The Director of Jewish Student Life works under the auspices of Rutgers Hillel, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. The Director provides ongoing support to students and student groups, coordinates student leadership development, and oversees marketing and campus relations. We are looking for someone with contagious passion, entrepreneurial energy, and a commitment to Jewish life.
Hillel of Northern New Jersey is seeking a Director of Jewish Student Life. This is a full-time position, responsible for developing a robust Jewish campus life at multiple campuses. These campuses, and their estimated Jewish populations, are: Bergen Community College, 1000; Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan (Teaneck) Campus, 250 combined undergraduate and graduate; Ramapo College of New Jersey, 600-700; and William Paterson University, 300.
Hillel’s mission is to build Jewish identity and community, guiding students on their personal Jewish journey. Hillel provides a broad range of exciting opportunities for Jewish involvement, including social, educational, cultural and religious programming. Hillel helps students initiate activities that are most compelling to them and their particular campus.
What you’re great at:
● Engaging and inspiring students to include meaningful Jewish experiences in their lives and building relationships with Jewish students.
● Working cooperatively with administrators on various college campuses.
● Identifying best practices and sharing that information with student leaders, to enhance Jewish life on their campuses.
● Overseeing all programming to ensure a strong balance of social, educational, cultural, and religious programming that recognizes and respects the diversity of Jewish backgrounds of the students.
• Keeping in touch with your many friends and contacts via social media.
• Juggling all your various activities and commitments without letting any of the balls drop.
What you’ll bring to the job:
• A Bachelor’s degree and 1 – 3 years of professional work experience. It is preferred that you have an advanced degree and/or personal experience in Hillel either as a student or as a staff member, or comparable experience in other organizations.
• A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you expected.
• Excellent communication skills and a passion for facilitating Jewish life for students.
• Comfort with your Jewish self (or are actively figuring that out) and a willingness to work with students from a variety of backgrounds.
• Eagerness to learn.
• A car and the ability to drive.
• An ability to be self-directed and prioritize multiple responsibilities.
• Excellent computer skills (word and data processing, social media) are vital.
What you’ll do here:
Outreach and Engagement
• Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and interest them.
• Develop key relationships with professionals from the university’s student life programs, helping to ensure positive positioning of Hillel in the university landscape as well as facilitating partnerships in the planning and actualization of programs and activities.
• Empower newly engaged students to create and implement meaningful Jewish experiences with and for their peers.
• Recruit for and potentially staff immersion experiences, such as Taglit-Birthright Israel and/or Alternative Breaks, and implement a pre- and post-trip engagement plan.
● Engage in strategic relationships with campus administrators and leaders of various student groups, so that Hillel is seen as an indispensable part of campus life.
Planning and Program Implementation
• Develop programs and strategies to develop strong student leaders.
• Support student-initiated programs; help plan and attend most programs (including many evenings, weekends, Shabbat, Jewish holidays) and serve as a resource to Jewish groups on campus.
• Work cooperatively/collaboratively with segments of the student leadership to develop programming and build positive on-going relationships with students.
• Maintain records of programs and attendance for measurement and ongoing evaluation.
• Help with planning and implementation of major programs, Shabbat and holidays.
Marketing and Communications
• Develop means of communication with students for the purposes of program recruitment and marketing of new engagement opportunities.
• Coordinating program publicity via website, Facebook, email, newspaper, etc.
• Develop relationships with local organizations and congregations
• Ask local rabbis to speak on campus; advertise synagogue programs to students
• Work with nearby Café Europa to bring Holocaust survivors to speak on campus with students each semester
Supervision and Professional Growth
• Attend Rutgers Hillel weekly staff meetings in New Brunswick and participate in weekly professional supervision with a staff member of Rutgers Hillel.
• Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth opportunities.
• Participate in staff retreats.
What you’ll get out of it:
• The thrill and satisfaction of knowing that you have positively impacted the lives of students and done something significant to enhance and enrich Jewish life.
• The opportunity to “be your own boss” while receiving supervision from a veteran Hillel professional at Rutgers University
• Flexible work hours.
• Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
• Opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and skill-building.
• Potential for travel abroad, particularly to Israel.
• Supervision experience.
What we’re about:
Connecting students to their Jewish identity and Jewish community; moving students in the direction of Judaism that is important to them; having a blast at Shabbat; enjoying the community that we serve; and engaging students on their Jewish Journey.
Our “region” is just outside New York City with easy access to all that the Big Apple has to offer. Starting date will be mid-January 2015.
Rutgers Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. 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.
Please apply at www.hilleljobs.com by clicking on “Current Openings.”
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