Research Associate, Campus Climate Initiative

Hillel International | Washington, DC, United States

Posted Date 1/10/2022

Research Associate, Campus Climate Initiative

Hillel International

Role Overview

Do you love to research new topics and share your learning with others?  Are you an excellent written communicator?  Are you passionate about ensuring Jewish students are well-supported on campus, and that they are supported by their schools within the broader context of colleges and universities’ commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion?  

We are seeking a Research Assistant for Hillel’s Campus Climate Initiative (CCI), which partners with local Hillels and university administrators to ensure a positive campus environment in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identities and values, free of harassment, hostility, or marginalization.

CCI works intensively each year with a group of campuses that have applied to participate in a cohort experience where they receive training and education on Jewish identity, inclusion and antisemitism; a holistic review of each school’s current campus climate; goal setting and consultation on specific steps to improve climate; and sharing of best practices within the cohort. The CCI launched its first cohort of 8 campuses in January 2021 and its second cohort of 19 campuses in August 2021. 

The Research Assistant will conduct research and write briefs and presentations to support the CCI team’s work. They will play a key role in supporting the build out of CCI’s suite of educational resources and curricula for campus administrators, as well as CCI’s written communications. Reporting to the Assistant Director of CCI, the Research Assistant will also directly support the work of the Vice President of University and Legal Affairs and collaborate with the other members of the growing CCI team. The Research Assistant will also have opportunities to engage with other Hillel International colleagues and local Hillel professionals. 

What you’ll do:

Educational content research

  • Research and summarize current media and scholarly publications related to CCI’s work, including antisemitism, campus climate and DEI trends, academic freedom and free speech controversies, Jewish student activism, Israel/Palestine on campus, and related topics
  • Support development of educational content for CCI trainings and presentations

Research and evaluate university policies and procedures 

  • Research university policies and procedures related to antisemitism, bias, discrimination and harassment, religious accomodations, free speech and protest activity, etc., to grow CCI’s library of best practice policies and procedures for universities 
  • Assemble and summarize university policies for those specific universities participating in CCI cohorts

Legal research

  • Provide legal research support to the VP of University Initiatives and Legal Affairs, e.g., researching relevant state and federal cases, legislation, and other legal materials

Other writing and communications

  • Draft communications from CCI leadership to university leadership 
  • Research and draft thought leadership pieces for publication by CCI leadership 
  • Provide current trends, best practices, and other relevant content to be used by CCI leadership in presentations and slide decks to Jewish, higher education, and lay leader audiences on topics described above
  • Assist in preparing CCI development related communications such as funder proposals and periodic funder reports 

What you’ll bring to the job: 

  • 1-3 years of professional experience in research, writing, law, higher education, curriculum development, journalism, or in a Jewish communal organization (preferred) 
  • Outstanding written communication, research and verbal presentation skills
  • Knowledge about Jewish identity, antisemitism, and broader societal factors currently affecting Jewish students on campus
  • Familiarity with current university practices, policies, and issues related to campus climate, DEI, free speech, and academic freedom (preferred)
  • Familiarity with online legal research tools (preferred) 
  • Thrive in a highly dynamic, fluid, collegial environment 
  • Can work both independently and collaboratively
  • Attention to detail 
  • Bachelor’s degree  

What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary range of $45,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience.
  • A comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.

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.

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.

Full Time
Campus Engagement | Research
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401(k) or 403(b) plans | medical | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave
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