Hillel International is hiring a

Chief Executive Officer at Hillel at Binghamton

Binghamton, United States

Chief Executive Officer 

Hillel at Binghamton

Role Overview

Start Date: July 1, 2023

Location: NY tri-state area

Hillel at Binghamton needs a business-minded, visionary, senior leader to drive the organization’s next stage of growth and transformation as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This role is a remote position and can be based anywhere in the New York tri-state area. This is Hillel at Binghamton’s first CEO hire and its first remote role so you will have the opportunity to build this critical function from the ground up and shape the future of Hillel at the campus with the largest Jewish population in New York. The opportunity for impact is boundless as you help improve the lives of thousands of Jewish students.

In this role you will develop, articulate and promote a dynamic, innovative and holistic vision for Jewish life at Binghamton in partnership with key stakeholders including students, Board of Directors, alumni, parents, staff, Hillel International and Binghamton University.  You are not only comfortable but relish navigating ambiguity and managing multiple projects at once. You are a master at prioritization and intuitively know what you should personally lead and what should be delegated and to whom. 

Financial resource development (via fundraising, grants, email campaigns, etc) and budget oversight are critical components of this role. You will identify, steward and solicit major gifts and lead in-person and virtual events across the country.  In close coordination with the Hillel at Binghamton’s Board of Directors and staff members, you will develop and implement a strategic approach to financial resource development and management to sustain Hillel at Binghamton’s operations. 

Although you will not be on campus every day, your presence will still be felt by students, Hillel staff and University administrators: You will partner closely with them to create vibrant and pluralistic Jewish student life programming on campus as well as participate in selected high impact campus programs.


Strategic Planning, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop, articulate, and promote a dynamic, innovative, and holistic vision for Jewish life at Binghamton in partnership with key stakeholders, including students, Board of Directors, alumni, parents, staff, University administration, Hillel International and other Jewish organizations.
  • Overall responsibility for the strategic relationships with key stakeholders including senior Binghamton University administration, parents, alumni, foundation partners, senior Hillel International staff, and donors.

Stakeholder Relations

  • Support Hillel at Binghamton staff in creating vibrant and pluralistic Jewish student life programming on campus. 
  • Travel to Binghamton approximately 1-2 times per month for collaboration with other Hillel at Binghamton staff members, University administrators and studentsCultivate caring and strategic relationships with all stakeholders: students, university leaders, faculty, Jewish community leaders, and alumni and parents globally. 
  • Serve as primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public, promoting the organization's impact, addressing controversial issues across multiple constituencies, and providing inspirational messaging.

Board of Directors

  • Work with Board of Directors’ committees to implement the strategic vision.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with the information they require to fulfill their obligation to monitor Hillel at Binghamton and make informed decisions.
  • Ensure the Board of Directors employs standards of excellence in governance.

Financial Resource Development & Management

  • In close coordination with the Board of Directors, develop and implement a strategic approach to financial resource development and management to sustain operations.
  • Spearhead all financial resource development efforts including but not limited to major gifts strategy, fundraising events, email campaigns, direct solicitations, etc.  
  • Oversee and manage the fiscal operation of Hillel through budget planning and management processes.
  • Oversight and final decision making on budgets, allocations and funds. 
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of Hillel at Binghamton including compliance, accurate and timely submission of a proposed annual budget and financial statements to the Board (with staff support).

Human Resource Management

  • Cultivate  a culture of staff excellence and professional growth.
  • Inspire, develop, supervise, and mentor a professional staff team that delivers on a vision of pluralism, inclusivity, and student leadership development, often done remotely.
  • Direct supervision of Hillel at Binghamton’s senior and financial staff, shared marketing/development associate with a vision for how to grow the team over time. 
  • Mentor and support junior Hillel staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred 
  • 10+ years of experience in various leadership positions in either the business or nonprofit sector 
  • Passion for Hillel’s mission, pluralistic Jewish life, and the college experience; an understanding of the Hillel world.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically directed at large groups of supporters.
  • Proven ability to create annual development plans and multi-channel communication plans
  • Managed and supervised a team of professionals in an exemplary manner to accomplish their best work and develop their potential. 
  • Successfully partnered with a non-profit board of directors, granting foundations and grant issuing organizations. 
  • Ensured sound financial management practices including budgeting and cost controls.
  • Demonstrated personal fundraising experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors. 

What You’ll Bring:  Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to think, plan and execute on multiple projects at once
  • Knowing when to delegate and when to take ownership of a project
  • Strong examples of leading cross-functional working groups and influencing stakeholders at all levels
  • Event planning experience
  • Experience working with databases - we use Little Green Light

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace; $125k starting salary – open to 4-days per week and/or bonus structure for a candidate with the right experience 
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave including Jewish holidays.
  • Professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities

To Apply:

Applications received on a rolling basis. 

Preference given to applications received by March 17, 2023

If you have any questions about this role please contact: 

Merrie Gebhardt – Director, Executive Talent Management, Hillel International.

About Hillel at Binghamton:

Hillel at Binghamton is located in the Student Union at Binghamton University in the Southern Tier of New York. With more than 4,000 Jewish students on a campus of 18,000 students, Hillel at Binghamton is home to passionate, driven, and hardworking students who will impress you the moment you set foot on campus. Year after year, the students, with the help of dedicated staff, work towards the Hillel mission and vision to provide a pluralistic Jewish hub to Jewish students who call Binghamton home. Hillel at Binghamton encompasses 15 student-run subgroups. From Challah for Hunger to Keshet, the LGBTQ+ group, to Bearcats for Israel, and Shoah Awareness, Hillel’s diverse offerings ensure students can live a holistic Jewish life while in college. Hillel at Binghamton has created long-lasting partnerships with the Judaic studies department, Israel Studies department, the Jewish Community Center, Chabad, and local synagogues of all denominations.

Hillel at Binghamton is affiliated with Hillel International. For nearly 100 years, Hillel International has enriched the lives of Jewish students, and today it is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.

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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