The Executive Director is a member of the leadership team for Mount Zion Temple and is responsible for sustaining and nurturing relationships with congregants and the community, supervising administrative staff, running day to day operations, and managing the fiscal and operational needs of the congregation. Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is a key connection point between congregants, clergy, volunteers, and the entire St. Paul community.

Mount Zion Temple is a vibrant and welcoming Reform Jewish community of approximately 680 households in St. Paul, MN with a strong tradition of involved lay leaders and congregational volunteers. We are the oldest synagogue in the Upper Midwest, founded in 1856. We pride ourselves on being a caring, intergenerational, and inclusive congregation with deep connections to the strength and welfare of our members, staff, and wider community. We are guided by a recently adopted vision and strategic plan and we desire an Executive Director who will help us bring this plan to fruition.

If you love meeting and being with people who love their congregational family and community, you belong at Mount Zion Temple. If you would like to join a creative team and enjoy working with fantastic colleagues in a wonderful community, then we invite you to explore becoming the Executive Director. You will partner with our well-respected clergy who are nationally recognized. Our Senior Rabbi is a founding member of the Minnesota Multifaith Network and has served Mount Zion since 1997.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead by example as an equal partner with our Senior Rabbi and leadership team in fostering derech eretz (consideration and kindness) in the congregational community including staff, volunteers, and congregants.
  • Recruit, manage, and supervise staff including administrative and building maintenance professionals.
  • Direct building maintenance, operations, and security, and third party vendors.
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility, stability, and oversight for the congregation including fundraising campaigns.
  • Sustain and grow congregational engagement and collaboration for new and existing members for the Board of Directors, committees, affinity organizations, and community associations.
  • Greet all people with warmth and joy.
  • Oversee building maintenance and operations.
  • Manage the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Preferred competencies include: 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage 5-10 people with disparate responsibility and experience levels.
  • Prior experience in a leadership position, especially in a congregational setting.
  • Ability to collaborate with lay leaders and embrace different perspectives with flexibility and compassion while also making key decisions on behalf of the congregation.
  • Possess proven leadership skills and be a creative problem solver who can influence, lead, and inspire.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities at once.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Comfortable with the use of technology and digital communication methods.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Job Expectations:

This is a full-time salaried position. The Executive Director is expected to self-manage and set their own work hours with approval by the President. Your schedule will include hours on Shabbat, Jewish Holidays, Sunday mornings while the religious school is in session, key committee meetings, and events.

Being accessible and responsive to congregants in a timely manner is a core component of this position; congregants must experience the known presence of the Executive Director.  On-site presence is required for a minimum of 75% of working hours.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience with a range of $100,000 – $120,000.  The generous benefit package includes: medical and dental insurance, short and long term disability, PTO, life insurance, relocation package, and a retirement plan.

We are open to candidates who are able to demonstrate their qualifications through non-traditional experience and credentials. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Mount Zion provides equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, age, sex national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to

Join our team of dedicated educators at Mount Zion Temple in Saint Paul! Our Religious School serves students in grades PreK-12 and is dedicated to engaging students in a quality and inclusive Reform Jewish learning experience based on three core principles, knowledge, community and Jewish identity.

Teaching hours and curriculum vary by grade, please reach out to Alisha Sawyer for additional information.

Position Details:
Part-time (hours vary but generally)

  • Wednesdays 4:45-7:30 pm
  • Sundays 9:15 – 12:30 pm

Hourly Pay: starting at $20/hr

Job Responsibilities:
Teachers are responsible for:

  • Creating and delivering lesson plans based on curriculum that supports the mission of the Religious School.
  • Managing a classroom of approximately 15 students with the assistance of high school madrichim and KULAM advocates.
  • Creating a positive classroom environment that serves students from diverse backgrounds and meets student’s needs.
  • Attending monthly staff meetings and professional development opportunities as required.
  • Communicating with families in collaboration with the Religious School Director, including twice yearly progress reports.

Previous education or summer camp experience preferred but not required.

How to apply:
Send Resume and Letter of Interest to Alisha Sawyer.