Job Posting 98715

Executive Director
Temple Sinai Congregation
Toronto Metro area
closes in 4 days (Thu, 29 Feb)
full time

Temple Sinai, one of Toronto’s most vibrant and innovative Reform congregations, seeks a dynamic leader as its next Executive Director.

Reporting to Temple Sinai’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will combine inspirational leadership and sophisticated management skills to advance the organization in terms of culture, capability, processes and impact.


While working closely with Temple’s leadership, clergy and the Board, the new Executive Director will lead revenue development, member programming and day-to-day administration of the organization. In addition, they will build and maintain strong relationships across the community (congregants, Jewish organizations, benefactors, and others), focusing on attracting new members, delivering valuable programs and advancing the overall mission and objectives of Temple Sinai, as set forth by the Board.


The Executive Director will have broad leadership responsibility across all departments, including Marketing and Communications, Development (Fundraising), Finance, Human Resources, Community Engagement, Congregational Learning, Security, Maintenance and Administration.


Top candidates for this position will be known for their strong work ethic, and superior organizational and communication skills, while demonstrating an inspirational leadership style. From a fit standpoint, we value collegial team players who possess a highly collaborative approach to organizational leadership and an engaging nature. The Executive Director will possess a strong ‘get it done’ mentality, setting the tone from the top. As a professional with high standards and a strong sense of personal integrity and teamwork, they will bring a high level of energy and outgoing personality, while being an independent thinker with well-honed problem-solving skills.




Establishing a shared vision for Temple Sinai while leading the team.

The Executive Director will work closely with the President of the Board of Directors, the Senior Rabbi and other key members of the senior team, among other stakeholders, to develop and implement a strategic plan for the synagogue that will ensure growth, relevance to future generations, and sustainability.


Managing the business of Temple and achieving monthly, quarterly, and yearly targets.

This includes enabling the team to implement and manage membership activities and programming, conducting a review of our dues model and exploring new models, recruiting and nurturing high performing talent, setting performance standards and conducting reviews, optimizing Temple’s assets, setting and managing health and safety policies, overseeing marketing and communications activities, managing Temple property and the security of the building, participating in meetings of the Board, the Executive and certain key task forces and committees.


Partnering with the Temple’s Board of Directors and the Board President.

With strong familiarity with Temple’s by-laws and policies, they will provide guidance to the President, the Board of Directors and its committees in a manner consistent with good governance. The Executive Director will advise on the development and implementation of Temple’s strategic planning activities. They will provide the Board of Directors with regular, comprehensive reports on the financial and operational status of the organization.


Actively engaging in Temple fundraising efforts.

In conjunction with the Director of Development’s fundraising efforts and working with the Senior Rabbi (i.e. our Annual Tzedakah Campaign, capital campaigns and planned giving programs, among others), they will create and grow relationships with members that lead to successful fundraising campaigns.


Establishing and nurturing relationships in Toronto and across the country.

Serve a key role in building relationships with Jewish and community organizations across Toronto, across the province and nationwide. They will also develop connections with global locations such as Israel, to achieve our collective goals.


Leading the administration of Temple funds to ensure our financial health.

Together with the Treasurer and the Director of Finance, they will formulate an annual budget and monitor quarterly results to the budget. The Executive Director will play a key role in guiding Temple Sinai’s long-term financial planning to ensure our sustainability as an organization.


Overseeing the Director of Finance and the finance department.

Ensure the quality of our financial reporting, accounting controls, payroll management, tax filings and related departmental procedures.


Managing relationships with our external partners.

The Executive Director will partner with financial institutions, legal, auditors, insurance, tenants, and others to ensure that these are optimized for Temple.




Functional Experience:

  • Setting strategic direction: Has developed strategic plans for a similarly-sized organization.
  • Driving change: Has led and managed through major change management issues.
  • Leading growth & innovation: Has demonstrated an ability to grow an organization organically.
  • Delivering financial results: Has driven results as ultimate decision-maker (Executive Director or at least Director or VP) in an organization of similar or larger scale.
  • Managing operations: Has demonstrated an ability to manage people, facilities and multiple functions (HR, Marketing, Building Management and/or others).


Career Experience:

  • A collegial team player who possesses a nimbleness and ambition to succeed in their prior environment, while embracing the risks and opportunities ahead.
  • Superior leadership capabilities in setting the vision for an organization and a track record of meeting business objectives.
  • Capability to recruit, lead and motivate a high-performing team, while serving as an effective leader across a multi-functional team.
  • Must have the proven ability to gain the confidence of high-quality professionals.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with superior relationship management skills.


Desired Competencies:


• Demonstrated strategic acumen and intellectual curiosity.
As evidenced by the candidate’s experience in conceiving and implementing a variety of strategies that have propelled organizations forward. With a passion for Jewish identity and continuity, the ideal candidate will anticipate change and see strategic opportunities in an ever-changing Jewish identity landscape.


• Proven team leadership and talent development abilities.
As evidenced by the candidate’s hands-on approach and track record of structuring effective teams, before leading and mentoring them to achieve exceptional levels of performance. This executive will be a visionary, values-driven and authentic leader with an inspirational and encouraging style, who empowers her/his teams. The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to establish, build and lead an organization, and serve as a role model to the team as a go-getter who drives for results, ideally within an entrepreneurial culture. This executive should create an environment of high achievement where individuals take initiative and push themselves beyond their traditional areas of comfort. As an effective people leader, they will possess superior communication skills to promote a transparent culture. Importantly, the successful candidate will also leverage her/his prior track record in building teams and delivering on important strategic initiatives under tight timeframes, creating a more proactive culture that moves the business away from its current operational focus.


• Strong results orientation in pursuing community growth and driving internal process improvements.

As evidenced by the candidate’s experience in delivering superior results, both personally and through teams, in pursuing growth to attract new members and retain old ones. In addition, they will be able to identify opportunities for cost-savings and manage through an ever-changing landscape in the Jewish community.


• Well-honed collaboration and influencing skills.

As evidenced by the candidate’s team orientation, open-management style and proven ability to establish credibility and respect with a broad range of diverse community partners (internal and external). They will have a personal style that is viewed as collaborative – and not arrogant. This individual will display maturity, wisdom and flexibility as they implement change and/or as change is instituted more broadly across the organization. They will operate comfortably in different environments and be respectful of cultural differences.



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