Interim Executive Director

Hillel International | Austin, TX, United States

Posted Date 6/09/2022

Interim Executive Director

Texas Hillel

Role Overview

Texas Hillel seeks an experienced nonprofit executive leader to serve as our full-time interim executive director for a period of up to 12 months starting July 2022. This is a full-time exempt position.

The interim executive director for Texas Hillel will provide support and stability following the exit of a strong executive director who led and grew the organization for five years.  You will work to ensure a smooth transition and financial stability as the board engages in a search for a permanent executive director.

We seek candidates with senior executive leadership experience who are passionate about promoting Jewish life among emerging adults, developing and leading a team of professionals and board members, managing an organizational transition, strengthening financial resources, and managing stakeholder relations. 

With a Jewish population of over 2,700 students, Texas Hillel is the center of Jewish student life at The University of Texas and for other Jewish college students in the Austin and San Antonio area.  The nearly 100-year-old organization is housed in our own 18,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building, The Topfer Center for Jewish Life. Governed by a geographically diverse board of directors, Texas Hillel enjoys strong partnerships with the UT Austin campus and community organizations. Long recognized by Hillel International and The University of Texas at Austin for innovation, Texas Hillel is adjacent to the UT-Austin campus and enjoys a strong partnership with The University and the wider Jewish community.

Texas Hillel’s professional team includes the following full-time staff: Assistant Director, Director of Development, Operations Associate, Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Birthright Israel IACT Coordinator and Springboard Fellow.  Part-time staff include Family & Alumni Relations Coordinator, Development Coordinator & Graduate Student Life Adviser, as well as a part-time social worker through a partnership with Jewish Family Services.  Fully staffed apart from the Executive Director position, no staff transitions are expected in the upcoming academic year.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with Texas Hillel board members, Hillel International and other stakeholders to maintain and strengthen the organization’s finances and governance.
  • Supervise, support and mentor the Texas Hillel professional staff to further support their individual roles and develop their professional skills. 
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Development on an aggressive fundraising strategy that meets budgeted goals and sets the stage for future expanded fundraising.
  • Cultivate relationships with current and prospective board members that build on the culture of excellence in governance and volunteer management.
  • Strengthen relations with key stakeholders and strategic partners in the community.
  • Encourage positive organizational change and growth with a commitment to transparency, trust and collaboration across the organization. 

Qualifications & Required Experience

  • Minimum of five years nonprofit executive leadership experience. Experience in Hillel or organizations focused on Jewish youth and/or young adult engagement is preferred.
  • Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting, cost controls and regular reporting to an oversight committee or board.
  • Success in major gift fundraising, managing professionals, board development, stakeholder relations and financial management.
  • Managed a team of professionals to accomplish their best work and develop their potential.
  • Produced effective communications including written proposals, newsletters, direct mail pieces, etc.
  • Led or assisted in the development and training of board leadership.
  • Built relationships with key stakeholders and influential leaders within education or nonprofit spaces.
  • Engaged in formal or informal Jewish education offerings.

Compensation & Benefits

  • The salary range for this role is $9,000 to $10,000 per month (paid on a biweekly basis).
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability (LTD), vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Strategic support from a dedicated Campus Support Director at Hillel’s Schusterman International Center.

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.

Texas Hillel 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.

Note: Preference will be given to candidates who commit to being onsite in Austin full-time.  Other arrangements for this interim position will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

To Apply
Apply at and include your resume and cover letter.

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

If you have any questions about this role please contact: 
Merrie Gebhardt – Director, Executive Talent Management, Hillel International.

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

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