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Executive Director

 

Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha

Berkeley, California

 

OVERVIEW

 

Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha is a long-standing organization which serves East Bay Jewish teens with a weekly educational and social program along with experiential retreats. The Board of Directors seeks an executive director to lead the organization and rebuild enrollment in the post-pandemic era. The ideal candidate values the importance of teen education and development, holds a deep understanding of Judaism and Jewish cultures, and possesses the skills to build a strong partnership with Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha’s teens, families, community partners, Board and staff. This leader is committed to and capable of leading within a pluralistic organization that promotes racial and social justice.  This is a perfect opportunity for a passionate Jewish teen educator to grow the engagement of a diverse population of East Bay Jewish teens. This position has been full-time in the past, but there is room for the role to be part-time based on interest, availability, and experience.

 

ABOUT BERKELEY-OAKLAND MIDRASHA

 

Midrasha engages local Jewish teens through pluralistic educational, social and spiritual programming, in order to strengthen their ties with their heritage and their community.  Midrasha provides its participants with the skills and knowledge they will need as committed Jewish adults, and with a community of other Jewish teens that stretches beyond the boundaries of synagogue or denomination.

 

Midrasha has two primary programs:

 

  1. A classroom-based program on Sunday afternoons, with core classes and electives that encompass a wide range of topics, including Jewish texts, arts, Israel, philosophy, cooking, Hebrew, ethics and more.

  2. A retreats program, that in non-pandemic years typically includes multiple annual retreats in an outdoor camp setting, emphasizing Shabbat celebration, social interaction and community building. In addition,  we offer occasional other Shabbaton or experiential education opportunities and a teen leadership program.

Midrasha’s programs are staffed by a diverse faculty of 4-6 teachers and 8-12 staff for retreats.  Currently, our ED works at 60% time alongside a part-time program director with the assistance of external bookkeeping services. This structure is open to change depending on the percentage of time available of the next executive director and the combined vision of the leadership and Board of Directors. Our teachers are passionate and knowledgeable role models of Jewish adults, who are at home in Judaism and in the secular world, and who are skilled at relating to teens. Staff and teens come into the program with varying levels of background in formal Jewish learning.

 

Midrasha is a community institution, affiliated with synagogues of diverse denominations and open to non-synagogue members. Kashrut and Shabbat are observed to ensure the comfort and participation of all interested teens.

 

Midrasha has an annual operating budget of $150-200K. Funding for the organization comes largely from participant fees, with additional contributions coming from local synagogue subsidies, Federation and other institutional grants, as well as a broad base of individual donors.  The organization is governed by a Board of Directors to whom the Executive Director reports.

 

To learn more about Midrasha and its programs, please visit www.midrasha.org

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

The incoming executive director will be charged with leading the Board and staff in setting specific strategies to reach these objectives.

 

  • Increased Enrollment & Engagement:  Grow teen recruitment and retention through effective marketing, community relations, and ongoing program evaluation.

 

  • Content and Programming:  Ensure innovative pluralistic Jewish programming, both classroom and experiential, that is relevant and engaging for today’s teens. In particular, work to grow leadership offerings and opportunities for teens within both the weekly and retreats programming and working to realize our commitment to racial and social justice within our programs and teen and faculty experience.


 

  • Community Relations:  Increase, strengthen and foster excellent relationships with Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha’s community, including teens, parents, rabbis and educators of local synagogues, Contra Costa Midrasha and other Jewish professionals and the local Jewish Federation, as well as working closely with the Board of Directors.

 

  • Organizational Fiscal Health/Sustainability: Ensure Midrasha’s ability to operate into the future and continue to offer affordable program offerings and financial aid to families by seeking grants, cultivating major donors and legacy gifts, and leading fundraising and budgeting efforts.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Executive Director serves as chief executive officer accountable to the Board of Directors for the effective conduct of all affairs of the organization. The Executive Director:

  • Engages with board and staff in creating a strategic vision for Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha. 

  • Recruits, inspires, supervises and retains high quality faculty, including teaching and other core programmatic staff.

  • Yields strong program enrollment through the recruitment of teens from affiliated synagogues and unaffiliated families.

  • Recommends to the Board an annual budget and an annual work plan in line with Midrasha’s strategic vision. 

  • Assures that the organization’s programs, products and services are consistently of the highest quality and meet the needs of today’s teens.

  • Ensures the sound fiscal and programmatic operation of the organization. 

  • Leads and participates in active fundraising, including grant-writing, to ensure financial health and stability of Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha.

  • Oversees the administrative functions of the organization including billing, bookkeeping and vendor relationships.

  • Enhances Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha’s brand through effective use of technology and interpersonal skills to connect and communicate with Midrasha’s community partners. 

  • Develops and maintains strong, well-grounded relationships with Midrasha’s community, serving as the public face of the organization.

  • Supports the work of the Board of Directors, and is involved in the planning of its meetings.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

 

Required Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated commitment to youth and Jewish education as core values, and to the use of retreats and other experiential programming.

  2. Track record of leading through change and growing program participation, enrollment, and engagement.

  3. Ability to oversee the operations of a small non-profit organization and to ensure its fiscal health and sustainability. 

  4. Knowledge of and experience in creating and delivering high-quality relevant and innovative educational curricula and programming that engages Jewish teens and strengthens their ties to their heritage and their community both within the classroom and experientially.

  5. A solid understanding of and experience teaching about Judaism – History, Hebrew, Shabbat, Kashrut, holidays, prayer, songs, Israel, foods, literature, etc. Experience working within multi-denominational or pluralistic Jewish communal organizations preferred.

  6. Ability and comfort with addressing issues of racial and social justice within and beyond the Jewish community in both interpersonal and institutional settings.

  7. Proven collaboration and partnering skills, including working with a Board of Directors.

  8. Ability to achieve good rapport with teens and their parents, and ensure parents feel confident that their children’s needs are being met.

  9. Demonstrated fundraising and/or grant writing skills.

  10. Knowledge of mandated reporting, modifications and accommodations for students with special needs, curriculum development, behavior contracting, counseling, etc.

  11. Ability to recruit and retain staff, and provide and/or ensure professional development, coaching, and evaluation.

  12. Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  13. Technologically savvy.

  14. Five or more years of experience in education, Jewish communal service and/or nonprofit administration required.

  15. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

 

POSITION DETAILS:

Start Date: July 1, 2021 (may be able to start earlier if available)

Hours: 60% - 100% time (FTE depends on availability and interest in part- vs. full-time structure to the role), 12 months, exempt.

Salary: $60-70K, commensurate with experience and pro-rated to final FTE.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to midrashaEDsearch@gmail.com.  Applications will be immediately reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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