Executive Director

Location: Inland & Desert Hillel
City: Riverside
State/Territory: California
Job Type: Director
Last updated: 3/27/19 6:06 AM


Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Inland & Desert Hillel as the Executive Director. As a community builder, you’ll inspire students at four academic institutions to be partners in creating a vibrant and welcoming Jewish community on campus as a solo professional. You will drive Hillel forward by thinking big and implementing with excellence on a day to day basis.

As Executive Director of Inland & Desert Hillel, you will have the opportunity to support Jewish student life at four very different institutions. Your offices will be on campus at the University of California, Riverside, a premier state research institution with 24,000 students. UC Riverside is known for its agricultural heritage, its new medical school, and its extraordinarily diverse student body. Another 5,000 students await at the University of Redlands, a beautiful private liberal arts institution. Smaller programs are served at California State University, San Bernardino and Riverside City College which together serve another 42,000 students. In total, approximately 1,400 Jewish students attend these schools.

In order to sustainably grow this thriving Jewish community, Inland & Desert Hillel needs dedicated, professional leadership to support the current student leaders to grow their current programming, help them hone their leadership skills and partner with them in creating a welcoming and inclusive culture. You will develop innovative engagement strategies to build niche micro-communities among Jewish students who are not currently connected to the Hillel community. You will partner with the Hillel board, Federation leadership, faculty, other local stakeholders and Hillel International to take Inland & Desert Hillel to a new level of success. If you are excited about working in an emerging and dynamic environment in which your actions directly impact the quality of life on campus, this is the job for you.


What You’ll Do

  • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to engage them in Jewish life.
  • Mentor student leaders in their development as Jews through individual meetings and group programs to cultivate a Jewish community that is caring, diverse, welcoming and actively inclusive.
  • Work with students to implement a wide range of programs, including Shabbat and holiday celebrations, social opportunities, social justice projects, Jewish learning opportunities and coalition building with other student groups on campus.
  • Encourage and recruit students to take advantage of immersive travel experiences such as Birthright Israel and alternative break trips.
  • Support students in facilitating nuanced conversations and educational programs about Israel on campus, and partner with Hillel International in supporting Israel advocacy efforts.
  • Oversee marketing, social media, and content for Hillel website.
  • Maintain participant tracking database and report regularly on Hillel’s impact.
  • Lead by communicating a vision of growth and excellence in vibrant Jewish life among students from all four campuses.
  • Use expert personal relationship-building skills to build a network of advocates locally and throughout southern California, expand our donor base and mange effective donor stewardship and engagement.

On a day to day basis you will

  • Have coffee with a first-year student who has expressed interest in becoming more involved in Jewish life on campus.
  • Plan a student leadership development workshop.
  • Meet with students to design a new program targeting a population that hasn’t been involved in Hillel before.
  • Create a social media plan to promote an upcoming speaker at Hillel.
  • Enter contributions into donor database, and work with a student intern on sending thank-you notes to donors.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 3-5 years professional experience in Jewish communal work, experiential or higher education; Hillel experience highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven success in:
    • Building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment.
    • Inspiring, mentoring and motivating college-age students through traditional and experiential education.
    • Collaborating with young adults and leaders within and across multi-cultural environments.
    • Managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas.
    • Inspiring stakeholders to invest philanthropically in an organization or project.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A passion for working with young adults and investing in their growth as Jewish leaders.
  • A dedication to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
  • Owning your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspiring others to be on a Jewish journey.
  • Familiarity with higher education and campus settings
  • Comfort working independently and collaboratively.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit - things may not always go according to plan, but you understand that ambiguity is part of developing great new opportunities.
  • A demonstrated commitment to developing the funds needed to maintain and improve Hillel programming.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in nonprofit marketplace in the range of $65,000 - $75,000.
  • Mentorship/coaching from an experienced Hillel professional.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), 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
  • Plenty of Hillel swag

About Inland & Desert Hillel

Hillel programs are headquartered in the center of Southern California in Riverside, a community of 330,000 people with four colleges and a beautiful and increasingly vibrant downtown. For southern California, housing in the area is quite affordable, and our communities are family friendly and blessed with beautiful parks. Because we are centrally located, within an hour’s drive you can be sunning on an Orange County beach, clubbing in Los Angeles, skiing in the mountains, or shopping in Palm Springs.  Joshua Tree and San Diego are just 90 minutes away. 


About Hillel International
Inland & Desert 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 every Jewish student 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.




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