Engagement Director, Grad Network
Greater Philly Hillel Network
Greater Philly Hillel Network is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and creative professional with a passion for young adult engagement to serve as next Engagement Director of the Jewish Graduate Student Network (Grad Network). This professional will learn who Philadelphia’s graduate students are and will meet them where they live, work, and play to build community, create connections, and advance Jewish life on their campuses and in the city of Philadelphia.
Grad Network is the leader in Hillel for serving Jewish graduate students, and it has become the central organization for young adult Jewish life in Philadelphia. Grad Network serves 800-1200 students on multiple campuses in a wide variety of programs. Coming out of the pandemic, Grad Network is poised to activate the work of Jewish student associations, cohort learning, large-scale social programs and small-scale entrepreneurial student endeavors, and citywide experiences with a vibrant organizational partner coalition. As part of Philly Hillel, Grad Network is a key bridge from our undergraduate campuses to a dynamic Jewish metroplex.
As the Engagement Director of Grad Network, you value building connections with young adults from varying backgrounds and can balance one-on-one engagement over coffee with excellent programmatic planning and execution skills. You’re a strategic community organizer, feel at ease hosting communal Shabbat dinners, and think creatively about Jewish programming that speaks to the needs and desires of young adults living in and around Philadelphia. You are comfortable with exceptionally bright and highly-motivated students. You understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for a Jewish community and Jewish engagement in the immediate years post-college.
What you’ll do
- Devise and implement a strategy for engaging Jewish graduate students on their campuses and in Philadelphia, paying attention to the varying needs of students depending on their graduate school program and their lives outside of school;
- Utilize the tools of relational engagement - meet graduate students for coffee or lunch to get to know them, understand their needs and their networks, and connect them accordingly;
- Support existing Jewish Student Associations by building relationships with student leaders and helping them see you as a partner in their work;
- Offer creative, engaging, and relevant programming around key moments such as Shabbat and holidays, that address topics of interest to graduate students which may include Israel, wellness, and Jewish learning;
- Build and sustain partnerships with local organizations serving similar populations. Serve as a concierge for Jewish graduate students - all of the needs of this population cannot and should not be met solely by Grad Network, so you will play a key role in making sure students are finding what they need in the broader landscape of Philadelphia young adult engagement;
- Facilitate fellowship cohorts and “Shabbat Across Philly” peer-led programming by helping fellows and hosts to set goals, to include content, to complete administrative tasks, and to measure success;
- Collaborate with local organizations like the Brandeis Law Society to ensure that events hosting graduate students are welcoming and effective;
- Manage social media, email, website, and other marketing for the Grad Network.
- Working as part of a broader organizational team.
Supervision and Professional Growth
- Participate in weekly professional supervision with the Executive Director; Set and review personal SMART goals;
- Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings with all of Philly Hillel staff;
- Participate in professional conferences and training opportunities;
- Drawing on the network of engagement professionals across the Hillel International movement and local young adult Jewish organizations, stay abreast of best practices and innovative techniques to improve our engagement and programming efforts.
What you’ll bring to the job
- A passion for Judaism, Jewish life, and Jewish community, knowledgeable about Jewish life, and an ability to inspire others with your passion and knowledge;
- An understanding of post-college young adult life and the pressures of academia;
- 3-5 years of professional work experience;
- A work style that makes you well-organized, self-motivated, and adept at multi-tasking;
- Availability to support evening, Shabbat, and Jewish holiday programs, as required;
- Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and program development skills
- A high level of comfort in inter-denominational settings.
- Creativity, drive, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
What you’ll receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $50,000-$60,000, commensurate with experience.
- 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
- Dedicated and fun colleagues who will support you along the way
About Greater Philly Hillel Network
Greater Philly Hillel Network is a growing organization serving the Philadelphia region through its Grad Network and its presence or connection to many undergraduate campuses. We weave our network along the lines of geography, peer institutions, and available resources to deepen our impact within and across schools. We leverage that impact to transcend boundaries, forge bonds, and activate the Jewish future of Philadelphia and beyond.
The City of Philadelphia area is an amazing place to live, work, and play. Its multiple universities, medical schools, and law schools concentrated in a relatively small geographic area, make Philadelphia a big “college-town” at its heart. With parks, bike paths, and two riverfront areas, Philadelphia offers a variety of recreational opportunities. It boasts a dynamic nightlife and maintains an exciting Jewish community that is supportive of diverse Jewish lifestyles.
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.
Greater Philly Hillel Network 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.
Apply at https://www.hillel.org/get-involved/work-at-hillel and include your resume and cover letter.
We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.