Interim Executive Director

Hillel International | Boston, MA, United States

Posted Date 8/17/2022

Interim Executive Director

Hillel at Northeastern University

Role Overview

Impact the world through enriching the lives of Jewish students by joining Hillel at Northeastern University as the Interim Executive Director. You’ll wake up each day 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 Northeastern University, encouraging pluralistic and highly individualized Jewish experiences for all students on campus by meeting students where they are.

Northeastern Hillel seeks an experienced leader to serve as our full-time interim executive director for a period of up to 6-18 months starting immediately. The interim executive director for Northeastern Hillel will provide support and stability and work to ensure a smooth transition and financial stability as the organization engages in a search for a permanent executive director.
The Interim Executive Director will lead the strategy for engaging all Jewish students on campus and support a pluralistic, dynamic community. 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. 
Northeastern University is located in downtown Boston, steps from historic Fenway Park. A top 40 private school with a unique co-op/internship component, its campus occupies the space where the very first World Series took place, as well as the oldest Ice Rink in the world, still in use.
This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.  

What You’ll Do:

Job Responsibilities 

  • 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.

  • Work collaboratively with Hillel International and other stakeholders to maintain and strengthen the organization’s finances and governance.

  • Supervise, support and mentor the Northeastern Hillel professional staff to further support their individual roles and develop their professional skills. 

  • Work on fundraising strategy that meets budgeted goals and sets the stage for future expanded fundraising.

  • 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. 

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.

  • Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting, cost controls and regular reporting to an oversight committee or board.

  • Success in fundraising, managing professionals, 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.

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and influential leaders within education or nonprofit spaces.

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. We will consider a range of candidates’ experiences and credentials.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $80,000-$100,000

  • 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 Northeastern Hillel

Northeastern Hillel, the third oldest Hillel building in the movement, is a charming four floor Boston brownstone on a quiet tree lined street on the corner of campus. With 1200 Jewish students, and 80% of them engaged with Hillel, Jewish life is thriving here. Not counting the director, there is an incredibly talented full time team of four and part time team of three.  Northeastern Hillel has a history of innovation, reflected by our winning of the campus innovating programming award in 2021. You'll have the opportunity to wear many different hats, whether it is joining in a wine tasting or pet therapy event to working closely with the university development team, hosting parent bagel brunches and staffing interfaith trips to Israel.

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.

Northeastern 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 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.

Salary80000.00 - 100000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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