In 2023 Hillel International will celebrate its 100th anniversary. With this milestone around the corner, we recognize the evolution of Jewish life on campus. As our students face an often challenging climate on campus today, Hillel is proud to launch the Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) that will develop and implement specific strategies to ensure a positive campus environment in which Jewish and pro-Israel students feel safe to express their identities and values, free of harassment, hostility, or marginalization.
The Executive Director of the Campus Climate Initiative is empowered to partner and support higher education leaders and administration to create and maintain campus climates that allow students to feel comfortable and respected in engaging, exploring, and identifying with Judaism and Israel.
Reporting to the Vice President of Israel Engagement, the Executive Director will lead CCI’s work and will collaborate with Hillel’s current Israel Action Program team. The success of this initiative will depend heavily on the Executive Director’s ability to build durable relationships and provide valuable resources to Hillel campus professionals and university administrators, and collaborate with other Jewish community and higher education organizations to promote best policies and practices to meaningfully improve campus climate for all students.
What You’ll Do
• Create & launch CCI’s services at 8-12 pilot campuses, working closely with Hillel campus professionals on those campuses and a CCI Advisory Group on planning, development, measurement, sustainability, and future expansion.
• Develop appropriate service deliverables, including program and training resources and materials tailored to the needs of specific campus partners.
• Facilitate training on campus and remotely using video-conference technology.
• Develop and oversee CCI’s thought leadership and communications strategy, serving as an articulate and passionate advocate for the CCI’s mission, vision, and goals.
• Identify, engage and partner with higher education, Jewish community and other campus focused organizations and professionals to improve campus climate.
• Become a trusted and sought-after advisor to higher education leaders as you increase adoption and implementation of effective university policies and practices that address campus climate concerns.
• Develop a digital platform to engage a broad segment of higher education leaders to improve campus climate.
• Plan and execute resource development opportunities to sustain and enhance the CCI in cooperation with the Vice President for Israel • Engagement, Hillel’s development team, and the CCI Advisory Group.
What You'll Bring to the Job
• 5+ years of executive or management experience in a higher education institution, or in a Jewish communal organization with a role focused on higher education. Management experience in student development/student affairs, diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity or legal fields preferred.
• Advanced academic degree required.
• Familiarity with university practices, policies, and issues related to campus climate, diversity and inclusion, free speech, and campus disruptions, with special awareness of issues and concerns particularly affecting Jewish and pro-Israel students, including anti-semitism and anti-Zionism.
• Creative and energetic personality with a demonstrated history of building and maintaining positive working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
• Willingness to travel.
• Demonstrated budget and project management skills, data-driven, with attention to detail.
• Experience and/or capacity to engage in donor development and grants management.
• Excellent verbal, written, meeting facilitation and presentation skills.
• Thrive in a highly dynamic, fluid, collegial environment and exemplify leadership with composure under pressure.
• Model integrity, honesty, truthfulness and compassion.
What You’ll Receive
• Highly competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace based on qualifications and experience.
• 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.
About Hillel International
Hillel welcomes college and university students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world operating in eighteen countries, Hillel works with young adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, inspiring them to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek), connect to their peers, to Israel and to Jews worldwide. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.”