At Central Synagogue


Communications Director

Posted on December 3, 2014

The Communications Director plays a key role in Central Synagogue’s staff. They oversee all external communications, facilitate effective internal communications, and help advance Central Synagogue’s vision and values through effective communications.

The Director is responsible for leading our in-house and freelance communications team, project managing a high volume of digital, print, internal and external communications and PR initiatives, and helping to articulate and implement an ongoing communications strategy for the Synagogue.

  In order to meet these objectives, the Director will:

  • Develop and maintain clear and consistent messaging, branding, and standards of excellence at all levels and across all mediums.
  • Serve as a trusted resource and in-house communications expert, able to both think and do, working closely with other departments and lay leaders.
  • Drive the the “look and feel” of all communications, ensuring brand consistency.
  • Review, strengthen and enforce established communications work flows and processes already in place.
  • Oversee the production of print and digital marketing materials (invitations, booklets, posters, postcards, brochures).
  • Supervise staff and outside vendors in areas that include website management, eblasts and other electronic communications, and other print and electronic and social media focused projects
  • Establish clear benchmarks for success, evaluating the institution’s progress, and regularly report to leadership as needed
  • Create and exemplify accountability for the communications department’s meeting of Central Synagogue’s communications goals.
  • Responsibly manage the communications budget.


  • Full-Time, Exempt
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Expected to work Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur holidays (not eligible for OT) Depending on the position, you may be expected to be available to troubleshoot in emergencies after hours and on weekends and holidays. Friday evening Shabbat services are the culmination of the Central week.  Therefore, the Director of Communications is expected to be available as needed until 6 PM on Fridays. Note:  Because we all share a particular work ethic, we often stay until the job is done and sometimes need to arrive earlier than scheduled.
  • Midtown East Office
  • This position supervises two staff members: a Communications Manager and a (currently vacant) Digital Communications Coordinator, in addition to consultants and vendors
  • This position reports to the Senior Director (subject to change)

Who you are:

You’re experienced
  • You have 7- 10 years experience as a communications professional with a passion for non-profits/mission-based work, and experience as a project manager, with some marketing/PR background and art directing experience as a plus;
  • You have worked successfully to reach segmented markets through social media and other electronic tools;
  • You have helped to develop and maintain websites;
  • You have successfully developed internal policies and processes for facilitating communication within organizations and have created in-house communications strategies;
  • You have been a successful project manager for significant program or products campaigns, working with staff and vendors to create a unified and coherent strategy for “selling” the program or product;
  • You have successfully developed branding and messaging for non-profit organizations and helped create institutional consistency afterwards;
  • You have worked closely and comfortably with senior level management and various stakeholders to develop and deliver clear, consistent and creative communications; across a broad array of channels (both internal & external) for medium-to-large size organizations;
  • You have led teams with at least 3 years of direct supervisory experience;
  • You have responsibly managed budgets in a non-profit environment;
  • Jewish knowledge and/or experience in a synagogue environment - a plus!
You’re talented
  • You have People Skills: you’re an effective communicator who can tailor a message to specific audiences and work well with those around you. Colleagues describe you as “well-liked” and “well-respected.”
  • You have Juggling Skills: you manage multiple projects, tasks and deadlines (usually without breaking a sweat) and always have a few balls in the air (you rarely drop them).
  • You have Digital Communications Skills: you’re up on current technologies, marketing trends and best practices. You understand content management systems (CMS), e-blast software, databases (CRMs), social media platforms, digital analytics, user experience (UX), and how they all work together
  • You have Speaking & Writing Skills: you articulate messages well. Whether an office memo about the coffee maker or a high level presentation to stakeholders, people often go to you when they need help “to say this better.”
  • You have Teaching Skills: you’re eager to share your competencies with the organization and skilled at helping others understand how to “do things better.”
  • You have Vendor Management/Art Director Skills: you have some hands-on skills or at least “an eye for good work” You are comfortable working with (and giving direction to) web designers, print designers, print vendors, video editors, photographers, and other creative professionals
  • You are Values driven. You can identify with and support our values because they align with your own.
  • You’re always learning new things and growing your skill set.
You deliver results
  • You are a blend of “dreamer” and “do-er,” with a penchant for action and a reputation for turning vision into reality
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are not easily overwhelmed by tasks and conflicting priorities
You play well with others
  • You find ways to effectively work well with various personalities, communication & work styles
  • You often help others communicate effectively and succeed in their roles
  • You value customer service
You are a strong leader
  • You are comfortable making decisions and creating a path for the institution
  • You have a knack for “getting folks on board” and steering ships
  • You inspire teams, including your direct reports, to do excellent work
  • You collaborate well with your direct reports, colleagues, peers, senior leaders and lay leaders
You’re (probably) hard on yourself

You’re an admitted “perfectionist” with an eye for detail and desire to always be better, yet your experience has taught you that failure is better than never trying, and you don’t get discouraged for long.

How will we work together?

The Director of Communications works closely on a team with the Director of Member Services, Director of Technology, Director of Development and Director of Operations/Events, and the clergy and education teams, to deliver the Synagogue’s various messages clearly and consistently to its various stakeholders in a timely, effective manner.

Applicant requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7–10 years experience in the field, including 3 years of supervisory experience
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Proven success managing budgets
  • Familiarity with non-profit environments
  • Demonstrated experience with social media, web-based, e-mail blast and other technology as a communications tool
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic photo editing and design tools
  • Significant experience working with web developers, print designers and press shops
  • Jewish knowledge and proficiency in Hebrew are significant pluses

What we’re offering

  • Benefits include: paid vacation, most Jewish holidays off (except Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, others as needed for communications projects), paid personal and sick time, medical, family leave, retirement plans and group life insurance
  • Learning and growth opportunities in your field of expertise


How to Apply

Please read the job description and application directions carefully. Only qualified candidates, who follow directions, will be considered. Resumes and a brief note of introduction should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Director of Communications” in the subject line.

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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.