Director of Hillel Laurier/Waterloo

Hillel International | Toronto, ON, Canada

Posted Date 4/28/2022

Director of Hillel Laurier/Waterloo

Hillel Ontario


Hillel Ontario is searching for its next Director of the Waterloo and Laurier campuses. The Director at Hillel Waterloo and Hillel Laurier is a dynamic, well-organized, creative and engaging individual with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for Jewish life. You are warm and welcoming, and can bring your passion for building Jewish community to two independent yet interconnected campuses in Waterloo. By engaging and mentoring students you connect students to their peers, build and nurture community and help inspire Hillel’s mission, values and goals. You will also have an entrepreneurial spirit and be flexible and adaptable in building a strategy and approach to two evolving Hillels with distinct cultures.

Hillel Ontario serves approximately 14,000 Jewish students across nine universities, and is the largest regional Hillel system in the world. A model for the Hillel movement, Hillel Ontario was created on October 1, 2015 and strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

This position reports to: Chief Campus Officer

What You’ll Be Responsible For:

  • Student Leadership Development
    • Model positive leadership
    • Build on the current leadership model by engaging new leadership students
    • Advise and support the student leaders and their initiatives
    • Identify leadership development opportunities for empowering students
  • Engagement & Program Development
    • Be a visible Jewish presence on campus
    • Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for contacting and serving them
    • Leverage data to develop campus engagement strategies
    • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and engage them
    • Support student-initiated programs; attend most programs (including evenings,weekends, Jewish holidays)
    • Play a key role in planning and evaluating all programming
    • Be an experiential Jewish educator who nurtures the Jewish growth of others through conversations and actions
    • Add accessible Jewish content and depth to programs on campus
  • Publicity and External Relations
    • Develop/maintain strong relationships with the university administration at both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo
    • Lead campus-based philanthropic efforts, working with campus and Development team to raise at least $10,000 annually
    • Identify and cultivate major gift donors with a connection to Ryerson with the assistance of the Development team
    • Act as a campus liaison for external groups, including Birthright and MASA. You will help with campus recruitment, and follow-through activities
  • Israel Advocacy
    • Provide immediate on-site assistance in managing advocacy strategies and crises, supported by Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
    • Develop proactive Israel advocacy strategies specific to meet the campus’s needs, maximizing the full array of national and local advocacy services
    • Monitor antisemitic and anti-Israel activities on campus, including on social media, and guide responses
  • Human Resource Management
    • Supervise and mentor 2 early career professionals, with attention to both their productivity and professional growth, both in person and remotely
    • Provide opportunities for continuing professional training and education
    • Ensure that all staff attend the appropriate conferences and training opportunities
    • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development with colleagues
  • Administrative Responsibilities
    • Manage email list and CRM data entry
    • Manage programming and administrative budget
    • Ensure that Senior Leadership is provided with content that can be shared with key stakeholders
    • Gather data for fundraising communications
    • Participate in regular professional supervision and staff meetings
    • Apply for additional funding and secure program grants from partner organizations, where applicable

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • Bachelor’s degree, and 5+ years relevant work experience, fundraising experience is an asset
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • Well-versed in Jewish culture with access to educational resources and topics
  • A deep commitment to Israel and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies
  • Ability to connect to university students, patience, and excellent listening skills
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a larger provincial team
  • Energy, a sense of humor, flexibility and maturity

What you’ll get out of the position:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The annual salary range is $60,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive medical and health benefits, including Long Term Disability coverage and Life Insurance, generous paid vacation, sick and mental health days
  • Great professional development, coaching and mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours in a hybrid remote environment
  • This is a full-time permanent position has an anticipated start date of July 2, 2022

About Hillel Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University is a dynamic campus that has become a destination for Jewish students across Ontario and beyond. Established in 1911, Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With nearly 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.

Hillel Laurier strives to build a Jewish community on campus that provides students the opportunity to share their Judaism, discover the pluralism that exists at Laurier, and celebrate Jewish life, culture, and heritage. We aim to empower our students to create Jewish life on campus that is meaningful and relatable to them. Connect with our diverse community through our regular coffee schmoozes & bagel brunches held on campus. Each month our Shabbat dinners focus on highlighting important Jewish values chosen by our students including helping those in need and building an inclusive community. The remainder of our student driven programming features engaging speakers, movie nights, holiday programming, and so much more.

About Hillel Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a premier Canadian research university serving over 35,000 students in six faculties, ten faculty-based schools, and four affiliated university colleges. The University of Waterloo is most famous for its co-op programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. This co-op culture means that Waterloo operates as a three-semester campus serving students year-round. Hillel Waterloo provides Jewish students at the University of Waterloo the opportunity to learn, explore, and celebrate Jewish life, culture, and heritage. We offer programs created by students for students to engage them in the most meaningful experiences. Whether your interests lie in Jewish Life and Education, Tzedek and Social Action, Arts and Culture, Athletics, Israel, Leadership Development or anything in between, opportunities for involvement exist through Hillel Waterloo.

About Jewish Life in Waterloo

The region of Kitchener - Waterloo is host to a growing Jewish community just 75 minutes west of Toronto, including students, young professionals, and families. Served by three local synagogues, one Reform, one Modern Orthodox, and one Chabad as well as two sources of kosher food products. Waterloo provides a big city feel without the big city traffic, with a robust city centre full of great restaurants and plenty of engaging activities.

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 Ontario 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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