Executive Director

Hillel International | Baltimore, MD, United States

Posted Date 6/30/2022

Executive Director

Hillel at Johns Hopkins University 

Role Overview

Impact the world through enriching the lives of Jewish students by joining Hillel at Johns Hopkins University as the Executive Director. 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 Jewish lives. This professional will make Hillel the center for Jewish life at Johns Hopkins University, encouraging pluralistic and highly individualized Jewish experiences for all students on campus by meeting students where they are.
The Executive Director will build the strategy for engaging all Jewish students on campus and support a pluralistic, dynamic community. Under your leadership, Hopkins Hillel will develop as a Hillel of excellence in partnership with all its key stakeholders. You’ll chart a path for Hopkins Hillel and develop 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 human and financial resources, supporting students, and strengthening the ties between Hillel and your community. 
As an employee of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore (the “Associated”), you will have the backing of one of the most successful Jewish Federations guiding, partnering and supporting you and your Hillel.  You will also be able to call upon Hillel International for guidance, partnership and support for the Hillel program at Johns Hopkins University.

You’ll meet stakeholders, community members and students at places like the One World Café or the Paper Moon in the eclectic Charles Village area, as well as on campus or volunteering in the local community. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.  

What You’ll Do:

Strategic Leadership & Visioning

  • Put Hopkins Hillel on the map as a place where students come to Johns Hopkins for Jewish life, in addition to Johns Hopkins being a top tier university for any student.
  • Work with the intelligent and driven JHU students to create highly personal Jewish experiences and empower them to have ownership of their program and organization.
  • Understand Johns Hopkins University’s unique culture and find opportunities for partnership and connection where these opportunities intersect with Jewish culture.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Bridge and develop strategic relationships with different organizations and departments on campus as well as in the local and national community, including the strong relationship with the Associated and Hillel International.
  • As an employee of Associated, work in partnership with Associated leadership to think strategically about the future of Hopkins Hillel as well as how it fits into the greater Baltimore Jewish community
  • Work with the university in areas of admissions and development, using Hillel as a central selling point to potential Jewish students.
  • Lead the Board of Directors in vision-setting and strategic planning.

Financial Management

  • Develop Hillel’s financial resources to be on par with the caliber of the institution, the size of the Jewish community and the needs of the strategic plan.
  • Manage Hillel to ensure that it operates within budget and consistent with available financial resources.
  • 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.

Inspire Jewish Life

  • 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 of the community every day, during times of celebration and challenge.
  • Ensure a dynamic, inclusive and successful student engagement strategy.
  • Have your pulse on the changing needs of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students and campus climate.

Staff Management

  • Inspire, develop, supervise, and mentor a professional staff team that delivers on a vision of pluralism, inclusivity, and student leadership development
  • Cultivate  a culture of staff excellence and professional growth
  • Create and model an effective work/life balance structure for the organization

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:
    • Stakeholder relations.
    •  Inspiring interest in pluralistic, diverse Jewish life
    • Financial resource development, including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels.
    • Fiscal budgeting and financial forecasting.
    • Building student engagement and leadership development programs and opportunities.
    • Managing a team of professionals to accomplish their best work.
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 from 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 nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $110,000 - $125,000.
  • The Associated offers a hybrid work environment that supports professional development and collaboration. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 401(k) employer match, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement, holiday pay, wellbeing programming and a complimentary membership to the Jewish Community Center. We also make work/life balance a priority by offering generous vacation and sick time. 

About Hopkins Hillel

Hillel at Johns Hopkins University is a vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community on campus. Enjoy our beautiful facility to study, meet friends, participate in diverse programming, explore Israel and celebrate Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. There are approximately 400 Jewish students at JHU, about 7% of the undergraduate population. Jewish students are an active, dynamic part of both Hillel and the campus community. The Jewish students, like the entire student body at JHU, are motivated, thoughtful and energetic. There are many opportunities for students to become active in Jewish life through community building, culture and the arts, Israel dialogue, social justice, and religious life.

Baltimore has one of the strongest Jewish communities in the country, and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is a strong supporter of Hopkins Hillel. Baltimore boasts a plethora of urban and suburban synagogue communities, as well as a dynamic downtown Jewish life. Hopkins Hillel is….

  • Housed in a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located across the street from campus, and a short walk from the Baltimore Museum of Art. The four story building, a warm and welcoming center for students, houses a variety of meeting rooms, a library, offices for staff and students, a Kosher kitchen and dining room, and comfortable lounge space for study, informal meetings and schmoozing. Located in the historic Charles Village neighborhood, and surrounded by student housing, shopping, eateries, and more.
  • Located one block from the main entrance to the campus and across the street from the Baltimore Museum of Art.
  • 10-minute drive from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which includes waterside shops, restaurants and museums.
  • 15-minute drive from the “hip” neighborhoods of Fells Point, Canton and Harbor East as well as the “Jewish Baltimore” neighborhoods.
  • 5-minute drive from The Associated.

The Executive Director would not only be part of a small team of professionals at Johns Hopkins, but join a ready-made community of practice of friendly colleagues at our sibling Baltimore Hillel campuses of Goucher, UMBC, and Towson. There are many young Jewish professionals and lay leaders affiliated with The Associated, and its award-winning agencies and programs. Check out Impact, the Jewish Volunteer Connections, Charm City Tribe, Moishe House and more.

About The Associated

Johns Hopkins Hillel is proud to be an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore along with 26 other agencies.  We harness the strength of our agencies to form ONE network. The Associated and its network of agencies work collaboratively to make a critical difference in the lives of Jews in Baltimore, in Israel and around the world while positively improving the larger community in which we live and work. Visit us at https://associated.org/ to learn more.

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.
Hopkins 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.

To Apply

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

Important Notes: 

Preference will be given to those who apply by July 15, 2022. 

All active full-time, part-time, and temporary staff are required to provide proof of full vaccination (COVID-19) as a condition of employment within The Associated system as of November 15, 2021.

This job ad is not intended to be all-inclusive, but to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. The Associated is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with our Jewish values, The Associated supports a thriving Baltimore that celebrates diversity and appreciates the unique combination of gender, race, age, religion and ethnicity, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical disabilities, and special qualities that each resident adds to the fabric of life in Baltimore.  We welcome everyone interested in our mission to join us. If you require accommodations, please contact us, and we will make every effort to meet your needs. EOE. 


Salary110000.00 - 125000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Parental Leave
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