About the Position
Rutgers Hillel seeks a dynamic, creative individual to serve as Reform Educator. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to envision, plan, and execute Rutgers Hillel’s Reform Outreach Initiative, while working collaboratively with other staff in an interdenominational space. This position offers flexible hours and work on a college campus with a collaborative team.
This individual will be charged with the following goals
· To further develop a program that welcomes Reform students and inspires them to be a part of the Rutgers Jewish campus community;
· To ensure that Reform Judaism maintains its rightful place in the free marketplace of Jewish ideas on campus;
· To ensure that Reform life at the college level is part of the overall continuum of Reform Jewish life;
· To enable Hillel to be a central address within the state of New Jersey for Reform rabbis and congregations, to educate their students and congregants on Jewish life on campus;
· To continue to provide vibrant ritual life for the Reform community on campus;
· To encourage Reform rabbis and community members to take an active role in helping students shape their Reform ideology and identity;
· To work toward building a Reform Advisory Council consisting of rabbis, parents, faculty and other community stakeholders, and to use those relationships to raise funds to support the Reform Outreach Initiative;
· To be a visible spokesperson for the Reform Jewish community at Rutgers through campus chaplaincies;
· To develop a program that is replicable and can serve as a national model. The Reform Educator is the voice of Reform Judaism on campus and the voice of campus life in the Reform movement.
This individual will be charged with the following objectives
· To build 1:1 relationships with students across all five New Brunswick/Piscataway based campuses;
· To recruit and supervise a cadre of student Engagement Fellows, helping them to build 1:1 relationships with students across all five New Brunswick/Piscataway based campuses;
· To set-up learning opportunities for students to study Judaism from a Reform perspective, including an introductory level course that includes basic Jewish education and deep exploration of Jewish identity;
· To be a voice for social justice on campus, including staffing Hillel’s immersive community service experiences, partnering with the URJ’s Urban Mitzvah Corps, and other social service organizations, to promote Reform values of Tikkun Olam;
· To develop community organizing and outreach strategies that empower Reform students and encourage unaffiliated students to take a more active role in Jewish life.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
· Rabbinic ordination, masters degree, or certificate from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and/or be a member of the CCAR
· Creativity, flexibility, passion, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal, communication; leadership development skills
· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
· Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments and projects
· Willingness to work in a pluralistic Jewish environment, with an appreciation for other denominational views
· Extensive experience doing youth work and/or informal Jewish education, either through camping, NFTY or campus work
· Demonstrated ability to strongly relate to college students and a love for working with this population
· Pastoral counseling skills
· A love for Israel and the ability to be an informed advocate about issues facing the Jewish state
Salary is commensurate with experience. Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits packages well as professional development opportunities. This professional will directly report to the Senior Associate Director and will work collaboratively with the Hillel Reform Advisory Council.
The projected start date is August, 2017.
What We're About
One of America's nine Colonial Colleges, chartered in 1766, Rutgers University has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway campus is home to some 33,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students. With over 6,000 Jewish undergraduates and over 1,000 Jewish graduate students, Rutgers is the 2nd largest Jewish campus in the nation. Rutgers is ideally located within minutes of several major highways, less than an hour from Manhattan by car or train.
Rutgers Hillel is located on the College Avenue Campus, in the heart of the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus. The opening of the Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House on the Wilf Family Campus in the Spring semester of 2017 makes this an exciting and rewarding place to work.
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.
Rutgers 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.