Executive Director at Hillel at Johns Hopkins University

Hillel International | Baltimore, MD, United States

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Posted Date 1/18/2023

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. Each day, you’ll have the opportunity to foster 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, connect students to the broader Jewish Baltimore community, and encourage 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. 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 the broader community. 

Hopkins Hillel is an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore (the “Associated”). As such, you will have the operational support and strategic partnership of one of the most successful Jewish Federations to guide and support 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.

What You’ll Do

Strategic Leadership & Visioning

  • Build on Johns Hopkins' world renowned reputation as a top tier university and JHU Hillel's reputation as a Jewish home away from home to create a  diverse, inclusive, and vibrant Jewish community of excellence.
  • 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.
  • Seek out and capitalize on opportunities to connect Hopkins Hillel to the broader Baltimore-area Jewish community.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Maintain existing and develop new strategic relationships with organizations and departments and faculty 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 The Associated, work in partnership with Associated leadership to think strategically about the future of Hopkins Hillel as well as how Hopkins Hillel 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 & Fundraising

  • Exhibit leadership around financial resource development in coordination with The Associated and cultivate relationships with the stakeholders that will help you get there, including donors, lay leaders and local community members and agencies.
  • Secure adequate  financial resources (through donations, grants, etc.) to support  the current and aspirational needs of the Hillel community.
  • Manage Hillel to ensure that it operates within its budget and consistent with available financial resources.

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 dynamic 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/home alignment for the organization

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 5 – 8 years of relevant 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

  • Charismatic leadership with a drive for success, resilience and adaptability.
  • 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

  • The salary range for this role is $115,000-$130,000
  • As an employee of The Associated, you are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package that includes:  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 of Baltimore. We also make work/life balance a priority by offering generous vacation and sick time.

About Hopkins Hillel & the Baltimore Community

Hillel at Johns Hopkins University is a vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community on campus, anchored by a modern and well-equipped four story building that students call home. The building, which is one block from the main entrance to the campus, includes multiple 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. Students  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, boasting a plethora of urban and suburban synagogue communities, as well as a dynamic downtown Jewish life. Hopkins Hillel is….

  • Located in the historic and family-friendly Charles Village neighborhood, and surrounded by student housing, shopping, eateries, and more.
  • 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 other exciting neighborhoods.
  • 15-minute drive from The Associated’s headquarters office.

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 College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Towson University. There are many young Jewish professionals and lay leaders affiliated with The Associated, and its award-winning agencies and programs. Check out the Young Adult Division of The Associated, the Jewish Volunteer ConnectionMoishe House and more.

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.

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.  Over the years, Hopkins Hillel has called upon the professionals at The Associated for a broad array of support, including questions regarding  the Hopkins Hillel facility (e.g. issues relating to security, insurance, and maintenance), documenting testamentary gifts, budgeting and public relations (e.g. addressing anti-semetic incidents). 

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 January 31, 2023.

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.

If you have any questions about this role please contact: 

Merrie Gebhardt – Director, Executive Talent Management, Hillel International.

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.

Salary115000.00 - 130000.00 Annual
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