Position Description

Executive Director
Location University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
City Tucson
State/Territory Arizona
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Executive Director

University of Arizona Hillel Foundation

Role Overview


Make a lasting impact on thousands of Jewish students at the University of Arizona as the next Executive Director of the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation (UArizona Hillel). In this wide-ranging leadership role, you will be tasked with charting the path for UArizona Hillel’s next decade. Building upon today’s strong foundation, you will oversee an expansion of Hillel’s capacity to engage the majority of the university’s 3,000 Jewish students through a uniquely pluralistic, student-centered approach to community building. You will need to develop funds and allocate resources strategically to build a dynamic, inclusive and caring community within -- and beyond -- the walls of Hillel’s centrally located facility.

UArizona Hillel seeks a strategic and visionary leader with ambition, creativity and a commitment to excellence who can inspire and motivate the staff and volunteer leadership to grow the organization. You will be excellent in this role if you are skilled at building relationships, using your time strategically, leading with vision, and driving results. The Executive Director must be a skilled fundraiser and committed to engaging existing and prospective donors as partners in achieving Hillel’s mission of enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

As a top 40 public university, the University of Arizona attracts talented, enterprising students from across the country eager to find an intimate community within a sea of 35,000 undergraduates. Just as the university is a pillar of Tucson, Hillel is a pillar of Jewish Tucson. The Jewish community is welcoming with a diverse array of highly engaged leadership. Jewish institutions, such as the JCC, day school, Jewish History Museum and the Jewish Federation and Foundation, are known for excellent programming and inter-agency collaboration.

Tucson, Arizona’s second-largest city, offers a high quality of life with a low cost of living. It is a rapidly growing city described as “laid-back but ambitious.” The Sonoran Desert climate is ideal to take advantage of Tucson’s outdoor activities. A vibrant downtown, cultural attractions and access to world-class dining all make Tucson an extraordinary place to call home and find community.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop, articulate and promote a dynamic and innovative organizational vision and strategy in partnership with the board of directors to achieve excellence for UArizona Hillel.
  • Create and implement a sustainable financial resource development plan that meets or exceeds peer-group benchmarks and lead the effort to secure major annual gifts ($2,500+) from existing and new donors.
  • Effectively develop and manage and mentor a professional staff team that delivers on a vision of a pluralistic, inclusive, and dynamic Jewish campus community that deepens students’ relationships to Jewish life, Jewish learning and Israel.
  • Exhibit organizational and communal leadership by cultivating relationships with all stakeholders, including student and university leaders, Jewish community leaders in Tucson, as well as alumni and parents across the country.
  • Act as a leader and convener of the community every day -- during times of celebration as well as times of challenge. (Wildcats would say “bear down.”)
  • Create a culture of shared responsibility and engagement among members of the board of directors and cultivate relationships with prospective directors who can provide generative and strategic leadership.
  • Ensure Jewish students have a safe and secure place to gather at Hillel, and serve as the chief advocate for Jewish students facing anti-Jewish bias and antisemitism on campus.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Led organizations or programs in a nonprofit or higher education setting with a track record of innovation and sustainable growth. Experience in Hillel or organizations focused on Jewish youth engagement is strongly preferred.
  • Managed a team of professionals to accomplish their best work and develop their potential.
  • Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting, cost controls and regular reporting to an oversight committee or board.
  • Led or assisted in the development and training of board leadership.
  • Led or assisted fundraising campaigns in which you have personally cultivated, solicited and/or stewarded donors making annual gifts of at least $5,000.
  • Developed a strategic plan for an organization or projects, with measurable goals, and successfully executed and evaluated that plan.
  • Built relationships with key stakeholders and influential leaders within education or nonprofit spaces.
  • Produced effective communications including written proposals, newsletters, direct mail pieces, social media content, video projects, and presentations.
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Engaged in formal or informal Jewish education offerings.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Charismatic leadership with a drive for success, resilience and adaptability.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.
  • Joy and appreciation for working with college-age students and stakeholders in a university setting.
  • A deep understanding of the dynamism of Jewish life and how that affects current and future generations of university students.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit with proven fundraising and financial management skills. 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.
  • The ability to empower others and foster collaboration.
  • Strong relationship-building and team leadership skills with comfort working with diverse populations.
  • 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.
  • A joyful spirit and enthusiasm for the work of building community.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $120,000 - $135,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability (LTD), vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Partial relocation expense reimbursement.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Opportunities for travel regionally and to Israel.

About the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation

UArizona Hillel is committed to building a vibrant, diverse, meaningful, and empowered Jewish community at the University of Arizona by assisting Wildcats on their Jewish journeys. Hillel’s goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to explore their Jewish identity, build their leadership skills, and engage in Jewish life on their terms. Established in 1941, Hillel has been located across from the Student Union on Second Street and Mountain Avenue since 1950, and it remains a central, highly accessible location for the vast majority of students. The current facility, built in 1984, was renovated in 2012 to expand the restaurant and cafe and to add extra lounge space, a multi-purpose room and classrooms for Judaic Studies courses.

UArizona Hillel’s current staff includes the executive director, assistant director, Israel fellow, office administrator, and part-time development manager. There is a group of enthusiastic student leaders who are deeply committed to Hillel and take primary responsibility for developing Hillel’s core programming. Thanks to this commitment to empowering Jewish leaders, UArizona Hillel has developed a reputation for producing many alumni who serve in Jewish communal leadership roles across the country.

UArizona Hillel has many dedicated supporters who are passionate about investing in Hillel. To grow its base of support, Hillel needs to look beyond Tucson. Today, more than a third of the 35,000 undergraduates come from outside of Arizona, and more than 260,000 former UA students live throughout the 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries. There is tremendous potential for UArizona Hillel to significantly increase its capacity to engage and empower the next generation of Jewish Wildcats.

About Hillel International

In 1923, Hillel was founded 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, 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. University of Arizona Hillel Foundation is affiliated with Hillel International.

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


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