WE'RE HIRING: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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 more 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. In the past year, we have increased our senior staff and the scope of our work.
Chief Operating Officer:
We are seeking a self-starting, community- minded, detail-oriented Chief Operating Officer to help propel The Kitchen--a progressive Jewish start-up-- to the next level. Reporting to Rabbi Noa Kushner (who was profiled in San Francisco Magazine’s “Who Runs SF: Power Issue”), and working in conjunction with committed volunteers as well as involved board and passionate senior staff, the COO will be responsible for overseeing all operations, including communications, finance, membership, operations / events and development. The position requires an entrepreneurial mindset and a strong work ethic. We are seeking a committed individual who is willing to do what it takes to create systems and structures, build and motivate a team, create systems and structures and be laser-focused on fostering involvement, leadership and community. The successful candidate will strongly connect with our mission, have proven management and operations experience, excellent communication skills, and experience with events. A legal or media background is a plus but a sense of humor and commitment to our mission is a must. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org with the with subject "LAST NAME - COO”
- Oversee the execution of all Kitchen events, services and school sessions, including sourcing locations, which will require significant presence on Shabbat and holidays;
- Create office systems;
- Develop and approve human resource policies and procedures;
- Oversee the management of the Kitchen office;
- Supervise Operations Team and Community Lead.
- Ensure sound fiscal management, systems, and accurate reporting structures are in place;
- Develop annual budget in conjunction with the Board and Finance Committee;
- Develop and approve budgets for all events;
- Oversee annual review;
- Review monthly financial statements and work with finance committee to present financial reports to the Board.
- Promote membership growth, ease of engagement and renewal;
- Work with Kitchen team to create systems in order to foster small groups and lateral connections within The Kitchen;
- Manage systems, including database and check-in systems;
- Undertake outreach efforts to build and expand partnerships with organizations and individual members.
- 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;
- Create communication plan and oversee all communications to community members.
- Work closely with the Board and Founding Rabbi to create appropriate fundraising strategies and goals, execute the associated activities;
- Identify and oversee grant reports and proposals;
- Play a visible and active role in fundraising efforts;
- Provide research, coordination and input for donor cultivation;
- Develop and cultivate relationships with community members, potential donors, and foundation officers;
- Participate in solicitations of donors when appropriate.
- Work closely with Board of Directors and Founding Rabbi to support the work of the board;
- Manage the administrative side of staff and board meetings;
- Manage select appropriate committee meetings and cultivate volunteers.
- Committed to The Kitchen’s mission;
- Proven leadership and management experience;
- 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;
- Needs to be available for Shabbats and nighttime events.
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
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.
This position will work with our Senior Team:
Founding Rabbi (Noa Kushner):
Kushner received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College, New York. She then served as the Hillel Rabbi for Sarah Lawrence College and Stanford University. After founding The Kitchen, Kushner was profiled in San Francisco Magazine's "Who Runs SF" Power Issue and was featured in the final Newsweek / Daily Beast 2013: Rabbis to Watch list. Kushner is on faculty for Wexner Heritage and speaks nationally. Noa is married to Rabbi Michael Lezak and is the mother of three daughters: Zella, Bluma and Minna.
Rabbi / Chazzan (Jessica Kate Meyer):
Jessica Kate Meyer has served for the past 4 years as a rabbi of Romemu in New York City. She was ordained by Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and strives to build community through prayerful music, and music through prayerful community. At Hebrew College and in Jerusalem, Jessica studied Sacred Jewish music with rabbis and paytanim from Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions, and performed as a vocalist with ensembles in New York, Boston, and Jerusalem. Before ordination, Jessica worked for Encounter in Jerusalem, Temple Beth Zion and Temple Ahavat Achim in Massachusetts, and Havurat Tel Aviv in...Tel Aviv. After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, Jessica pursued graduate theater training in London, and appeared in many film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. Jessica is beyond thrilled to join the clergy team, and to serve The Kitchen community!
Senior Family Educator (Joel Abramovitz):
A long-time Kitchen member, Joel has served as Judaic Studies Principal and the Middle School Principal at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School on the north Peninsula for the past 3 years; prior to that, Joel taught middle school Judaic Studies. Joel loves to teach and learn Bible, analyze Jewish comedy, and think about how his work as a Jew and Jewish educator intersects with social change. He is also deeply involved in the local organizing work of Bend the Arc, focusing on criminal justice reform. Joel is a graduate of the DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) Program at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, and received his Master’s degree in Jewish Education from HUC-LA. Despite receiving much of his education in Southern California, Joel is a proud third-generation Bay Area native and lives in Berkeley. When not working, Joel can be found in his kitchen, baking or studying cookbooks as if they were sacred texts.