The Associate Executive Director (AED) for Maryland Hillel will play a pivotal role in leading one of the nation’s preeminent Hillels as it enters the next phase of its growth. This individual will be a strong leader with the ability to align a team around a vision, marshal resources effectively and continue to build upon the organization’s reputation of transforming Jewish campus life. The ideal candidate will be a multi-talented individual who is ready to think boldly and demonstrates adaptive leadership to ensure that Maryland Hillel fulfills its mission, achieves its strategic goals and actualizes a creative and innovative vision for Jewish student life on campus. The AED will be responsible for day-to-day operations, ensure inter-departmental collaboration, manage employee performance and professional growth, strengthen partnerships and relationships both on and off campus as well as elevate Maryland Hillel’s brand-identity. The AED reports to and serves as a thought partner for the executive director.
What You’ll Do:
• Engage in vision setting with the executive director and senior management team, leading Maryland Hillel in its continued drive to excellence and progress towards organizational goals.
• Serve as the disruptor and change agent within the organization, looking for new, creative and efficient ways of executing Hillel’s mission.
• Strengthen the staff team and build an organizational culture of excellence.
• Serves as the visionary and primary driver of a creative and innovative approach to Jewish student life on campus.
• Facilitate collaboration and communication between the operations, student life and development departments.
• Motivate, inspire and drive the professional team by ensuring that each member of the staff team understands what success looks like, receives ongoing supervision and has a personalized professional development plan in place.
• Supervise the operations and student life staff teams.
• Build and maintain relationships with key partners representing Maryland Hillel to the campus and external Jewish communities.
• Manage the annual budget and oversee day-to-day financial operations.
• Hold key pieces of daily operations including interfacing directly with the CFO, the operations team and external vendors. Liaise with kosher dining operator to ensure sound business practices and decision making.
• Serve as lead professional on select board task forces and committees and participate in financial resource development for the agency.
• Serve as a key member of the staff team that will transition the organization to its new home from groundbreaking through occupancy by summer 2022.
• Participate in relevant student life programs including Shabbat, Birthright Israel, alternative breaks as well as other signature programs and key initiatives.
What You Bring to the Role:
• Master’s degree preferred with 7+ years of relevant experience in Jewish nonprofit work or equivalent.
• The ability to align tasks with a broader vision, determine organizational priorities and work collaboratively as part of a senior management team.
• Proven track record of managing a multi-talented team, project management experience and the ability to take initiative.
• An acute ability to empower others while simultaneously being comfortable as the public face of the organization.
• Proactive leadership abilities anticipating challenges and opportunities and the ability to craft and execute the appropriate response.
• Critical thinking, creative mind-set, and a great sense of humor.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and highly developed communication abilities.
• Strong Jewish knowledge and an ingrained passion for Jewish life and community, in its varied expressions.
What You’ll Receive:
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
• A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, dental and vision, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
• Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
• A supportive and caring work environment.
About Maryland Hillel:
Maryland Hillel, located in College Park, MD in close proximity to Washington, DC, enjoys a national reputation for its Jewish community, both due to its size with some 5,800 Jewish undergrads, and, more critically, due to the vibrancy of Jewish life on campus. A team of 16 professionals work in concert with Jewish students to facilitate a veritable menu of experiences and opportunities. Hillel strives to ensure that Jewish students derive meaning and value from connecting, in their individuated ways, with our tradition, heritage, and Israel. Maryland Hillel draws students to the University of Maryland from around the country with large contingents from Maryland, the tristate area, Florida and California. Following many years of growth, Hillel is conducting a capital campaign to construct a custom-built 40,000 square foot Jewish student center to continue to support this thriving Jewish community into the future.
About Hillel International:
Maryland Hillel is affiliated with 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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.