Congregation Nahalat Shalom (Albuquerque, NM ) is one of the country’s oldest and most stable Jewish Renewal communities. Nahalat Shalom has 150+ members, and owns its own building in the beautiful Albuquerque North Valley. The congregation is seeking a half-time Executive Director preferably with Jewish communal and/or nonprofit experience. Nahalat Shalom is led by an active Board of Directors (Va’ad) with a part-time Cantor (who has been with us for 25+ years) and a team of a dozen clergy and lay leaders who lead classes, shabbat and holiday services and officiate at lifecycle events. There are ~25 children in our Cheder (Religious School) led by a talented, part-time Director of Education and a small team of teachers. Nahalat Shalom is also known for its arts focus with a congregational klezmer band and annual Klezmerquerque Festival and an on-site gallery space and a large number of member artists; as well as an strong member-led emphasis on social justice activism and an historic sephardic community that reaches out to the New Mexico crypto-Jewish world and hosts an annual festival each year. Please visit us online to learn more about our community at www.nahalatshalom.org and https://www.facebook.com/nahalatshalom

The position is half-time, $25,000 or more depending upon experience. The position also includes health insurance, paid time-off and the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing community in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Interviews will be held by zoom between April 1 and April 15, 2021. Our hope is to welcome our new Executive Director as soon as possible.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter, resume and 2-3 minute video introducing themselves to Va’ad co-president Chuck Buxbaum before April 4, 2021.

Executive Director Job Description:

Representative to the Community

–Point of contact as representative of NS to members, allied/affiliated organizations, community, and media (with Va’ad and Social Action Committee).

Calendar/ Planning
–Help plan annual calendar with Rabbinic Advisor, Cantor, Education Director and other leaders.
–Coordinate logistics with organizers of scheduled events.

–Monitor and respond to communication through email, phone and text. Refer calls to appropriate people.
–Point of contact for:
– vendors, contractors, and employees.
– members, committees, community, media, etc.
– referrals to Mishpocha Committee or Rabbinic Advisor for members in need, distress, illness.
–Attend monthly Va’ad meetings and prepare administrative updates; archive minutes and other docs of meetings.
–Produce weekly Electronic newsletter to publicize events and resources.
–Prepare ads or announcement for events, programs, etc. in local media.
–Coordinate with webmaster updates for website, provide backup redundancy for website.

–Supervise part-time Bookkeeper and authorize payments for biweekly timesheets/payments for employees and contracted clergy.
–Collaborate with Treasurer and Accountant on budget.
–Provide oversight for and work with Education Director on school events, registration, fees, etc.

–Work with Membership Committee chair, coordinate annual membership mailings and acknowledgement letters for pledges and donations.

–Coordinate rental of our space to interested community groups and members.
–Oversee maintenance on campus in coordination with Caretaker and Facilities Committee.


Additional responsibilities as needed

Tagged as: executive director, progressive congregation, renewal

Community Description:

We are a welcoming, inclusive congregation that inspires understanding of the joys, practices, and ethics of Judaism and nurtures spiritual growth. We are a spiritual and cultural center for Jewish Renewal in the Southwest. We affirm and support the discovery and exploration of our diverse identities and heritages.

We are a vibrant community, open and welcoming to individuals, couples, and families of all sizes, shapes, and colors. We value, nurture, and need the creative, spiritual, and intellectual contributions of each member. We cultivate and live our Judaism through worship, learning, dialogue, joyful celebrations, community involvement, arts, music, and dance.

We are committed to living, sharing and passing on a vital and heartfelt Judaism to those who come after us. Children are always welcome in our sanctuary and at our celebrations and events, and they actually enjoy themselves in our once a week Cheder (Hebrew school).

The values of Jewish Renewal carry us beyond our own community and out into the broader New Mexico landscape to foster Tikkun Olam (healing the world). We partner with multiple progressive and spiritual organizations to serve those in need. Some of our partnerships include Asylum Seekers Support Coalition, Albuquerque Interfaith, Albuquerque Mutual Aid, St. Martin's Hopeworks, NM Interfaith Power and Light, and others. We share our facility with several renter organizations including Buddhist and Sufi groups, two 12-step groups, and a small early education Montessori program.

Work Remotely: no

Past experience as director or administrator of a Jewish and/or non-profit organization.

Strong communication skills.

Desire to work with a spiritually and civically progressive, social-justice minded, and artistically oriented community, with support from a wealth of lay and clergy leaders.

Position Start Date: May 1, 2021

Health Insurance
Paid Time-off

Salary Range: 25K to 29K depending on experience
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About Congregation Nahalat Shalom

Please explore our website if you want to know more about us, or call our current Executive Director, Dena Palley at 505-343-8227, or our Va'ad co-president Chuck Buxbaum at 505-463-4120.