At Central Synagogue

Senior Manager of Communications

Posted on August 17, 2017

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective
The Senior Manager of Communications will report to the Executive Director and oversee the Communications Department which is responsible for a wide range of communications in support of the synagogue’s goals and objectives. He/she will oversee the Communications Manager and engage vendors and other external resources as required. The individual will build strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the organization to understand their communication objectives and make recommendations to help them achieve their goals. Using data, he/she will evaluate opportunities to improve our communications strategy to increase readership and participation in our synagogue.
Date: August 2017

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions
The key responsibilities for this position will include the following:

  • Oversees all marketing and communications materials including print and digital (posters, postcards, brochures), working in collaboration with team and vendors as appropriate including key High Holiday communications, program guides and materials that support our development efforts./li>
  • Ensures work is completed in a high quality and timely fashion. Assesses resource needs and develops project plans to meet goals and to ensure there is an organized approach to our communications.
  • Leads development of compelling copy, event and programming descriptions, and other communications as required.
  • Oversees, develops and executes all email marketing including regularly scheduled and one-off email communications that engage congregation and ensures they are aware of upcoming events and relevant news about their synagogue.
  • Oversees development and updates to our website, working to evaluate usability and makes recommendations to improve layout and function.
  • Identifies internal and external stories, photo opportunities, and other materials to include in our congregant communications. Communicates with staff and congregants to collect testimonials and write-ups for events and programs.
  • Responds to routine media requests, and brings to the attention of senior staff when appropriate. Monitors press and social media for mentions of Central Synagogue, clergy, senior staff, and board members.
  • Builds strong internal relationships. Manages department requests for programming communications plans and materials, and provides advice and consultation on communication strategies.
  • Provides ongoing evaluation of marketing and communications to provide input into opportunities for improvements, with goal to improve overall awareness and engagement in our programs.
  • Other communications projects and duties as needed including providing backup support to other members of the communication team as required including weekly programming email to congregants (Central Weekly), monthly internal email to staff (Team Update) and ongoing social media work.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated people leadership skills and experience working with vendors and consultants;
  • Ability to manage in a fast-paced environment, establish workplans and work across the organization to align on priorities;
  • Strong communication skills, excellent writer and proofreader;
  • Team player, able to understand multiple viewpoints, develop and share data, and advance strategies to achieve our goals;
  • Able to work independently with strong initiative.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 7+ years prior communications experience including experience in social media and digital communications;
  • Experience with digital communications & basic HTML5/CSS3 skills: familiar with website CMS, e-blast software systems, databases, social media platforms, and visitor analytics ;
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with staff and across various stakeholders, with strong influence management skills;
  • Jewish knowledge a plus.

Full-time, FLSA classification (exempt and not eligible for OT).
Monday through Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm, Friday 9:00 – 4:00pm, or equivalent. Must be available to work during the High Holy Days (4 to 6 days) and during other special events and programs from time to time. Central Synagogue has a time-off policy which includes earned comp time.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job and may change at any time.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter addressed to Marcia Caban, resume and portfolio items i.e. writing samples and/or examples of print or design work to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Senior Manager of Communications” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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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.