Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Rooted in Jewish tradition that requires us to center the imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repair of the world), Hillel is committed to inspiring and empowering students to better the world. Building on years of work in this area, Hillel Social Impact is a new movement-wide initiative to mobilize Hillel’s infrastructure, network and engagement methodologies to engage and empower students to drive positive social and global impact. With Hillel’s unique position as the largest Jewish student organization in the world, and one of the broadest college student networks in North America, the Director of Social Impact for Hillel International will have the potential to truly impact the world for the good.
Hillel’s Social Impact strategies will provide local Hillels with opportunities to engage Jewish students, as well as non-Jewish students and partner communities, in a broad range of meaningful and impactful Service, Activism, Justice, and Civic Engagement initiatives. By enabling local Hillels to work in partnership with other communities, Hillel Social Impact will maximize the Hillel Movement’s ability to enrich and improve the world as a whole, while simultaneously engaging increasing numbers of students in meaningful, positive Jewish experiences.
In the role of Director of Social Impact, you will refine the vision, and lead the strategy and implementation of the Hillel Social Impact initiative. You bring an expertise in changemaking through community organizing, social justice and anti-oppression frameworks. You will oversee and expand upon the current project and strategies that Hillel is currently engaged in, including:
- Civic Engagement in general, and MitzVote in particular, which is a non-partisan campaign to mobilize students across the United States to register and engage voters;
- The Repair Campus Corps, a cohort of 150 student interns who engage in service and Jewish learning with the aim of mobilizing their peers in this work, catalyzing the involvement of hundreds more students;
- Community outreach work, including building on the success of a Community Outreach cohort of Hillels; student experiences such as a learning trip to the San Diego/Mexico border; and cross-community student summits bringing Black and Jewish students and Latino and Jewish students together to build understanding and relationships;
- Train-the-trainer facilitation training in partnership with Resetting the Table to strengthen professionals’ capacity to build understanding across differences.
You’ll lead Hillel’s strategy across the areas of service, activism, justice and civic engagement, while bringing specific expertise in one or more issue areas in which you have deeper experience. Our current staff members in this and adjacent teams have expertise in civic engagement and racial justice. Ideally, you will bring expertise in complementary topic areas, such as climate change, food justice, housing justice and/or other issue areas that are resonant with college students today.
Your role will require strategic and implementation acumen, passion and creativity, partnership and collaboration skills, and an ability to execute quickly and seamlessly within a complex environment with multiple stakeholders. You will be part of Hillel International’s Engagement and Impact Group, comprised of this and two additional teams: Engagement, Inclusion and Wellness; and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. You’ll join these talented professionals in ensuring the Hillel Movement is continually improving and “walking the walk” of our organizational values and commitments to these areas.
What You’ll Do
- Refine the existing draft vision for Hillel’s Social Impact work, and develop and implement strategies that galvanize and empower others
- Engage Hillel field professionals and students in social impact work, ensuring their views, priorities and voices inform and drive the strategies and implementation of the work
- Partner with the VP of Engagement and Impact and the Advancement team to inspire funders to invest in and grow this work
- Build, manage and develop the Social Impact team, which currently includes one full-time professional, and which you will help grow
- Serve as a subject matter expert for the movement in the broad area of social impact, and in your areas of expertise in particular; continually learn about the evolution of related issues and the changing environment and context
- Prioritize, build and maintain relationships with colleagues and organizations across the social impact sector
- Thoughtfully navigate complex interests and values that may, at times, seem to compete with one another when doing justice work within a diverse and inclusive Jewish organization with multiple stakeholder groups
- Oversee ongoing evaluation, measurement and reporting, and incorporate mechanisms to implement learnings for continual improvement
- Develop and manage the department’s budget
What You Bring to the Job
- Passion for improving the world, engaging Jewish students in meaningful Jewish experiences, and building genuine cross-community relationships and partnerships with a collaborative, inclusive approach
- Expertise in changemaking; and an understanding of community organizing, social justice and anti-oppression frameworks
- 10 years of relevant experience in one or more areas of social impact work, with expertise in one or more topic areas, such as climate change, food justice, housing justice and/or other issue areas that are resonant with college students today
- Ability to hold complex issues, build consensus and facilitate difficult conversations while prioritizing interpersonal relationships
- Desire to be a team player with a collaborative approach
- A strong work ethic and a willingness to take risks and learn from challenges
- Collaborative work approach and a willingness to support occasional projects related to other departments’ priorities
- Proven program management skills building plans, managing budgets and managing and developing people using clear objectives, milestones and metrics
- Proven ability to cultivate strong, lasting relationships and work collaboratively
- Experience juggling multiple projects and priorities in a complex environment
- Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity
- Comfort rolling up sleeves to get things done one moment, and the next moment being part of deeply complex strategy discussions
- Skill with evaluation and data, and a passion for using data to drive increased impact over time
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Independence, reliability and discretion when needed
- Familiarity with Hillel is a plus; work experience with Hillel is not required.
- Bachelor's required; Masters preferred
Hillel believes in supporting individual's growth and potential at all stages and is committed to creating equitable and representative work environments. Hillel strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds. Research shows that women and individuals who hold underrepresented identities tend to only apply to jobs where they believe they meet all of the position’s qualifications. Job descriptions are aspirational; individuals who feel they meet most of the qualifications are encouraged to apply.
What You’ll Get out of the Position
- Knowledge that your work will create positive ripple effects in the lives of Hillel professionals, the thousands of students they touch, and the Jewish nonprofit sector
- Access to professional development opportunities through Hillel U or our partner organizations
- Amazing, smart, dedicated colleagues at Hillel International and across the Hillel movement
- A fulfilling job with room to create and grow yourself
- Flexible work hours and location
- Periodic travel to conferences, campuses, and communities across the country
- Competitive salary and benefits (details below)
The Director of Social Impact will report to the Vice President for Engagement and Impact, and will supervise the Program Manager for Civic Engagement & Tzedek Initiatives, and hopefully a growing team.
Salary & Benefits
This position is conceptualized as a “Director 1” level role at Hillel International, with a salary range of $85,000-$110,000. We are looking for someone to lead in this space, with vision and ability to expand this work. If you feel that is you, and you have a different level of experience than described in this job posting - either more or less - we encourage you to apply or to reach out Jessica Rundle with questions.
In addition to salary, Hillel International offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), and Flexible Spending Plan, paid time off for Jewish and federal holidays, an informal “take what you need” vacation policy, and flexible work from home policy.
Hiring Process & Timeline
- We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- We will conduct short phone interviews in mid- to late-October and begin second round interviews in late October.
- We will invite finalists for longer interviews in late October to early November and make an offer shortly thereafter.
Current Hillel professionals may apply, and if a current Hillel professional is the finalist, we will work with you and your campus to navigate a smooth transition on a mutually agreeable timeline. If the finalist is a current Hillel professional, we are prepared to apply a flexible full time start date to the timeline above, share time and resources leading up to the full-time start date, and are open to considering other options that best support your campus, while working towards filling this important role for the Hillel Movement as a whole.
About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for nearly 100 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and envisions a world where every Jewish student makes an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
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.
As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.