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MANAGING DIRECTOR
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 


MANAGING DIRECTOR

 

Who We Are: SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva based in Chicago which attracts the brightest, boldest, and most courageous learners—many formerly alienated from Jewish life—who, through SVARA’s accessible but rigorous approach to Talmud study, unique pedagogy, and intensely diverse bet midrash, become players in the Jewish future. We have been wildly successful at: reinvigorating the Jewish identity of our students, developing pride in a tradition that is smarter and more sophisticated than those students ever imagined, instilling a deep love of and commitment to Judaism, being a model of a new way to teach text, and being the delivery system by which the core texts and spiritual technologies of our tradition are transmitted. SVARA offers a widening reach of programs, currently including a full-time program, evening classes, week-long summer retreats, and on-the-road pop-up batei midrash (spaces for sacred learning).

Join our leadership team now as we are growing in numbers and reputation! Over the past three years, SVARA has grown from 150 registrations in 2013 to over 850 in 2016 with anticipated growth to over 1200 in 2017. We have been selected for the second year in a row by Slingshot as one of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations and Rabbi Benay Lappe, SVARA’s founder and Rosh Yeshiva, is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.

We Want You: SVARA seeks a Managing Director (MD) who is a dynamic self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset requisite to building and executing the systems needed to meet our mission and vision. You have demonstrated skills and interest in operations, finance, fundraising, marketing, and communications. You’re excited by the opportunity to grow and challenge yourself by working alongside Rabbi Benay Lappe, Founder/Rosh Yeshiva, the Associate Director, the Director of Educational Initiatives, and Board of Directors to lead SVARA in developing and implementing organizational strategies to meet its mission and drive into its next phase of growth.

The successful candidate will serve as a member of SVARA’s executive team in sharing responsibility for leading the ongoing work of developing, testing, and executing on its organizational business strategy. The Managing Director will contribute to the development and maintenance of organizational culture in accord with SVARA’s articulated values and the vision of the Rosh Yeshiva.

 

Areas of Primary Responsibility:

Business and Financial Management

– Oversee business operations for SVARA. Assure effective and efficient business processes and manage processes and practices for operations, including financial, staff management, and database management.

– Supervise Financial Assistant

– Develop and manage metrics for effective business and organization management

– Ensure legal compliance, keep state and national registrations up to date

– Manage insurance and vendors

– Responsible for end-of-year audit and tax filings, with support of Financial Assistant

Fundraising

– Develop and manage SVARA’s fundraising plan – Grants: Research foundations to identify funders, develop proposals and grant applications with support/partnership of Associate Director and Rosh Yeshiva on programmatic elements, track grants, and provide reporting as required

– Support Associate Director in the development and execution of  individual fundraising strategy in order to meet or exceed organizational funding goals

– Establish and execute donor stewardship practices in partnership with the Associate Director and Rosh Yeshiva, including thank you letters, regular contact/updates, in person meetings, and donor events as determined by you to maximize efficiency and effectiveness

– Manage the donor database

Board

– Responsible for board management and development, including scheduling of board meetings and retreats, developing materials for board and distributing minutes

– Facilitate board activities

Marketing and Communication

Design, execute, and assess the effectiveness of a marketing and communications plan at least annually, designed to achieve organizational goals. To include at least the following:

– Website management – maintain its accuracy, value in meeting organizational goals, and brand alignment. Create well-designed templates for e-newsletters, emails, slides, and other printed materials commonly used in programs

– Design and delivery of quarterly e-newsletters and other newsworthy and timely email communications to constituents (experience with MailChimp); Assure a robust social media presence using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and/or other social media platforms tested and shown to be most effective in attracting the attention of SVARA’s target populations

– Support Associate Director and Director of Educational Initiatives in development of program-related marketing materials

– Support the work of Rosh Yeshiva by training her in the use of templates and creating final versions of her slides and materials to assure quality production values

– Design and develop print material as needed

– Plan and implement at least 1-2 events annually to increase visibility and develop community

– Respond to emails directed to general address and/or redirect to appropriate staff as necessary

Strategic Partnerships

– Support  Rosh Yeshiva, Associate Director, and Director of Educational Initiatives in identifying potential partners

– Produce legally sufficient partnership agreement template(s) and secure execution

– Support Associate Director and Director of Educational Initiatives in tracking and managing partnerships

Database

– Responsible for database (Neon) systems needed to manage financial and programmatic data of SVARA, including regular assessment of the system to ensure system efficiency and effectiveness

– Act as administrator on all systems

– Assure accuracy of all financial data inputs by Financial Assistant

– Input and manage grant and donation data

– Run reports and analyze data; track metrics; prepare monthly reports for Rosh Yeshiva and Board or others, as requested

Human Resources

– Supervise Associate Director, including provision of support for her supervision of the Director of Educational Initiatives

– Ensure effective HR processes and practices are in place, including performance management/development, career development, compensation and benefits programs, legal requirements, etc.

– Create employee handbook

– Manage payroll

– Manage employee evaluation process

Program/Other

– Support the Associate Director as needed to manage program logistics

– Ensure that office space is stocked with supplies, and is clean and neat

– Oversee administrative staff

– Perform other assignments as needed and as determined by the Rosh Yeshiva in order to advance the organization.

 

Key Skills/Experience:

– 10+ years experience in business, operations, and people management

– Experience in fundraising, donor relationships, and financial management

– Experience in developing, implementing, and improving organizational processes and systems

– Bachelor’s degree with advanced degree preferred

– Outstanding communication skills – written, oral, presentation

– Grammar nerd

– Exceptional attention to detail

– Good design sense and ability to create beautifully designed materials

– Extremely strong organizational and time management skills

– Tech savvy

– Positive attitude, a “make it happen” and fun kind of person

 

Reports to: This is a full-time position and reports to the Rosh Yeshiva.

Compensation: SVARA offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. SVARA is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@svara.org. Please write “Managing Director” in subject line.


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

Who We Are: SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva based in Chicago which attracts the brightest, boldest, and most courageous learners—many formerly alienated from Jewish life—who, through SVARA’s accessible but rigorous approach to Talmud study, unique pedagogy, and intensely diverse bet midrash, become players in the Jewish future. We have been wildly successful at: reinvigorating the Jewish identity of our students, developing pride in a tradition that is smarter and more sophisticated than those students ever imagined, instilling a deep love of and commitment to Judaism, being a model of a new way to teach text, and being the delivery system by which the core texts and spiritual technologies of our tradition are transmitted. SVARA offers a widening reach of programs, currently including a full-time program, evening classes, week-long summer retreats, and on-the-road pop-up batei midrash (spaces for sacred learning).

Join our leadership team now as we are growing in numbers and reputation! Over the past three years, SVARA has grown from 150 registrations in 2013 to over 850 in 2016 with anticipated growth to over 1200 in 2017. We have been selected for the second year in a row by Slingshot as one of the most inspiring and innovative Jewish organizations and Rabbi Benay Lappe, SVARA’s founder and Rosh Yeshiva, is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.

We Want You: SVARA seeks an executive assistant who is a dynamic self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset to perform a wide range of administrative and program coordination duties for the leadership team of Rosh Yeshiva, Managing Director, and Associate Director. Key duties include assisting the leadership with program coordination, scheduling, meeting logistics, research, presentations, and data management.

 

Areas of Primary Responsibility:

– Support and manage a high-volume of requests and projects to meet the objectives of the leadership team

– Manage all scheduling and travel logistics for the Rosh Yeshiva

– Prepare and edit correspondence, presentations, reports, and memos

– Answering phone calls, purchasing, photocopying, faxing, and filing.

– Respond to inquiries from current and potential partners

– Complete expense reports and manage correspondence with vendors

– Manage and support SVARA events and program activities (i.e., board meetings, educational programs, fundraising events, etc.) as required

– Support the leadership in strategic communications, organizational strategy, and all other special projects as assigned

– Assist in other administrative tasks as needed

 

Key Skills/Experience:

– College degree plus one year of work experience, preferably in the philanthropic/nonprofit sector

– Strong interpersonal skills include a great sense of humor

– Demonstrated ability to take initiative/problem-solve, multi-task, be flexible, adaptive and prioritize work

– Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, both oral and written (grammar nerd a plus)

– Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, excellence, and attention to detail

– Ability to access a wide range of sources and networks for information

– Good judgment and ability to function independently

– Significant facility with Microsoft Office applications and social media web platforms

– Ability to anticipate needs

– Team player

– A make-it-happen kind of person

– Familiarity with non-profit sector a plus

 

Reports to: This is a part-time consulting project that has the potential to develop into a full-time salaried position.

Compensation: SVARA offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package. SVARA is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@svara.org. Please write “Executive Assistant” in subject line.