Executive Director, Campus Climate Initiative

Hillel International | Remote, United States

Posted Date 9/16/2022

Executive Director, Campus Climate Initiative

Hillel International

Role Overview

In 2023 Hillel International will celebrate its 100th anniversary. With this milestone, we recognize the evolution of Jewish life on campus. Because our students face an often challenging climate on campus today, Hillel launched the Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) to work with university administrators to ensure a positive campus environment in which Jewish and pro-Israel students feel safe to express their identities and values, free of harassment, hostility, or marginalization.

The Executive Director of the Campus Climate Initiative will inspire, partner with, and support higher education leaders to create and maintain campus climates that allow students to feel comfortable engaging, exploring, and identifying with Judaism and Israel. The Executive Director will lead CCI’s signature experience, a 16-month program that provides participating universities with an assessment of current campus climate for Jewish students, comprehensive training to understand how antisemitism manifests on campus, a review of university policies and practices, and support in developing and implementing action plans.In addition to this signature experience, the Executive Director will also be responsible for devising and implementing additional strategies to expand the reach of CCI’s programs to a larger group of higher education leaders.

Reporting to the Vice President for University Initiatives, the Executive Director will be both an educator well-versed on antisemitism, as well as a skilled relationship builder and leader of people and programs. The success of CCI will depend heavily on the Executive Director’s ability to build durable relationships and provide valuable resources to Hillel campus professionals and university administrators, and also collaborate with other Jewish community and higher education organizations to promote best policies and practices to improve the campus climate for all students.

What You’ll Do

  • Set the direction for and manage the implementation of CCI’s signature cohort experience, working closely with Hillel professionals, university administrators, and the CCI team to ensure maximum impact for participating campuses.

  • Assure continued positive engagement by CCI cohort 1 and 2 schools, and successfully recruit future CCI cohort participants.

  • Manage development of CCI's short-term and long-term goals including scalable non-cohort specific models for educating and engaging university administrators about antisemitism and the unique needs of Jewish students, recognizing that not all universities will choose to join a CCI cohort.

  • Continue to refine and develop new educational content and services, including program and training resources and materials tailored to the needs of specific campus administration partners.

  • Facilitate and lead trainings on campuses, at professional meetings and conferences, and remotely using video-conference technology.

  • Recruit, inspire and manage a growing CCI professional team 

  • Develop and manage CCI’s thought leadership and communications strategy, serving as an articulate and passionate advocate for the CCI’s mission, vision, and goals.

  • Identify, engage and partner with higher education, Jewish community and other campus focused organizations and professionals to improve campus climate.

  • Become a trusted and sought-after advisor to higher education leaders with a goal of increasing adoption of university policies and practices that address campus climate concerns.

  • Plan and execute resource development opportunities to sustain and grow the CCI in close collaboration with the Vice President for University Initiatives & Legal Affairs, and the development team.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • 8+ years of executive or management experience in a higher education institution or in a Jewish communal organization with a role focused on higher education. Management experience in student development/student affairs, diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity or legal fields preferred.

  • Advanced academic degree required.

  • Familiarity with university practices, policies, and issues related to campus climate, diversity and inclusion, free speech, and campus disruptions, with special awareness of issues and concerns particularly affecting Jewish and pro-Israel students, including anti-semitism and anti-Zionism.

  • Creative and energetic personality with a demonstrated history of building and maintaining positive working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.

  • Willingness to travel.

  • Demonstrated budget and project management skills, data-driven, with attention to detail.

  • Experience and/or capacity to engage in donor development and grants management.

  • Excellent verbal, written, meeting facilitation and presentation skills.

  • Capacity to excel in a highly dynamic, fluid, collegial environment and exemplify leadership with composure under pressure.

  • Model integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and compassion.

What You’ll Receive

  • The salary range is $135,000 - $150,000 based on qualifications and experience.

  • A comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

  • Flexible work environment; Choose to work from one of Hillel’s offices in NY or Washington, DC or from your home office.

Next Steps

If you have questions or want to know if you’re the right fit for this position, please reach out to Jessica Rundle (Talent Acquisition), [email protected]

Hiring Process and Timeline

  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis
  • The formal interview process will begin September 23rd
  • We hope to have someone hired by early November

About Hillel International

Hillel welcomes college and university students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world operating in eighteen countries, Hillel works with young adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, inspiring them to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.

For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek), and connect to their peers, to Israel and to Jews worldwide. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually.

At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world."

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

Salary135000.00 - 150000.00 Annual
Full Time
Executive Director
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