Make an impact on Jewish student life by joining University of Delaware Hillel as the 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 the 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. Embrace your magnetic personality to inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values.
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 on 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 University of Delaware Hillel.
· Develop and nurture relationships with University student life, religious life staff, 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 engagement, 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 $83,000-$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 University of Delaware Hillel
The Kristol Center for Jewish Life/Hillel is the Foundation for Jewish life on campus at University of Delaware. Approximately 13% of the student population (roughly 2,250 students of nearly 17,000 undergraduate) at the University of Delaware is Jewish. We are a growing staff that includes four full-time professionals, a part-time Rabbinic Associate, and a part-time Community Shaliach. In the past five years, UD Hillel has doubled student involvement in Birthright Israel, Shabbat, and Alternative Breaks; expanded fundraising; and has been recognized by the University and Hillel for outstanding programs, staff leadership, and strategic growth. UD Hillel employs ten students who work as Campus Engagement Interns (CEI) to build relationships with unaffiliated Jewish students. Additionally, UD Hillel supervises six Jewish Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) and over 15 paid student internships. In the fall semester of 2015, the university opened a full-scale, certified kosher dining program, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union (OU).
About University of Delaware
The University of Delaware was founded as a small private college in 1743. Prestigious alumni include three signers of the Declaration of Independence, one signer of the Constitution and former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden. UD ranks among the nation's top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs through seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. The University of Delaware offers a vibrant array of student organizations, varsity sports, Greek life, and arts and cultural activities. Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City.
About Jewish Delaware
There are 15,000 Jews in the “small wonder” of Delaware, with approximately 85% residing in the N. Wilmington area. There are 5 synagogues in close proximity to the university as well as many Jewish resources, including the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Jewish Community Center, Albert Einstein Academy (Jewish community day school), Jewish Family Services of Delaware and the Kutz Home/Lodge Lane Assisted Living.
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 Delaware 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.
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