Senior Jewish Educator

Hillel International | Newark, DE, United States

Posted Date 12/09/2021

Senior Jewish Educator

University of Delaware Hillel

Role Overview

Make an impact on Jewish student life by joining the University of Delaware Hillel as the Senior Jewish Educator to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through relationship building, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As the Senior Jewish Educator, you will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus. You will help inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices.

What You’ll Do

  • Identify needs of the Jewish communities on campus that are underserved and develop strategies for meeting these needs with proven community organizing and outreach methods.
  • Build relationships with approximately 180 - 200 students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus. A significant portion of these students should be previously uninvolved in Jewish life.
  • Mentor student interns and leaders as they contribute to Hillel and the campus community.
  • Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs, including immersive trips, as students find relevant. Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
  • Work with junior level staff on their own Jewish knowledge, self-confidence and educational skills.
  • Collaborate with other Hillel senior level staff to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of University of Delaware Hillel
  • Develop and nurture relationships with University student life, religious life staff, and the local Jewish community.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is helpful.
  • Proven success in community building and engagement
  • Previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Training and experience in counseling, administration, and/or, development/fundraising is desirable.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
  • Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $85,000-$98,000
  • 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 seven full-time professionals and  a part-time Rabbinic Associate.  In the past five years, UD Hillel has doubled student involvement in Birthright Israel, Shabbat, and student leadership; expanded fundraising; and has been recognized by the University and Hillel for outstanding programs, staff leadership, and strategic growth.  Additionally, UD Hillel supervises four Jewish Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) and more than 100 student leaders.  

University of Delaware Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International.  Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.

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 current President of the United States Joe Biden and First Lady, 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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

University of Delaware 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.


Salary85000.00 - 98000.00 Annual
Full Time
Education - Other | Rabbi
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | Life Insurance | medical | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave
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