Building Systems Manager – Congregation Beth Elohim – Brooklyn, NY

About Congregation Beth Elohim

Congregation Beth Elohim, founded in 1861, is one of the fastest growing synagogues in New York City. CBE was recently named “one of America’s 25 most vibrant congregations” by Newsweek, which hailed CBE for “quickly adapting to Brooklyn’s exciting, young population.” Open to people from a variety of backgrounds, CBE serves as a hub for members and for the surrounding community. It is a place of worship, dedicated to honoring Jewish traditions, and also a place of learning, a place to socialize, to celebrate, and to actively engage with the world, a synagogue center enriching the Brooklyn Jewish community through study, ritual and acts of loving-kindness.

CBE’s facility consists of two buildings – a Sanctuary and a Temple House. CBE has a membership of over 900 households and the buildings are heavily used by the membership and surrounding community. In recent years, CBE has undertaken critical efforts to restore the physical infrastructure. These restoration efforts, aggregating nearly $3.5 million since 2010, have included replacing the sanctuary roof, restoring historic stained glass windows and installing a new boiler in 2013. CBE expects to undertake future capital projects over the next decade pursuant to the Strategic Plan recently approved by the congregation.

We are a large, dynamic synagogue seeking an individual who is a self-starter and excellent communicator with a proven track record of successfully seeing projects from conception to implementation.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

The Building Systems Manager reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include the following:

Manage the physical operation of the entire institution;
Be responsible for purchasing of maintenance and custodial supplies and services;
Create and track a work-order system;
Build relationships with staff at all levels regarding building use, compliance with policies and procedures and building codes/permits;
Track equipment utilization, maintain and replace items as needed as well as offering instruction as appropriate;
Oversee the work of all outside contractors to ensure compliance with contractual agreements;
Recruit, recommend for hire, and evaluate performance of all maintenance, custodial and contracted personnel;
Serve as staff support for the House Committee of the Board of Trustees;
Other tasks and projects as assigned.

Position Requirements

Candidate must be able to:

Work in a fast-paced environment;
Advocate proactive planning and organization;
Anticipate problems or challenges before they occur and create plans of corrective action;
Ability to be on-call 24 hours a day and to be able to work different shifts/weekends to promote quality control, provide management oversight, and to handle emergencies;
Possess or acquire (within 30 days) all fire department certifications necessary to the building operation, including but not limited to sprinkler, standpipe, fire guard and interior fire alarm;
Lift 50 pounds and work without an elevator, ability to climb a ladder, ability to troubleshoot building systems such as HVAC duct work;
Have a working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook;
Track expenses, budget line items, respond to electronic communications and provide follow up;
Demonstrate an ability to provide excellent customer service to members, clients & staff and work professionally with members of all program staff including, Early Childhood Center (ECC), Afterschool (AS), Yachad, and Ha’Geemnasia.


5+ years of supervisory experience in facilities/building management, including renovations, security, telecommunications, and budget management;
Transportation is imperative;
A successful candidate must have excellent communication skills, be friendly with a sense of humor, be energetic, flexible and a team player;
Willingness to learn and grow in the position is the recipe for success in this position;
Background check required.

Education: Minimum of Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience required, equipment certification a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications for the position to

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