FULL TIME POSITION
We help people live Jewishly in order to make meaning, change lives and invest in the world.
What Makes Us, Us (Values + Culture):
- We believe Torah is the heart of everything we do and it is our job to translate it into the here and now.
- We believe in experiments and seeking out new and even unconventional ways to do Jewish.
- We believe that experiences grow intimacy, expression and commitment.
- We believe Jewish life is not who you are but what you are willing to do.
State of the Union:
At almost seven years old, The Kitchen has grown from a series of ideas and a few like-minded people into a robust community. We host 300 member households and hundreds of Kitchen-ites (non-member participants). We get together multiple times a week for learning, eating, praying, and service in locations across San Francisco. We are emerging a new and key partnership with GLIDE Memorial Church, a prominent social justice center in the Tenderloin and we are newly focused on building small communities and lateral connections amongst Kitchen-ites. We have always worked to provide Torah that is compelling and relevant in immersive, well designed experiences, and now want to bring that work more fully to our members and to a larger group of people.
We have always worked to provide Torah that is compelling and relevant in immersive, well designed experiences, and now want to bring that work more fully to our members and to a larger group of people.
The Executive Director will be responsible for implementing The Kitchen’s strategy in partnership with Rabbi Kushner and in conjunction with the senior team. This role will oversee Kitchen’s arenas of communications, membership, finance, Kitchen events, and development. The Executive Director will develop their own staff, build a strong partnership with our board, cultivate a wide range of leaders, and foster connections with the large number of Kitchen stakeholders. The role will rely on strategic thinking and resourcefulness in order to approach daily and institutional challenges and will depend on entrepreneurial energy in the ongoing work of designing quality solutions.
The Executive Director will be a key part of the senior team including the Founding Rabbi, the Rabbi / Chazzan, and the Rabbi / Family Educator. (For more detail on each role, see below).
Executive Director Responsibilities:
- Design and maintain a motivated and coordinated team:
- Uphold Kitchen staff culture, Create office systems; Supervise Operations Team and Community Lead
- Significant and consistent presence on shabbat and holidays;
- Undertake outreach efforts to build and expand partnerships with organizations individual members.
- Grow Kitchen's membership work with Kitchen's Community Lead position to create systems in order to foster small groups and lateral connections within The Kitchen;
- Connect people to the mission of The Kitchen
- Manage systems, including database and check-in systems
- Develop existing communications with goal of connecting Kitchen-ites to each other and the work of The Kitchen; Promote our work nationally and in Israel;
- reate communication plan and oversee all communications to community members.
- Ensure sound fiscal management, systems, and accurate reporting structures are in place;
- evelop annual budget in conjunction with the Board and Finance Committee;
- Approve budgets for all events;
- Oversee annual review;
- Review monthly financial statements and work with finance committee to present financial reports to the Board;
- Work closely with Board of Directors and Founding Rabbi to support the work of the board;
- Cultivate the leadership of others;
- Staff Board committee meetings
- Work closely with the Board and Founding Rabbi to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals, execute the associated activities;
- Play a visible and active role in fundraising efforts;
- Develop and cultivate relationships with foundation officers;
- Oversee grant reports and proposals;
- Cultivate relationships with community members and potential donors;
- Participate in solicitations of donors
- Oversee the execution of all Kitchen events, services and school sessions including sourcing locations;
- Develop and approve human resource policies and procedures;
- Oversee the management of the Kitchen office.
- Committed to The Kitchen’s mission;
- Proven leadership and management experience;
- Able to articulate an inspiring organizational vision;
- Experience in transitioning a start-up to established organizational structure;
- Experience in collaboration / building and working with teams and a wide variety of stakeholders;
- Excellent interpersonal, managerial, and diplomatic skills;
- Strength in organizational management with the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives, specifically the ability to oversee / manage a budget;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Direct development experience; Has participated in or managed a campaign;
- Strong marketing, public relations experience or ability to oversee communications work;
- Experience in event planning;
- Resourceful, ability to address problems large and small;
- Legal and/or media background a plus;
- Idealistic, mission-driven, and self-directed
Personally invested in the mission of The Kitchen
Entrepreneurial zeal: Goes the extra mile for excellence
Strong work ethic, sets goals, gets it done
Happy to help with areas outside job description, does whatever needs to be done
Genuinely cares about our people
Able to solve problems independently and efficiently
Willing to put the work of the team above personal agenda
Willing to engage in productive confrontation for the greater good
Senior Team role descriptions:
Founding Rabbi (Noa Kushner):
This role will include setting The Kitchen’s overall strategy, conceptualizing the larger trajectory of the community, forming institutional responses in key political moments, and building relationships / cultivating leaders of all stripes. In addition to ongoing pastoral work, significantly, this rabbi will teach regularly from the bimah, frequently to adults, as well as oversee the Spiritual Fitness (adult education) component of The Kitchen. Finally, this rabbi will be the primary (although not exclusive) external face of The Kitchen.
Rabbi / Chazzan / Music Director:
This position will partner with the Founding Rabbi in the overall work of growing The Kitchen in range, complexity, and depth. This role will include conceptualizing the larger trajectory of the community, forming institutional responses in key moments, and cultivating leaders of all stripes. In addition, significantly, this Rabbi would be responsible for musically developing our beloved approach to prayer and the transformation that arises from it. Pastoral work will be a key piece of this role, both in developing relationships and in creating informal curricula for in the years surrounding life cycles such as conversion and b’nai mitzvah. Finally, this Rabbi will be a key teacher within the newly imagined family education system, as well as in spiritual fitness (adult education) offerings, and on the bimah.
Rabbi / Senior Family Educator:
This position, with support from the Rabbinic team, will have the opportunity to create a new approach to Jewish learning, using immersive experiences as tools, an existing open and enthusiastic community as students, and the tradition as a foundation. Essentially, this position will consider how to best bring Torah into the lives of children and their parents in San Francisco, 2018. Building off of our current Freedom (shabbat) school, this Educator will work to develop new ways to teach Jewish ideas, narratives, rituals, language and ethics. Significantly, this Educator will work to build informal, participatory communities and opportunities for engaging Jewish life amongst the many excellent Kitchen families with children five and under.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Interim Executive Director, Elie Lauter with subject "LAST NAME- Executive Director"