Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for a dynamic professional to inspire the lives of some of the brightest and most talented Jewish college students in the country. Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel) is seeking an IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement – an enthusiastic and passionate member of our professional team with the heart of an educator who will leverage our Birthright Israel experiences into transformative engagement opportunities for hundreds of students.
WashU Hillel is an open and inclusive organization, facilitating Jewish life for 1,850 undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis. These students are in a period of exploration, being exposed to new ideas, encountering new relationships, contemplating career choices and beginning their journeys to be at home in the world. Our team engages students where they are both physically and Jewishly, offering access to the Jewish narrative to help them frame their journey.
We are excited to partner with the IACT Campus Program through Hillel International in offering this position. IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed) is a national initiative that builds on the success of Birthright Israel by providing support and inspiration to students before and after their Birthright trips.
What you’re great at:
- Connecting with others through your dynamic personality, warmth, sincerity, sense of humor, and fun-loving vibe. You rarely leave an event or get off an airplane without having made a new friend.
- Working both independently and collaboratively in a creative environment – you’re a motivated self-starter who enjoys working as part of a team.
- Taking risks, innovating, pivoting, and inspiring others to approach things differently.
- Following through on projects and events with an ability to multi-task, attend to detail, manage projects with many moving parts, set timetables, and adhere to deadlines.
- Making Israel and Judaism accessible and relevant to others, understanding that students will connect with both in different ways.
What you’ll bring to the job:
- A Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of professional work experience. Sales, recruitment, and/or marketing experience is a plus (through a job, campus organization, or as a volunteer), as is experience in Jewish education or as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization.
- A willingness to approach new people and initiate conversations with them to better understand their story and their passions.
- An ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
- Prior travel experience in Israel as well as passion and enthusiasm for Israel engagement, education, programming, and travel.
- An understanding of social media for marketing purposes and basic graphic design.
- A desire to step into the role of a Jewish educator.
- An excitement and willingness to not slow down until you’ve reached your recruitment goals for each Birthright trip.
- A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus.
What a typical day may look like as WashU Hillel’s IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement:
- Coffee with a student you met during orientation.
- Meeting with a group of students who participated on a Birthright Israel trip last year to discuss plans for the upcoming joint Shabbat dinner they’re hosting for their sorority and fraternity.
- Putting the final touches on a social media campaign you designed for Birthright trip recruitment.
- Joining the Hillel staff team at a restaurant to celebrate a milestone.
- Co-teaching an evening Jewish Learning Fellowship class exploring students’ personal connections to Israel and Zionism.
- Attending the second session of a Jewish cooking series in the Hillel kitchen with Birthright alumni from the most recent trip you staffed.
What you’ll own and how you’ll grow
- Expand the number of Birthright Israel trip participants from Washington University in St. Louis through effective recruitment and marketing strategies.
- Staff Birthright Israel trips each Winter and Summer Break.
- Serve as a concierge for Birthright Israel alumni - developing a personalized follow-up plan for each WashU Birthright participant to deepen their connection to Jewish life, engaging them in continued activities in the areas of Israel education, community service/social justice, and Jewish life and learning.
- Collaborate with students and colleagues to plan programs focusing on Israel education and advocacy; implement a program planning and evaluation tool to best prepare for and measure the success of programs and initiatives.
- Advise one or more Israel student groups under the Hillel umbrella with an eye for leadership development and innovation in their programming.
- Foster relationships with other university organizations, departments, and groups to further Birthright Israel recruitment and opportunities for collaboration related to Israel.
- Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in programs, Shabbat experiences and holiday services, meals, and celebrations.
- Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation.
- Help WashU Hillel continues to transform campus Jewish life with Birthright Israel participants as a core group through which other students are engaged and brought into Jewish activities.
What you’ll get out of it:
- A starting salary of $40,000 - $45,000 plus a generous $2,000 signing bonus
- 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.
- We take professional development seriously! In addition to weekly supervision and mentorship, staff members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a plethora of opportunities to grow Jewishly & professionally.
- Domestic and international travel.
- Unlimited paid coffee dates with students.
- Flexible work hours.
- Practically unlimited t-shirts, giveaways, and swag.
What we’re about:
WashU Hillel facilitates opportunities for 1,850 Jewish undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis (25% of the undergraduate student population). Since its founding in 1946, we have fostered an open, pluralistic Jewish community, connecting students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs.
During the 2022-23 academic year, WashU Hillel seeks to engage 1,800 total students, including over 1,200 Jewish undergraduates. Prior to COVID, our Hillel facilitated 1,512 student experiences during the High Holidays; fostered 900 Passover Seder and meal experiences; served 1,878 Shabbat lunches and dinners; supported 380 students creating new and enduring Shabbat traditions as part of our annual Shabbat Around WashU; empowered 83 student leaders and interns; and accompanied 78 WashU students to Israel. As we emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to expanding upon our past successes and continuing the innovative approaches we initiated over the past two years.
About St. Louis:
St. Louis is an accessible, friendly midwestern city boasting a variety of neighborhoods filled with excellent culture, great parks, events, festivals, a fast-growing startup scene, and kosher Ted Drewes frozen custard (recently rated best in the world). Situated in the heart of metropolitan St. Louis, our Hillel is steps away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation and home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, as well as other cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission. Washington University and WashU Hillel are also blocks away from the Delmar Loop, a colorful entertainment district with live music, international cuisine, and abundant independent retail.
St. Louis supports a growing Jewish community of over 60,000, and a vibrant, young Jewish community with MaTovu, Next Dor, Moishe House, and many other organizations that cater to Jewish young adults. St. Louis is consistently ranked one of the most affordable cities in the country and more and more millennials are flocking to the city each year.
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