Position Description

Director of Finance and Operations
Location University of Maryland Hillel
City College Park
State/Territory Maryland
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Director of Finance and Operations

University of Maryland Hillel

Role Overview

Maryland Hillel serves one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish campus communities in the country. The organization actively seeks to engage Jewish students on their own terms by providing students with meaningful Jewish opportunities, which are empowering and engaging. Through a creative mix of leadership training, education, volunteerism, social, spiritual, and cultural opportunities, students are inspired to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves. Each year, Maryland Hillel impacts 4,500 unique students.

Hillel now seeks to employ a Director of Finance and Operations to ensure that its renowned programmatic offerings are paralleled and supported by a best-in-class back-office. The successful applicant for this full-time and exempt position will possess both acute financial oversight and robust operational experience.

The Director of Finance and Operations will take the lead in building a robust back office, which will deliver:

  • Accurate accounting and financial record keeping
  • Human resource services
  • Maintenance and facilities services for Hillel’s 16,700 square foot facility
  • Oversight of the relationship with our kosher dining vendor
  • Management of all vendor relationships, including centralized procurement

The Director of Finance and Operations will supervise the office manager and a data entry technician/bookkeeper. This position is part of the senior management team and will be supervised by the Associate Executive Director.

Objectives of the Role

  • Collaborate with the senior professionals and board in setting and driving the operational strategy and policies of the organization
  • Create actionable plans and workflows to ensure an atmosphere of stability, structure, and predictability that permeate the workplace culture
  • Establish sound financial management protocols and full audit compliance
  • Empower front-facing professionals to concentrate on mission fulfillment by tackling back-end support

Beyond these high-level goals, particular areas of focus include:

Financial Responsibilities

  • Exercise Financial Oversight: Together with the Executive Director, set the organization’s budget, manage operational cash-flow, and report on the organization's finances each month
  • Financial Management: Perform daily and monthly accounting functions, with staff support, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general budgeting, funds tracking, banking reconciliations, and audit preparation
  • Financial Controls: Recommend financial controls and policies, enforcing them at all levels of the organization
  • Board Liaison: Serve as the primary professional to the Finance Committee and the Board on financial issues
  • Legal Compliance: Ensure Maryland Hillel is fully compliant with tax filings and other legal requirements

Facilities Management

  • Servicing of the Current Site: Lead back office team to work with contractors, vendors, suppliers, and custodial support to ensure the current facility is conducive to its intended uses and is maintained in professional condition
  • Facility/ Space Management: Implement and manage a reservation system to handle heavy utilization of a small building
  • Cost Cutting: Relentlessly pursue opportunities for efficiencies while maintaining standards
  • Legal Compliance: Ensure office and building compliance with state and federal laws, policies, and regulations
  • Emergency Preparedness: Develop and maintain emergency preparedness plans

Kosher Dining

  • Oversee Dining Services, working closely with the kitchen manager
  • Kitchen Facilities: Ensure maintenance of kitchen equipment, vendor management, and centralized procurement
  • Communications: Facilitate interdepartmental communication and logistics arrangements between the Student Life team and the kitchen.

Data and Technology

  • Information Technology: Ensure Hillel has sound hardware & software solutions for its needs
  • Data: Sit at the intersection between the Student Life and Development Departments to ensure accurate capturing both of student information and development information

Capital Campaign

With the construction of a brand new 38,000 square foot facility due to commence in 2022, the Director of Finance and Operations will:

  • Serve as Lead Professional: In liaising with vendors, architects, builders, and legislative agencies
  • Exercise Fiscal Oversight: Ensure the project is running to budget and report on overspends and flag problems
  • Cash Flow Management: Assist in securing payment of pledges and the management of lines of credit
  • Insurances: Make certain Hillel carries adequate coverage
  • Management: Manage the new building once construction is complete

Additional Responsibilities

  • Serve as part of a hands-on-team to dive in as needed on the large-scale initiative.
  • Adhere to all policies, procedures, and deadlines of Maryland Hillel.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

You are a get-to-yes leader who embraces a challenge and enjoys making order from chaos. You are highly personable, warm, with a good sense of humor, but you can be firm when necessary. You possess a CPA or MBA with a specialization in Finance. You know about essential programs, including QuickBooks, Expensify, Excel, and Salesforce, as well as the agility and resourcefulness to learn new technologies unfamiliar to you. You have at minimum 5-7 years’ experience in financial management and facilities oversight. Experience within the Jewish community and non-profit settings are preferred, though not essential.

You will help Hillel achieve new heights by exercising outstanding leadership, professionalism, and organizational skills. You will relentlessly develop and implement systems and workflows, problem solve and give attention to detail – even amidst a frenetic environment. You will be the organization’s anchor and grounding.

What You’ll Receive

  • A competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace, commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $100,000 - $120,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, dental and vision, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • A supportive and caring work environment.

About Maryland Hillel

Maryland Hillel, located in College Park, MD, close to Washington, DC, enjoys a national reputation for its Jewish community, both due to its size with some 5,800 Jewish undergrads and, more critically, due to the vibrancy of Jewish life on campus. A team of 9 professionals works in concert with Jewish students to facilitate a veritable menu of experiences and opportunities. Hillel strives to ensure that Jewish students derive meaning and value from connecting, in their individuated ways, with our tradition, heritage, and Israel. Maryland Hillel draws students to the University of Maryland from around the country with large contingents from Maryland, the tristate area, Florida and California. Following many years of growth, Hillel is conducting a capital campaign to construct a custom-built 38,000 square-foot Jewish student center to continue to support this thriving Jewish community into the future.

About Hillel International

Maryland 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 students 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.

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

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