Assistant Executive Director / Cornell Hillel

Hillel International

Ithaca, NY

Full time

US$85-95k (annually)

Apr 27

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Role Overview

Cornell Hillel is undergoing tremendous growth. We are currently implementing an ambitious strategic plan that will help us realize our vision of activating Jewish life for the 2,500 Jewish students at Cornell. We are looking for a talented Assistant Executive Director to join our senior leadership team who will be able to imagine the potential for a robust Jewish community, create programs, and manage a team of staff and students to help realize our vision. 

In this role, you will help ignite Jewish life on an Ivy League campus with the largest Jewish student population. You’ll play a key role in overall organizational strategy in partnership with the Executive Director, including the opportunity to grow in the strategic planning, development and board relations space. As the owner of the Jewish student life portfolio, you will work with staff and students to dream big and provide the motivation and the resources to help them transform those dreams into reality. You will also have the opportunity to innovative and experiment, pilot new programs and initiatives, and, most importantly, create meaningful and measurable change.

What You’ll Do

  • Craft and implement a strategic plan to expand Hillel’s program, pluralistic Jewish education and engagement.
  • Design and execute an engagement strategy to connect more than 70% of Jewish students at Cornell to the Hillel community.
  • Develop a student leadership structure to support robust program activities, Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Supervise, mentor and support the growth of the Jewish student life team.
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships with the University community, including Student Affairs and Admissions, parents, alumni, and lay leaders.
  • Fundraise for the organization in partnership with the Executive Director and Development team.

On a day to day basis you will

  • Recruit, mentor, and support the student board.
  • Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Staff Shabbat and holiday programming, assisting with discussions, rituals, and celebrations.
  • Challenge and support student leaders.
  • Manage the staff hiring process and training of new professionals.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.
  • Support the Development team and Executive Director in core fundraising activities, including donor relations and reporting, strategic fundraising conversations, special events and student Development Committee efforts.
  • Oversee the collection of our engagement data in partnership with Hillel International.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 7+ years in Jewish, experiential or higher education.
  • Experience as a professional in a Jewish nonprofit organization and Hillel is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Proven success hiring and managing a team. Excellent supervision skills and ability to coach others to achieve outcomes.
  • Adding experiential and educational initiatives to Hillel's programming offerings. 
  • Creating structures and opportunities that assist and empower students to take initiative and ownership for their communities.
  • Developing and/or implementing a strategic plan, including reporting and tracking data.
  • Management of multiple projects while maintaining quality.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Knowledge of what makes people tick - you can connect people’s passions and interests to Hillel’s mission.Comfort in managing teams as well as 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.
  • Desire to grow in the development and fundraising space.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.
  • A commitment 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.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $85,000 - $95,000. 
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension 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.

About Cornell Hillel

Cornell Hillel is located in Ithaca, NY, which combines small town life with a world class academic/college town community. Ithaca has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America. Cornell University is one of the world’s foremost institutions of higher education, with seven undergraduate schools and five graduate schools located in Ithaca, NY, in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State. Cornell Hillel is housed in Anabel Taylor Hall, home of the Cornell United Religious Works. Jewish students make up approximately 20% of the student body on the Ithaca campus, approximately 3,000 students. Cornell Hillel currently engages a talented professional team of 12 full time and one part-time professional.

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.

Cornell 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.


Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all

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