Executive Director

Minnesota Hillel

Position Overview:

Minnesota Hillel has become one of the most well-known Hillels in the Big 10, making Minnesota a destination for Jewish college students! Minnesota Hillel is looking to hire an executive director passionate about Hillel's vision, which is to inspire every student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. Our ideal candidate should demonstrate exceptional strategic and management skills, a successful track record in fundraising, and a commitment to community building. As the Executive Director, you will responsibility for multiple campuses throughout the state of Minnesota. This is an exciting opportunity to inspire a professional team and cultivate an inviting space that encourages students to explore, experience, and build vibrant Jewish lives during their collegiate journey. This an excellent opportunity for an eager professional looking to take on their next challenge!

What you’ll do:

Strategy & Vision:

  • Inspire and organize pluralistic, diverse Jewish life on campus, expanding the reach to include students with various Jewish backgrounds and interests.
  • Lead strategic planning efforts with the Board, managing financial responsibilities within the approved budget.
  • Cultivate relationships with campus departments, religious organizations, and the local community.
  • Foster connections between Minnesota Hillel and the International Hillel movement and other national initiatives and programs.

Fundraising & Financial Management:

  • Review monthly and annual financial reports and maintain a deep understanding of the organization's cash flow and financial health.
  • Work closely with the Development Associate and Major Gifts Office, leading the development team and developing strategies for annual fundraising.
  • As needed, maintain relationships with major donors, community partners, and granting organizations.

Leadership & Development:

  • Inspire, develop, and mentor a professional team that fosters pluralism, inclusivity, and student leadership development.
  • Ensure staff possesses a strong foundation in Jewish education and rituals.
  • Cultivate a positive work environment, delegate effectively, and support staff in personal and professional development.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Board and committee members.

Stakeholder & External Relations:

  • Unify and build community while creating a culturally rich Jewish environment for students.
  • Understand Minnesota Hillel's unique culture, identify partnership opportunities, and engage with Board members and prospective leaders.
  • Collaborate with campus organizations to enhance student engagement across diverse programs and platforms.

Student Engagement:

  • Establish a warm, welcoming community that promotes student leadership and personal growth.
  • Ensure strong relationships with other religious organizations on campus.
  • Provide individualized mentorship for students on their Jewish journey.
  • Ensure Hillel is a safe space for students, addressing antisemitism and anti-Israel activities on campus.
  • Encourage an inclusive culture embracing all expressions of Jewish religious practice.


What you’ll bring:

  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience, with at least 3 years in a leadership role in a Jewish or secular nonprofit, higher education, or related organization.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
  • Proven success in strategic planning, team management, financial resource development, stakeholder relations, and inspiring pluralistic Jewish life.
  • Exemplary executive leadership with strong visionary and strategic skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to take risks, and learn from experiences.
  • Ability to create a space for diverse perspectives and ensure all student voices are heard.
  • Creative problem-solving and inspiring presence.
  • Strong relationship-building skills and comfort working with diverse populations.
  • Proactive communication and collaboration across offices and agencies.
  • Expertise in leading conversations about Judaism and Israel in an approachable way.

What you’ll receive:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace range of $105,000 - $135,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, 403(b) retirement plan, LTD, Vacation/Sick paid time off and paid parental leave.
  • Relocation assistance is available.
  • Paid professional development opportunities, including conferences and regional meetings.
  • 100% paid travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.

Apply now to be our next Executive Director and lead the way to a brighter, connected Jewish future at Minnesota Hillel. Preference will be given to those who apply by June 8, 2024. 

About the University of Minnesota Hillel:

The University of Minnesota Hillel is located in Minneapolis, MN, and is a major component of Jewish life on campus. Serving approximately 500+ Jewish students, Minnesota Hillel provides various programs, trips, and internships to Jewish students on campus. Minnesota Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization globally, enriching the lives of Jewish students and fostering a lasting commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact: 

Jennifer Sosnow, Director of Executive Talent, Hillel International, Hillel International at



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.

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

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