Make a direct impact on Jewish student life by joining the University of Michigan Hillel as our Jewish Educator, enriching the lives of students and shaping the future of Jewish life on campus. At Michigan Hillel, the Jewish Educator position will double as a Senior Jewish Engager, leading our engagement team, including ownership over the community organizing, relationship-building and engagement-rooted education strategy. As the Jewish Educator, you will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students across all aspects of Jewish life on campus. Embrace your magnetic personality to inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values.
What You’ll Do
- Identify the needs of the Jewish communities on campus that are underserved and develop strategies to meet these needs with proven community organizing and outreach methods.
- Build relationships with approximately 180 – 200 students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus. Three-quarters of these students will be previously uninvolved in Jewish life.
- Mentor jNET student engagement interns and equip them with the educational and engagement tools and resources to access their networks and bring Jewish life to their communities.
- Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, small group learning, and educational programs, including immersive trips, as students find relevant. Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives outside of the Hillel building.
- Bring creative new holiday observance, celebration and rituals outside of the Hillel space in ways that meet the needs and interests of students.
- Collaborate as a leadership team with fellow Hillel staff to shape and implement the mission and educational engagement vision of Michigan Hillel.
- Develop and nurture relationships with University student life professionals that work in specific outreach communities, such as Greek Life, LGBTQ Spectrum Center, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Co-ops, etc.
- Engage students who have been active in Jewish life in high school but, for whatever reason, are not currently active in Hillel programming. For example, previous active involvement in BBYO or Camp Ramah, but have not found their connection with Hillel.
- Supervise an engagement professional who will focus on the freshmen class and Birthright recruitment.
- Bring engagement training and culture to the staff and student leadership of Hillel.
What You've Accomplished
- 4+ years of relevant work experience in grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education.
- Advanced degree in Jewish education, such as Rabbinic ordination, Masters in Jewish Education or Studies or a related degree strongly preferred.
- Proven success in community building and engagement, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
- Experience with the theory and practice of informal and experiential education and proven success in implementation (for example: in a summer camp setting).
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.
- An engaging and accessible personality that draws students to want to spend time with you and learn from you.
- 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 journeys.
- A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
- A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
- A commitment to collaborating as part of a leadership team that supports one another in their thematic areas of work.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
What You'll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
- 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 University of Michigan Hillel
With over 6,000 Jewish students on campus (comprising 20% of the student body) and 50 student groups, the University of Michigan Hillel offers diverse, pluralistic and innovative ways to engage in Jewish life on campus. Michigan Hillel is a national leader in nurturing empowered leadership among students who have a profound impact not only on campus life but on the broader Jewish community as well. Most important, our student leaders feel a strong sense of ownership, empowerment, and accomplishment.
Ann Arbor is a small city (110,000 people) blessed with many big city comforts. The city prides itself on its wonderful restaurants, natural and recreational spaces, and a football stadium that holds more fans on a game day than the entire population of Ann Arbor. The Jewish community has one of everything (Jewish Federation, Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center, and Secular Humanistic, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad and local home-based services). Ann Arbor is the kind of town where people greet each other in the street and where you can have an impact on building community, while the university's size and diversity makes you feel like you are always meeting new people and learning something new.
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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
University of Michigan Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. 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.
Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter.
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