Ethics for Children Service Project – Books

The Ethics for Children program hosted its first service day of 2022 with a theme of literacy. They collected 26 boxes of gently used books (that is over 1,000 books) to donate! The children’s books that were collected are being donated to the Brooklyn Book Bodega ( – a non-profit that collects and distributes kids’ books with a mission to increase the number of 100+ book homes for kids in NYC. The adult books that were collected have been donated to Books to Prisoners, a collaborative project of BSEC and The Humanist Being which provides books to prison libraries. In addition to collecting and sorting books, the kids made bookmarks, wrote book recommendations for their favorite titles, and of course, spent a little time just reading. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event such an amazing success!


Posted  January 10, 2022

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC), a religious non-profit with an annual operating budget of approximately $450,000, seeks a Managing Director to work alongside its lay leadership and staff to nurture and grow our community. More detailed information about the Society – its organization, governance, activities and resources, can be found on our website,

BSEC has a long history in a building in Park Slope and is planning on a move to an as-yet-to-be-determined new location with a revitalized approach to our mission. We are at a pivotal moment where a new home and corresponding increased budget can expand our operations and deepen our impact.

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, writing sample, sample financial plan, professional references, and other helpful materials such as audio/visual of recent talks; to the BSEC Search Committee, please use Managing Director Application in the subject line. 


The Managing Director is responsible for the fiscal health of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and for ensuring sufficient resources to support growth and member engagement plans.  They will coordinate programming activities within the building and proactively seek to balance the schedule with a combination of income-producing and mission-driven activities.  They are tasked with recruiting, training, managing, terminating, and delegating to employees and volunteers.  They will provide coaching, professional and organizational development for staff, trustees, and committee chairs to improve organizational structures and overall planning.  


  • Strengthen organizational design
  • Oversee business operations and financial performance
  • Support the Treasurer to plan and track budget
  • Ensure that funding is robust enough to meet objectives
  • Balance building use to advance mission within budget constraints
  • Support strategies for membership growth and engagement
  • Maintain positive and trust-based relations with staff, members, and renters
  • Assist the Trustees to articulate strategic plans aligned with financial projections


  • Work with Board and Committee Chairs to build organizational change capacity 
  • Facilitate mid-range and long-term strategic planning
  • Read & respond promptly to email, voicemail and mail 
  • Manage rentals: negotiate leases/contracts 
  • Manage Building Calendar Management (internal/external use)
  • Work with Outreach Coordinator to manage CRM
  • Responsible for recording income and expenses, tracking pledges, paying invoices, preparing deposits and reconciling accounts.  
  • Produce financial documents, such as: budgets, P & L, and tax 
  • Payroll & benefits: Use Payroll Service to run payroll, track staff holiday, sick, personal days 
  • Taxes: Use Payroll Service to file Quarterly Employer taxes
  • Meetings: assist the Executive Committee to prepare documents 
  • Archives:  assist the Board/Committees to archive minutes and memos
  • Serve ex-officio on the Board, Financial and Membership Committees
  • Administration: Develop, document and implement simplified administrative procedures 
  • Employee Handbook: advise and assist the Personnel Committee to revise and expand the Personnel Manual into a clear and informative Administrative Procedures Guide

Salary, Work Hours and Benefits

  • Full-Time position (35+ hours per week)
  • Initial Salary $75-85,000 pa plus benefits
  • Hours are flexible but some evenings and Sunday attendance are required, childcare will be provided, if necessary, on evenings and weekends
  • Generous vacation and sick leave policy
  • Comprehensive Health insurance

Managing Director Requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years Non-profit executive experience 
  • Degree in business, non-profit management, change management or a related field
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic and business plans
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Proficient in QBO for Nonprofits, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, CRM

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of Ethical Culture (or similar Humanist organizations)  
  • Community organizing or Organizational Change experience
  • Conflict resolution training 
  • Fundraising experience   
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors   
  • Connections to the local community 

Application Deadline: Open until position filled

Anticipated Start: March 2022

Ethics for Children Service Project – Food Security

The December Ethics for Children Service Day was focused on food security. We assembled grab bag lunches and collected pantry items for the community fridge that is hosted by the Wyckoff Museum (5816 Clarendon Rd Brooklyn). We also had a special guest, Anaika Forbes, who set up the fridge and the Team Leader of Hashtag LunchBag Brooklyn. Anaika shared how this community fridge, and 2 others, came to be, and how she works to help address food insecurity in Brooklyn. At the end of our day, 24 complete lunches and 4 big bags of pantry goods were delivered!

If anyone is seeking a community fridge in NYC to contribute to or utilize, you can find a map of locations at: If you would like to join Anaika at a monthly Hashtag LunchBag event, you can find details on her social media: hashtaglunchbagbk
To learn more about our ethics for Children classes, visit:
To see the full-sized pictures, please click on the thumbnails below.

Help our children feed the hungry!

Dear friends,
We have entered the holiday season, and food insecurity becomes even harder for so many families during this time of the year. Our kids want to make a difference, and we need your help.
This month the kids from the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture ‘s Ethics for Children ( service project wanted to stock the community fridge and pantry that is hosted by the Wyckoff Museum (5816 Clarendon Rd Brooklyn). Students will be assembling grab bag lunches for the fridge as well as collecting items ( new, not expired non-perishables as well as grab and go lunches for the community refrigerator) to stock the pantry.
If anyone would like to donate items, please feel free to drop them off with Taty this Friday, from 6-7pm at BSEC at 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY), or Sunday, from 11:30am – 1:30pm with Angel at the BSEC Building Garden ( garden gate entrance on 2nd street, by Prospect Park West.
Thank you!
Ethics for Children – Service Day

Ethics for Children – Service Day

The November Ethics for Children Service Day was in service of the animals. We made toys, treats, and did drawings of  animals in the NYC ACC shelter. The catnip dumplings, dog tug toys, and timothy treats for the bunnies and guinea pigs will help the animals to deal with the inevitable stress of the shelter environment. A highlight of the day were the kittens that EfC participant Saskia is fostering. The pictures were also donated to the shelter so that they could be posted with the animals profile, drawing attention to them with potential adopters. These artworks can be viewed on the ACC website as long as the animal is still at the shelter. (Search Profiles Chowder 125602, Blue 129463, Honey Bun 125579, Connor 126150, Tully 129052 – Bun Bun and Kobe have been adopted)