At Berkeley Hillel, we’re looking for an engaging strategic planner to be our next Associate Director. The top candidate will use their stellar community organizing and leadership skills to support the multitude of exciting initiatives on campus. They will nurture and coach the staff and student leaders that make Berkeley Hillel a vibrant place to celebrate Jewish life. Berkeley Hillel is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the center for Jewish campus life at the University of California Berkeley for 2,500 Jewish undergrads and 500 graduate students. It is nationally recognized for its cutting edge approaches to engaging students in meaningful Jewish experiences.
You’re great at:
• Managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas and adjusting on the fly
• Seeing the big picture of the organization as well as the day to day details of student initiatives and programs
• Supervising staff members who work in distinctively different areas of the organization
• Implementing and supporting students’ creativity to design student initiatives and programs
• Connecting to and interacting with the diversity of students and constituents involved with UC Berkeley Hillel
• Building strategic partnerships
• Figuring out what makes people tick, and applying that knowledge to strategically help connect them to their passions and interests
• Opening yourself to your own Jewish journey and modeling it for students
The right Associate Director will possess the following key attributes:
• Program/Initiative Implementation – The Associate Director should have experiences in implementing programs and initiatives. They should have a desire to both create programs from the ground up and work with students in providing a diversity of Jewish opportunities.
• A Strategic Community Organizer – The Associate Director will think strategically about how to reach and impact students not involved in the traditional networks, and will utilize methodologies of community organizing in order to manage and strategize for success.
• Organized – The Associate Director needs to be organized and understand the big picture of the organization and how best to implement the operations to best serve the outcomes. They will supervise the Communications and Operations Manager who oversees all the operational needs of UC Berkeley Hillel, including the janitorial staff as well as student front desk interns.
• Strong Written & Verbal Skills - The Associate Director will have strong interpersonal communications, active listening skills and political acumen. They should have experience publishing materials on the web and some understanding of web technology, social media, and online advertising.
• A Relationship Builder – The Associate Director will be capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.
What you’ll bring to the job:
• A Bachelor’s degree and 4 – 6 years of professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus. Advanced degree is encouraged and preferred.
• Exceptional organization, leadership and communication skills
• Experience in supervising employees and guiding them toward success and growth
• Have a team-oriented approach to work while still being a self-starter, 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 thought they would
• A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities, serving as a peer educator, and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on and around campus
As the Associate Director, a typical day may include:
• Meeting a new student for coffee or student leader to discuss upcoming program
• Attending a student group meeting to help them best implement their project
• Meeting with a JSU President or board, fraternity president, VP of Student Affairs, or head of student government to discuss campus issues or an upcoming program
• Strategizing with the Executive Director on a new initiative to better execute our engagement strategy and weekly Shabbat dinners
• Meet with the Senior Jewish Educator to discuss Fellowships
• Reviewing the daily program calendar to make sure the necessary operational needs are prepared
What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:
• 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
• Coach and supervise student interns and volunteer leaders through existing fellowships
• Create and maintain strategic partnerships with the University community
• Work closely with the Executive Director regarding strategic planning and organizational management to develop, articulate and implement a vision for service to Jewish students in partnership with key stakeholders including professional staff, students, Board members, the University, and Hillel's Schusterman International Center
• Manage engagement and programmatic expenditures and provide ongoing budget supervision
Planning and Initiative Implementation
• Build on Berkeley Hillel’s Fellowship model and support and create more fellowships to offer additional Jewish opportunities
• Develop a structure and opportunities that assist and empower young leaders to take initiative.
• Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in major programs, Shabbat, BBQs, High Holidays, Taglit-Birthright Israel, and other initiatives
• Track and evaluate progress to show growth
• Play a key role in Berkeley Hillel’s Assessment plan
Supervision and Professional Growth
• Oversee the development and cultivation of staff and student leaders and the creation/facilitation of a robust infrastructure to build Jewish student life
• Manage to outcomes – insure that work of the team achieves the desired outcomes and measures of success
• Supervise 2-3 professional staff members
• Participate in bi-weekly professional supervision with the Executive Director and weekly staff meetings
• Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth with other staff members
• Participate in semi-annual reviews to consider successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth, and to ensure the cultivation of skills and resources necessary to succeed
What you’ll get out of it:
• Hillel offers 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
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace commensurate to experience.
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
• Travel abroad, particularly to Israel and developing world countries
• Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
• Flexible work hours
• Practically unlimited t-shirts, Nalgene bottles and university swag
Berkeley Hillel Vision and Mission
Envision a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world through:
• Welcoming students into a pluralistic community in an inclusive and respectful way.
• Fostering the growth of students' Jewish identity.
• Developing students' sense of social justice, civic responsibility, and service to local, national and larger communities.
• Providing opportunities for students to examine their Judaism and spirituality.
• Serving as an integral and indispensable partner to the University community.
• Supporting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
Berkeley Hillel will advocate for its mission to the greater campus community and will model in its actions: excellence, innovation, accountability and fun.
4 Strategies for achieving our Vision and Mission and Delivering the Jewish Future
Hillel activates four strategies to fulfill our mission: Belonging, Growing, Creating, and Committing
• Belonging -We strive to create a community where students belong
• Growing -We nurture the growth of the students’ Jewish self confidence
• Creating -We encourage students to take ownership of their Jewish identities, pushing them to create authentic expressions of their Jewish selves
• Committing -We give Jewish students compelling reasons to commit to Jewish Life
For more information about the university and the local community: http://berkeley.edu/index.html
Berkeley 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.
Go to www.hilleljobs.com and click on “Current Openings.”
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