Executive Director for Kol Ami


Kol Ami is a new Reform congregation formed from a merger between Congregation Or Chadash and Temple Emanu-El. Now one of the largest Reform congregations in Southern Arizona, Kol Ami is seeking to hire an Executive Director. Kol Ami provides spiritual, educational, cultural, social activities, programs, and services to more than 500 families. The new Executive Director will work with the Board and Clergy to create a new culture and move the organization forward. Located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, the leadership seeks a warm & welcoming Executive Director.


The Executive Director is the chief executive of Kol Ami responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations, including administrative, facilities, and development; is the key point of contact for members and prospective members; and manages the finances of the synagogue and collaborates with the clergy, professional staff, and lay leaders to develop, execute and evaluate policies in support of the synagogue’s mission, vision and strategic plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of six plus years relevant experience in organizational management (business or non-profit) that includes strong interpersonal skills, managing staff, volunteers, programs and events, facility management, financial management and development.  Experience with QuickBooks and Shul Cloud is helpful.

The Executive Director takes direction from and is accountable to the President of the congregation and the Board of Trustees and reports directly to the President. The Executive Director, Board and Clergy partner together. The Executive Director will also collaborate with religious school and early childhood staff.


  • Leads and supervises non-clergy staff and promotes a positive workplace culture.
  • Provide a sound operational and financial foundation to support the spiritual and community experience of Kol Ami membership. Responsible for all ongoing synagogue operations.
  • Build trusted relationships with the Board, Clergy, staff and congregants.
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to potential new congregants as well as other Jewish institutions and community organizations.
  • In collaboration with the Board, create pathways for congregational growth, including fundraising, membership, volunteer opportunities and communications.
  • In conjunction with the Board and with its approval, develop and implement Kol Ami budgets and policies.
  • Ensure the Clergy have day-to-day administrative support as needed.
  • Provide strategic leadership to the Board regarding governance issues. Communicate effectively with the Board and provide timely and accurate information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
  • Manage the HR, facilities, systems and security. Also responsible for vendor management and contracts.


  • Strong leadership ability with a record of success. Experience in a non-profit or synagogue environment is preferred but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. A minimum of six years leadership experience highly desired.
  • Success in hiring, supervising, developing and retaining staff members and building effective teams and organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact effectively with congregants, Clergy, staff and lay leadership in furtherance of Kol Ami’s mission.
  • Ability to create a warm, welcoming community at all levels for members, Clergy, staff and visitors.
  • A proven track record in financial and budgetary matters, including establishment of policies and procedures and follow through of same.
  • A strong background in technology issues, including hardware, software, and related security matters.
  • Ability to recognize key issues and develop creative and appropriate solutions, as well as the ability to multitask, understanding the big picture while maintaining a focus on individual duties.
  • Ability to work effectively under periods of stress and time constraints.
  • A track record of innovation and ability to respond to new challenges and opportunities facing synagogues and the Jewish community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be ready and adaptable to take on new tasks, as well as demonstrate flexibility and understanding of changes in program needs.
  • Must be a team player who strives to provide excellent service and make sure all business and programs run smoothly and in compliance with legal, ethical and religious requirements.
  • Must be available for after-hours synagogue events and emergencies.
  • Must be committed to being an active and involved member of the Kol Ami community.
  • Sufficient Jewish knowledge to direct Kol Ami activities and to function effectively as a representative and spokesperson (irrespective of ritual activities).


The salary range for this position is $95,000 – $115,000.  A comprehensive benefits package is also available.

For more information, or to apply, please contact Carin@sageviewconsulting.com.