2018 Search Committee for Executive Director & Jewish Chaplain

 Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and the Slifka Center Community,

Thank you very much for your attendance and participation at the search committee town hall on Monday night.  The outpouring of passion at the town hall is a testament, if nothing else, to the importance that Yale’s Jewish community plays, or can play, in each of our lives.  Please know that the Slifka Center board of directors, and the search committee, are firmly committed to the Jewish community at Yale and share the goal of growing and invigorating it.  The candid feedback that so many people shared on Monday night provided invaluable insight into how we ought to pursue that goal, and I personally am grateful to you for taking the time to share that feedback.

As I shared on Monday night, perhaps no single step that we can take in pursuit of that goal is more important, and more challenging, than the step that the search committee is charged with:  finding the next leader or leaders of the Slifka Center.

To that end, I want to reiterate several announcements that I made during the town hall.  First and foremost, the two job descriptions, for Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain, were publicly posted below.  I encourage you to circulate these job descriptions publicly and to reach out to anyone you know who might be, or who might know, a great candidate for either job.

Second, we have created a survey, which can be found at https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcn2TBCiyi3S5o1.  Please take the time to fill out the survey and encourage others to do so as well.  We hope the results of the survey will inform the search process as well.

Third, the [email protected] address is open for business.  Please email us at that address with any and all thoughts on the search process, both now and as the process unfolds over the coming months.

Fourth, the student representatives on the Slifka Center board of directors and on the search committee serve as links between the student body, the community, the board, and the search committee.  You are always welcome to share any thoughts, questions, and concerns with them.  The student representatives on the board are Gabby Deutsch and Yishai Schwartz, and the student representatives on the search committee are Margo Feuer, Joe Linfield, Michael Rutenberg Schoenberg, Ruth Schapiro, and Michael Zanger-Tishler.

In addition to the search itself, I and the rest of the search committee will do our best to respond to the community’s strong desire for greater transparency and communication regarding the search process.  Stay tuned for future emails regarding the search, for another town hall, and for other ways to communicate with the search committee as the process continues.  And as I explained on Monday night, all finalists for either open position will be brought to campus to meet with as many people as possible, both students and other stakeholders, who will have a chance to weigh in on each of those candidates.

I look forward to working together “l’shem Shamayim” — for the sake of Heaven — to grow and invigorate the Jewish community at Yale.


With respect and appreciation,
    Evan Farber BR ’99
    Chair, Slifka Center Search Committee

 

 

 

 

To apply, please visit Hillel International for Executive Director & Jewish Chaplain at Yale University Hillel at http://www.Hillel.org/Jobs

Questions may also be addressed to [email protected]

Executive Director

Slifka Center ~ Yale University Hillel

Role Overview:
Slifka Center’s ED will oversee the strategic vision and planning, financial management and fundraising, staff, operations, and programming for an organization that is the central address for Jewish life at one of the nation’s premier universities. The ED will work in partnership with students, staff, the Board of Directors, the university faculty and administration, donors, alumni, and other community members to grow and sustain a vibrant, meaningful, pluralistic, and financially sustainable Jewish community. The ED will work full-time and will report to the Board of Directors. Slifka Center may or may not choose to hire a Jewish Chaplain during this hiring cycle as well.  Depending on the candidate, the ED could also serve as the Jewish Chaplain.

What You’ll Do:

·       Vision: Implement and promote the Slifka Center’s mission and vision for a passionate, energetic, and meaningful Jewish life at Yale University that matches the exceptional caliber of its community and environment.  Set priorities and goals.

·       Strategy: Create and implement the strategies and structures needed to execute Slifka Center’s vision. It is anticipated that the ED will partner with the Board in a strategic planning process shortly after the ED begins.

·       Role Model and Mentor: Serve as a role model who attracts and inspires students and other constituents with his/her values, energy, passion, intellect, and Jewish identity.

·       Financial Development: Fundraising, including working with development staff to create and implement a development plan and fundraising campaigns, strengthen Slifka Center’s endowment, and build personal relationships with major donors.  Slifka Center must raise over $1 million in annual current-use funding at present spending levels.

·       Financial Management: Manage and steward Slifka Center’s financial resources to ensure operational stability and growth; oversee Slifka Center’s budget.

·       Staff Management: Ensure, oversee and evaluate staff’s job performance, including their working relationships with each other and their commitment to, and success in, serving students.  Set personnel policies, establish an appropriate work environment, and provide staff with opportunities for continuing professional training and education.

·       Facilities Management: Ensure the upkeep of the Slifka Center building and promote a vibrant and diverse schedule of building occupancy by student and campus groups through clear and effective operations planning.

·       Kosher Kitchen: Ensure the financial and operational success of the Kosher Kitchen and promote its role as a destination for social, cultural and spiritual nourishment.

·       Student Engagement: Facilitate, oversee and promote meaningful, exciting and pluralistic Jewish programming on campus; encourage and empower students to grow as Jews and as Jewish leaders; provide, or ensure the availability of, pastoral care and counseling for students.  Work in close partnership with student leaders. Grow the Yale Jewish community.

·       Leadership and Partnership: Demonstrate effective leadership in partnering with Slifka Center’s core constituencies, including students, staff, university faculty and administration, donors, alumni, Jewish community members, and the Board of Directors.  Preserve Slifka Center’s role as a vital part of Yale’s cultural and intellectual fabric.

·       Marketing: Work effectively with Yale University, alumni, the New Haven Jewish community, National Hillel and other national and international Jewish organizations to bring recognition and respect to Slifka Center.

What You’ve Accomplished:

·       The ideal candidate will have extensive experience and proven achievement in an executive leadership capacity, including financial resource management and development; experience and comfort working with college and graduate students; and a deep commitment to Judaism.

·       A proven record of success with:

o   Developing a strategic plan for an organization and executing that plan.

o   Operational management, specifically managing a year-round facility with many moving parts and delivering exceptional service and quality.

o   Managing a team of professionals to accomplish their best work.

o   Financial resource development, including executing annual fundraising campaigns, cultivation, stewardship, and major gift solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels.

o   Financial management, including budgeting and financial forecasting.

o   Stakeholder relations.

o   Inspiring interest in pluralistic, diverse Jewish life.

o   Building student engagement and leadership development programs and opportunities.

·       “Plus factors” include:

o   Experience in leadership roles in the Jewish world or in the worlds of secular nonprofit, higher education, or mission-driven organizations.

o   An advanced degree in a relevant field.

o   Knowledge of the Yale community.

o   Past Hillel experience.

o   Rabbinic ordination is optional.

 

What You’ll Bring to the Job:

·       Commitment to Jewish culture and values that can be demonstrated either through professional or volunteer experience.

·       Commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community. Will respect all Jewish denominations and be respected by them.

·       Intellectual curiosity and passion for collaboration with colleagues across the University.

·       Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you are willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.

·       Capacity to create space for a diversity of perspectives and allow all voices of students to be heard.

·       Creative problem-solving strategies, proactive communication, and collaboration.

·       An inspiring presence which will help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life.

·       Strong relationship building skills and comfort working with diverse populations different than your own.

·       Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.

·       Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journey.

 

What You’ll Receive:

·       Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

·       A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

·       Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.

·       Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.

About Slifka Center:
Slifka Center is a self-supporting non-profit that provides cultural, intellectual, religious and social programs for Yale students, faculty and staff, and the greater New Haven community. Located at 80 Wall Street, in the heart of Yale University’s campus, it provides a warm, welcoming and diverse Jewish environment in which students and other members of the university community can connect socially, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually to their Judaism.  Located in an award-winning building in the center of Yale’s campus, Slifka Center is the home to Yale Hillel, Young Israel House at Yale, JGAP (Yale’s Jewish Graduate and Professional group), a vibrant plurality of minyanim (currently three, holding regular daily or weekly services), and an array of other Jewish student organizations, including Magevet (Yale’s Jewish a cappella group), Shibboleth (Yale’s undergraduate journal of Jewish thought), Yale Friends of Israel, several Jewish service and social justice programs, and other student organizations.  Slifka Center draws its lifeblood from its vibrant, self-motivated student body.

Slifka Center has an endowment of approximately $20 million and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million, as well as a large professional staff (currently 15 professional employees) and a sophisticated, engaged board of directors composed of alumni, faculty and professionals. The Kosher Kitchen is a focal point for Jewish student life and a meeting place for students, faculty and community members alike. The facility also features a chapel, a library, a Beit Midrash, and an art gallery which exhibits a variety of Jewish-themed works. Slifka Center’s rabbis and educational staff run programs and teach regular classes, often in partnership with university professors. In recent years Slifka Center has featured speakers including U.S. senators and Israeli governmental ministers, and has sponsored educational trips to Israel, service trips to Central America, and lobbying trips to Washington, D.C.  For more information see www.slifkacenter.org.

About New Haven:
Now Connecticut’s second largest city with a population of nearly 130,000, New Haven, the nation’s first planned city, sits on the coast midway between New York and Boston. The central town square, established in 1640 and located across the street from Old Campus (Yale’s “front door”) and a block away from Slifka Center, hosts many summer concerts and other events. A wealth of museums, theaters and Yale’s architecture-style Gothic academic buildings are all woven into the fabric of the city, which stretches for 20 square miles and is picturesquely surrounded by the red bluffs of East and West Rock. Residential communities range from modern high-rise apartments to lovely old houses on tree-lined streets that lead to campus, shops, restaurants, hiking trails, beaches and more. Famed for its intellectual life, sports, cuisine, theater and music, New Haven expands each summer with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. New Haven has had a significant Jewish presence since 1758 and currently has 11,000 Jewish households, many of whom participate in the array of activities which Slifka Center provides.

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 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.

Slifka Center is affiliated with Hillel International but is independent and self-governing.

Start Date:
The new Executive Director will start in the summer of 2018.

 

Jewish Chaplain

Slifka Center ~ Yale University Hillel

Role Overview:
Yale’s Jewish Chaplain will inspire and organize pluralistic, diverse Jewish life at one of the nation’s premier universities. The Chaplain will serve as the senior rabbi or religious leader to a community of several thousand Jewish students, faculty, and other community members. The Chaplain will work together with the Slifka Center’s Executive Director and other staff to provide numerous opportunities to engage students, faculty, and the community in Jewish life. The Chaplain will provide leadership through Jewish teaching, spiritual and intellectual connection, and community engagement. The Chaplain will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus. Slifka Center is also hiring an Executive Director during this hiring cycle and may choose to hire a single candidate to fill both that role and the role of Jewish Chaplain.

What You’ll Do:

·       Facilitate and promote meaningful, exciting and pluralistic Jewish programming on campus.

·       Encourage and empower students to grow as Jews and as Jewish leaders, including:

o   Work in close partnership with student leaders.o   Build relationships with hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds.

o   Identify needs of all Jewish students, from those already engaged with Slifka Center to those previously uninvolved in Jewish life, and develop strategies for meeting their diverse needs.

·       Lead services (High Holidays, Shabbat, other holidays, and potentially other times.)

·       Work with University Chaplain as Jewish representative to Yale Religious Ministries.

·       Provide pastoral care and counseling.

·       Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, educational programs, immersive trips, and opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus or connect to Judaism, as students find relevant. Pilot creative educational approaches and initiatives.

·       Serve as a role model who attracts and inspires students and other constituents with his/her values, energy, passion, intellect, and Jewish identity.

·       Grow the Jewish community at Yale.

·       Educate and engage the entire Yale community about Judaism and Israel.

·       Mentor other Slifka Center staff and volunteers to develop their own Jewish knowledge and educational skills.

·       Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff to implement the Slifka Center’s mission and vision.

·       Develop and nurture relationships with students, faculty, the local Jewish community, and the broader “Slifka Center community,” including parents and alumni.

·       Contribute meaningfully to the intellectual life of Yale.

What You’ve Accomplished:

·       Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.

·       A proven record of success in community building and engagement, including experience in program visioning and implementation.

·       Training and experience in pastoral counseling.

·       Inspiring interest in pluralistic, diverse Jewish life.

·       Significant relevant work experience, which may include, among other things:

o   Teaching Judaism and Jewish subjects.

o   Grassroots community organizing.

o   Experience in Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education.

·       “Plus factors” include:

o   Experience in leadership roles in the Jewish world or in the worlds of secular nonprofit, higher education, or mission-driven organizations. Experience with a trans-denominational community.

o   Experience with administration, development/fundraising, working within a team of professionals.

o   Knowledge of the Yale community.

o   Past Hillel or other college-level experience.

What You’ll Bring to the Job:

·       A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.

·       Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel, meeting students where they are.

·       Commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.

·       Intellectual curiosity and passion for collaboration with colleagues across the university.

·       Entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you are willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.

·       Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.

·       Creative problem-solving strategies, proactive communication, and collaboration.

·       An inspiring presence which will help others to deepen their interest in Jewish life.

·       Strong relationship building skills and comfort working with diverse populations different than your own.

·       Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.

·       Genuine enthusiasm for pluralism in Judaism. You will have to work with people whose level of observance and knowledge ranges from completely secular to very Orthodox; they will also have a full range of political views. The right candidate will see this as an exciting opportunity, and will enjoy working with all these communities, will respect all the religious denominations and be respected by them.

What You’ll Receive:

·       Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

·       A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

·       Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities .

·       Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.

Start Date:
The new Jewish Chaplain will start in the summer of 2018.

To Apply:
Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter.  Questions may also be addressed to [email protected]