University of Delaware Hillel
We might be biased but we think we have one of the best Birthright Israel programs. Blue Hen Birthright Israel takes around 150 students to Israel every year and that number keeps growing. You will make your mark on Jewish student life at the University of Delaware Hillel as the IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement. You will recruit students for Birthright Israel trips by building one on one relationships with them, staff trips to Israel, and help connect students to opportunities that meet their interests upon their return to campus.
The IACT Coordinator will work with students prior to their departure and upon their return from their Birthright Israel experiences developing activities to engage students in Jewish life on campus, by encouraging them to become involved as leaders and participants in student-organized Jewish programming and groups, and by directing them to and facilitating their participation in existing Israel-related opportunities on and off campus. You will be excited to engage students in Israel and in Jewish conversations, and will have a deep understanding of Jewish identity as a framework for shaping meaning, value and purpose in the lives of emerging adults. You’ll wake up each day (or at least most) and be genuinely excited and enthusiastic to help students explore, experience, and create vibrant connections to Israel. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.
What You’ll Do:
- Expand the number of Birthright Israel trip participants from University of Delaware through effective recruitment and marketing strategies.
- Engage Birthright Israel participants in continued campus activities and Jewish life in the areas of Israel education/advocacy, community service, and Jewish life and learning; develop personalized follow-up and individual Jewish/Israel plans with Birthright alumni to deepen individuals’ connection to Jewish life.
- Transform campus Jewish life, with the Birthright Israel participants as a core group through which others are engaged and brought into Jewish activities.
- Recruit for and staff immersion experiences, especially Birthright Israel.
- Oversee Israel student leadership team, including interns, Emerson Fellow, etc.
- Ensure quality marketing and communications efforts geared toward students, including website, weekly emails, and social media.
- Develop and implement a strategic blueprint for Israel engagement.
- Increase awareness on current Israel issues.
- Collaborate with and enhance programming with our student groups.
- Work collaboratively with our Community Shaliach to bring Israel to life on campus.
- Maintain records of events and attendance for measurement and ongoing evaluation, including tracking and evaluating progress to show growth.
- Build and track at least 180 new relationships per year.
- Cultivate one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and interest them.
- Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in weekly programs, Shabbat, and holidays activities.
What You’ll Get Out of it:
- 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.
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit sector.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Unlimited paid coffee dates with students.
- Regional & international travel opportunities.
What You’ll Bring to the Job:
- Self-drive, motivation, and energy as well as enthusiasm for Israel programming and travel.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfortable asking questions.
- Excellent follow-through on projects, and the ability to multi-task.
- Ability to manage projects, with many moving parts, to set timetables and adhere to deadlines.
- Prior travel experience in Israel, and a familiarity with Israel and Judaism.
- Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Experience with Jewish education and outreach.
- BA or equivalent.
- Proven leadership skills, and the capacity for effective teamwork and group leadership.
- 0-2 years professional work experience.
- Sales or recruitment experience, either through a job, campus organization, or as a volunteer.
- Inability to get off an airplane without making a new friend.
- Understanding that students will connect with Israel in a variety of different ways.
- Willingness to admit what you don’t know, and excitement to learn in those areas.
- Creative problem-solving.
- Interest in continuing to develop your own relationship to Judaism and Israel.
What You’ll Receive:
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace ($42,000-$45,000)
- 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.
About University of Delaware Hillel:
The Kristol Center for Jewish Life/Hillel is the Foundation for Jewish life on campus at University of Delaware. Approximately 13% of the student population (roughly 2,250 students of nearly 17,000 undergraduate) at the University of Delaware is Jewish. We are a growing staff that includes four full-time professionals, a part-time Rabbinic Associate, and a part-time Community Shaliach. In the past five years, UD Hillel has doubled student involvement in Birthright Israel, Shabbat, and Alternative Breaks; expanded fundraising; and has been recognized by the University and Hillel for outstanding programs, staff leadership, and strategic growth. UD Hillel employs ten students who work as Campus Engagement Interns (CEI) to build relationships with unaffiliated Jewish students. Additionally, UD Hillel supervises six Jewish Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) and over 15 paid student internships. In the fall semester of 2015, the university opened a full-scale, certified kosher dining program, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union (OU).
About University of Delaware:
The University of Delaware was founded as a small private college in 1743. Prestigious alumni include three signers of the Declaration of Independence, one signer of the Constitution and past Vice President of the United States Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs through seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. The University of Delaware offers a vibrant array of student organizations, varsity sports, Greek life, and arts and cultural activities. Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City.
About Jewish Delaware:
There are 15,000 Jews in the “small wonder” of Delaware, with approximately 85% residing in the N. Wilmington area. There are 5 synagogues in close proximity to the university as well as many Jewish resources, including the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the Jewish Community Center, Albert Einstein Academy (Jewish community day school), Jewish Family Services of Delaware and the Kutz Home/Lodge Lane Assisted Living.
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.
University of Delaware 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.
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