Senior Director, IACT

Hillel International | Washington, DC, United States

Posted Date 4/21/2022

Senior Director, IACT

Hillel International 


In 2023 Hillel International will celebrate its 100th anniversary. With this milestone around the corner, we recognize the greatest impact we deliver is through the talented professionals that lead our work on campus. Among those professionals are our beloved IACT Coordinators.

IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed) is Hillel’s comprehensive strategy that leverages Birthright Israel to transform Jewish life on campus. Currently active on 29 campuses across the United States, IACT seeks to engage a critical mass of less affiliated first and second year students  in Jewish life on campus by inspiring, activating and propelling these young adults on a Jewish journey. By ensuring that every Jewish student has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful immersive Israel experience and be supported on a journey of Jewish discovery before, during, and after that experience, IACT builds a connected and committed campus community. The ultimate goal of IACT is to support the journey of student participation in the three pillars of IACT: Jewish learning, Israel engagement, and community service. Each of these value-oriented concepts on which IACT engagements are centered helps focus our efforts. By doing so, IACT creates meaningful connections among Jewish students, building a sense of community on campus.

IACT achieves its goals by providing funding, resources, and support for a dedicated campus professional who spearheads campus efforts to identify and engage lesser-affiliated first-year students and sophomores, recruit them to join a Birthright Israel trip, and steward their involvement in Jewish campus life.

At this important moment for Hillel, we are excited to be hiring our next Senior Director of IACT. The director will continue to strengthen and evolve the existing cohort of IACT coordinators and in partnership with the Advancement team, secure additional funding and leverage new resources.  In addition, the Senior Director provides an enriching Jewish cohort experience, something that has proven pivotal for current IACT professionals and is a hallmark of the experience for alumni of IACT.

Are you that next leader?  Do you have the ambition and skills to transform the Jewish future through this unique initiative and make a significant impact in the lives of these professionals and by extension the breadth and depth of student engagement work on campus? 

As the leader of this critical cohort within the Hillel movement, you’ll be responsible for driving increased participation in immersive experiences.  The success of this effort relies on the partnership with Hillel International’s Immersive Experiences and Marketing teams to develop the best practices for recruitment.  You’ll also partner with the other programs and initiatives within the Schusterman International Center(SIC) stimulating innovation and experimentation across the Hillel field, including the Springboard Fellowship and the Organizational Design Lab.

Reporting to the VP of Talent & Leadership Development with a dotted line to the VP of the Center of Jewish & Israel Education, you will be a senior member of the teams responsible for talent development and student engagement impact. This role will also partner closely with the Immersive Israel Experiences team that oversees Hillel International’s delivery of Birthright Israel, Onward Israel and other Hillel-sponsored programs in Israel.

You’ll have a unique role requiring vision and strategy, passion and creativity, partnership and collaboration skills, risk-taking and measurement, education and mentoring, and an ability to execute quickly and seamlessly within our 100 year old start up! 

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are seeking diverse candidates and are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all. This position can be based at Hillel International office in Washington, DC. or can be remote. Domestic & international travel is required.

What you do well:

  • Show contagious passion and excitement for Jewish life, Jewish peoplehood, and the Jewish future including Israel, Israel travel, and education that will inspire coordinators, colleagues, and funders
  • Articulate a vision and execute a plan that others can implement
  • Equally skilled at 40k ft vision and navigating work on the ground
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to transform great things and breathe new life into them
  • Bridge knowledge, skills, and connections between the corporate and Jewish nonprofit worlds
  • Apply human-centered design principles and best practices, both through training and supporting others in this discipline and applying it within your own leadership 
  • Infuse Jewish ideas in every aspect of your work, especially as you plan and execute projects and programs
  • Collaborate effectively with, engage, and learn from diverse people; from young professionals to peers to philanthropic advisors
  • Connect with, care deeply about, respect, and mentor Hillel professionals
  • Use leadership and management best practices to grow and develop individuals
  • Manage and engage a cross-functional team within and outside of Hillel International
  • Oversee Hillel field relationships with 30+ local Hillels and their stakeholders

What you'll own:

  • Own and drive the strategy and continual improvement of the IACT experience that will grow campus engagement relationships and increase Birthright participation
  • Partner with the Advancement team to secure and responsibly manage major funder relationships to sustain the initiative
  • Strong partnership and excellent working relationships with the Immersive Experiences team at Hillel and in the Israel & Immersive Experiences ecosystem including campus Hillels, Birthright Israel, Onward Israel, Masa Israel, and the Shalom Hartman Institute.
  • Consultation and partnership with the teams working on Israel engagement and education throughout Hillel International
  • Build and manage the IACT team including the current Director of Operations, along with cross-functional team members, mentors, educators, and consultants in areas such as branding, educational design and development, recruiting, and evaluation
  • Oversee an ongoing robust evaluation process ensuring opportunities for growth and incorporating mechanisms for ongoing measurement and reporting
  • Partner with the Advancement team to secure the resources to match and scale the program implementation plan
  • Prepare and drive comprehensive and timely funder communication and reporting in partnership with the Advancement team
  • Revise and iterate on project structure and content and adjust based on feedback, metrics, needs of target population, and growth changes
  • Engage and manage Hillel field committees on key program changes and pilots

What you’ll bring: 

  • MA required, as is 10+ years of professional experience. Previous talent development, Israel education, and/or Jewish education experience is preferred, as is experience with working with lay leaders and/or other external stakeholders. 
  • Passion for Israel and its critical role in Jewish identity building.
  • Excellent written, editorial and verbal communication skills.
  • Independence, reliability and discretion when needed.
  • Proven ability to cultivate strong relationships, collaborate, influence, and persuade.
  • Experience juggling multiple projects and priorities in a complex environment; comfort with ambiguity and flexibility to adapt to a changing team.
  • Experience in professional development and/or other adult learning program design, development and implementation.
  • Proven program management skills: Build plans and supervise people using clear objectives, milestones, and metrics.
  • Proven ability to assess the impact of initiatives around defined outcomes, and iterating based on data.
  • A passion for identifying and cultivating talent to enable professionals to reach their maximum potential while enhancing the organizations they serve.
  • Comfort rolling up sleeves to get things done and the next moment being part of deeply complex strategy discussions
  • Proven success with multi-tasking and working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Operational and execution excellence.
  • Comfort with your identity, familiarity with the Jewish community, and a pluralistic approach to Jewish life and engagement.
  • Energy, a sense of humor, maturity and discretion.
  • Experience coaching and mentoring others.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office suite, Google for Work, video conferencing tools and social media.
  • A can-do attitude.
  • Experience leading teams and developing individuals
  • A collaborative approach, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to take risks and learn from challenges
  • A strong passion for Hillel's mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world
  • Passion for improving the world by creating great workplaces and enabling people to thrive in their work environments.

What you’ll get out of it:

  • Growing and strengthening a successful national legacy initiative
  • Knowledge that your work will create positive ripple effects in the lives of Hillel professionals and the thousands of students they touch.
  • Direct service, high level strategy, tons of collaboration and major impact.
  • Access to and relationships with high caliber lay and professional leaders across the country.
  • An exciting job with room to create and grow yourself, too.
  • Amazing, smart, dedicated, fun colleagues at Hillel International and across the Hillel movement.
  • Flexible work hours and location.
  • Periodic travel to conferences, campuses, and communities.
  • A comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), and Flexible Spending Plan;
  • Unlimited vacation and a very generous parental leave plan.
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary for this role is $115,000-$140,000

Hiring Process & Timeline

  • Applications are due on Thursday, May 12th, 2022 by 5pm PT
  • Screening Interviews will begin on Wednesday, May 4th for candidates that are not well known to us.
  • The formal interview process (1st & 2nd round interviews, committee interview, and final approval(s)) will begin on Monday, May 16, and end by Wednesday, June 8th.
  • Our intention is to have someone begin in a full time capacity by July 1, 2022.

About Hillel International

Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and envisions a world where every Jewish student makes an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.

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

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