KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation is looking for a new team member with a passion for Jewish community building to coordinate our continuing efforts to be a vibrant, committed, open, and welcoming sacred community. Working closely with KAMII’s clergy, staff, and lay leaders, the Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for building and maintaining the connections between our Reform Jewish community and current and prospective members.
The Community Engagement Coordinator is a new position. Critical to success is the desire and willingness to work as part of a collaborative, innovative team. The position will report to KAMII’s Board, through the President, and requires flexible hours, which will include some evenings, weekends, and Jewish festivals, including some Shabbatot.
The key responsibilities for this role fall into the following categories:
Lead the coordination and implementation of all engagement activities with congregants and other constituencies.
Communicate with clergy, staff, and the Hospitality and Engagement Committee regarding members’ life-cycle events, program initiatives, and concerns.
Design and oversee membership processes, including prospective member follow-through and membership renewals, and analysis of membership data.
Lead planning for membership retention and growth using creative models and ideas.
In collaboration with the Rabbi and President, staff the Hospitality and Engagement Committee and provide leadership and support for other committees.
Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers and staff to assist with events and other engagement opportunities with the KAMII community.
Attend Jewish professional organization meetings and conferences to stay current with trends in synagogue membership and engagement.
Programs & Events:
Manage logistics of synagogue events, including coordination with building and kitchen staff and any special event contractors and/or vendors.
Attend and supervise member-related aspects of High Holy Day and festival services.
Assist in design and execution of the annual benefit.
Coordinate member participation in events, including Shabbat services and KAMII-sponsored special events.
Coordinate with members for life cycle events.
Marketing & Communications:
Create regular weekly, monthly, and annual external communications with members, including Friday night Shabbat pamphlet, b’nei mitzvah and special event programs, e-newsletter and/or bulletin, and general information packets.
Manage KAMII’s electronic communications including the website, online event listings and registration forms, and social media.
Coordinate the development and implementation of communications and marketing plans for congregational events.
Ability to work in a friendly and respectful sacred partnership with clergy, professional staff, and members.
Comfort working with groups of volunteers to implement programs, including established committees and ad-hoc groups.
High emotional intelligence and ability to relate to a wide range of individuals - volunteers, members, and more.
Excellent written, oral, and presentation communication skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple demands.
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, Google Suite applications, Adobe InDesign. Shulcloud or other CRM database experience a plus.
Qualifications and Experience:
Demonstrated success working with member-based organizations.
Experience with communications and public relations.
Proven success building community through volunteers and/or lay leaders.
Proven results coordinating events, including developing and executing.
Significant familiarity and experience with Reform Judaism.
Additional Salary Information: Exact salary to be determined based on the successful candidate's experience and qualifications.
About KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
KAM Isaiah Israel is a Reform Jewish synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary. Our diverse community draws people from both Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood and the greater Chicago area, and includes members who have been part of our community for over 50 years and people who only joined recently. We have families from a variety of religious backgrounds, including numerous interfaith families, and welcome anyone seeking an invigorating Jewish experience.
Our congregation is unique in several ways. At over 170 years old, we are one of the oldest congregations in the Midwest. We are known for our commitment to authentic and innovative religious services, Jewish music, historical legacy, and ongoing commitment to social justice, both in Chicago and around the world. We have a Friday afternoon Shabbat-based religious school program. We typically host several scholar-in-residence and lecture events each year. In addition to our congregational life, programming, and events, our building, including our beautiful and historic main sanctuary, serves as the home to several tenants that bring their own life and programming to our facility.