Congregation Emanu-El Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
San Francisco, California
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Our Vision:

At Congregation Emanu-El, we believe that Judaism guides us on our journey to be better people, create stronger community, and repair the world.

We are searching for a relationship-oriented engagement professional to work with Clergy and the Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Operations (SD) to manage and execute a variety of congregational engagement events, programs, small group initiatives and social justice opportunities. This person will collaborate with clergy, volunteers, educators, outside partners and other staff to produce experiences aimed at bringing congregants a deeper experience of Judaism outside of regular worship services and build connections between members.

What You’ll Do (Essential Functions):

  • Manage relational groups and committees, such as in the social justice, young adult and small group areas, and manage volunteers; set priorities for outreach efforts and ensure priorities are met
  • In partnership with clergy, plan and manage meaningful member engagement opportunities at Jewish holidays and other special events
  • Develop relationships with members, helping to define their interests, foster connections, and place them in leadership roles within the Temple community in collaboration with the SD and Director of Member Experience
  • Oversee program logistics, including event coordination and communications, post program follow-up and related publicity
  • Develop and track program and relationship-building metrics to track programmatic success and inform decision-making around future program planning
  • Evaluate programs to ensure they meet congregant needs and Temple mission
  • Manage Engagement Budget, (2) Engagement Staff and department workflow

 What You’ll Bring to the Job (Core Competencies):

  • This role is best filled by someone who loves engaging with a wide range of people and building relationships; you prefer working collaboratively, hearing others’ ideas and sharing your own.
  • Superior written and spoken communication: you tailor what you say and how you say it based on the listener/reader and the situation, you ask follow-up questions to make sure you understand and are understood.
  • Highly organized: you sweat the details and work hard to make sure everything is executed according to plan. But you’re also comfortable making decisions on the fly.
  • “Improver” mindset: you’re always noticing and suggesting ways to make things better; you use your time and creativity to help the team meet its goals.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously: you are excited by a fast-paced environment and learning new things.  You work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Embrace Technology: you are comfortable with technology and managing data to draw conclusions that inform decisions
  • Experience managing individuals and/or teams, and budgets

 Other Duties: Please note, the above is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job. It is not construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years’ relevant work experience in a role serving members, the public, and other stakeholders; experience in Jewish or other communal or cultural institutional settings preferred.
  • Experience in program creation, implementation, and project management
  • Technology: High level of computer literacy required (we use Microsoft 365): proven ability to quickly learn new software. Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and occasional weekends

 Benefits and Salary:

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits, including health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible benefits plan, help paying student loans, and 403b employer match.


Organization Overview:

Congregation Emanu-El is the fifth largest Jewish Reform congregation in the United States, with approximately 1800 member households, and is the oldest Jewish congregation west of the Mississippi. Officially established in 1850, and located in a landmark temple in San Francisco, Emanu-El serves as a foundation of community life for Jews and non-Jews, for members and non-members, with innovative programs in worship, community and education that span the cycles and events of life.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: engagejob@emanuelsf.org

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