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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is always looking for smart, talented, committed people who would like to join our team.

Here are some opportunities available now. For more information about the following job openings, please contact careers@uscj.org.

Job Title Assistant Regional Youth Director - Hagalil USY
Job Description The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – USY is looking for a dynamic, outgoing person to serve as Assistant Regional Youth Director for the Hagalil region of United Synagogue Youth (USY). This is a full-time position based out of our Edison NJ office, with travel on a regular basis to visit affiliated congregations in the region (evening and weekend commitments). The candidate must be able to interact and enjoy working with middle and high school students and serve as a Conservative Jewish role model. The ideal candidate must have a degree from a four year college or university and a demonstrated knowledge of Judaism. Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization or any equivalent is preferred. The candidate must be committed to an observant Conservative Jewish lifestyle. This is an exciting opportunity to work with teens and help them develop as leaders. Must have a driver’s license and a car.

Job Title Assistant Regional Youth Director - HaNegev USY
Job Description Seeking full-time Assistant Regional Youth Director for HaNegev USY & Kadima. Position will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of HaNegev programming, outreach, and leadership training, grades 6-12. Person will serve as coordinator for all Kadima activities 6 – 8 grade. 

Candidates should have: 
• Clear understanding of the Conservative Judaism movement and its religious responsibilities, as well as of USY and Kadima. 
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with chapter staff throughout HaNegev, lay management and youth. 
• Strong planning and organizational skills. 
• Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently. 
• Ability to organize, complete multiple tasks, pay close attention to detail, and meet deadlines. 
• Computer skills and social media knowledge. 
• Experience in leading youth groups and programs in a non-profit organization, or any equivalent combination of experience and training, that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities 

To apply for this position, please send your resume to Vivian Lewis Director of Human Resources - vlewis@uscj.org 
Please enter Assistant Regional Youth Director for Southeast Region in the subject line. 
Job Title Associate Director of Development
Job Description

Mission Critical: This position has primary responsibility for fund raising for USCJ and for the coordination of USY philanthropy.

Position Purpose:
The Associate Director of Development supports the direction, management and coordination for individual, major gift fundraising in support of USCJ. Following the direction of the CDO and the performance expectations and policies of USCJ, the ADOD will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major donors for capital, annual restricted and unrestricted and endowed gifts

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • A minimum of 10 qualified contacts (1:1 meetings) per month with major donor prospects
  • Development of an annual fundraising plan in coordination with the CDO
  • Cultivate and solicit a minimum of 3 donors per month (36 per year), working with the CDO, CEO and volunteers as appropriate
  • A minimum goal of $200,000 to be raised for USCJ in the first year through individual, corporate and foundation gifts. In future years, expectations will increase.
  • Actively assist or manage differing market segments (i.e. programs, alumni, synagogue leaders, Rabbis, potential donor prospects, foundations, and other segments) essential to the success of the annual fundraising plan
  • Solicit at least 20 gifts of $5,000 or more in a fiscal year
  • Understand and comply with all USCJ policies and procedures as they relate to fundraising practices
  • Review of monthly reports and pipelines with CDO and CEO
  • Have a strong working knowledge and understanding of USCJ programs
  • Collaborate with CDO, USY staff and lay leadership to engage alumni in fundraising, networking and supporting USY
  • The ADOD will be passionate about Conservative Judaism and will be a self-motivated individual who is able to identify and pursue new fundraising leads
  • Proven ability to build effective relationships at all levels both internally and externally
  • Self-motivated individual with strong administration skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
  • Perform other duties and tasks, consistent with the skills and expertise, as required in non-routine circumstances

Knowledge and Skills:

  • The Associate Director of Development should be outgoing, confident, a persuasive communicator and have excellent writing skills.
  • The ADOD must be able to give effective presentations and is required to travel often.
  • Experience with development software

Education and Work Experience:

  • A bachelor's degree in marketing, public relations or another accepted discipline
  • A minimum of four to five years’ experience
  • A proven track record of revenue generation
  • Prior experience with direct mail campaigns, major donors, events, endowment fundraising or other campaigns as needed
  • Experience in USY is preferred
Job Title Chief Financial Officer (Interim)
Job Description The Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for the management and execution of all core functions of the Finance Department for a multi-faceted non-profit with revenues in excess of $20 million, including monthly financial statements; ongoing accounts payable and receivable; the annual budgets and balance statements; and the annual external audit. In addition, the Chief Financial Officer will be required to develop and/ or refine systems for and production of ongoing : financial analysis; cash management and forecasting; metrics and benchmarks; cost/benefit and R.O.I. analysis of USCJ’s diverse programs; ongoing internal audits; and financial and accounting policies and procedures. 

A principal responsibility will be to assist the Chief Operating Officer in financial and capitalization strategies, and in many projects relating to cost savings, revenue centers and other matters. The Chief Financial Officer will be responsible for achieving the quality of timely financial reporting, functions and management for a Finance Department which adheres to best practices and plays a critical and pragmatic role in monitoring and driving the key financial goals of the organization. The CFO will also have the skills to develop and maintain key financial relationships. 

The CFO will report to and work closely with the Chief Operating Officer. In addition, s/he will partner with the senior leadership and board of directors in implementing strategies across the organization. S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a finance staff of professionals who have direct reports. 

Reports to: This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer. 

The duties of the Chief Financial Officer shall include, but are not limited, to the following: 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Play a meaningful and pragmatic role in maximizing the Finance Department’s impact on and assistance to the achievement of the organization’s strategic plan financial milestones 
  • Management and leadership of staff in performing all accounting transactions and systems’ functions, including payroll, general ledger, balance sheet analysis, accounts receivable and payable and reconciliations for a primarily centralized accounting system with headquarters in NYC, and operations in six states and Canada 
  • Management and execution of the budget process, including budget materials which reflect USCJ’s core programs and transmission of related trends, results and metrics on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis to external and internal stakeholders 
  • Management and execution of the external audit process, with very few, if any, auditor concerns over accounting operations 
  • Leadership in developing and implementing ongoing cash forecasting, planning and management 
  • Management with the COO of USCJ’s transition to an environment where ongoing analysis of results, both financial and programmatic, becomes part of company’s culture and ongoing operations, with the development of reports tied to benchmarking, R.O.I., cost benefit analysis and/or mission/cost metrics dashboard ; and/or scenario modelling 
  • As a business partner to the COO, the CFO must assess organizational performance against both the annual budget and USCJ’s long-term strategy. Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the COO and make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations. 
  • Develop and maintain key financial vendor, bank and lender relationships 
  • Mentor and develop an effective team of accounting and finance professionals, managing work allocation, training, problem resolution and performance evaluation. 
  • Preparation of monthly financial results narrative , and leadership oversight of the preparation of monthly profit and loss statements and accompanying reports to include an effective “early warning system” for results’ variations. 
  • Responsibility for working closely with the COO and the Development Chief on reporting and accounting treatment of multiple sources of philanthropy, including multiple grants, and restricted and endowed gifts and pledges 
  • Responsibility, along with the COO, for investigating cost containment and expense savings opportunities at all levels of the organization on an ongoing basis 
  • Oversight or preparation of required tax returns in the US and Canada 
  • Coordination with the COO and financial consultants of the organization’s Israeli and Canadian operations on financial, tax and budget issues 
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with senior staff and lay leaders, including members of the Audit, Budget and Investment Committees, and the Treasurer and other officers of USCJ 
  • Develop and utilize policies, internal controls and audit procedures, and accounting manuals tied to best practices in large non-profit organizations and to USCJ’s key missions and goals 
  • Develop and effectively utilize efficiencies in systems, procedures and training to shorten the time periods for ongoing reports and financial statements, so as to increase real time impact of such materials on performance 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and usability of current financial systems, including the role of time/ function allocation to ascertain direct and indirect program costs 
  • Design educational sessions to train districts/business units/programs personnel for the use and proper interpretation of financial system services 
  • Work with the Director of Human Resources on the financial aspects of benefit and insurance programs, and with the Director of IT on all major systems 
  • Ensure the accuracy of financial documents in accordance with City, State, and Federal laws, and generally accepted accounting principles. 
  • Analyze, execute and implement other related work projects as necessary, and as requested by the COO. 
Knowledge and Skills: 
  • Proven leadership and management experience and excellence in a multi- disciplinary, fast paced finance and accounting department of an organization with multiple units or core functions, and with annual revenues of at least $10M and 50 employees 
  • Decision making and change management skills 
  • Results and people orientation 
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting, financial analysis, and financial management principles and practices 
  • Proven skill set in complex budgeting and payroll involving multiple sites, departments and, assets classed on business/program units, and allocations. 
  • Ability to make prompt evaluations and decisions on tactical and strategic matters 
  • Keen understanding and experience in financial feasibility, metrics, R.O.I. and other financial analysis methodologies with practical applications related to organization’s functions, programs, results and planning 
  • Ability to perform or supervise the performance of a variety of projects, receive unexpected top priority assignments and solve interpersonal or procedural problems simultaneously amidst frequent interruptions 
  • Expertise in the use of financial software (preferably of Blackbaud or similar products), financial spreadsheets and financial modelling 
  • Ability to solicit cooperation from persons and departments throughout USCJ 
  • Ability to plan, train, organize, supervise, and review the work of subordinate employees/supervisors 
  • Strong and tested abilities in written and oral communication sufficient to handle sensitive projects and problems, to develop strong working relationships with divergent groups and to communicate technical, strategic and programmatic concepts 
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in financial management of non-profit organizations, in general, and specifically of religious non-profits, a plus 
  • Demonstrable passion for USCJ mission and vision a hands-on manager with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment 
  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into financial models 
  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong service mentality. 

Education and Work Experience: 
The CFO will be a seasoned and mature leader with at least 5 years at the CFO level, and/or broad finance leadership experience, ideally beginning in accounting, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. S/he will have experience managing the finance function (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) within a diverse, division-based entity. 

The CFO will have the following experience and attributes: 
  • A minimum of a bachelors degree in accounting; a CPA would be a plus. 
  • Creativity, with experience in financial projects activities in ways that both cover costs and generate operating margins. 
  • Proactive, with evidence of having worked as a true business partner to the COO or CEO of a multi-divisional organization. If coming from the for-profit world, nonprofit board experience is preferred.
Job Title Director of Communications, Media Relations and Marketing
Job Description Mission Critical: This position is critical to the vision and mission of United Synagogue because it leads the challenge to drive the Communications Department, which will serve as the internal marketing and communication nerve center of USCJ by utilizing new and innovating approaches in e-media, social media, and print. This position will work to support the grander goal of promoting USCJ, its leadership, programs, and messages. The building and cementing of a relationship of trust and professional comradeship between the CEO and key members of the press. 

Position Purpose: This position will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of online communication, media, and marketing activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the USCJ organization and its leadership. First and foremost the purpose of this position will be keeping communication and information flowing to the internal audience groups of USCJ and to the sister organizations, primarily through online vehicles as well as print. This position will supervise and direct the workflow of marketing, advertising, and public relations staff and independent contractors by assigning job tasks, facilitating interdepartmental communications and managing external communications. 

This position reports to: the Chief Executive Officer. 

Duties include but are not limited to the following: 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance USCJ’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences 
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization 
  • Work with the leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them 
  • Serve as communications counselor to USCJ leadership 
  • Responsible for implementation, definition, creation, and publication of the online social media communication plan and strategy and garnering support from USCJ key stakeholders; 
  • Affiliated organizations in the Conservative movement and other key collaborators and partner groups 
  • Management of CJ Magazine/Kolot into a vital, exciting, interactive publication that lives primarily online 
  • Work closely with all USCJ departments, including, but not limited to SULAM, KRM, USY and Financial Revenue Development, to ensure consistency, product quality and economies of scale and continuity in social media as well as coordinate all e-newsletters and social media; i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc. 
  • Work closely with the COO and Human Resources to ensure corporate presence and consistency of message to key stakeholders, including all USCJ staff as it relates to policy and employee engagement. 
  • Oversee development of all USCJ print communications including the annual report, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including USCJ’s website and new media 
  • Manage relationships with associated vendors 

Media Relations: 
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization 
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed 
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding USCJ programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects 
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development 
  • Assist in outreach to the media, in-reach to USCJ constituents, creation of press releases, story development 
  • Assist in pitching stories to the media 
  • Management of an in-house PR database. 

  • Create a marketing/public relations strategy that will allow USCJ leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influences. 
  • Lead the marketing and communications effort for all USCJ global conventions 
  • Create and generate an online marketing experience for the USCJ membership 
  • Preside and carry out the USCJ strategy over all manner of communication and programs that serve to build the newly envisioned USCJ brand 
  • Lead in the promotion of events, publications, and the public face of USCJ through advertising and other means 
  • Marketing CJ Magazine/Kolot. 
  • Promoting USCJ as the voice of wise and rational commentary on pressing contemporary issues, the sane voice from the center 
  • Plant the USCJ story within the cyber sphere through blogs, relevant websites, and all appropriate social media. 
  • Leading launch events for the publication through promotion and public relations 
  • Manage USCJ Internal Communications, disseminate important materials to ensure that that key staffers and departments are fully informed 
  • Maintain transparency and communication to special consultant and Senior management 
  • Be the coordination agent of re-branding: Along with the communication and marketing team lead the transition of USCJ into a new era where it is radically re-branded in an organic manner. 

Team Development/Management: 
  • Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy 
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality 
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis 
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountability, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments 

Knowledge and Skills: 
  • High organizational skills 
  • Must have a proven track record within the communications and marketing industry of results and reliability 
  • Competent communicator; articulate, artful, and diplomatic in speech. 
  • Above average writing skills 
  • Creativity is a must 
  • Must be culturally literate in the Conservative Judaism movement 
  • Ability to quickly adapt and perform 
  • Must have a pleasant disposition and team orientation 
  • Competent in all technical systems that are required 

Educational Background and Experience: 

  • College degree or advanced degree 
  • Six to ten years of solid communication, public relations, and/or marketing experience preferably within a non-profit setting 
  • Proven managerial experience 
  • Must be a polished producer of press releases, e-blasts, and other communication to the media 
  • Experienced at producing inter-organizational memoranda and other communication 
  • Experienced in Constant Contact (or similar program) and Excel 
  • Proven proficiency in programs relating to writing and communicating 
  • Skills must include pitching stories to the media, story development, and handling of reporters, planning press conferences, and customizing story pitches. 
  • High proficiency in social media skills is necessary 
  • Relationships with the religious media are a plus 
  • Experience in handling pressure and respect for deadlines 
Job Title Executive Assistant to the CEO
Job Description Mission Critical: 
The Executive Assistant effectively manages all aspects of the Chief Executive Officer’s office and performs detailed and diverse tasks. He/she is regularly required to resolve complex administrative problems independently. 

Position Purpose: 
The position requires tact and integrity due to the frequency of high level internal and external contacts and exposure to confidential information. The Executive Assistant must be able to quickly acquire a thorough knowledge of USCJ policies and procedures and understand the mission and vision of the organization as articulated by its CEO, as well as its structure regarding both internal staff and its board. The Executive Assistant must also be able to learn about, understand and support USCJ’s work, as communicated by the CEO. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 
• Provide expert judgment and knowledge pertaining to the direction and prioritization standards for the screening of the CEO’s mail, e-mail, voicemail and appointments. 
• Ability to make intricate travel arrangements for the CEO is critical. The ability to make travel arrangements and managing the CEO’S affairs remotely is a large part of this position. 
• Anticipate the CEO’s needs and proactively bring together appropriate people and other resources to support the CEO in addressing issues. 
• Establish and maintain filing and record management systems. 
• Interface with the Board of Directors on CEO and International President matters 
• Receive and initiate extensive, regular outside contacts on behalf of the CEO with executives and boards members, partners, lay leaders and philanthropists. 
• Provide quality customer service, serve as the representative of the CEO to guests, lay leadership and staff in a prompt, courteous, effective manner. 
• Coordination of all governance meetings and activities in conjunction with the relevant lay and staff personnel. 
• Notify appropriate staff of upcoming governance meetings, committee meetings and events and, as directed. 
• Effectively manage with support staff all board correspondence and communications on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer and International President. 
• Draft, review and edit reports, papers and correspondence as required and/or direct administrative pool member in such support. 
• Assist the CEO in preparing projects, research and presentations and coordinate the communication of those activities internally and externally. 
• Maintain a high standard of confidentiality. 
• Assist in the management of the daily operations of the office of the CEO. 

Knowledge and Skills: 
• Above average to excellent calendar management skills, including coordination of complex executive-level meetings utilizing TimeBridge and other software systems. 
• Must have interpersonal skills and temperament to represent the CEO and the organization to outside parties. 
• Must have intellectual proficiency and temperament to effectively work with sensitive information. 
• Attention to detail, resourcefulness, flexibility; decision-making skills needed in high-pressure situations; time management skills; self-starter. 
• Experience with and knowledge of Jewish communal systems recommended. 
• Ability to interact with outsiders and staff at all levels in a fast-paced environment with directness, warmth and tact. 

Education and Work Experience: 
• Business/office management background and Bachelor’s degree in a business or secretarial field. 
• 3 plus years of experience with increasing responsibility and complexity at the executive level. 
• Experience in successfully creating and/or modifying processes. 
• Experience working with a Jewish organization. 
• Must be an intermediate to professional level user of MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

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