CJIE Director of Educational Initiatives
Title: Director of Educational Development
(Preferred) Start Date: July 1, 2022
Limited Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000
The CJIE Director of Educational Initiatives will be an integral part of the exciting and evolving work of the Center for Jewish and Israel Education/Meyerhoff Center (CJIE/M) at Hillel International. This team of educators, innovators, and experience designers are looking for a teammate who brings a sense of creativity, joy, diligence and a deep well of Torah to help them continue their transformative work of putting Jewish and Israel education at the center of Hillel. Over the past five years, CJIE/M has effectively brought deep, connective, and purposeful Jewish learning to thousands of students and professionals. Collectively, this team leads major initiatives in the Hillel movement including the student focused: JLF(Jewish Learning Fellowship) and Kol Yisrael; professional development programs: Dwell and Masterclass; thought leadership initiatives such as the Inquiry Center Model of Israel Education and the Kranjec Test, and much more. Working quickly with an inspiring focus on serving the moment CJIE/Meyerhoff has built a culture of putting deep encounters with Jewish life and learning at the center of the movement.
Educational Leader: The Director of Educational Development will help guide the Jewish and Israel learning agenda for Hillel professionals around the world to enable those professionals to better meet the needs of all Jewish students and the global Jewish community. The Director is a deeply collaborative role working as an integral part of the Jewish education team while serving as a key resource for Jewish knowledge and wisdom to Hillel International and the Hillel movement. Equal parts implementer and dreamer, the Director will deliver the highest quality educational experiences while forging the path of educational thought leader in the Jewish world. The Director will supervise at least one colleague who is overseeing Israel education and will help guide the vision for that programming.
Innovative Content Designer and Relational Connector: The Director of Educational Development must be someone excited about putting Torah and Jewish learning at the center of the Hillel movement. They have to be ready to support Hillel professionals to be the best versions of themselves as educators, as engagers, and guides along Jewish journeys. They have to work quickly, in a flexible environment, both able to stay within the annual cycle of programming and holidays but also able to respond to the needs of the moment. They have to be someone exciting about collaborating with colleagues on their team and developing partnerships with external partners. They must be someone who is passionate about pedagogy and educator methodology, eager to support professionals in their development as educators.
Agile Project Manager: The Director of Educational Development will be responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously and must be responsive to the moment, the calendar, and the needs of the field. They will work on multiple projects simultaneously, with some becoming core focus areas. Areas of work will include:
- Develop, implementing, improving new and existing Jewish educational experiences for Hillel professionals, with a focus on the Shabbat Hosting Lab Fellowship
- Design, developing and implementing new and relevant programming for the moment as well as content for field utilization for example, Shabbat and Holidays, Torah for the Moment, divrei Torah, etc.
- Implement existing core educator development programs in the Masterclass strategy (inc. Masterclass: Israel and Torah).
- Potential design and development of new Masterclass program applications, and shorter term professional training initiatives and workshops that are focused on pedagogy and content acquisition.
- Craft opportunities for teaching colleagues in Hillel International and the field, both synchronously and asynchronously.
- Work in collaboration with marketing and communication on creative and educational resources and messaging
- Support larger educational initiatives with specific areas of implementation such as Dwell, HIGA, NPO and other experience design centric gatherings
- Conduct multiple 1-1s with on the ground educators, serving as a consultant and confidant to campus educators.
We’re looking for someone who is…
- Intentional. You are intrinsically motivated to do this work. You love purposeful design and understand the importance of “getting it right” as well as “getting it done”. You are able to simultaneously vision and strategy oriented while driven by results and impact.
- Accountable. You own your mistakes and strive for growth. You deliver on your commitments and maintain clear communication with those who rely on you. In short, you get your work done.
- Empathic. You can hold space for a diverse set of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds with radical empathy and compassion. When people speak to you, they feel seen, heard, and respected. You know how to be in meaningful conversation with those you disagree with.
- Passionate. You care about Jewish education from the core of your being. This work intrinsically motivates you, and your love of it comes through to those around you.
- Organized. You can hold multiple details, projects, and ideas at once. You can prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, especially when there are multiple projects running concurrently and independently.
- Charismatic. You understand people, and others feel welcomed when they are in your presence. Relationship-building is a gift of yours, and you enjoy inviting others in.
- Curious. You are hungry to learn, and ask insightful questions before offering solutions. You are just as much a learner as you are an educator.
- Collaborative. You are willing to dedicate time to help others on your team, as you understand that your success is intertwined with theirs.
- Committed to Jewish and Israel Education. You believe in our educational approaches and are committed to growing their impact in the Hillel movement.
Ideal Candidate Experience:
- You have an MA in a related field, rabbinical degree or years of Jewish content learning, and 8+ years of practical and related work experience,
- Experience working on a college campus is an expectation,
- A deep understanding of experiential education and professional development,
- Stellar interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills,
- A bias for action, a "can-do" attitude, and a sense of humor,
- The ability to own, guide, manage, and implement complicated processes from start to finish.
- Deep and extensive Jewish and Israel related knowledge
Salary and Benefits
This position has a salary range of $85,000-$100,000. This salary falls in Hillel’s Compensation Level 6A - Director, depending on experience and qualifications. We have designed this role to have a clear salary range to protect against unconscious pay discrimination,
Hillel has a comprehensive benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off for Jewish and federal holidays, an informal “take what you need” vacation policy, and flexible work from home policy. In addition, employees are enthusiastically encouraged to take advantage of professional development opportunities through Hillel U or our partner organizations.
Time Zones and Workplace
We are a remote team, open to hiring anyone based in the United States with eligibility to work in the United States. We have a flexible work schedule, which aims to support our employees in maintaining maximally successful professional and personal lives. That said, we expect our employees to keep regular hours that are mutually agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor. While this position is remote, there are semi-regular in-person gatherings, training, and conferences that we expect our team to fully participate in. Hillel’s headquarters are in Washington, D.C. with satellite offices in New York and San Francisco. Employees located in those cities are warmly invited to use those office spaces.
A note for current Hillel professionals: Current campus professionals may apply, and if a current Hillel professional is the finalist, we will work with them and their campus/supervisor to navigate a smooth transition on a mutually agreeable timeline. We are prepared to share time and resources during the transition so that a field colleague can wrap up their work on campus as they transition to a position at the SIC. We are open to considering other options that best support your campus, while working towards filling this important role for the Hillel Movement as a whole.
The Director of Educational Development will report to the Meyerhoff Senior Director of Jewish Education, and will work collaboratively with other members of the CJIE and Meyerhoff teams.
What we’re about
Hillel International is the largest Jewish campus and community-based organization in the world serving the college-age population. Working with hundreds of thousands of students globally to help Jewish students make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel, Hillel serves students at more than 550 colleges, universities and communities.
As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.
- Applications are due on Tuesday May 10, 2022 at 5pm PST
- Screening Interviews will begin Monday, May 9th for candidates that are not well known to us.
- The formal interview process (1st & 2nd round interviews, committee interview, and final approval(s)) will begin on Thursday, May 12, and end by Friday, June 3rd. Our intention is to have someone begin in a full time capacity by July 1, 2022.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.