Position Description

Executive Director
Location George Mason University Hillel
City Fairfax
State/Territory Virginia
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Executive Director

George Mason University Hillel

Role Overview

As the Executive Director for George Mason University (Mason) Hillel you will be responsible for leading this dynamic organization as it embarks on a new strategic plan. You’ll approach each day genuinely excited about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant lives. Within the context of a thriving Northern Virginia community and based at one of the nation’s top research institutions and Virginia’s largest public university, Mason Hillel is uniquely positioned to serve a growing student population with the support of the University and local Jewish community.

The Executive Director will build an innovative plan that prioritizes serving all individuals on the college continuum including prospective students, college students and young alumni with a focus on strengthening Jewish campus life, engaging all Jewish students and supporting a pluralistic, progressive community. Under your leadership, Mason Hillel will grow and develop into a Hillel of excellence in partnership with all its key stakeholders. You’ll chart a path for Mason Hillel and develop key resources to help students thrive. You’ll be excellent in this role if you are a self-starter, take the initiative and are passionate about sharing the strategic vision for your Hillel, developing human and financial resources, supporting and advocating for students, and strengthening the ties between Hillel and your community.

What You’ll Do

  • Inspire and organize pluralistic, diverse Jewish life on campus. Create strategies to expand the base of the Jewish student community to include a multiplicity of Jewish backgrounds and interests.
  • Have a deep understanding of campus culture and what makes Mason Hillel unique. Bridge and develop strategic relationships with University departments and student organizations.
  • Connect Mason Hillel to the International Hillel movement, other national initiatives and programs and regional opportunities.
  • Create the action plan for Mason Hillel’s new strategic vision and position Mason Hillel to be a leader in the Northern Virginia Jewish community in serving prospective college students, undergraduate and graduate students as well as young alumni.
  • Demonstrate leadership around financial resource development and cultivate the stakeholders that will help you get there, including lay leadership, foundations, community members and local agencies. 
  • Oversee Mason Hillel’s operations and fiscal management.  Expand Mason Hillel’s financial resources to grow the organization and meet the needs of the students.
  • Act as a leader and convener of community during times of celebration and challenge.  Advocate and support students to create a positive campus and community environment for Jewish life and Israel engagement.
  • Serve as a persuasive spokesperson and passionate storyteller for Mason Hillel in a way that appeals to and inspires diverse audiences.
  • Develop, nurture and effectively manage teams including student interns, student leadership, staff and community advisory board to realize organizational goals.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 5 – 8 years of professional work experience. Previous management experience in the world of nonprofit or mission-driven organizations is a plus. A deep understanding of the American Jewish college experience through work in higher education or Hillel is preferred
  • Success with:
  • Developing a vision and executing a strategic plan.
  • Building relationships with diverse groups of people and the ability to navigate complex conversations.
  • Financial resource development, including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation.
  • 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, Master’s degree preferred. We will consider a range of candidates’ experiences and credentials.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and willingness to take risks.
  • Sense of responsibility for Jewish identity development as well as the cultural, spiritual and educational needs of Jewish students.
  • Capacity to create an environment which is welcoming, inclusive and open that allows space for a diversity of perspectives and student voices.
  • Innovative approach and creative strategies to problem solving.
  • An inspiring presence and desire to help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life.
  • Masterful relationship building skills and ability to connect with college students.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an attitude of proactive communication and collaboration.
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations with diversity of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skill in facilitating conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journey.
  • An ability to multitask and prioritize while maintaining attention to detail.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $85,000 - $100,000.
  • 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 George Mason University Hillel

George Mason University Hillel is “where Jewish Patriots (the school mascot, based on founding father George Mason) find a home.” Warm and welcoming, Mason Hillel is a comfortable space for students to make friends, explore their Jewish identity and feel accepted. Mason Hillel students embrace campus diversity and work to foster understanding by forging relationships. George Mason University is recognized for its innovation, entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.  The Jewish community of Northern Virginia is the largest and fastest growing in the Washington, DC metro area.  Proximity to the nation’s capital offers a multitude of resources and opportunities including outstanding cultural, educational, sports and recreational activities.

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.

George Mason University 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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