Executive Director

Hillel at Miami University - Full Time

Job #19530


Posted May 2020

Executive Director Hillel at Miami University Role Overview

  As Executive Director at Hillel at Miami University you’ll impact the world through enriching the lives of Jewish students in one of the nation’s best college towns, according to Forbes Magazine. Over the last 8 years Hillel at Miami’s budget has more than doubled to over $400,000 while its staff grew from 1.0FTE to 4.5FTEs.

  You’ll be expected to sustain that growth and focus on fundraising to ensure it continues. You’ll wake up each day (or at least most) and be genuinely excited about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant lives- and ensuring the organization has the proper resources to do so. You’ll maintain and expand a culture of welcoming, inspiring and supporting diverse students’ connection to Judaism while helping them grow towards adulthood.

  You’ll manage a team that is focused on best-in-class one-on-one and communal student engagement and learning opportunities. As the lead relationship manager and team builder, you’ll extend Miami Hillel’s connections externally with the university (a cultural relationship with a spiritual component) and internally with students (mentor, friend, role model).

  The Executive Director will build the strategy for engaging all Jewish students on campus and support a pluralistic, dynamic community. Under your leadership, Hillel at Miami University will further develop as a Hillel of excellence in partnership with all its key stakeholders. You’ll chart a path for Hillel at Miami University and enhance key resources to help students thrive.

  You’ll be excellent in this role if you are passionate about leading a team, setting the strategic vision for your Hillel, developing financial and human resources, supporting students, and strengthening the ties between Hillel and your community. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5 - it promises to be an amazing opportunity with a great combination of high-level administration, “hands-on” work with students and broad professional growth.

  What You’ll Do:  
  • Within the first 18 months, build a long-term strategic plan and lead the drive to successful implementation.
  • Develop and grow Hillel’s financial resources to align with the needs of the strategic plan.
  • Activities may include, but are not limited to:
    • Engaging and re-energizing the Board of Directors and cultivating a diverse set of stakeholders.
    • Inspire and empower pluralistic, diverse Jewish life on campus.
    • Create strategies to expand the base of the Jewish student community to include a multiplicity of Jewish backgrounds and interests.
    • Develop and nurture staff and student interns, leadership and general student population by effectively managing the team and providing growth opportunities.
    • Act as a leader and convener of community every day, as well as during times of celebration and challenge.
    • Understand Hillel at Miami University’s unique culture and build upon the existing opportunities for partnership and connection where these opportunities intersect with Hillel’s priorities. Connect Hillel at Miami University to the International Hillel movement and other national initiatives and programs.
  About Hillel at Miami of Ohio  
  • Hillel at Miami serves approximately 1,100 Jewish students at Miami University, from within a total student body of nearly 19,000.
  • Miami University, established in 1809, is located in Oxford, Ohio and is known as a “public ivy,” a public university that provides an exceptional return on your education investment, has rich history and tradition, and has a picture-perfect campus. Ranked among the top 50 national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Miami is recognized as one of the nation's most outstanding undergraduate institutions. Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.
  • Hillel at Miami is very fortunate to enjoy a very close partnership with its Miami University.
  • Hillel student leaders are driven, committed to excellence and represent the diverse Jewish and social experience at Miami.


What You’ve Accomplished  
  • 5 – 8 years of professional work experience.
  • Experience in management roles in the Jewish or secular nonprofit, higher education, or mission-driven organization world is a plus.
  • Past Hillel experience is a plus as well.
  • Success with:
    • Developing and executing an organizational strategic plan.
    • Financial resource development, including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels.
    • Managing a team of professionals to accomplish their best work.
    • Stakeholder relations.
    • Fiscal budgeting and financial forecasting. 
    • Inspiring interest in pluralistic, diverse Jewish life.
    • Building student engagement and leadership development programs and opportunities.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. We will consider a range of candidates’ experiences and credentials.
  What You’ll Bring to the Job:  
  • Proven success at developing and implementing long-term plans.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Things may not always go according to plan, but you are willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • Passion for creative ways to develop resources.
  • Capacity to create space for a diversity of perspectives and allow all voices of students to be heard.
  • Creative problem-solving strategies.
  • An inspiring presence which will help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life.
  • Strong relationship building skills and comfort working with diverse populations different than your own. • An attitude of proactive communication and collaboration across offices and agencies.
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journey.
  What You’ll Receive  
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace commensurate with experience.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan
  • Generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel


Executive, Fundraising, Nonprofit - Social Services, Religious