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Assistant Director of Operations

Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish path that is authentic, profound, and helps all members of our community seek and live their purpose to the fullest.

Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant, contemporary, and relevant Jewish life for all who are seeking it. 

Our community is led by Rabbi Rolando Matalon, together with a senior leadership team that comprises Rabbi Felicia Sol, who oversees all programs, and Executive Director/COO Colin Weil, who oversees advancement, communications, finance and administration, and operations. BJ has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 10 part-time employees. 

Our pivot to all-virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic expanded our reach substantially to thousands of additional individuals and families from around the country and beyond, who now regularly join us for prayer and learning. Our post-pandemic vision includes a dynamic hybrid operation where most of our offerings are available in-person in our historic Upper West Side campus, as well as through various online platforms. Additionally, we are building a robust library of on-demand content for our community. 

Job Overview

The Assistant Director of Operations will report to the Director of Operations and serve on the operations team. The Assistant Director of Operations will work closely with the Director on special projects, permit requests, building requests, construction/maintenance, security planning, grant project management. The Assistant Director of Operations will also support the Event Operations Manager with in-person events, programs, and High Holiday logistical work. This person will work primarily on-site with a flexible, non-traditional schedule that includes evenings, Shabbat, weekends, and holiday coverage.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to

  • Work with the Director of Operations and the Event Operations Manager to plan and manage all internal and private event logistics as needed, and maintain vendor relationships and related documentation.
  • Oversee campus building and facility maintenance to minimize interruption and improve efficiency, which include building repairs, construction projects, building and facility related emergencies, and general building maintenance.
  • Support the Event Operations Manager on special events, programs, rentals, and planning.
  • Consult with and support “internal clients” (staff and/or lay leaders) on BJ special events such as fundraisers, concerts, and High Holidays as needed.
  • Supervise operation crew team members.
  • Manage, keep track of, and submit all city permit requests.
  • Manage certain grants, related construction projects, and keep track of progress.
  • Manage event supplies and equipment, including building a functional inventory and creating organized, designated spaces; work with designated facilities team members.
  • Work with the Director of Operations on administrative tasks and special projects as needed.
  • Maintain Event Operations core functions within Monday.com platform (forms, etc).
  • Communicate with internal staff and work as part of a team.
  • Provide backup support to the Director of Operations and the Event Operations Manager as needed.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • BA degree or equivalent work experience is required, plus at least five years of event operations and logistics work experience.
  • Experience with building and facilities management is a plus.
  • Experience with a member-based organization or similar environments that have a complex mix of events and programming needs with a service oriented mentality. 
  • Experience with facilities management is a plus, but not required.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong writing and communications skills.
  • Advanced computer proficiency is required, including familiarity with G Suite.
  • Highly organized with superb attention to detail; experience with online task management systems a plus; process driven is a plus.
  • Ability to prioritize according to the supervisor’s expectations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team-oriented mindset.
  • Creative, resourceful self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to anticipate needs and solve problems proactively.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and remain flexible, resourceful, and efficient; high levels of professionalism and confidentiality. 
  • Knowledge of and experience communicating on subjects related to Jewish faith and culture is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position, with a salary range of $70,000 to $85,000. Salary will be based on experience level. BJ offers medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday policies, 403b retirement plan.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@bj.org with the subject line, “Assistant Director of Operations.”

B’nai Jeshurun is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in recognition of our values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to our spiritual leaders and staff, congregants, and the communities within which we live and work. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, veterans, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ applicants.