Senior Program Director at University of Wisconsin Hillel

Hillel International | Madison, WI, United States

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Posted Date 2/22/2023

Senior Program Director

Hillel Foundation at The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Role Overview

The Senior Program Director is a newly created position at the UW Hillel Foundation which is home to nearly 5,000 Jewish students As a senior program director you will strive to build programs, leadership and personal relationships with hundreds of Jewish students while building depth and breadth programs and affinity groups. You understand that being out on campus, staffing Shabbat dinners, and celebrating holidays with our community will enhance your engagement work by helping you meet new faces. You’ll meet students for lunch and coffee to get to know them and hear what’s going on in their lives. While you will meet with students from varying backgrounds and lived experiences, you will focus much on your engagement work on students who are interested in Greek life, leadership, and civic engagement. 

You’ll build one on one relationships with students across campus who are involved in civic engagement, social justice and Greek life.  In addition, you will play a role in growing and developing our graduate and young professional program. You will develop and teach a Jewish learning fellowship course on Leadership in Greek life, partner with students to plan programs in fraternities and sororities, around campus and at Hillel. 

In this role you will work collaboratively and independently to plan innovative and meaningful Jewish programs, and develop the future generation of Jewish leaders. This is a student facing position with an emphasis on being a staff mentor to students in all student programming, communications, and social media efforts.  If you’re team-oriented, never give up, and truly believe that Hillel is the Jewish Home Away From Home for every Jewish Student on campus, then this is the position for you!

What You’ll Do


  • Design and implement an engagement plan under the supervision of the Assistant Director to strategically build a minimum of 500 relationships with students who are uninvolved with UW Hillel.
  • Create, lead, manage the growth of the Greek Jewish Council Executive Board, President, and committees.
  • ??Build relationships with key student and campus partners to expand Hillel’s presence in the overall Greek life community
  • Facilitate, lead, and partner with Hillel staff and students to create a year-round multi-dimensional civic engagement program.
  • Lead / Manage Hillel’s relationship with the Badger Vote Coalition, Mitzvote, the Interfaith Voter Engagement, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.
  • Work with students to implement and plan innovative, relevant, and engaging Jewish initiatives.
  • Meet with different target student groups and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect to opportunities (e.g. build affinity groups, recruit interns, work with the student program board at Hillel)
  • Collaborate with our Israel fellow, rabbis, springboard fellow, and director of student life and affinity groups, as well as student leaders, and colleagues to help recruit for our immersion and high intensity programs like the Jewish Learning Fellowship and birthright Israel.
  • Plan and facilitate regular student intern and committee meetings with student leaders and Hillel’s Program Board.
  • Supervise student interns and student leaders who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus.
  • Develop a Graduate Student Leadership team and host regular social and intellectually minded events.

Student Empowerment:

You will serve as the advisor for Hillel’s social justice oriented, student-led groups, and will cultivate motivated students to step into leadership roles of new and existing opportunities. As an advisor you will support student leaders to plan programs and opportunities that elevate the ways in which our student community engages with the Madison community and the world.

General Staff Responsibilities

  • Strengthen and support student leadership teams and student groups.
  • Co-facilitate Jewish Learning Opportunities, such as JLF.
  • Maintain program attendance records for measurement and ongoing evaluation purposes.
  • Participate as a member of the UW Hillel staff team in major programs, Shabbats, and holidays.
  • Represent the UW Hillel Foundation on campus with students, parents, alumni, faculty and administration as appropriate, as well as with the wider community.
  • It is expected for this role to be on the staff rotation for Shabbats and holidays. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of post-college work experience.
  • Candidates must have been in Greek life during their college career (preferably at a large university with a strong Greek community); and have a passion for leadership and civic engagement democracy building work.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfortability asking questions.
  • The ability to identify your own interests and students’ interests and find where they intersect to create innovative new programming.
  • Exemplary time management skills, including the capacity to juggle competing priorities and deadlines, and to remain flexible within an ambiguous, fast-paced environment.
  • Desire to motivate student leaders to engage their peers, deepen their Jewish identities, and think innovatively about program content and marketing.
  • Eagerness to build relationships with diverse demographics of college students.
  • A team-oriented approach to work, a self-directed work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to connect with and appreciate diverse personalities, and a willingness to take risks and learn from each new challenge or success. A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant, and pluralistic Jewish community.
  • Knowledge about social justice, community service, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the desire to always be learning more.
  • A willingness to listen to and engage with students from varying backgrounds and walks of life.
  • The ability to empower, challenge, and support student leaders.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range is $55,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience.
  • 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
  • Dedicated and fun colleagues who will support you along the way.

About Hillel at UW Madison

With nearly 5,000 Jewish students the UW Hillel has a vibrant program of engaged and caring students. The nation's second oldest Hillel, our work to engage all Jewish students on campus crosses all areas of Jewish identity and social life from religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities; and active engagement in the larger campus community. Located in the heart of campus in what is regularly ranked one of America's best places to live, Hillel at UW-Madison is a fun, dynamic, and special place to work and live.

UW Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

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.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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