WE'RE HIRING: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FULL TIME POSITION

Kitchen Mission:
We help people live Jewishly in order to make meaning, change lives and invest in the world.

What Makes Us, Us (Values + Culture):

  1. We believe Torah is the heart of everything we do and it is our job to translate it into the here and now.
  2. We believe in experiments and seeking out new and even unconventional ways to do Jewish.
  3. We believe that experiences grow intimacy, expression and commitment.
  4. 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.

Executive Director:
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:

 Leadership 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.

 Membership

  • 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

 Communications

  • 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.

 Finance

  • Ensure sound fiscal management, systems, and accurate reporting structures are in place;
  • Develop 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;

 Board Support

  • 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

 Development

  • 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

 Operations

  • 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.

 Qualifications:

  • 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

Cultural Fit:
Personally invested in the mission of The Kitchen
Entrepreneurial zeal: Goes the extra mile for excellence
Generative, positive
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

Additional Background:

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! Jessica will begin on August 1, 2018.

Senior Family Educator (Joel Abramovitz):
A long-time Kitchen member, Joel is transitioning out of his role as the Judaic Studies Principal and the Middle School Principal at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School on the north Peninsula. 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 Oakland with his partner Zvi. When not working, Joel can be found in his kitchen, baking or studying cookbooks as if they were sacred texts.  Joel will begin on July 1, 2018. 


Please send a cover letter and resume to Interim Executive Director, Elie Lauter with subject "LAST NAME- Executive Director"