Rabbi / Executive Director - University of Rochester Hillel
Hillel Foundation - Rochester, NY

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The University of Rochester Hillel is seeking an inspiring and dynamic rabbinic leader to serve as Executive Director of a brand new Hillel program. Formerly a part of the Hillels of Rochester Area Colleges (HORAC) system, Rochester Hillel is now a seamless arm of the University led by a new board of parents and alumni, most of who live outside of the campus community.

Situated in a vibrant, intellectual and creative campus environment, the position requires deep Jewish knowledge, innovative thinking, and the skills to build a new organization. The top candidate will be passionate about Hillel’s mission, using their infectious energy, warmth and leadership skills to enrich the lives of Jewish students and set a strategic educational and organizational vision for Hillel. They will imbue Rochester Hillel with meaningful Jewish learning moments, and help guide students on a path of their own Jewish journeys.

University of Rochester Hillel serves a campus community of approximately 900 undergraduate Jewish students and a large number of Jewish graduate students, faculty, and staff. Hillel’s offices are located in the Interfaith Chapel, 320 Wilson Boulevard, facing Rush Rhees Library and the Academic Quad.

The University of Rochester is one of the country's top-tier research universities. Its 158 buildings house more than 200 academic majors, more than 2,000 faculty and instructional staff, and some 9,300 students—approximately half of whom are women. Rochester remains one of the smallest and most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes, a low 9:1 student to teacher ratio, and increased interactions with faculty.

A Rochester student is likely to double or triple major, and it is not unusual to have students major in unrelated disciplines, such as engineering and music. The “build your own” curriculum attracts students who seek to shape their own education. The school’s motto, Meliora, or “ever better” challenges students to strive for excellence in all pursuits and informs the culture of the university

Rochester’s River Campus is expanding with new academic buildings, shopping and a new “college town.” UR is the largest employer in the region and its Medical Center is nationally ranked with medical, nursing and dental schools. The Eastman School of Music is one of the top conservatories in the nation and attracts top musicians to Rochester. Music permeates both campuses.

Alumni of University of Rochester include 8 Nobel Prize winners, 12 Pulitzer Prize winners, 20 Guggenheim Fellows, and a host of other top award winners.

In 2010, USA Today named Rochester one of the top-ten college towns among mid-sized metropolitan areas. In 2007, the city of Rochester was named one of the top ten most livable cities in America by the Places Ranked Almanac in their 25th anniversary edition. Rochester placed sixth on the list, which evaluates several criteria in making its selections: local economy, recreation, housing, education, health care, transportation, ambiance, crime, and climate.

Rochester's city population according to the 2010 census is approximately 210,565, making it New York's third most populous city after New York City and Buffalo. It is at the center of a larger metropolitan area which is part of the Western New York region and has a population of just over a million people.

Winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Bristol Mountain, even curling. There are also plenty of places to escape from the winter weather: take shelter in the city's coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, movie theaters, and museums. For music lovers, Rochester is home to a surprising number of concert venues for a medium-sized city, from grand theaters to a thriving club scene. Once the snow melts, Rochesterians head out to the city's parks and area lakes for some well-earned spring time recreation. Located on the historic Erie Canal and the Genesee River, and just five miles south of Lake Ontario, Rochester offers plenty of sailing, canoeing, and hiking opportunities. During the spring and summer months, Rochester's neighborhoods come alive with festivals and arts fairs, including the Lilac Festival in Highland Park, the Park Avenue Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, and the Clothesline Festival at the Memorial Art Gallery.

It is not uncommon to hear local residents boast that Rochester is a great place to raise a family. People are friendly and the quality of life is excellent. Rochester is also easily accessible for visitors with the airport just five minutes from the River Campus.

Rochester maintains multiple Jewish institutions, including a JCC, Jewish day school, 12 synagogues of every denomination and a vibrant Federation. With a population of approximately 20,000 Jews, the full range of Jewish social services, learning and spiritual opportunities are available.

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the entire Hillel program vision, including engagement, spiritual and cultural offerings and student leadership development. The Director will also work in partnership with the newly formed Board of Directors to ensure the successful implementation of Hillel’s strategic goals. The position also includes overseeing operations and personnel, community and interreligious relations, and working in partnership with the university and its advancement offices to garner the funds necessary to sustain and grow the organization.

Serving as Executive Director is a multi-faceted position. Responsibilities are primarily, but not limited to, the following:

Student Engagement

Create and implement a peer engagement strategy to connect with and enrich the lives of students not currently engaged with Hillel Foundation.

Facilitate pluralistic Jewish programming on campus, engaging with and encouraging students to develop meaningful Jewish experiences.

Support the building of micro-communities and providing leadership opportunities for students.

Ensure that Hillel work cross-denominationally to encourage and promote an inclusive approach to religious expression through holiday and Shabbat observances, Jewish learning, Israel and alternative break opportunities and other related experiences.

Serve as a Jewish educational resource for Hillel staff and student leaders and the Rochester community at large.

Financial Resource Development and Management

In close coordination with the Board of Directors and the University Advancement office to develop and implement a strategic approach to sustainable financial resource development, including major gifts cultivation, planned giving efforts, and face to face solicitations.

Oversee and manage the fiscal operation of Hillel through budget planning and management processes.

Manage application to and stewardship of foundations for grant support.

Strategic Planning, Vision and Leadership

Demonstrate effective leadership while developing and implementing the strategies and structures needed to execute the mission and vision of the organization.

Work with the Board of Directors to establish a clear mission statement for the organization that meets goals and objectives of short term plan while ensuring strategies are in place to develop the organization in line with its long-term mission.

Ensure high quality, professional representation of organization to external stakeholders (donors, alumni, community organization, campus administration and media).

Infuse innovation, creativity and collaboration into planning and implementation.

Participate visibly in the life of the University and community through attending major events.


Identify, engage and proactively utilize dedicated volunteer leaders committed to Hillel’s mission and vision.

Ensure the growth of the Board of Directors helping to identify and recommend new board members.

Provide board members with the information they require to make informed decisions and opportunities for them to engage with students, young alumni, administration and others interested in the furtherance of Jewish campus life.

Human Resource Management

Build and manage Hillel’s staff ensuring supervision, performance evaluation, and ongoing professional development including appropriate Hillel conferences and trainings.

Create a corporate culture of openness, honesty, integrity and equality.

Plan and facilitate strategic retreats and team-building programs for the Hillel Staff.

Communications and Marketing

Articulate a clear and concise message of the organization and its needs to internal and external audiences.

Provide leadership in marketing, public relations and promotional activities both within Hillel communities and externally.

Ensure that Hillel is portrayed professionally at all times.

Build and maintain strong relationships, including clear and regular communication, with students, the University, parents, alumni, and donors.

Demonstrate strong public speaking and presentation skills to connect with multiple audiences.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities:
Rabbinic ordination from an accredited institution

An approachable, dynamic, energetic, and engaging personality

Outstanding interpersonal skills

Clear and effective verbal and written communications

Administrative, communication, supervisory, and social networking skills

Skill and comfort in a technology-rich environment, including strong social media acumen

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines

Leadership skills for the continued development of a major campus presence in a multi-faith and multicultural environment

Appreciation for and ability to collaborate with a diverse, intelligent, creative group of students, colleagues, and community members

Ability to work flexible hours to complete job requirements, including nights, weekends, and holidays

Prior experience working with college students, with informal/experiential education, and in a pluralistic setting

Proven ability in staff management and leadership

Experience working with a board of directors and donors

Experience in budgeting and fundraising in a non-profit organization

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package will be offered.

Preferred start date: no later than July 1, 2013.

Please apply at www.hilleljobs.com by clicking on “Current Openings.”

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should include a copy of their cover letter and resume in one document when applying for this position. Please upload this document as a word or PDF file. When you upload the document, the system will create an unformatted version of your resume as a snapshot in your application. The formatted version of your resume will also be attached to your application, and will be used during the hiring process.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. Equal employment has been and continues to be both Hillel's policy and practice. Its policy of equal employment opportunity is to recruit, hire, train, promote, and base all other employment decisions without regard to gender, race, color, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status.

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