Executive Director @ Central Florida Hillel

Executive Director

Role Overview
As Central Florida Hillel (CFH) marks its 20th anniversary this year, we’re looking for a new Executive Director to deploy their passion by laying out a new strategic vision. Over the past eight years CFH has grown from the smallest Hillel in the State of Florida to the largest; from a Hillel with a budget of $267k to an annual budget of nearly $1.2 million.
You will oversee a dynamic and seasoned team of professionals serving the university’s 6,000 Jewish undergraduate students (the 3rd largest undergraduate Jewish campus population in North America) and work with a committed group of fundraising professionals to develop the necessary funds and strategically allocate resources to build a comprehensive, inclusive and self-sustaining community within -- and beyond -- the walls of the Jeffrey and Diane Ginsburg Center for Jewish Student Life at UCF.

For the past four years, Central Florida Hillel has consistently ranked in the top ten percent of Hillels in the country in terms of team satisfaction, according to Leading Edge. We are seeking a strategic, visionary, committed Jewish professional who will build on our strengths while leading us to the next phase of growth.


What You’ll Do
- Develop and implement a dynamic and innovative organizational strategy in partnership with the board of directors to achieve continued excellence for CFH.
- Create and implement a sustainable financial resource development plan that meets or exceeds year over year targets and peer-group benchmarks through major gift solicitation, grants and a robust parent and alumni program.
- Inspire, develop, supervise, and mentor a professional staff team that delivers on a vision of a pluralism, inclusivity, and student leadership development in order to deepen students’ relationships to Jewish life, Jewish learning and Israel.
- Exhibit organizational and communal leadership by cultivating relationships with all stakeholders, including student and university leaders, Jewish community leaders in Orlando, the Florida peninsula and beyond, as well as alumni and parents across the country.
- Act as a leader and convener of the community every day -- during times of celebration as well as times of challenge.
- Create a culture of shared responsibility and engagement among members of the board of directors and cultivate relationships with prospective directors who can provide generative and strategic leadership.
- Ensure Jewish students have a safe and secure place to gather at Hillel and serve as the chief advocate for Jewish students if they are facing anti-Jewish bias and/or anti-Israel activity on campus.

What You’ve Accomplished
- Led organizations or programs in a nonprofit or higher education setting with a proven and measurable track record of innovation and sustainable growth. Experience in Hillel or organizations focused on Jewish young adult engagement is strongly preferred.
- Managed a team of professionals in exemplary manner to accomplish their best work and develop their potential.
- Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting, cost controls and regular reporting to an oversight committee or board.
- Led or assisted in the development and training of board leadership.
- Led or assisted fundraising campaigns in which you have personally cultivated, solicited and/or stewarded donors making gifts of at least $5,000.
- Led or assisted a grant program in excess of several hundred thousand dollars per year.
- Led or assisted in developing a strategic plan for an organization or projects, with measurable goals, and successfully executed and evaluated that plan.
- Built relationships with key stakeholders and influential leaders within education or nonprofit spaces.
- Produced effective communication pieces such as written proposals, newsletters, direct mail pieces, social media content, video projects, and presentations.
- Strong speaking skills on a wide array of topics including Jewish life, Israel and other topics germane to the University and young adult market.
- Completed a bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
- Engaged in formal or informal Jewish education offerings.
- Significant experience with Israel on topics relating to political, historical and cultural opportunities as well as challenges.

What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Charismatic leadership with a drive for success, resilience and adaptability.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.
- Joy and appreciation for working with college-age students and young adults post college as well as stakeholders in the university and Jewish community.
- A deep understanding and embracement of the dynamism of Jewish life and how that affects current and future generations of university students.
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit with proven fundraising and financial management skills. Things may not always go according to plan, but you are willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
- The ability to empower others and foster collaboration.
- Strong relationship-building and team leadership skills with comfort working with diverse populations.
- Expertise in leading complex conversations about Jewishness and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journey.
- A joyful spirit and enthusiasm for the work of community building.

What You’ll Receive
- Highly competitive compensation in the nonprofit marketplace; base salary range will be $160,000 - $200,000 depending upon skills, qualifications, and experience.
- A generous comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability (LTD), vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Relocation expense reimbursement.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
- Opportunities for travel regionally and to Israel.
- A supportive and committed board of lay leaders.

About CFH and The University of Central Florida
attracts talented, enterprising students from across the Florida peninsula, with approximately 90% coming from South Florida. Just as UCF is an icon in the city of Orlando, Central Florida Hillel is an icon in the Orlando Jewish community and enjoys warm support from a wide array of Jewish organizations, Synagogues, etc… as well as broad support from the various Jewish Federations in the State of Florida.

Originally founded as Florida Technological University in 1963, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has grown into the second largest university in the United States with over 60,000 students. For the third consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has recognized UCF as one of the nation’s most innovative schools in its best college rankings. More information is available at http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx

With an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, CFH serves not only one of the largest Jewish campus populations in North America, it is also emerging as one of the most exciting Hillel’s in the country. CFH is located inside a luxurious 600-bed student apartment complex across the street from campus. The facility boasts a health club, outdoor pool, beach volleyball, a rooftop garden, sun deck with an outdoor movie theater, sauna and an (almost) fully kosher restaurant. The complex is designed to be a “Google-like” facility that inspires creativity and innovation.

Life in Orlando
The Jewish community of Orlando has been around for over a hundred years. Today, approximately 26,000 Jews call Orlando home. The recognized epicenter is in Maitland where many of the Jewish organizations are centered. Read more at http://xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Conveniently located in the center of Florida with neighbors like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is now the number one travel destination in the United States. Orlando has plenty to offer young adults looking for a great quality of life. In 2014, Forbes recognized Orlando as one of the top 25 destinations in the United States for Millennials. Great neighborhoods like Lake Eola and Thornton Park known for their classic Bungalow homes, trendy restaurants, pubs, cafe’s, farmer’s market and nightlife, make downtown living an affordable possibility. To see more about living in Orlando, visit www.visitorlando.com or www.cityoforlando.net.

Orlando has lead the State of Florida in job creation for the past three years and with one of the busiest Airports in the United States, Orlandoans enjoy direct flights to most major cities in the US as well as a plethora of international destinations. Florida’s zero state income tax and a generous tax package for Florida homeowners, makes the “Sunshine State” a major place for relocation. A vibrant downtown, world class attractions like Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Cape Canaveral, the second most visited convention center in the United States after Las Vegas, and gorgeous world-famous beaches on both the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico within an easy 45 minute to two-hour drive.

About Hillel International
In 1923, Hillel was founded 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, 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.

Central Florida Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International

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

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, relocation option available, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities. Opportunities for travel regionally and to Israel. A supportive and committed board of lay leaders.
  • Preferred Experience: Senior Professional (10+ years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2021-04-19
  • Times this job has been viewed: 636 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Executive Director
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Central Florida Hillel
3925 Lockwood Blvd
Oviedo , Florida 32765


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