Executive Director at Hillel of Buffalo

Hillel International | Buffalo, NY, United States

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Posted Date 1/18/2023

Executive Director

Hillel of Buffalo

Role Overview

Hillel of Buffalo is seeking its next Executive Director, a professional with entrepreneurial spirit who will be excited to chart the next decade of Hillel of Buffalo’s unique brand of success. Build upon the vibrant student-centric design, further the strong university relationships, and leverage strong connections across Buffalo in this exciting role.

Nestled in the second-largest city in New York, Buffalo has high level academics, great food, music and culture, along with proud residents, where people have put down long-term roots. Who wouldn’t want to live near Niagara Falls, take advantage of all four beautiful seasons, and enjoy Bills home games? You’ll meet students on campus for coffee, volunteering at local agencies across Buffalo, or running in Delaware Park.

As the Executive Director you’ll create the vision, develop the resources, and oversee the operations for an organization that is a center of a dynamic, growing Jewish population on campus.  You will be a source of inspiration for the staff and students in ensuring that our campus has a large variety of opportunities to gather, explore, and create vibrant Jewish experiences as part of their college years. In partnership with all its key stakeholders, you’ll develop critical resources to help students thrive and increase overall engagement both inside and outside of the university. 

You’ll be excellent in this role if you are passionate about supporting students, understand the  university landscape, find joy in leading a team, setting the strategic vision for your Hillel, developing human and financial resources, and strengthening the ties between Hillel and your community. This is so much more than your average 9-5.

What You’ll Do

Strategy & Vision: 

  • Inspire and organize 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
  • Act as a leader and convener every day, as well as during times of celebration and challenge. 
  • Serve as Hillel of Buffalo’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public, engaging all stakeholders in the importance of Hillel’s mission and purpose.
  • Manage all the financials responsibly, operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and keeping the organization in a positive financial position.


  • Exhibit leadership around financial resource development and cultivate the stakeholders that will help you get there, including lay leaders and local community members and agencies.
  • Develop Hillel of Buffalo’s financial resources to be on par with the caliber of the institution, the size of the Jewish community and its long term strategic needs.
  • Develop and implement a robust multi-faceted annual development plan including gift solicitation, donation management and donor stewardship.
  • Personally engage in fundraising with major donors and grant organizations as well as develop additional revenue sources.

Staff Supervision & Development:

  • Inspire, develop, supervise, and mentor a professional staff team that delivers on a vision of pluralism, inclusivity, and student leadership development in order to deepen students’ relationships to Jewish life, Jewish learning and Israel. 
  • Establish a culture of professional development and growth.
  • Work closely with the team to ensure success at every level of the organization.

Stakeholder Relations:

  • Exhibit organizational and communal leadership by cultivating relationships with all stakeholders, including students, university leaders, Jewish leaders across Buffalo, the Buffalo Jewish Federation, as well as alumni and parents across the country.
  • Understand Hillel’s connection to the University at Buffalo and other local campuses,  and find opportunities for partnership and connection both locally and nationally, where these opportunities intersect with Hillel’s priorities.
  • Build relationships with students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus.
  • Create a culture of shared responsibility and engagement among members of the board of directors and cultivate relationships with prospective board members who can provide generative and strategic leadership.
  • Have your pulse on the changing needs of Jewish college students, Jewish identity development and campus climate.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 7–10 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.
  • Led organizations or programs with a proven and measurable track record of innovation and sustainable growth. 
  • Managed and supervised a team of professionals in an exemplary manner to accomplish their best work and develop their potential.
  • Demonstrated personal fundraising experience including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation
  • Successfully partnered with a non-profit board of directors, granting foundations and grant issuing organizations. 
  • Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting and cost controls.
  • 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

  • Visionary leadership; one who inspires students, staff and other key stakeholders to both dream big and make those dreams a reality. 
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit. 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.
  • An attitude of proactive communication and collaboration across offices and agencies.
  • Strong relationship building skills and comfort working with diverse populations different from your own, including inter-religious populations.
  • Solid organizational skills, including planning, attention to detail, multitasking, and prioritization.
  • Deep empathy, relatability and high interest in engaging with others.
  • An inspiring presence which will help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life and the ability to listen to and build relationships with college students.
  • 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. The salary range for this role is $110,000-$120,000 depending upon skills, qualifications, and experience.
  • Retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability (LTD), vacation/sick time, and parental leave. 
  • Professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
  • Generous vacation and sick time. 
  • Opportunities for travel throughout the U.S. and to Israel.
  • A supportive and committed board of lay leaders.

About Hillel of Buffalo

Hillel of Buffalo is an exciting, accessible, multi-faceted hub of Jewish student life that enhances students’ success with opportunities to gain professional life skills, to learn, grow, and make a difference in ways they find meaningful- all within a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that celebrates the cultural, religious and social aspects of Judaism. 

The Hillel lounge is on campus, centrally located in the UBCommons, right near Starbucks for easy coffee conversations with students. The staff offices are furnished to accommodate students who stop by to meet with friends, chat, have a snack, attend a program and much more. Of the total enrollment of 30,000 at University of Buffalo, there are approximately 1,500 Jewish students on the beautiful campus in Amherst, NY. Hillel of Buffalo also welcomes Jewish students from the many local colleges and universities in Western New York, including Buffalo State College, Daemen University, Canisius College and Medaille University.

A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, University at Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Its Research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enable it to reach others every day.

Buffalo’s Jewish Community consists of 12,000 people, nearly 10 synagogues, a robust Jewish Federation, two large Jewish Community Center campuses and two Jewish day schools.  Most of the Jewish population now resides in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, which is home to UB’s main campus, and, which Money magazine named in 2019 “the best place to live in NY state.”  There are many reasons to move to the Buffalo metropolitan area, including restaurants, breweries, hiking, access to two Great Lakes, world-renowned symphony orchestra, a top-rated art museum, several drama companies, and two major league sports teams. Plus, it’s where Buffalo wings were invented!

Hillel of Buffalo is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

To Apply

Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter

Preference given to applications received by February 17, 2023

If you have any questions about this role please contact: 

Merrie Gebhardt – Director, Executive Talent Management, Hillel International.

About Hillel International

In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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