Manages the day-to-day operations of the physical plant of the Synagogue facilities. Supervises and works alongside custodial services and serves as key liaison with outside contractors and service providers. Monitors and/or facilitates "set-ups" for use of synagogue facilities (e.g. Preschool, Parenting Center, Religious/Hebrew School, Worship Services, Homeless Shelter, Facility Rentals, and many other programs and activities that take place within Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.) Purchases and monitors expenses and vendor contracts. Constructs work schedules for all departmental custodians in tandem with the Office Operations Manager and the needs of the synagogue departments as reflected on the shared calendar. Works closely with the Executive Director and the main office to ensure smooth day-to-day operations of the Synagogue including logistics, processes for building requests and set-ups, and any other maintenance task that is necessary within the Synagogue as a facility. Reports directly to the Executive Director or Office Operations Manager, depending on the purpose.
Experience with programmatic settings (school, religious institution) where multipurpose use exists
Knowledge of/Experience in Facility Management Best Practices
Some Budgeting, Purchasing, and Inventory Experience
Systems Certifications (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, life safety) and 2 years of prior facility management
Facility with scheduling using software/computer programs
Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:
o Mechanical Systems And Other Maintenance. Perform some systems maintenance, repairs, and other handyman work as required. Oversee care of facility and grounds. Identify short and long term building needs in equipment and machinery, and work closely with the Executive Director to develop a plan for capital and non-capital replacement. Troubleshoot building and facilities mechanical systems failures and other problems. Contact and work with outside vendors when needed.
o Custodial Services. This is a working supervisor role. Supervise and work closely with the custodial staff. Provide direction for daily tasks, and communicate and continue to find ways to ensure that work is done properly and efficiently. Create, monitor and approve time sheets of custodial staff. Supervise and evaluate all custodians, providing positive feedback and recommendations for improvement.
Attitudes and Skills needed for success:
An attitude of wanting to do the very best work that will reflect on both the Synagogue as well as the staff
An attitude of adaptability and flexibility
A self-starter who is energized by challenges and willingness to learn
A self motivator who is willing to be hands-on to ensure that the work by the staff is done properly and appropriately
A supervisor who can work closely with staff to ensure their work is satisfactory and motivate them to succeed in their positions
An understanding of the value of teamwork and a desire to be a part of a staff team
Creative problem solving and ability to follow-thru in a timely manner
Ability to create and implement systems
Ability to accomplish work with excellence and professionalism
Ability to multi-task in a busy member-service oriented environment
Strong organizational skills
Excellent communication skills
Education: Required minimum – High School Diploma or GED; certifications in Boiler, Sprinkler, and Life Safety.
Hours. Management (salaried) full-time position, typically M-F 7am-3pm. Must be available to work flex time on weekends (as needed) from September through June, as may be necessary. Some night work may required. Must be available to work on the Jewish High Holy Days.
The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is a welcoming, inclusive community dedicated to lifelong learning, to supporting each other, and to caring for the world. We are a progressive Reform Jewish congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. We value the diverse ways in which our members express their Jewish identities as we maintain an abiding respect for the traditions of the Jewish people. We offer opportunities for members of all ages and backgrounds to participate in a variety of ways, from ritual, to social justice, to the arts, to ways not yet imagined. We encourage our members’ involvement and creativity in shaping our community.
We have shared celebrations, learning, service, and worship since our founding in 1960. Today we are a community of over 480 member units made up of families, couples, and singles who live not only in nearby Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods and DUMBO, but also in Lower Manhattan and other neighborhoods throughout the city.
With a small full-time professional staff and an active membership, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is proud to offer a full calendar of worship services, education programs, special events and opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olam that reflect the diverse interests and needs of this community. As a founding member of the New York City Emergency Shelter Network, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue has maintained a homeless shelter during the winter months for more than 32 years.
Under the leadership of our Director of Early Childhood Education, our Preschool currently serves more than 100 children, half of whom are from BHS families. Our Associate Rabbi-Educator oversees our Religious School for grades K-12, including post-b’nai mitzvah study featuring a 9th grade trip to Israel led by our Rabbis. Congregational learning extends, as well, to adults of all ages and interests.
Rabbi Serge Lippe provides spiritual leadership for the congregation. He is assisted by our Associate Rabbi-Educator, Rabbi Molly Kane, and Cantor Bruce Ruben. We offer Friday evening Shabbat services and Saturday morning Torah study every week throughout the year, in addition to High Holiday and Festival worship services. All are welcome to worship with us.
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is a lay-led community governed by a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee that meet regularly. Our members are actively involved in all aspects of congregational life, from shaping policies and organizing events to planning the growth of our community.