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The Vice President for Thriving Communities and Partnerships will lead and supervise the Thriving Communities team, which supports affiliated Reconstructionist congregations and havurot.  In addition, the vice president will provide significant external leadership representing the Reconstructionist movement in the wider world and as a facilitator of partnerships with other values-aligned organizations. They will also be a member of the President’s Cabinet, which collectively implements the mission of the organization, and will work in close collaboration with Reconstructionist lay leaders and professionals including the Board of Governors and its committees. This position will be supervised by the President/CEO and Executive Vice President.

 

Responsibilities

Support Affiliated Communities and Leading the Thriving Communities Team

  • Build relationships with the leadership of Reconstructionist congregations and havurot
  • Supervise a team of approximately 7 FTE, most of whom are direct reports
  • Oversee congregational liaison/consultation work; refine and/or implement protocols to ensure that affiliates are well-served and that resources and services are deployed fairly and efficiently
  • Ensure that the newly created congregational resource database is well-curated and accessible and encourage its utilization towards maximum impact
  • Foster a sense of belonging and connection among Reconstructionist lay leaders and congregational professionals and oversee ongoing network-weaving and resource sharing
  • Oversee movement-wide initiatives that support and involve congregations, including rabbinic placement and congregation-based diversity, equity and inclusion work
  • Oversee the Wenger-Markowitz Family Education Initiative and supervise its director
  • Oversee the affiliate dues process and new affiliate application process
  • Set and monitor the departmental budget
  • Visit affiliated communities to deepen relationships and provide enrichment
  • Attend Board of Governors and relevant committee meetings, report to the Board on a regular basis regarding the activities of the department and collaborate with board members

 

Oversee Reconstructionist Movement Commissions and Internal Partnerships 

  • Supervise the staffing of movement commissions, the Plenum and similar bodies
  • Partner with the lead staff of Havaya Summer Programs and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association on collaborative initiatives and areas of shared interest and need
  • Oversee Reconstructing Judaism’s Israel engagement work, which is directly led by our Israel Affairs Specialist and has both internal and external components, including our participation in the Progressive Israel Network
  • Closely partner and collaborate with the other program vice presidents and the Vice President for Development to create and implement a shared vision for stakeholder engagement, including movement conventions and gatherings, fundraising and donor stewardship efforts

 

Lead Reconstructing Judaism’s Public Representation and External Partnerships Efforts, in close collaboration with our President & CEO

  • With President/CEO, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association’s chief executive, and other leaders, represent the Reconstructionist movement and lead or oversee external partnerships, including participation in the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and collaborations with other values-aligned organizations
  • Serve as a primary liaison with other Jewish denominations, particularly their congregational unions
  • Contribute to the creation of timely Reconstructionist responses to events in the Jewish and broader world, as appropriate

 

Competencies and Leadership Qualities

  • Ability to motivate and inspire your team, while holding supervisees accountable
  • A collaborative stance and capacity to develop and sustain meaningful and trusting relationships
  • Capacity for strategic and contingency planning
  • Excellent communication skills and public presence
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate Reconstructionist Judaism’s approach and value
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, and diplomacy
  • Ability to take initiative and self-motivate, to track multiple concurrent tasks and projects, and to respond to changing needs as required
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, to balance management responsibilities with other tasks, and to meet critical deadlines

 

Experience

  • At least 7 years of leadership and/or management experience
  • Experience with or awareness of the operations of membership organizations
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Deep familiarity with the liberal Jewish community and synagogue life
  • First-hand knowledge of the Reconstructionist movement
  • Experience working with lay leaders and with inclusive decision-making and input processes

We know that many people – particularly those from historically marginalized groups – don’t apply for jobs unless they meet all listed qualifications. As an organization committed to diversity, if many of the qualifications listed above apply to you (even if not all of them), we still want to hear from you.

 

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, exempt, benefit-eligible position.

 

Salary: $100,000- $120,000, commensurate with credentials and relevant leadership/management experience

 

Location/Travel:
This is a hybrid position, with a combination of onsite and remote work. Those who live outside of the Greater Philadelphia area and are unable to relocate may also be considered.  Regardless of home location, this position requires some travel (up to one overnight trip per month.)

 

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume demonstrating your alignment with the role and the required competencies/experience to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. Submissions without these items cannot be considered. No phone calls please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  We encourage those interested in applying to do so as soon as possible. 

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.

 

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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