In 2023-2024, Hillel International will celebrate its 100th anniversary since the founding of the first Hillel at the University of Illinois in October 1923. The opportunity to plan for and execute Hillel’s centennial celebration is of critical importance for the organization and for the Jewish nonprofit landscape. By celebrating its first century, launching its second century, we will ensure that Hillel has the resources to sustain and grow its impact for many generations to come. The Centennial Project Director is an exciting opportunity to play a lead role in Hillel’s Centennial Plans. We are looking for a dynamic professional capable of managing the day to day elements of the overall Centennial project, working cross-functionally with internal teams and external committees composed of students, staff and lay leaders. You will be responsible for the execution of strategies including management of associated work streams in support of the Centennial, including coordination with the brand and marketing team to deliver on topline Centennial goals.
What You’ll Own
- Day to day management of the Centennial, including partnering with the advancement team leads to manage campaign plans and implement strategy. In this capacity, you will work to support the entire Hillel movement’s use of this milestone moment to advance fundraising efforts.
- Engagement of stakeholders through the Centennial planning process, including professional, lay and student leadership by serving as support staff across the various task force and steering committees needed to execute on the Centennial Plan.
- Build out an ongoing field engagement model and communication stream that provides a single point of entry for Hillel affiliates to access Centennial campaign support and ensures the entire field is informed throughout the multi year planning process.
- Support the planning of the public celebration of Hillels Centennial, including campus based celebrations, student focused engagement opportunities and Hillel’s Centennial Spring Celebration.
- Coordinate professionals serving on the SIC Centennial Planning Team, specifically across the experience and advancement pillars, developing a flow of communication and engagement of all parties (notably communication, marketing, technology, planned giving and field advancement services, as well as SIC senior leadership).
- Complete other duties related to the Centennial including, but not limited to, managing the budget and timeline, provide updates to board leadership and maintain consistent communication across all stakeholders.
What You Do Well
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit. 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.
- Able to be a team player, sometimes you will lead and sometimes you will support, having proven ability to navigate both roles will be a plus.
- Demonstrated leadership and initiative. Ability to work across multiple projects, managing competing priorities and still produce consistently high-quality work.
- An attitude of proactive communication and collaboration across offices and agencies, active listening skills, hearing what is and isn’t being said.
- Outstanding communication skills, including writing, presentation, public speaking, and listening.
- Ability to handle all the details and be self directed when needed - know what you know, and ask what you don’t.
- Ability to work well with, and inspire confidence in, Hillel professional staff, students and volunteer leadership.
- Understand fundraising and the intersection with marketing and brand, you don’t need to be an expert but should be familiar with development terminology including planned giving vehicles.
The Centennial Project Director will report to the SVP of Advancement and work closely with other senior members of the Experience and Advancement team.
What You’ll Get Out Of It
- Hillel offers 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.
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace salary range $75,000-$85,000
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Independent and hands on work in an exciting environment
What We're About
Hillel International is the largest Jewish campus and community-based organization in the world serving the college-age population. Working with hundreds of thousands of students globally to help Jewish students make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel, Hillel serves students at more than 550 colleges, universities and communities. Hillel meets all of these students during this most formative time of their lives and engages, educates and inspires these future leaders to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. This position is part of the Global Leadership team which is the main fundraising department of the organization.
About Hillel's Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center
Hillel's Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center (SIC) which has multiple offices throughout the world including in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Jerusalem, helps local Hillels in the areas of institutional advancement, strategic planning, leadership development, fundraising, talent, fiscal administration, student engagement and communications.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.