Director of Engagement

Hillel International | Charlottesville, VA, United States

Posted Date 8/15/2022

Director of Engagement

Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia as the Director of Engagement. As the Director of Engagement, you will develop and oversee the implementation of our overall engagement strategy that empowers Jewish students to take ownership of their Jewish identity.

You live and model a passionately Jewish life, are entrepreneurial and a master relationship builder, possess extremely high emotional intelligence, and have a great sense of humor. You will utilize these skills to supervise student leaders, coach student leaders, and actively engage Jewish students at UVa. You will be responsible for ensuring meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, identifying and cultivating student leaders, and consistently promoting a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community.

As the Director of Engagement, you’ll drive Hillel forward by applying relationship-based engagement, energy and passion, and creativity to your work. You’ll oversee UVa’s implementation of the Brody Jewish Center’s engagement strategy, supervise student interns, and contribute to the overall vision of the organization.

What You’ll Do

  • Oversee the implementation of the Brody Jewish Center engagement strategy 

  • Engage in meaningful one-on-one and group conversations about Jewish life and living, including, but not limited to, leading high-impact learning opportunities 

  • Advise and mentor the engagement interns - guiding them in their leadership development, developing ongoing mentoring relationships with them, and attending many student-initiated programs (including some evenings, weekends, and Jewish holidays)

  • Oversee and implement the annual cycle of engagement-based programs (Shabbat, holidays, etc.)

  • Manage special events as needed throughout the year, oftentimes collaboratively with other staff. These projects might include large-scale Shabbat experiences, Bagels on the Lawn, and other programs as applicable

  • Provide leadership in marketing, public relations, and promotional activities as appropriate, including student social media engagement in conjunction with the Director of Jewish Student Life

On a day to day basis you will

  • Coach, train, and advise engagement interns so they in turn can engage new students and create their own programs

  • Meet 1:1 (or in small groups) with students on Grounds 

  • Track and assess student participation data using the HEART database system 

  • Use design thinking skills to reimagine programs, create new initiatives, and push students out of their comfort zone when it comes to engagement through programs

  • Recruit students for high-impact learning experiences

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Jewish Student Life to execute engagement strategy 

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 2-3 years of work experience, preferably in the Jewish community 

  • Proven success in: 

    • Implementing and leading engaging programs or conversations on Jewish values and contemporary topics 

    • Building and sustaining relationships 

    • Organizational skills

    • Confidence working independently on tasks and projects 

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  •  Bachelor's degree required

  •  An innovative approach to everything that you do 

  •  A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on and around campus 

  •  A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional texts to contemporary

  •  Organization and ability to think big picture

  •  Clear and concise spoken and written communication skills

  •  Leadership development skills

  • Working as part of a team as well as independently

  • Loving the colors orange and blue!

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $45,000 - $50,000

  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities

  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel (*Only include if applicable)

  • Plenty of Hillel and university schwag

About Brody Jewish Center:

BJC seeks to empower Jewish students to engage with their tradition in relevant and meaningful ways and to inspire a lifelong relationship with Judaism and the Jewish people.  BJC serves more than 1,000 undergraduate Jewish students, and more than 500 Jewish graduate students at the University.    The Jewish community at the University of Virginia is thriving.  BJC is an organization for students and run by students.  Students at BJC are actively involved in visioning and programming, and they are true partners in the work of creating Jewish community at UVA.

About Charlottesville:

Located 2 hours southwest of Washington, DC, Charlottesville is a thriving city with a population over 40,000 and with a metropolitan population nearing 200,000. In 2008, Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine named Charlottesville among the top cities in the United States. In their book, Cities Ranked and Rated, Bert Sperling and Peter Sander continue to rank Charlottesville in the top 5% among the best places to live in the United States.  Charlottesville’s downtown mall is a tree lined pedestrian mall with great restaurants, bars, shops, theater, and outdoor amphitheater.  Some of the world class performers the city has recently hosted include the Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, U2, Rolling Stones, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Matisyahu and Cirque du Soleil.  Charlottesville is surrounded by numerous wineries as well as the historic homes of Presidents Madison, Monroe, and Jefferson.  Charlottesville hosts the annual Virginia Film Festival in October, the Festival of the Photograph in July, and the Virginia Festival of the Book in March.

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.

The Brody Jewish Center 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.

Salary45000.00 - 50000.00 Annual
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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