Executive Director

Location: University of Oklahoma Hillel
City: Norman
State/Territory: Oklahoma
Job Type: Director
Last updated: 2/4/19 12:56 PM


Executive Director - Hillel at the University of Oklahoma
Role Overview 
Join Hillel at the University of Oklahoma (OU Hillel) as the Executive Director to help enrich students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. You’ll oversee a strong organization that engages students in Jewish life and connects to the lives of Jewish students at University of Oklahoma.
The Executive Director will provide support and stability to the Hillel to ensure quality engagement of all Jewish students on campus and support a pluralistic, dynamic organization. Under your leadership, you’ll be able to chart a path for the Hillel on campus during a critical time and maintain key resources to help students thrive. You’ll be excellent in this role if you are passionate about leading a team, managing transition, developing human and financial resources, supporting students, and strengthening the ties between Hillel and your community. You’ll wake up each day being genuinely excited about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. You’ll meet students at Campus Corner, OU Football game tailgates, the University Union, and the South Oval. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5. 
This position is a full-time role that will be a combination of on-site and remote work.
What You’ll Do:
  • Manage and maintain Hillel’s financial resources to be consistent with the caliber of the institution, the size of the Jewish community and the needs of the strategic plan.
  • Inspire and organize pluralistic, diverse Jewish life on campus. Support front line staff’s strategies to expand the base of the Jewish student community to include a multiplicity of Jewish backgrounds and interests.
  • Act as a leader and convener of community, during times of celebration and challenge.
  • Develop and nurture staff, student interns and student leadership by effectively managing the team and providing growth opportunities.
  • Exhibit leadership around financial resource development and maintain relationships with the stakeholders that will help you get there, including lay leaders, local community members and agencies, and Hillel International.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities surrounding the capital campaign to fundraise for a new Hillel building. 
What You’ve Accomplished
  • 5 – 8 years of professional work experience. Experience in management roles in the Jewish or secular nonprofit, higher education, or mission-driven organization world is a plus. Past Hillel experience is a plus as well.
  • Success with:​ 
  • Managing a team of professionals to accomplish their best work.
  • Financial resource development, including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels.
  • Stakeholder relations.
  • Fiscal budgeting and financial forecasting.
  • Inspiring interest in pluralistic, diverse Jewish life.
  • Building student engagement and leadership development programs and opportunities.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters degree preferred. We will consider a range of candidates’ experiences and credentials. 
  • Capital campaign experience is a plus. 
What You’ll Bring to the Job
  • 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.
  • Capacity to create space for a diversity of perspectives and allow all voices of students to be heard. 
  • Creative problem-solving strategies.
  • An inspiring presence which will help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life.
  • ​Strong relationship building skills and comfort working with diverse populations different than your own.
  • An attitude of proactive communication and collaboration across offices and agencies.
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journey. 
What You’ll Receive
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. 
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), and 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.
About OU Hillel
The University of Oklahoma has at least 150-250 Jewish students on campus; and, due to fantastic and engaging programming, many of those students actively participate in Hillel programming. Each event will have anywhere from a dozen attendees to over one hundred. You may see students, OU faculty and staff, Norman Jewish community members, and Oklahoma City Jewish community members at our programs. OU Hillel gives you the big university experience along with a warm, inspiring and active Jewish community; it is the hub of Jewish life both at the University of Oklahoma and in Norman, Oklahoma. Events and programs are held at the Hillel building, around campus, and around Norman and Oklahoma City throughout the school year. Successful programs include: Israel-Fair, High Holiday services, tailgating at football games, interfaith Passover Seders, Schmoozeday Tuesday, Latkes for Love, and many more. 
The University of Oklahoma is truly an extraordinary institution, known for its academic excellence and strong sense of community. Attracting top students from across the nation and more than 120 countries around the world, OU provides a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. OU is number one in the nation in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled at a public university. The current student body is both the largest and most highly ranked academically in the history of public institutions in Oklahoma.
About 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 every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders. 
OU Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. 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.

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