Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding career as a vital part of a collaborative, supportive team in an organization that prioritizes staff support and professional development? Seize this opportunity to inspire the lives of thousands of the brightest and most talented Jewish college students in the country as WashU Hillel’s next Assistant Director. The Assistant Director is an integral member of our team, playing a key role in managing our program and the engagement and leadership development of our student community. We are seeking a leader with strong supervision and organizational skills, the ability to motivate and empower students and professionals, and a desire to work as part of a dynamic staff to pursue WashU Hillel’s mission in a fast-paced, pluralistic, and inclusive environment. The Assistant Director will help drive our Hillel forward through bold, innovative ideas and the ability to execute.
Our team seeks to engage each student, getting to know them by name and by story, and offering access to the Jewish narrative to help them frame their ongoing journey. The Assistant Director will be expected to use a community organizing approach, design thinking, and relationship-building skills, as well as their Jewish knowledge and resources, to inspire students, connect them to relevant and meaningful opportunities, and in some cases, help students actualize their ideas into new offerings. A member of the senior staff team, the Assistant Director supervises two or more full-time staff members and reports to The Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi & Chief Experience Officer.
What You’ll Do
- 5+ years of relevant work experience; work experience in Jewish nonprofit or higher education preferred
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Proven success in managing a diverse, dynamic, and engaged team
- Strong supervision skills and the ability to manage, motivate, and empower others to achieve outcomes
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
- Ability to set and achieve metrics and analyze, synthesize, and apply data and trends to update and improve offerings
- A desire to evaluate our efforts and think critically about our work, with an openness to try new ideas and learn from mistakes
- Strong written and verbal skills, with an ability to effectively and proactively communicate with a variety of stakeholders, including students, parents, staff, alumni, and university partners
- Proven ability to infuse Jewish educational content into leadership training and program development
- A passion for engaging college students and being a part of this transformative time in their lives
- A commitment to pluralism and a strong desire to create a welcoming environment so that everyone feels that they matter and belong within our Hillel community
What You’ll Own and How You'll Grow
- As the manager of our program & engagement team, you will:
- Oversee WashU Hillel’s overall student engagement strategy and metrics (including data collection, reporting, and assessment)
- Manage The Collaborative—WashU Hillel’s innovation accelerator, which provides coaching, resources, and funding for Jewish students to actualize the ideas they’re passionate about.
- Support the daily work and professional growth of Hillel’s program and engagement professionals through supervision, team meetings, and mentorship
- Build relationships with at least 50 Jewish students over the course of each year by engaging them in meaningful conversations and exploring creative opportunities to help them “do Jewish” in whatever ways are most meaningful to them
- As a member of our senior staff team, you will:
- Work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Experience Officer to set the overall programmatic, engagement, and educational vision for WashU Hillel
- Execute the programmatic, engagement, and educational vision, and in collaboration with the Chief Experience Officer, implement WashU Hillel’s innovative High Holiday, Shabbat, Passover and other flagship experiences
- Facilitate staff meetings and retreats and manage the Hillel calendar and all information flow within the organization to ensure communication, collaboration, camaraderie, and overall organizational efficiency
- Work in partnership with the development team to identify prospects, share stories of impact, support and staff special events, and assist in grant-writing and reporting, as needed
- Build and nurture relationships and partnerships with other university and community colleagues, departments, and organizations to further opportunities for collaboration and expand Hillel’s reach and visibility
- As a colleague and valued member of our organization, you will:
- Staff and support various programs, Shabbat experiences, holiday services, meals, and celebrations
- Develop and facilitate various curricula and educational opportunities
- Support our other professional staff members in recruitment for and staffing various Hillel programs and immersive experiences and trips
- Tap into a WashU Hillel endowment established to support the professional development of our staff by participating in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development programs
- Cultivate a Hillel community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic, welcoming and actively inclusive
- Maintain an atmosphere of communication, collaboration and respect
What You’ll Get Out of It
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $65,000-$70,000, 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
- We take professional development seriously! Staff members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to grow Jewishly & professionally through professional development programs, classes, conferences, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
- Domestic and international travel
- Practically unlimited swag
What We're About
WashU Hillel has enhanced the lives of thousands of college students and helped Washington University cultivate one of the most vibrant campus Jewish communities in the country. We are honored to play an important role in advancing the University’s goal of “knowing every student by name and by story,” and are the only organization that fosters Jewish pluralism on campus.
We have a beautiful home on Forsyth, but we are more than just our building and the programs that take place there. WashU Hillel seeks to support and empower Jewish students along their own unique paths…wherever they are and in whatever ways are most meaningful to them.
COVID-19 has changed the world around us, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to helping students find social connections, community, and memorable Jewish experiences during their time in college.
Whether that means simply making new friends; participating in social impact programs, Birthright Israel trips, Shabbat and holiday meals, Israel advocacy, Jewish learning, social events, or religious services; or helping students gather among small groups of friends for a catered Shabbat dinner, Yom Kippur Break Fast, Passover Seder, or other Jewish experience on or off campus – there’s something for everyone.
Our Hillel currently serves 1,850+ Jewish undergraduates attending Washington University. Students from other universities in the St. Louis region enjoy our programming as well. We engage over 1,000 students in Jewish campus life annually.
About St. Louis
St. Louis is an accessible, friendly midwestern city boasting a variety of neighborhoods filled with excellent culture, great parks, events, festivals, a fast-growing startup scene, and kosher Ted Drewes frozen custard (recently rated best in the world). Situated in the heart of metropolitan St. Louis, our Hillel is steps away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation and home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, as well as other cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission. Washington University and WashU Hillel are also blocks away from the Delmar Loop, a colorful entertainment district with live music, international cuisine, and abundant independent retail.
St. Louis supports a growing Jewish community of over 60,000, and is consistently ranked one of the most affordable cities in the country.
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.
WashU Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.