Executive Director, Hillel Center for Campus Climate

Washington D.C.
Aug 22, 2018
Exec. Director, HCCC
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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 builds connections with young adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires 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 the people of 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.”

Hillel has reached a critical junction in its over 90-year history. Hillel’s Strategic Implementation Plan, the Drive to Excellence, provides an ambitious plan to focus its work on the core functions that will have the greatest impact on the Hillel movement’s global mission. The International Center will focus on three areas, which are referred to as the Three Pillars – Talent, Student Engagement, and Resource Development. The plan describes each of the Three Pillars and establishes metrics by which Hillel’s stakeholders can measure progress. The Drive to Excellence provides a solid foundation for our work moving forward and sets Hillel on the path to strengthening its global network.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International is building open, welcoming, pluralistic Jewish communities serving as many young Jewish adults as possible, thereby helping secure the future of the Jewish people in the 21st century.

For more information, please visit www.hillel.org.

Hillel Center for Campus Climate (HCCC)

The Hillel Center for Campus Climate is a newly created department within Hillel International dedicated to ensuring that campus is a place where Jewish students feel safe expressing their identity and views, free of hostility or harassment. The purpose of HCCC is to proactively support and partner with higher education administrators in promoting a campus climate that allows students to feel comfortable exploring, learning about, and identifying with Judaism and Israel. HCCC will work in conjunction with other institutional efforts to foster a climate of safety and tolerance on campus for all students. 

Job Description

The Executive Director of the Hillel Center for Campus Climate (HCCC) will report to Hillel International’s Vice President of Israel Engagement and serve as the leader of the newly created HCCC. The Executive Director will help recruit and lead a new team and work in conjunction with existing Hillel Israel Engagement Group personnel to accomplish the goals of HCCC. The Executive Director will seek the support and cooperative engagement of campus Hillel senior professionals and foster collaborative relationships with other Jewish communal and higher education organizations, to promote best policies and practices to meaningfully improve campus climate. 

The Executive Director will spearhead the launch of HCCC, including the development and implementation of customized services at an expected 8-12 pilot campuses where HCCC will serve as a trusted resource to university administrators, create specific campus strategies including measurement of campus climate, training, and policy analysis, and, as appropriate, partner with third-party organizations.

Success in this role will be measured by the successful launch of HCCC and its services on selected campuses, and meaningful progress toward the following goals:

  • Become a trusted and sought-after advisor to higher education leaders.
  • Improve the adoption and implementation of effective university policies and practices
  • Increase respect, comfort, physical and emotional safety for all Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus.
  • Develop necessary financial support for the work of HCCC.
  • Select, develop, inspire and retain an outstanding HCCC team.

The Executive Director will work closely with a Strategic Advisory Board to oversee the planning, development, growth, measurement, and sustainability of the HCCC, and a Higher Education Leaders Advisory Board that will help build awareness of HCCC, introduce and recommend HCCC to higher education leaders, and add to the reputation and impact of HCCC. 

Specific Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Vice President of Israel Engagement, lead Hillel International’s work with college administrators to improve campus climate for Jewish and pro-Israel students, and serve as an articulate and passionate advocate for the HCCC’s mission, vision, and goals.
Develop appropriate service deliverables, including program and training resources and materials, tailored to the needs of campus partners.
Launch the HCCC’s services and measurable strategies at 8-12 pilot campuses and plan for further expansion.
Actively engage Hillel directors and other professional staff on campus to improve campus climate and effectuate best policies and practices.
Identify and partner with higher education, Jewish community, and other campus focused organizations to leverage and refine existing resources to measure and improve campus climate in partnership with university leaders.
Build and lead a team of professionals dedicated to the mission and vision of the HCCC and Hillel International.
Develop and oversee a communications and thought leadership strategy.
Plan and execute resource development opportunities to sustain and enhance the HCCC.
Work closely with a Strategic Advisory Board to guide strategic planning, measurement, resource development, and sustainability of the HCCC.
Engage leaders on a Higher Education Leaders Advisory Board to advise on and facilitate the campus work of the HCCC.

A minimum of ten years’ professional work experience, at least five of which must be in an executive or management position in a higher education institution or Jewish communal organization with a role focused on higher education. Executive or management experience in student development/ student affairs, diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity or legal fields preferred.
Advanced academic degree required.
Demonstrated personnel, budget and project management skills, data-driven, with  attention to detail.
Experience and/or capacity to engage in donor development and grants management.
Familiarity with university practices,  policies, and issues related to campus climate, diversity and equal opportunity, free speech, and campus disruptions, and special awareness of particular issues and concerns affecting Jewish and pro-Israel students, including intersectionality.
Demonstrated record of building and maintaining positive working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders internal and external to the organization.
Demonstrated superior verbal, written, meeting facilitation and public presentation skills.
Creative and energetic personality with strong interpersonal skills, capable of inspiring and leading others with self-confidence and passion.
Thrive in a highly dynamic, fluid, collegial environment and exemplify leadership with composure under pressure.
Model integrity, honesty, truthfulness and compassion. 
Willingness to travel. 
Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary based on 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’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.

To apply:
Please apply at www.jobs.hillel.org by clicking on “Browse all openings.”  
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