Jewish Education Coordinator
Hillel Guelph - Guelph, Ontario, Canada
About Hillel Ontario
Hillel Ontario is the largest Hillel organization affiliated with Hillel International, supporting over 14,000 Jewish students across nine Universities in Ontario. Hillel engages with, empowers, and inspires the leadership of more Jewish university and college students than all other endeavours combined. By promoting Jewish identity through life-changing trips and campus initiatives, cultivating student leadership, and embracing religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment, students learn to make meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. In the end, our mission is to enrich the lives of Ontario Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish community, Israel, and the world.
About the Role
The Jewish Education Coordinator, reporting to the Campus Director, will enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish role model, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through grassroots community organizing and community engagement. Your responsibilities will include developing and maintaining relationships with less engaged students, increasing the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus, and infusing programs with Jewish content. You will be a self-starter and capable multi-tasker who will use these skills to engage students and drive Hillel’s mission, values and goals.
- Innovative Programming
- Work with students and staff to develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences that help students shape their Jewish identities and the community.
- Oversee and teach Jewish learning opportunities, including the Jewish Learning Fellowship on campus.
- Partner with students and staff to create pro-Israel initiatives and Holocaust education programs.
- Identify opportunities to creatively infuse programming with Jewish content.
- Serve as a key Jewish educational resource for students and professionals on campus, helping to mentor and enrich Jewish journeys and emerging Hillel student leaders.
- Relationship Based Engagement
- Build and maintain an engagement portfolio through Jewish enrichment, creating spaces for meaningful one-on-one and group dialogues to foster Jewish exploration and growth. Experiences must appeal to engaged, under-engaged and unengaged student populations.
- Build relationships with students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus.
- 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.
- Act as a community organizer, working with a vision and thinking strategically about how to engage students in activities that revolve around Jewish enrichment, including campus networks that may not naturally be gravitating towards Jewish identity building.
- Working with the marketing and communications team, utilize social media in creative ways to engage students.
- Leadership and Educational Vision
- Empower students to take ownership over their Jewish communities, cultivating dynamic leaders.
- Work as a member of Hillel Ontario’s Education Team to support and empower campus program professionals to play an active role in Jewish learning on their campuses and provide local campus program professionals support in pursuing their own Jewish journeys.
- Represent and speak for the Hillel as a campus chaplain; Engage with on-campus partners to enhance campus culture and keep the Jewish community integrated with the larger campus community.
- Administration, Supervision and Management
- Supervise any cohort of student interns who are working on Jewish enrichment-related internships.
- Participate as a member of the local Hillel staff team in major programs, and support Hillel Ontario initiatives, fundraising efforts, etc.
- Track and evaluate progress to show growth and impact.
What You Bring
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree. Additional Jewish education and training a plus
- 2 - 4 years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
- Proven success in community building and outreach, previous experience in program visioning and implementation as well as success in developing curricula and informal educational experiences.
- Training and experience in pastoral care and counseling is an asset.
Knowledge and Engagement:
- A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish content.
- An authentic, dynamic, and approachable personality that enables you to use your personal story to connect with students and inspire them to deepen their connection to Judaism, while maintaining professional boundaries
- A proven track record in building curriculum, devising, and implementing strategy and measuring impact.
- Demonstrated ability to strongly relate to emerging adult students and a love for working with this population.
- An ability to facilitate complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
- A love for Israel and the ability to be an informed advocate about issues facing the Jewish state.
- Confidence initiating and running programs.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration skills.
- An ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
- A deep passion for building pluralistic communities, and for creating welcoming, vibrant, inclusive, and deeply enriching environments on campus.
- Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and online (including social media) communication skills.
- An ability to work well independently and as part of two distinct teams, where prioritizing, multi-tasking, organization and attention to detail are essential.
What We Offer
- A market competitive base salary with a starting range between $50,000 - $55,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
- A generous benefits package that encompasses Health Insurance to include Vision and Dental, Life Insurance, and Long-Term Disability (LTD).
- Vacation starting at 10 days per year as well as available Mental Health/Wellness days.
- Flexible or hybrid work environment.
- Opportunity to join a community of people-focused professionals.
- A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
If you are excited about the opportunity to work with our team at Hillel Ontario, please take the time to apply through the provided platform. In the event you are experiencing difficulties, you can also submit your resume at [email protected]. Please provide the Job Title in the subject line of the email to help streamline our process.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Hillel Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, religion, disability, family status, marital status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, record of offences, sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law, regulation, or ordinance.