Beth El Temple Center is looking for a Staff and School Assistant to join our professional staff. This key role is responsible for smooth and efficient administrative function of the temple and religious school. Reporting to the Temple Administrator and Director of Education, the Staff and School Assistant is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. 

Beth El Temple Center is a 400-member Reform congregation, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Beth El Temple Center is located in Belmont, MA and serves many surrounding communities, including Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Arlington, and Somerville. Beth El has a strong egalitarian tradition and welcomes Jews and their families who want to be a part of our Jewish community. Beth El Temple Center offers a place for learning and living Torah, a place to help repair the world, and a place to nurture your soul.

It is important for the Staff and School Assistant to reflect, in both disposition and work ethic, the Jewish value of Kavod (respect for all), keep a well-run and organized institution, all while maintaining a pleasant and welcoming demeanor and a professional presentation.

More specific responsibilities include the following:

Operations

  • Ensure effective office administration by answering calls, taking messages, greeting scheduled visitors, distributing mail, filing paperwork, maintaining materials and ordering supplies
  • Facilitate smooth operations of the religious school, including material preparation, retreat planning, and communicating with school staff and families
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for building security measures, including assigning and distributing security fobs and communicating with security service providers
  • Communicate room set-up plans, daily maintenance and cleaning needs, and building/equipment repairs to custodial staff and/or the Building Manager
  • Provide support to the Rabbi, Rabbi Educator, and the Cantor through calendar management, coordinating fiscal activities with Temple bookkeeper, drafting correspondence, and as-needed problem-solving
  • Track school registrations, answer questions from school families, and facilitate invoicing communications for tuition

Congregational 

  • In collaboration with other Temple personnel, prepare the Temple for each Jewish Holiday and its corresponding capital needs
  • Recruit and oversee the work of office volunteers on specific projects
  • Create and distribute a wide variety of communications, including weekly temple newsletters and service folders, with high attention to detail
  • In conjunction with committee leadership, serve as the point person for new member inquiries
  • Generate reports and spreadsheets as needed for various functions and activities across the temple

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience working in an administrative capacity, preferably in a religious or similar nonprofit environment
  • Advanced facility with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • US Work authorization
  • Willingness to undergo federal background check, per applicable laws/regulations

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Jewish lifecycle events and holidays is a plus; eager willingness to learn is required
  • Experience with Access, ChaverWare, ShulCloud, or other databases

 

Skills required for success:

Productivity skills

  • Proven success in handling a wide range of administrative and operational responsibilities with competing priorities
  • The ability to multi-task graciously and effectively
  • Proactive and resourceful approach to learning and mastering new skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including creating physical and digital systems to improve efficiency, productivity, and employee/member experience
  • Pride of ownership and understanding when to seek help
  • Ability to operate in small teams and independently

Community-building skills

  • Experience recruiting, organizing, and orienting volunteers
  • Good judgment - ability to exercise discretion with confidential information
  • Professional customer service orientation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday: 9:00-5:00
  • Wednesday: 9:00-6:30
  • Thursday: 12:00- 8:30
  • Friday, Saturday: off
  • Sunday: 7:30-2:00

(Summer schedule is M-F, 9-5; flexibility in academic year schedule may be considered)

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Beth El Temple Center is looking for a part-time, experienced Full-Charge Bookkeeper/Accounting Professional for approx. 25 +hrs. /wk. 

We are a small team, passionate about our mission, and committed to our community. We are seeking a flexible team player who can work closely with office staff¸ Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer.  The successful incumbent will reflect, in both disposition and work ethic, the Jewish value of Kavod (respect for all) and support a well-run and organized institution through accurate and timely execution of duties.

Beth El Temple Center is a 400-member Reform congregation, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Beth El Temple Center is located in Belmont, MA and serves many surrounding communities, including Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Arlington, and Somerville. Beth El has a strong egalitarian tradition and welcomes Jews and their families who want to be a part of our Jewish community. Beth El Temple Center offers a place for learning and living Torah, a place to help repair the world, and a place to nurture your soul. 

Responsibilities include: Payroll, Cash Receipts & Disbursements, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger adjustments, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting.  

Skills required:  proficiency in QuickBooks Pro, database software, Excel and MS Office. 

Experience required: 5+ years in accounting, Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.  

Work environment: This role can be fulfilled fully on-site or in a hybrid arrangement with work days and hours to be determined (negotiable).  Paid time off provided.

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Beth El Temple Center is looking for a weekend custodian for 8-15 hours per week.  Hours of work include Sunday mornings and afternoons, plus some Saturdays in the late afternoon/early evening. Weekday hours also may be available if desired.

Responsibilities
Ensuring the building and grounds are clean and tidy at all times

  • Maintain cleanliness of floors by sweeping, scrubbing, mopping 
  • Empty and clean trash receptacles, compost and collect recycling
  • Clean, sanitize, and re-supply bathrooms
  • Complete basic maintenance tasks such as replacing lightbulbs
  • Ensure walks and entryways are clear of snow and not slippery 
  • Perform other housekeeping and basic maintenance-related tasks

Prepare Beth El Temple Center’s facilities for services, school, and social events

  • Set up and break down tables, chairs, music equipment, and other items for services and events throughout the building
  • Follow written instructions and diagrams for event layouts and seek guidance when instructions are unclear
  • Set up and test audiovisual equipment, including microphones, speakers, and projectors/screens

Provide support to Temple’s staff and congregants in a helpful and friendly manner

  • Assisting with logistics of social and community events by running the dishwasher, making coffee, and helping with the logistics of events

Ensure the safety and security of Beth El Temple Center’s facilities

  • Report any safety, sanitary, or fire hazards to Temple staff or leadership
  • Ensure windows are locked, doors are closed, and that any security concerns are promptly brought to the attention of Temple leadership

Qualifications

  • Reliable, courteous and professional at all times
  • Ability to understand written and spoken instructions in English
  • Capacity to work independently and prioritize tasks in order of urgency
  • Physical capabilities to set up large tables and chairs
  • Willingness to learn to set up and test audiovisual equipment
  • Ability to decipher set-up diagrams, follow written instructions, and evaluate room set-ups.

Requirements

  • Authorized to work in the US
  • Have good work references 
  • Pass a federal criminal background check

It is important for the custodian to reflect, in both disposition and work ethic, the Jewish value of Kavod (respect for all), keeping a well-run and organized institution while maintaining a pleasant and welcoming demeanor and a professional presentation.

Candidates of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]