Role Overview
Join the growing team at USC Hillel as the Assistant Director/Rabbi and 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 the Assistant Director, 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. Embrace your magnetic personality to inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values and motivate the entire Jewish Student Life professional program team to do the same.
What You’ll Do

  • 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.
  • Mentor student interns and volunteers as they contribute to Hillel and the campus community.
  • 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.
  • Work with junior level staff as their supervisor to develop their own Jewish knowledge, self-confidence and educational skills.
  • Collaborate with other Hillel senior level staff to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of USC Hillel.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with University student life, religious life staff, and the local Jewish community.
  • Manage and lead all Jewish holidays including High Holy Days, Shabbat, Passover, etc. Develop a committee of student leaders to mentor and guide in this process.

On a day to day basis you will

  • Supervise the staff , the student internship team, and student board.
  • Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Lead, coordinate, implement, and evaluate all aspects of major Jewish holiday programming and observances on campus, including High Holidays and Passover.
  • Connect with prospective students and their families educating them on Jewish life at USC.
  • Be a thought partner with Executive Director and campus partners. Build meaningful relationships with key university staff and faculty that yield productive partnerships.
  • Design and implement curriculum for specific campus programs.
  • Help plan quarterly retreats in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.
  • Staff and support alternative breaks and Birthright Israel, including pre- and post-trip programs.
  • Support the Development team and Executive Director in core fundraising activities, including donor relations, strategic fundraising conversations, special events and student Development Committee efforts.
  • Oversee the collection of our engagement data in partnership with Hillel International.

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 engagement, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.
Work Remotely: no

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 $80,000- $90,000.
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 USC Hillel
USC Hillel is the Center of Jewish Life at USC. Our mission is to enrich the lives of our students so that they may enrich the Trojan family, the Jewish people and the world. Fostering the meaningful Jewish experiences of our students, USC Hillel develops leaders and inspires young Jewish Trojans to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Jewish students at USC will find a home away from home with USC Hillel. We offer a welcoming environment, warm space to socialize and an active group of students looking to connect with other Jewish students on campus. USC Hillel offers opportunities for students to become leaders, mentors, and community members with the greater USC and Los Angeles communities.
About USC:
The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.
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.
USC 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.
To Apply
Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter.

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Position Start Date: April 15, 2017
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