Executive Director

University of Kansas Hillel | Washington, Dc, DC, United States

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Posted Date 10/10/2023

Executive Director

University of Kansas Hillel

About Us

University of Kansas (KU) Hillel seeks an experienced nonprofit executive leader to serve as our dedicated Executive Director. This is a rewarding exempt position that provides an opportunity to shape the future of our vibrant organization. Our ideal candidate will create their home in Kansas City, and become enmeshed in the local Jewish community while commuting several days per week to our campus location about 45 minutes away in Lawrence, Kansas.

Position Overview

As the Executive Director of KU Hillel, you will lead with vision and passion to further our mission of engaging Jewish students and nurturing the next generation of Jewish leaders. You will work to build a professional team that is highly committed to engaging Jewish students and partner with the board of directors to ensure oversight and financial sustainability for now and years to come. 

Who We're Looking For

We seek candidates ready to step into a senior leadership position and who share our passion for promoting Jewish life among emerging adults. We encourage you to apply if you have experience in leading teams, navigating organizational transitions, bolstering financial resources, and cultivating vital stakeholder relations.

Our Community

The University of Kansas (KU) is centered in Lawrence, Kansas. Founded by abolitionists in 1854, Lawrence has carried that tradition of freedom and individuality through the generations. Today, Lawrence remains a crossroads of culture, celebrating the artists and innovators that populate its history and create an unmistakable identity.  So, too is the spirit of the Jayhawks that power KU. KU is the state’s flagship institution, home to innovative research and the constant pursuit of knowledge.  KU offers fourteen academic schools and four hundred degree and certificate programs, serving nineteen thousand undergraduate students.  

KU Hillel proudly serves 1,200 Jewish students and boasts a dedicated professional team, including an Assistant Director, Jewish Educator, Program Coordinator, and on-site Licensed Master Social Worker/Therapist (part-time) in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Kansas City.

**Interested candidates willing to relocate to Kansas are encouraged to apply early in order to take advantage of the Jewish Federation’s See KC program. This is a timely opportunity to explore Jewish life in Kansas City while being supported by the tools, information, and resources of the Jewish Federation.**


As the Executive Director, you will:

  • Collaborate with KU Hillel board members, Hillel International, and other stakeholders to ensure vital financial health and governance.
  • Supervise, support, and mentor the KU Hillel professional staff to support their roles further and develop their professional skills
  • Effectively delegate projects, program leadership, and duties to existing staff members and hire new staff members as needed.
  • Develop and implement an annual giving plan to achieve budgeted goals and lay the foundation for expanded fundraising efforts.
  • Cultivate relationships with current and potential board members, fostering a culture of excellence in governance and volunteer management.
  • Strengthen ties with key community stakeholders and strategic partners, such as the Jewish Federation of Kansas City and the Jewish Heritage Foundation.
  • Champion organizational growth and positive change through transparency, trust, and collaboration.

Qualifications & Experience

We are looking for candidates with:

  • A minimum of five years of nonprofit leadership experience. Previous experience with Hillel or organizations focused on Jewish youth and young adult engagement is preferred.
  • Proven expertise in sound financial management, including budgeting, cost controls, and regular reporting to oversight committees or boards.
  • Success in major gift fundraising, board development, stakeholder relations, and financial management.
  • Experience managing and developing professional teams to accomplish their best work.
  • Strong communication skills, including written proposals and effective newsletters.
  • A track record of building relationships with key stakeholders and influential leaders.
  • Two or more years of experience in engagement in formal or informal Jewish education offerings.
  • Experience in developing and training board leadership or equivalent training experience in another work setting. 

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive salary ranging from $110,000 to $125,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, a 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.
  • Opportunities to attend global conferences for personal and professional development.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at Hillel International's Job Board and include their resume and cover letter.


If you have questions or need further information about this role, please contact Jennifer Sosnow, Director of Executive Talent Management at Hillel International. ([email protected].)

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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