Full Time

Executive Director

Temple Har Zion 7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill ON

Reporting to the Board of Directors, this exciting opportunity exists for a person who is passionate about building community; can connect, engage, and inspire our amazing people: staff, members and volunteers; and work collaboratively as a trusted partner with our professional and lay leadership.

The Executive Director provides operational leadership to Temple Har Zion and is responsible for ensuring the overall effective and efficient management of Temple’s human resources, financial resources, physical plant and equipment, and maintaining positive, engaging relationships, both

internally and externally. These functions will be performed within the policies and budgets approved by the Board, and in a manner consistent with Temple’s mission, vision and values.

The successful candidate will be an experienced change agent who can turn strategy into results and ensure effective implementation of THZ’s objectives through teamwork, and the efficient use of resources.


The Executive Director is responsible for:

  1. Communicating and implementing Temple’s vision, mission and values
  2. Participating in the development and implementation of strategic, operational, and program plans
  3. Promoting member satisfaction, retention and attraction
  4. Ensuring diverse stakeholder (members, volunteers, professional/lay leadership, staff) perspectives and circumstances are considered and respected; successfully resolving issues
  5. Assisting the Board in evaluating the success of Temple in reaching its goals
  6. Directly overseeing and effectively managing the performance of the Financial Administrator, Assistant to the Executive Director, and co-manage with clergy the Assistant to the Rabbi and Cantor/Communications Coordinator
  7. Overseeing the assignment and direction of the work of the staff and office volunteers and ensuring training is provided; ensuring the office is organized and has effective processes and procedures in place; ensuring staff morale is positive, concerns and grievances are resolved, and training and health and safety programs are effective;
  8. Ensuring the safe maintenance of the Temple facility
  9. Overseeing the expenditures of funds within the budget approved by the Board, and to identifying and developing new sources of funding for the organization
  10. Keeping the Board and Executive Committee informed; reporting to the Board of Directors through the Board Chair; ensuring and/or providing ongoing support and information to the Board, Executive Committee and Temple Committees; attending and reporting at Board and Executive Committee meetings; acting as Temple spokesperson in concert with the Board Chair and Rabbi
  11. Soliciting advice and guidance, when appropriate, from the Board
  12. Ensuring the lay leadership maintains constant awareness of both the external and internal landscape, opportunities for growth, community developments and standards
  13. Negotiating vendor contracts
  14. Ensuring Temple complies with relevant legislation, including but not limited to the Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, privacy legislation
  15. Maintaining contact with key staff at UJA Federation and other community stakeholders (Jewish and non-Jewish) to ensure visibility and uphold Temple’s reputation; understanding funding plans, discuss request for proposals and, generally, ensure that Temple is considered for available grants
  16. Participating in URJ/CCRJ and NATA related events and other training in order to enhance the Executive Director’s leadership skills, Temple’s reputation, and potential for success
  17. Being present at services at least once per month and volunteer-led events on a semi-monthly basis


  • Minimum of three (3) years’ recent experience within not-for-profit, member-based organizations in a leadership role with line management responsibility
  • Agent of change with ability to envision new concepts and plans
  • An enthusiastic advocate of technology to translate data into quality improvement initiatives
  • Experience with evaluating, planning, and implementing improvements in program offerings and operational processes
  • Demonstrated analytical and financial literacy skills with the ability to analyze trends in member engagement and community involvement
  • Experience with sourcing, evaluating and negotiating vendor contracts
  • Ability to work collaboratively with professional and lay leadership, staff and volunteers to achieve exceptional member experiences
  • Ability to energize, coach, encourage and empower all staff and ensure volunteer committees are kept informed and feel supported
  • Demonstrated excellence and capabilities in project management, interpersonal, communication, customer service, fiscal management, teamwork, and leadership
  • Proven leadership abilities working with multiple stakeholders. Able to lead with compassion, integrity and fairness
  • Is confident, patient, and calm
  • Knowledge of, and experience with the Reform Jewish movement
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience in the range of $70,000-$85,000.

Applications should be sent to: search@harzion.ca Please forward a cover letter and current resume for consideration. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.