written resume and cover letter and show us why you are our ideal candidate!

Primary Responsibilities

Administrative Support

  • Supporting the Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Individual Giving with tasks including: heavy calendar management, tracking project deadlines, communicating on behalf of, drafting internal memos, proofreading internal and external communications, credit card reconciliation and coding, data entry and maintenance, following procedures, assisting with orienting new and current staff members, and other tasks as assigned.
  • Utilizing technology: Outlook (email & calendar), SharePoint, Word, Excel, Doodle, Zoom, PowerPoint, and Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
  • Managing in-person and virtual meeting and event logistics: scheduling video conferences and teleconferences, preparing and distributing meeting materials, greeting visitors and attending to their needs, creating schedules, ordering food and/or supplies, answering questions, and managing meeting technology; taking meeting minutes or action notes.
  • Inter-departmental coordination of projects.
  • Offering back up administrative assistance for the Office of the President at especially busy times or when other staff are unavailable.
  • Other office duties include but are not limited to filing, opening mail, and distributing information to colleagues who are working both in-office and remotely.

Travel Preparation and Outreach Support for Key Senior Management

  • Organizing outgoing correspondence for the President and CEO as assigned.
  • Using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT, updating constituent records after e-mail distributions and individual donor outreach.
  • Completing other administrative tasks related to the upkeep and integrity of the database platform as assigned.
  • Collecting needed collateral for President and CEO’s travel as anticipated and assigned; maintaining a log of materials and ordering replacements as needed
  • Packing and shipping collateral to travel destination/s according to timeline.
  • Monitoring quantities of collateral and expedite re-ordering as needed.
  • Managing daily and special mailing projects.

Qualifications

  • Experience which demonstrates the ability to effectively support others, precisely follow instructions, use good judgment, and exercise keen attention to detail.
  • Experience which demonstrates mastery of technology related to this position (Microsoft Outlook (both calendar and email), Word, and Excel experience, or transferable skills from similar systems i.e. GSuite. Candidates will be required to pass technology skills assessments in the interview process.
  • Experience managing daily workflow and multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Experience scheduling and executing meetings, both in person and virtually.
  • Experience editing and proofreading.

Capabilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, both orally and in writing, and to mimic organizational communication style.
  • Ability to interact professionally yet warmly with executives, VIP donors, stakeholders, volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, take initiative, set priorities, track multiple concurrent tasks and projects and respond to changing needs as required.
  • Ability to proficiently use the following without training: MS Office Suite (Mail Merge, Outlook, Word, Excel). Ability to learn and apply new technologies, as needed.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, self-motivate and track tasks.
  • Ability to think critically and to troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Highly organized and meticulously attentive to details, particularly in written communication.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and good judgment.
  • Ability to project warmth, interest, and competence in all interactions.
  • Ability to retain information, master new skills quickly, and self-train.

Salary: $42,000-$49,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Benefits:

We offer excellent benefits including health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic and progressive workplace.

This is a full-time, primarily onsite, non-exempt, benefit eligible position. Following a three-month period of successful training and onboarding, a hybrid schedule including working from home up to two days a week will be considered.

COVID-19 mitigation

In the interest of the health and safety of our community members, Reconstructing Judaism requires COVID-19 vaccination of those entering the building. During periods of elevated community transmission in Montgomery County, masking may be required of all employees and visitors in shared spaces regardless of vaccination status.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. Because of the importance of outstanding, error-free written communication skills for this position, submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups.

About Us:

Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.

Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org

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