Executive Director

Hillel International | Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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Posted Date 12/07/2022

Executive Director 

Santa Cruz Hillel

Role Overview

Santa Cruz Hillel seeks an experienced nonprofit executive leader to serve as our Executive Director starting as soon as possible. This is a full time position. Our Executive Director will lead the execution of our vision toward a diverse, interconnected, and vibrant Jewish community and world, enriched by Santa Cruz Hillel students and alumni.

As Executive Director, you will lead Santa Cruz Hillel in its mission to engage students in Jewish life, learning and connection to Jewish community in a manner that is warm, welcoming and inclusive, and will supervise and mentor two full-time staff professionals. You will be excellent in this role if you are passionate about leading and supporting a team, developing financial resources, supporting students, and fostering the connection between Santa Cruz Hillel and the larger community.

The Santa Cruz Hillel Executive Director must be a self-starter, exceptional communicator, relationship builder, and skilled multi-tasker who will partner with students, colleagues, university administration and faculty, alumni, parents and community leaders to drive Hillel’s mission, values and goals. The Executive Director is a hands-on and creative leader, inspiring stakeholders through diligent attention to the overall well-being of the Hillel and its varied resources. 

The Executive Director must have a strong commitment to Jewish pluralism and diversity, as well as an understanding of the progressive environment of Santa Cruz and the UCSC campus climate. Santa Cruz Hillel is a home away from home for Jewish students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College and CSU Monterey Bay. We seek to provide a vibrant and welcoming Jewish community, regardless of students' Jewish knowledge and/or background. You will be excellent in this role if you are passionate about sparking unexpected connections and cultivating shared experiences that inspire students to explore how their own identity connects with Jewish values, community, and Israel. 

Additionally, UC Santa Cruz is beginning a search for an Educational Trainer specializing in Jewish issues. This new position at the University will give Hillel’s new ED a strong on-campus partner in building a strong Jewish community at UCSC. As both positions will be filled this year, Jewish professional couples may have a chance to have the financial resources to take advantage of Santa Cruz’s beauty, climate, and outdoor lifestyle.

Job Responsibilities

  • Inspire and organize pluralistic, diverse Jewish life on campus. 

  • Work collaboratively with Santa Cruz Hillel board members, Hillel International and other stakeholders to maintain and strengthen the organization’s finances and governance.

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

  • Support a fundraising strategy that meets budgeted goals and sets the stage for future advancement.

  • 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.

  • Cultivate relationships with current 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 a positive work environment with a commitment to transparency, trust and collaboration across the organization. 

Qualifications & Required Experience

  • 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.

  • 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 position is $100,000 to $110,000 commensurate with experience. 

  • Benefits include paid health insurance (with employee contribution)

  • Retirement plan

  • Moving stipend

To Apply

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.

About Santa Cruz Hillel

Santa Cruz 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.

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

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