interim director,
university of toronto


The Opportunity:

The Interim Director, University of Toronto (U of T) is a creative and engaging individual with a strong Jewish and Israel background, and is capable of working both independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will be a self-starter and capable multi-tasker who will use these skills to engage students and drive Hillel’s mission, values and goals.

The position reports to the Chief Campus Officer and the incumbent is expected to maintain a strong relationship with the downtown Toronto Jewish community, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and other community and university bodies.

What you will do well:

  • Student Leadership Development
  • Model positive leadership
  • Build on the current leadership model by engaging new leadership students
  • Advise and support the Jewish Social Entrepreneurs (JSEs) and their projects using Design Thinking methodology and practice
  • Identify leadership development opportunities for empowering students


  • Be a visible Jewish presence on campus
  • Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for contacting and serving them
  • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live (in residence), work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and engage them

Program Development

  • Support student initiated programs; attend most programs (including evenings, weekends, Jewish holidays)
  • Play a key role in planning and evaluating all programming
  • Be an experiential Jewish educator who nurtures the Jewish growth of others through conversations and actions
  • Add accessible Jewish content and depth to programs on campus

Publicity and External Relations

  • Develop/maintain strong relationships with the university administration at U of T
  • Act as liaison between the student population and the local Jewish community
  • Work with the Chief Strategy Officer of Hillel Ontario to support the organization’s fundraising activities
  • Act as a campus liaison for Birthright Israel: Canada Israel Experience, including campus recruitment, overseeing interviews, data input and follow-through activities

Israel Advocacy

  • Provide immediate on-site assistance in managing an Israel advocacy crisis
  • Develop pro-active Israel Advocacy strategies specific to Hillel U of T, maximizing the full array of national and local advocacy services
  • Collect intelligence and monitor anti-Israel activities on campus

Human Resource Management

  • Recruit, hire and train professional and administrative support staff
  • Provide ongoing staff supervision
  • Provide opportunities for continuing professional training and education
  • Ensure that all staff attend the appropriate conferences and training opportunities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Manage email list and CRM data entry
  • Manage programming and administrative budget
  • Manage facility


What you’ll bring to the job:

  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree, with some relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a provincial team
  • Knowledge about network management and social networking processes
  • Experiential Jewish education experience required
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • Well-versed in Jewish culture with access to educational resources and topics
  • A deep commitment to Israel and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies
  • Energy, a sense of humor, flexibility and maturity

What you’ll get out of the position:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range is $60,000-$70,000, pro-rated over the hired time.
  • This is a contract position, from August 7, 2018 to May 15, 2019.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours
  • Amazing colleagues

About Hillel Ontario

Hillel Ontario serves approximately 14,000 Jewish students across nine universities, and is the largest regional Hillel system in the world. A model for the Hillel movement, Hillel Ontario was created on October 1, 2015 and strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Based out of the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life, Hillel UofT seeks to engage every Jewish university student, from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all. Student-designed and student-led programs challenge them to learn and grow, choosing from an array of religious, cultural, political and social options based on individual interests.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000 students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.