Join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illini Hillel) as a Senior Jewish Educator to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As a Senior 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 in all aspects of Jewish life on campus.
What You’ll Do
· Work with the Engagement Director to identify needs of the Jewish communities on campus that are underserved and develop strategies for meeting 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. A significant portion of these students should be previously uninvolved in Jewish life.
· Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs, including immersive trips, as students find relevant. Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
· Collaborate and cooperate with JLIC couple and Ezra Fellow to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of UIUC.
· Work with JLIC couple and Ezra fellow to support staff on their own Jewish knowledge, self-confidence and educational skills.
· Together with the JLIC couple, develop and nurture relationships with University student life and the local Jewish community.
What You've Accomplished
· Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
· 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is helpful.
· Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
· Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.
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 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.
· Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
· Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
· Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
What You'll Receive
· Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $85,000-$95,000
· 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 Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Hillel
With nearly 3,000 Jewish students, Illini Hillel becomes a home-away-from-home for students from the Chicago Metropolitan area, downstate Illinois, and around the world. On a daily basis, dozens of students relax at Hillel between classes and throughout the day; staff members are frequently seen around campus engaging new students and promoting exciting events. Hillel serves thousands of students at Illinois through programs, Shabbat services and dinners, and immersion experiences.
Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 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.
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.
Illini 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.