Director of Jewish Student Life

Hillel International | Cambridge, MA, United States

Posted Date 6/29/2022

Director of Jewish Student Life

Harvard Hillel

Role Overview

The Director of Student Life reports to the Executive Director, and makes reports on student life at quarterly Board of Directors meetings and in between those meetings as requested by Board leadership.  

The Director of Student Life captains Harvard Hillel's undergraduate-facing program team to achieve our goals for student engagement, support our student leaders, and deliver outstanding programs for students. The Director supervises the Springboard Fellow (who leads a cohort of student Campus Engagement Interns), the IACT Israel professional (who works with several student Israel Program Interns) and works closely with the denominational rabbinic Minyan Advisors in their capacity as members of the undergrad-facing program team.  

The Director of Student Life coordinates this team through weekly group meetings and individual supervisory meetings, and also works with the elected undergraduate Student Board and student leaders of various interest groups, to ensure a rich, varied, and robust calendar of undergraduate programs and activities.  

The position offered here is for one program year, with the opportunity of renewal and advancement.

What You’ll Do

  • Leading our student-facing program team and serving as the primary “face of Hillel” to undergraduates
    • Building deep working and personal relationships with undergraduate student leaders, facilitating student involvement and ownership of Hillel resources and programs
    • Mentoring and being available to students – as the lead program professional, becoming known to students and present for them as an advisor to discuss Jewish life and community and college life, being prepared to make referrals to appropriate counselors and Deans for particular matters with which students may require academic and mental health support beyond Harvard Hillel. 
    • Investing time and energy to meet and engage students outside the Hillel building, including in the Yard and Houses and through student interest group activities
    • Integrating multi-denominational Jewish community – with the rabbinic Minyan Advisors, cultivating a pluralistic Jewish culture of mutual interest and understanding among students committed to and exploring different paths of Jewish spiritual life.
    • Onboarding new professionals – working with the Executive Director to recruit and hire new front-line program professionals as necessary, ensuring hand-off of know-how and providing professional support, supervision, and guidance to ensure smooth and strong starts and success in programmatic roles.
    • Leading program team meetings – ensuring a culture of collaborative and mutually supporting teamwork, good communication regarding calendar and programs, and synergy among activities and events.
    • Directly supervising program staff – meeting weekly with each program professional to provide guidance and mentorship as appropriate and to ensure that deliverables are clear and program plans are well formulated and supported.
    • Reviewing performance – conducting bi-annual reviews of program team members to meet programmatic and student engagement goals, and to ensure personal professional development and satisfaction.
  • Developing and tracking progress against programmatic goals
    • Setting programmatic goals – per Harvard Hillel's Strategic Plan and objectives for undergraduate community, establishing and monitoring clear plans, deliverables, and metrics with the program team and its individual members.
    • Utilizing data to track progress and inform activiites – making sure student data and records of participation in events and activities are entered by the program team into our database, so that the team can accurately assess student involvement and discuss next steps of Jewish development for students based on interests and activities, and tracking progress against goals. Working with program team to continually review and refine outreach and programmatic activities to achieve goals.
  • Collaborating with Hillel colleagues on management and oversight
    • Participation in the Leadership Team – with the Executive Director, Director of Public and Alumni Programs, Graduate Student Program Coordinator, and Head of Development, be a member of the working group responsible for actualizing the vision and Strategic Plan of Harvard Hillel and telling the story of this community to supporters and alumni.  
    • Liaising with operational staff – working with the program team, on the one hand, and the Facilities and Operations Manager, on the other, to make sure program plans are well understood and coordinated logistically.
    • Financial and budgetary management – helping to create and manage budgets with the program team and overseeing program team expenditures and documentationwork with student leaders to utilize all available resources and opportunities and apply for program grants as available.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 3-6 years professional experience in Jewish, experiential or higher education.
  • Bachelor’s degree required

What You’ll Bring to the Job

The successful candidate will be —

  • Warm, personable, outgoing, engagement-oriented, good at developing relationships with students and thinking with them about next steps of Jewish life and exploration.
  • A Jewish role model, personally active on a Jewish path and committed to Jewish growth and development, comfortable discussing one's own Jewish choices and commitments in the context of a varied and pluralistic student community.
  • Committed to constructive connection with Israel as a major part of the present-day Jewish world and community. 
  • Pluralistic in vision of Jewish community, appreciating the learning and discovery that is possible in a manifold Jewish community of many pathways and possibilities. 
  • A good leader, able to marshal and coordinate a program team of smart, dedicated, and committed young professionals. 
  • Fun to be with, understanding that earnest and dedicated Harvard students come to Harvard Hillel after long academic days in search of enjoyment in community.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $70,000 - $90,000, depending on stage of career and experience.
  • 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

About Harvard Hillel 

Harvard Hillel is a pluralistic multi-faceted spiritual, cultura, and social Jews center on the campus of Harvard University.  Through Harvard Hillel, Jewish students explore and experience Jewish life with one another and share Jewish heritage with their Harvard peers of all backgrounds and faiths.  

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.

Harvard 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.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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