IACT/Program Associate: Birthright and Israel Engagement
Tufts University Hillel
The IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed Coordinator)/Program Associate recruits Tufts students for Birthright and other Israel trips sponsored by Tufts Hillel. They plan, implement and staff trips in consultation with senior Hillel staff, tour providers and other vendors. The Associate works closely with the approximately 150 current students who have or will participate in one or more of these trips by developing follow-up programs to engage then in Jewish life at Tufts and to provide opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences. This person will also act as a liaison to Jewish community organizations that work with young adults to assist graduating students in continuing their connection to Jewish life after graduation.
Reports to: Associate Director
Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the following):
- Market Israel trip opportunities to undergraduate students at Tufts.
- Recruit and interview Israel trip potential participants.
- Work as part of professional team to select candidates to participate.
- Staff Birthright and other Israel trips as determined by Executive Director.
- Explore the possibility the expansion of additional trips in the Spring/Summer.
- Do personalized follow up to connect Birthright students to appropriate Jewish cultural, educational, religious and social action programming on campus.
- Organize reunion events (Shabbat, brunches, evening programs, and lectures, field trips) in order to maintain group cohesion and deepen individuals’ connection to Jewish life.
- Organize programs to further educational opportunities for participants in regard to Israel and learn more about Israeli culture, arts, environment, politics, and music.
- Provide appropriate, stimulating reading material (books, articles, best of the press, web based resources, local community publications) to further and deepen students education and connection to Jewish life and Israel.
- Provide opportunities to connect graduating students with Jewish community activities and organizations that provide meaningful post-college Jewish Experiences.
- Supervise a team of interns in creating lesson plans and programs for and oversee the teaching of the Visions of Peace experimental college class.
- Provide support to pro Israel groups on campus that currently involves FOI, JSTREETU, and Tufts Students for Two States. This entails program support, messaging support and leadership development work. Serve as a resource for the Israel groups when or if anti-Israel initiatives happen on campus (i.e. BDS, apartheid week)
- Ability to take initiative
- 1-2 years relevant experience
- Ability to consistently follow-through on projects
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
- Ability to maintain confidentiality when working with sensitive or confidential information
- Proven organizational skills
- Excellent written & verbal communication skills
- Computer literacy, experience with social media, and PowerPoint
- Must be familiar with Judaism and Israel
- Experience in Jewish education and outreach a plus
- Past travel to Israel is needed
- BA or equivalent
- Tufts Hillel offers a comprehensive compensation package
What You'll Get Out Of It
- Hillel offers 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
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- A network of terrific Hillel colleagues
About Tufts Hillel
Tufts Hillel is private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the center for Jewish campus life at Tufts University. It is nationally recognized for its cutting edge approaches to engaging students in meaningful Jewish experiences. Students are empowered to take responsibility for their Jewish identity, whether they wish to participate in a community service project, express themselves artistically, participate in a social event, engage in informal Jewish learning or attend religious services. Hillel is committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements. We provide a strong community that enriches the lives of our Jewish students and the University as a whole and that enables members of these communities to come together in a welcoming atmosphere to all. Hallmarks of our programming include a commitment to social justice and a dedication to prepare Jewish students to be active and responsible members of the larger community and prepare them to be active and engaged members of the Jewish community after they graduate from Tufts. We provide a nurturing environment for students to grow religiously, socially and ethically as well as in love for Israel and, in community with other Jews, with respect for other faiths and a broad understanding of what it means to be Jewish. Approximately 25% of Tufts undergraduate students are Jewish. Tufts Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.
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About Tufts University
Founded in 1852, Tufts University is world renowned for teaching, scholarship, and research dedicated to solving the most critical problems facing the international community. Tufts enroll more than 8,000 students in its schools and colleges on three campuses. The Medford/Somerville campus – home of the Granoff Family Hillel Center - includes the College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College, the College of Engineering, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The Boston campus includes the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and the Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center. The Grafton campus includes Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine and its hospitals for large and small animals. The Tufts European Center is located in Talloires, France.
Tufts University 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.
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 is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.