Open Temple

Careers

Open Temple is currently seeking a Director of Operations and Impact AND an Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Director of Operations and Impact: 

A full-time opportunity to manage a theater/rental space (Electric Lodge) and spiritual start-up (Open Temple) which are located on the same campus and which share a collaborative vision for the future of Venice, CA. The successful candidate is an operations whisperer, management guru, and systems thinker motivated to assume a key leadership role in advancing these two nonprofit institutions. The DOI oversees and is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day operations as described below. Reporting to the Founding Rabbi and Artistic Director, the DOI provides professional support to the Rabbi, lay leadership and co-creators (members) with a 21st Century vision of spiritual community formation.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Hire, train, manage & motivate staff and independent contractors
  • Undertake outreach efforts to build and expand partnerships with organizations & individuals
  • Create and maintain all operations systems including HR (i.e. employee files, ensuring personnel reviews are conducted, coordinate annual updating of the Employee Handbook and relevant financial and HR policies and ensure that job descriptions are current)

Event Point Person

  • Oversee major events including High Holy Days: Responsible for all logistics and administrative tasks, including coordination of external vendors, staff assignments and lay leadership involvement
  • Manage Open Temple and Electric Lodge calendar, use of the facility and logistical support for both organizations
  • Significant and consistent presence at Open Temple Happenings

Strategy & Membership

  • Collaborate on Strategic Planning, responsible for the execution of the strategic plan
  • Own the development and execution of Open Temple’s membership strategy to convert participants into Co-Creators/Members
  • Meet annual goals for Co-Creatorship renewal and conversion
  • Responsible for volunteer strategy and the recruitment and management of volunteers
  • Responsible for leading development efforts 
  • Provide administrative support to the Rabbi concerning co-creators
  • Identify and activate future lay leadership
  • Oversee, manage and assess data in Salesforce in order to integrate and optimize 
  • The DOI should have “yenta-level knowledge” of congregants and activate co-creators towards engagement and community building

Marketing & Communications

  • Oversight of team to ensure marketing objectives are being met and all communication channels remain on brand
  • Collaborate with Founding Rabbi to develop annual marketing plan
  • Ensure websites are updated

Finance

  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations, managing the finances within the approved budgets
  • Prepare annual budgets in consultation with the Board, Rabbi, and staff
  • Manage financial records in Quickbooks with support from bookkeeper
  • Review monthly financial reports and provide analysis for the Board and Founding Rabbi  
  • Oversee payments to vendors and payroll 
  • Financial, enrollment and general correspondence with Creative Torah Academy and B. Mitzvah families, as well as those enrolled in other classes/workshops

Development

  • Work closely with the Board and Rabbi to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals, execute the associated activities;
  • Play a visible and active role in fundraising efforts;
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with foundation officers;
  • Oversee grant reports and proposals;
  • Develop a system for tracking donor behavior (engagement, giving, etc.) to support cultivating donors over time
  • Cultivate relationships with community members and potential donors
  • Participate in solicitations of donors

Operations

  • Oversee facilities operations and administration 
  • Troubleshoot and streamline office systems
  • Obtain vendor contracts, proposals, and quotes as requested and manage vendor projects

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 10+ years working in a non-profit environment
  • Deep financial acumen: Understands financial management and accounting principles and ensures that fiscal controls and procedures are adhered to
  • Project management skills: Ability to prioritize, make decisions quickly and exercise initiative and sound judgment
  • Proficiency with Google Office, WordPress, Salesforce, Eventbrite, and Mailchimp
  • Social Media Literate
  • Positive attitude, approachable, functions with clarity, transparency and integrity
  • Able to build and sustain relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Able to foster collaboration, build consensus and create win-win interactions
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Organized and able to put clear and efficient processes in place
  • Ability to see the big picture and think strategically about topics of importance to Open Temple and Electric Lodge now and in the future
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed to attend events and meetings
  • Familiarity with Jewish ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions

Desirable:

  • Experience working with synagogues or other Jewish service organizations
  • Experience working with theaters
  • Experience with rental spaces
  • Relevant Master’s degree or certificate in non-profit management

Cultural Fit:

  • Personally invested in the overlapping missions of Open Temple and Electric Lodge
  • Entrepreneurial zeal: Goes the extra mile for excellence
  • Curious, a desire to continually learn and grow
  • Generative, positive, takes ownership
  • Confident and professional
  • Strong work ethic, sets goals, gets things done
  • Team player: Happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
  • Genuinely cares about our people and treats them with warmth and love
  • Able to solve problems independently and efficiently
  • Willing to put the work of the team above personal agenda

Salary $110,000+ package with benefits and commensurate with experience.

Send a short letter of introduction that shares why you are a good fit for this position and your resume in PDF format to hello@opentemple.org.

Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Our Engagement and Outreach Coordinator works closely with our Rabbi/Artistic Director and other senior staff to engage existing congregants and amplify our voice with the Jew-ishly curious and those who love us in Venice, Los Angeles and beyond. This position requires a high level of creativity, emotional intelligence, independence, judgment and attention to detail, not to mention a balance of intuition and curiosity, and strong project management skills. Enthusiasm, a positive attitude, efficiency, and a sense of humor are essential.

As Open Temple’s Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, you will:

Recruit and engage community members:  

  • Schmooze: get to know the whole of the diverse OT community
  • Use data around interests and attendance history to steward individuals in our community to Happenings they might enjoy
  • Respond to likes, comments, etc. on social media
  • Co-design and implement an outreach plan for our summer and holiday break camps
  • Co-host Live Stream Happenings and upload videos of Happenings 
  • Develop volunteer opportunities for all Happenings and connect interested volunteers with these opportunities 
  • Assist with engagement around all circles (social justice, community care, etc)
  • Implement strategies to acknowledge life-cycle occasions

Serve as a supportive member of our team

  • Participate in set-up and breakdown of events
  • Pitch in when others need support

Translate the vision of our Rabbi/Artistic Director into visually engaging tools

  • Create deliverables that attract new faces to Open Temple and optimize engagement among familiar faces
  • Source and create imagery for e-newsletters, website, social media posts, etc.

Create, implement, and manage a weekly outreach plan that is on brand

  • Create and implement a social media strategy using platforms like Facebook and Instagram (manage posts, use hashtags to optimize visibility, etc.) along with email blasts and targeted mail merges
  • Create and sustain strategic partnerships to share Open Temple’s programming with relevant channels (i.e. JKidsLA, PJ Library, Jewish Federation, NuRoots, Moishe House, etc.)
  • Ensure our website has appropriate information and homepage is appropriately prioritized

Desired Skills /Experience

  • 3-5 years experience in outreach, marketing, and/or engagement
  • Understanding of marketing, communications, and branding
  • Social media savvy – analytic skills to measure and advise on social media engagement, demonstrated experience building audiences
  • Proficiency with Canva, WordPress, MailChimp, Later, Google Suite, YouTube, Vimeo and more
  • Familiarity with the Jewish, non-profit sector + ritual, holiday and life-cycle traditions

Qualifications

  • Love and respect for people 
  • Curious, a desire to continually learn and grow
  • Strong team player, happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
  • Dependable, responsible, self-motivated, creative and solution oriented
  • Ability to work well in high pressure situations and on deadlines
  • Sense of humor, resilience & flexibility
  • Generative, positive, takes ownership
  • Confident and professional

To Apply:

Salary commensurate with experience.  Send a short letter of introduction that shares why you are a good fit for this position and your resume in PDF format to hello@opentemple.org.