Employment Opportunities

Current Job Openings:

Executive Director
Teacher: Saturday School and Holiday Program
Teacher: Hebrew and Supplemental After-School Program
Part-time Childcare Worker
Teachers for High Holiday Children’s Program

Executive Director

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone with strong Jewish background: familiarity with Jewish traditions and a desire
    to be a part of a Jewish community.
  • Someone with excellent people skills: warm, approachable, and compassionate.
    Someone with great communication skills: including writing/editing for newsletters &
    website content.
  • Someone with business acumen: a problem solver, staff manager, back-of-the-house
    owner, able to create reports to define/track specific matrices, financial connector to
    members & prospective members.
  • Someone who is a true leader: ability to hold the whole vision, execute the plan, gogetter/proactive,
    understands and applies Bet Alef’s mission. Has great event planning
    skills, is a resource for committees, represents Bet Alef within and without, is a liaison to
    our host Seattle First Baptist Church and other organization partners, emits confidence,
    helps grow the community.
  • Someone committed to a full-time presence in our office.

The Organization

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an independent, inclusive spiritual community of 100
households in Seattle, WA, practicing an evolving Judaism as a path to awakening. We foster a
Jewish spirituality for all ages that supports each individual, is realized in community and
manifests itself in our world as peaceful acts of compassion and love. Bet Alef is striving to
create an evolutionary community that mirrors this purpose. For staff, that includes a holistic
blend of flexibility that is family friendly, with a “bring-your-whole-self-to-work” environment.
We also like to have fun!

Job Description

Bet Alef is seeking an experienced leader to fill the role of Executive Director. Working closely in
partnership with our Rabbi and Board, the E.D. is responsible for overseeing the administrative
side of our community, including communications, membership, fundraising, programming, and
finances – including close management of our $250,000 budget. The E.D. also provides guidance
and support to lay leaders & volunteers, leadership to the staff team, and participates in
strategic planning. Having a deep understanding and commitment to Bet Alef’s mission is key.
This is a full-time, in the office position.

 

Congregation & Leadership role:

  • Works with the President and Rabbi, as well as other Board and staff members, to
    identify areas of opportunity, growth and challenges.
  • Strategizes with the President on staffing, Board development and operations.
  • Assesses the big picture of congregational life, including operational needs, religious
    school and youth engagement.
  • Participates in strategic planning and annual planning processes.
  • Builds relationships with and engages membership to strengthen the connection that all
    members feel to the synagogue.

Board and Volunteer Support role:

  • Works with the President and Rabbi to ensure that the Board members and key
    volunteers are engaged and supported.
  • Works with the President on Board orientation to provide Trustees and other volunteers
    with the skills and tools they need to help BA achieve its goals and objectives.

Financial Management role:

  • Oversees the financial activities of the Synagogue, including finance, accounting,
    resource development, investment management and insurance needs.
  • Works closely with the Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Prepares & manages monthly finance reports for finance committee and Board.
  • Prepares & manages the annual budget & operational plan.

Fundraising role:

  • Works closely with Fundraising Campaign leadership on overall direction, strategy, goals
    and support.
  • Ensures that appropriate donor stewardship & recognition strategies are in place and
    carried out.
  • Identifies and personally cultivates, solicits, and acknowledges donors and funding
    sources.

Administration / Human Resources Management role:

  • Oversees congregation’s business and staffing operations.
  • Reviews and evaluates the organizational structure for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Supervises and manages office staff as delineated in the organizational chart.
  • Creates and maintains a professional work environment with high morale, employee
    satisfaction and productivity in order to focus staff on high-priority goals and programs.

Community Relationship-Building role:

  • Develops and maintains relationships with members of BA, supports committees and
    facilitates on-boarding of new members.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with staff and leaders at other local Jewish
    organizations, including the Jewish Federation, JCC, and other congregations.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, relevant Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years management experience in non-profit organization(s) or Master’s
    Degree.
  • Knowledge of Jewish traditions, practices, holidays, life cycle events.
  • Strong financial/accounting skills.
  • Ability to build appropriate partnerships with Rabbi, Staff, Board, committees, and other
    volunteers.
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities.
  • High personal and professional integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, e-mail marketing platforms, and
    database management; Neon or other CRM experience preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested Candidates should send resume and cover letter to Jobs@BetAlef.org.
Salary is dependent on experience. Benefits include great working environment, paid vacation
& personal time, and health benefits.

 

Teacher for Saturday School & Holiday Program

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an independent, inclusive spiritual community of 115 households in Seattle, practicing an evolving Judaism as a path to awakening. We foster a Jewish spirituality for all ages that supports each individual, is realized in community and manifests itself in our world as peaceful acts of compassion and love.

As such, Bet Alef is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, encouraging compassion and kindness and valuing different perspectives and backgrounds. Our staff enjoy an environment that inspires creativity while being part of a collaborative community. We also like to have fun!

We have an opening for a part-time K-3 Classroom Teacher, for our Saturday supplemental school program and family holidays celebration! 

Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Part Time – Extremely competitive salary scale based on experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Rabbi to collaboratively develop lesson plans and learning topics in an integrated curriculum.
  • Work with Rabbi, staff and parents to continue improve curriculum on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintain appropriate paperwork (registration, attendance, etc
  • Create a child centered, nurturing, and non-competitive learning environment where children can develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Create opportunities for children to thrive as individuals, yet feel a part of a group and a community.
  • Model behaviors that are expected from the children

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Background in Jewish Studies & Jewish Education, strong knowledge of Hebrew, Shabbat prayers, blessings, Jewish rituals and ritual objects.
  • A bachelor’s or equivalent experience (3-5 years minimum preferred). Teacher certification a plus.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • A passion for working with students coupled with an ability to strategically engage with children of different ages and social-emotional capacities.
  • Capacity and genuine desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with children of ages ranging from K-5.
  • Ability to create and lead meaningful and enlivening celebrations of Jewish holidays and Shabbats for children and their families.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with and clearly and effectively communicate to parents, lay and professional leaders.
  • Skilled in the use of technology: including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite

Scope of Commitment:

  • Saturday Mornings, twice monthly (during school year).
  • Jewish Holidays
  • Appropriate preparation for all classes offered.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to rabbi.olivier@betalef.org.

All applications will be reviewed, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.
For more information about Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue please visit www.betalef.org.
Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Hebrew Teacher for Supplemental After-School Program

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an independent, inclusive spiritual community of 115 households in Seattle, practicing an evolving Judaism as a path to awakening. We foster a Jewish spirituality for all ages that supports each individual, is realized in community and manifests itself in our world as peaceful acts of compassion and love.

As such, Bet Alef is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, encouraging compassion and kindness and valuing different perspectives and backgrounds. Our staff enjoy an environment that inspires creativity while being part of a collaborative community. We also like to have fun!

We have an opening for a part-time family holidays celebration leader and 3rd-5th grade Classroom Teacher, for our Tuesday afternoon supplemental school program!  This two-hour class will comprise teaching Hebrew the first hour, and alternatively Mitzvot or prayers & blessings the second hour.

 

Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Part Time – Extremely competitive salary scale based on experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Rabbi to collaboratively develop lesson plans and learning topics in an integrated curriculum.
  • Work with Rabbi, staff and parents to continue improve curriculum on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintain appropriate paperwork (registration, attendance, etc
  • Create a child centered, nurturing, and non-competitive learning environment where children can develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Create opportunities for children to thrive as individuals, yet feel a part of a group and a community.
  • Model behaviors that are expected from the children

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Background in Jewish Studies & Jewish Education, strong knowledge of Hebrew, Shabbat prayers, blessings, Jewish rituals and ritual objects.
  • A bachelor’s or equivalent experience (3-5 years minimum preferred). Teacher certification a plus.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • A passion for working with students coupled with an ability to strategically engage with children of different ages and social-emotional capacities.
  • Capacity and genuine desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with children of ages ranging from 3rd-5th graders.
  • Ability to create and lead meaningful and enlivening celebrations of Jewish holidays and Shabbats for children and their families.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with and clearly and effectively communicate to parents, lay and professional leaders.
  • Skilled in the use of technology: including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite

Scope of Commitment:

  • Tuesday afternoons, 4:15 -6:15 PM weekly (during school year).
  • Jewish Holidays
  • Appropriate preparation for all classes offered.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to rabbi.olivier@betalef.org.

All applications will be reviewed, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.
For more information about Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue please visit www.betalef.org.
Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Part-time Childcare Worker

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an independent, inclusive spiritual community of 101 households in Seattle, practicing an evolving Judaism as a path to awakening. We foster a Jewish spirituality for all ages that supports each individual, is realized in community and manifests itself in our world as peaceful acts of compassion and love.

As such, Bet Alef is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, encouraging compassion and kindness and valuing different perspectives and backgrounds. Our staff enjoy an environment that inspires creativity while being part of a collaborative community. We also like to have fun!

Bet Alef has ongoing childcare needs on 1st and 3rd Friday evenings, while families are attending Shabbat services. Additional work opportunities will also come up with special events and holidays throughout the year. Materials and support are provided.

Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Part Time: $15 per hour based on experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create a nurturing, non-competitive, and safe environment where children can explore and create with confidence.
  • Interact with families and process childcare check-ins.
  • Monitor timing of services and coordinate with families to escort children to and from childcare room.
  • Support children’s creativity and curiosity through play and activities.
  • Model behaviors that are expected from the children.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Basic proficiency and experience with managing small groups of children
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Able to manage independently and apply good judgement
  • Able to interact well with families and community
  • Highly reliable and trustworthy
  • First aid and CPR certifications preferred

Scope of commitment:

  • 1st and 3rd Friday evenings, 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM
  • During High Holy Day events, including 9/16, 7:30-9:30 PM; and 9/30, 3:30-7:00 PM
  • Other possible holiday events throughout the year

 

HOW TO APPLY  

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining their experience with children and interest in the position to suzanna@betalef.org.

Teachers for High Holiday Children’s Program

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an independent, inclusive spiritual community of over 100 households in Seattle.
We are looking for a couple of teachers to help facilitate our 2017 High Holiday Children’s Program!

Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Scope of commitment:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21st, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 30th, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Additional evening childcare hours are possible on Sept. 20th and 29th,
    6:30-9:30 PM.

Compensation – $20-30 per hour based on experience

Scope of the work:

  • Facilitate/lead activities, games, singing and storytelling related to the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for children ages K-5
  • Support children on Yom Kippur in preparing a short 15-minute play based on the story of Jonah. This includes arts & crafts design of set pieces and costumes.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Familiarity with High Holidays Jewish rituals and ritual objects.
  • Strong Jewish education and demonstrated leadership in Jewish Camps or Jewish Youth Organizations.
  • Degree in Jewish Education, Jewish Studies, or formal Teacher Certification a plus.
  • Must be 16 or over.
  • Capacity and genuine desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with children ages K-5.

HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to suzanna@betalef.org.

For more information about Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue please visit www.betalef.orgBet Alef Meditative Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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