Graduate Student Engager

Hillel International | Cambridge, MA, United States

Posted Date 6/16/2022

Graduate Student Engager

MIT Hillel

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining MIT Hillel as the Graduate Student Engager. You will build relationships with and inspire Jewish graduate students (at MIT and MIT Sloan Business School) with your creative and strategic approach to Jewish life on campus. You are entrepreneurial and a change agent, possess an extremely high emotional intelligence, and have a great sense of humor. You will utilize these skills to increase MIT Hillel’s outreach to Jewish graduate students under the supervision of our Director of Graduate Student Engagement. MIT Hillel is one of the few Hillels in the country dedicated to engaging, supporting and building a Jewish graduate student community. Using the methodologies of community organizing and relationship-building, and bringing a deep reservoir of Jewish knowledge and an authentic commitment to Jewish life, you will work with individuals and groups of students, enabling and connecting the students to appropriate and meaningful Jewish opportunities.

What You’ll Do

  • Student engagement. You will focus on building meaningful relationships with graduate students to strengthen their connection to Jewish life on campus, engage them in meaningful conversations, and offer them a variety of Jewish experiences.
  • Community building. You will identify the needs of individual Jewish graduate students as well as the graduate Jewish communities on campus that are underserved and develop strategies for meeting these needs with proved community organizing and outreach methods.
  • Build Jewish life. You will give particular attention to holidays (especially Sukkot/Simchat Torah, Chanukah, and Pesach) and Shabbat celebrations, helping to deepen the impact of key Jewish holidays for both engaged and unengaged Jewish grads.
  • Inspire. Help students as they conceptualize and answer their own “big questions,” guiding them as they explore what it means, on an individual level, to lead a life of meaning, infused with Jewish values.
  • Be a Hillel trendsetter. Be part of expanding MIT Hillel’s award-winning excellence deeper and more broadly in the realm of our graduate student population.?

On a day to day basis you will

  • Drink coffee! Build meaningful personal relationships with graduate students who are not already involved in Jewish life by meeting them where they live, work, and study, utilizing creative and innovative methods to reach and interest them.
  • Build community. Bring students together through holidays, Shabbat, tzedek, and learning opportunities to create community.
  • Eat, meet, and greet. Staff approximately two Shabbat meals/programs a month when school is in session – including attending the monthly Grad Student Shabbat meals and creating other Shabbat opportunities.
  • Promote Peoplehood. Work with other Hillel staff to help recruit for and follow-up with MIT Hillel Israel programs including Birthright and ConnecTech.
  • Learn and grow. Participate in weekly professional supervision with MIT Hillel’s Director of Graduate Student Engagement.
  • Track participation in programs and meaningful interactions with students.
  • Collaborate with other Hillel staff to help shape and develop the mission of MIT Hillel.?

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Experience as an informal Jewish educator.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and success in community building and utilizing community organizing strategies?.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A contagious passion for Jewish life.
  • A natural ability to network and build relationships with a wide variety people, including exceptionally bright and highly-motivated students.
  • A creative spirit that seeks opportunities to innovate and experiment.
  • A depth of Jewish knowledge.
  • An authentic Jewish personality.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and program skills.
  • Creativity and the ability to be an entrepreneurial self-starter. 
  • Capability of working both independently and collaboratively, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments.

What You’ll Receive

  • Hourly compensation of $25/hour for 20 hours a week during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Plenty of Hillel and university schwag.

About MIT Hillel

MIT Hillel, located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ensures a vibrant Jewish life at MIT for students and our extended community.  The MIT campus, in Cambridge, MA, is part of greater Boston’s large and exciting university community.

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.

MIT 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.

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

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