Executive Director

Hillel International | Milwaukee, WI, United States

Posted Date 8/25/2022

Executive Director

Hillel Milwaukee

Role Overview

Hillel Milwaukee seeks a visionary, dynamic and strategic leader with proven organizational skills to serve as its next Executive Director. As Executive Director, you will be the driving force behind creating an inviting place that inspires students and young adults to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. Hillel Milwaukee is a multi-campus Hillel situated on the East Side of Milwaukee, serving up to 12 different area universities (including UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering) as well as young adults. Each campus community has its own identity, creating an exciting dynamic – life will never be boring!

Are you passionate about and committed to helping ensure a vibrant Jewish life on campus and beyond? Do you want to create an expansive program of Jewish learning, celebration, community service, Israel, and networking to serve Milwaukee’s Jewish student bodies, campus communities, and young adults? Are you ready to engage and empower Hillel students and young adults and provide them with leadership development opportunities to help drive and develop exciting Jewish activities and programming? We are looking for someone who is committed to diversity, pluralism, inclusion, and hospitality in welcoming people into our Hillel family; someone who is excited about cultivating relationships with students, young adults, families, alumni, community leaders, stakeholders, and University administration officials; someone who is prepared to manage the administrative and operational duties, and lead the fundraising for our growing Hillel Milwaukee; someone who is looking to have the time of their life providing excellent professional leadership to a team of energetic and passionate staff. If this sounds like you, then Hillel Milwaukee is for you.

Impact the world by enriching the lives of Jewish students and young adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when you join Hillel Milwaukee as its next Executive Director.

What You’ll Do

Drive long-term success for Hillel Milwaukee in:

Strategy & Vision: 

  • Embrace Milwaukee’s unique diverse culture and find opportunities for partnership and connection where these opportunities intersect with Hillel’s priorities and the larger Hillel movement.

  • 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. 

  • Manage all the financials responsibly, operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and keeping the organization in a positive financial position.

  • Manage the organization’s core functions in administration, communication, and development.


  • Develop Hillel Milwaukee’s financial resources to be on par with the caliber of the institution, the size of the Jewish community and the needs of the organization.

  • Develop and implement a robust multi-faceted annual development plan including stewardship of gifts and donor relations.

  • 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. 

  • Work closely with the team to ensure success at every level of the organization.

  • Establish a culture of professional development and growth.

Stakeholder Relations:

  • Exhibit organizational and communal leadership by cultivating relationships with all stakeholders, including student and university leaders, Jewish community leaders in Milwaukee and beyond, partners at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Hillel International, as well as alumni and parents across the country

  • Serve as Hillel Milwaukee’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public, engaging the community in the importance of Hillel’s mission and purpose.

  • Cultivate relationships with current and prospective board members that build on the culture of excellence in governance and volunteer management.

  • Ensure the student engagement strategy is dynamic, inclusive and successful in meeting its goals.

  • Have your pulse on the changing needs of Jewish college students, Jewish identity development and campus climate.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in management roles. Leadership  in the Jewish or secular nonprofit domain, higher education, or mission-driven organizational 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 backgrounds.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary for this position is $60,000 – $85,000.

  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities

  • Travel, regionally and abroad (pending COVID-19 restrictions) 

  • Plenty of Hillel swag

  • Flexible work hours

About Hillel Milwaukee

Hillel Milwaukee is a community Hillel that strives to create a dynamic, warm, and celebratory Jewish environment for Milwaukee's university students and young adults (ages 18-32) where they can explore and express their Jewish identities and gain a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. We offer holiday and cultural programs, Shabbat dinners, leadership opportunities, social action projects, Israel programs, outdoor activities, and social gatherings. We welcome Jewish young adults from all backgrounds, including religious, secular, and interfaith. We are also open to all local students who have a sincere desire to learn more about Judaism.  We strive to enhance the lives of Jewish students and young adults so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world and envision a world where every student and young adult is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. Hillel Milwaukee is a partner organization of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 

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 Milwaukee 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.

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

Salary60000.00 - 85000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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