Career Opportunities with the Society for Humanistic Judaism
The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), the congregational arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America, is the largest Jewish institution in North America dedicated to secular Judaism. The Society consists of 28 communities and at-large members in the United States and Canada. The SHJ was organized in 1969. The Society’s mission is to mobilize people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life independent of a supernatural authority.
SOCIETY FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Established in 1969, the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI, is a 501(c) 3 organization. Its mission is: The Society for Humanistic Judaism mobilizes people to celebrate Jewish identity and culture consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life independent of a supernatural authority. As the central body for the Humanistic Jewish Movement in North America, the Society assists in organizing and supporting congregations and in providing a worldwide voice for its members. SHJ’s board is composed of an executive committee of nine, designees from its affiliated communities, plus elected at-large directors. Current staffing includes a full-time rabbi, a full-time administrative assistant, and an 80% time information manager. Its annual operating budget is approximately $275K, derived from affiliate assessments, grants and donations.
Nine years after the death of its charismatic founder, Rabbi Sherwin Wine, SHJ found itself facing serious financial and membership challenges. In response, the SHJ board and staff have just completed a consultant-led, year long, comprehensive Vision Project to guide its growth into the future. Our challenge is to reach the approximately 20% of American Jews (1,000,000) who are secular, broadly humanistic, unaffiliated, and unaware of a movement that reflects their values. SHJ believes it can offer them a profoundly satisfying alternative in modern Jewish communal life.
The primary charge of the new Executive Director (ED) will be to realize the board-approved goals and recommendations of the Vision Project at this critical stage of SHJ’s existence, working with a highly motivated board and staff. Responsibilities of the highest priority will include growing membership, fundraising beyond current sources of income, advocacy and networking around secular Jewish issues, and inspirational engagement of the Society and its potential constituency among North American Jews. The ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for executing SHJ’s mission and implementing Board policy, developing new donors in the Jewish and Humanist communities, for directing SHJ’s programs, and growing the organization. He/she will also be a principal spokesperson for SHJ and will have overall responsibility for communication and outreach.
What you bring to the position:
- A strong understanding and commitment to Humanistic Judaism.
- At least five years of senior nonprofit management experience, including actual success in developing and implementing strategies which grew an organization.
- A proven fundraiser, friend-raiser, and network-builder with strong marketing, public relations, and communications skills. Knowledge of and experience with fundraising strategies, grant writing, and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
- Excellent verbal, written, digital and social media communication skills.
- Strong public speaking ability.
- Availability to travel multiple times per year to conferences, meetings and to the SHJ office.
- Living in Michigan is not required, although regular contact with and visits to the office will be necessary.
- Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and the organization’s finances.
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- Please send a cover letter and resume in one electronic file to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to July 28th.
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