Join Tufts Hillel as its first Director of Religious Life to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. With your infectious passion for engaging others on their Jewish journey, you will focus on connecting students with opportunities for development of their Jewish sense of self and identity. You will be a relationship builder, connecting with students where they are. In this role, you will embrace Hillel’s pluralistic approach and serve as a Judaic role model and resource for students.
In this important role you will design and implement new, exciting gateways for students to experience Jewish life through ritual, Shabbat and holidays. You will also proactively develop an innovative Jewish learning methodology for the Jewish community. Working collaboratively with staff and student leaders, you will infuse Hillel’s programs and initiatives with meaningful Jewish content and provide frameworks for the continued growth of our students.
What You’ll Do
- Have oversight of all aspects of religious life and learning at Hillel, in partnership with staff and student leaders.
- Coordinate, implement, be present for and evaluate all aspects of Shabbat and Jewish festival programing and observances on campus. Be creative in imagining what Shabbat and Jewish festivals can look like for students from all walks of life and religious persuasion. Recruit students to partner in planning and delivery. Ritual responsibilities include but are not limited to organizing and leading High Holiday services and Passover seders, as well as creating and leading exciting programing around Hanukah, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Yom ha-Atzma’ut and Yom ha-Sho’ah.
- Develop students’ Jewish literacy and empowerment through regularly scheduled Jewish learning opportunities that span diverse backgrounds, interests and multiple Jewish perspectives. Your teaching will range from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
- Be an accessible and approachable figure on campus, proactively meeting and developing student relationships, including those not previously engaged with Hillel.
- Provide non-judgmental pastoral counseling, support and when appropriate, referrals to trained professionals.
- Be a Jewish resource for student leaders and for Hillel staff.
What You’ve Accomplished
- Rabbinic ordination.
- 3-5 years of work experience.
- Demonstrable success in community building and outreach, and experience in program design, vision and implementation.
- Experience managing projects independently.
- Musical skills and worship ru’ach (spirit) is a plus.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Strong knowledge base of Jewish content. This ranges from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources. You can frame and illuminate contemporary experience through Torah.
- Genuine excitement and infectious passion for celebrating Jewish rituals and festivals and for Torah study.
- Commitment to Jewish pluralism. You believe that there are multiple, equally valid, paths within Judaism and you are excited about helping individuals discover and journey on the path suitable to them.
- Entrepreneurial mindset. You love discovering new opportunities to impact religious life and learning and you are not afraid to take calculated risks to further your mission. You have a track record of innovation.
- Strategic planning skills. You think strategically about how to reach, and impact students not involved in the traditional networks, and can utilize methodologies of community organizing to manage and strategize for success.
- Solution-driven orientation. You see problems not as impediments but as challenges to overcome or learn from.
- Proactivity. You see what needs to be done, without others having to point it out - and you get it done.
- Organization and efficiency. You keep track of, and responsibility for, the many moving parts in your work, you plan carefully to deliver to agreed timetables. You are punctual and respectful of other people’s time.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. You are an effective communicator and a great listener. You are instinctively curious about others and people enjoy talking to you. You have an outgoing personality and love meeting new people. You are comfortable and confident in crowds.
- Team player. You work well within a team and value the insights and experiences of others. You appreciate structured supervision as a means of accountability as well as a growth opportunity.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $90,000 -$110,000.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Join a great team of colleagues invested in your success.
- Tufts university perks include gym and library membership, access to university discount scheme.
About Tufts Hillel
Tufts Hillel creates a community in which students can celebrate Judaism, explore the issues that are essential to their lives and engage in making the world a better place.
Tufts Hillel supports students as they learn what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. We give them the guidance, resources, and opportunities to deepen that exploration and empower them to make their own personal journeys. We are a student-led, staff-supported organization that develops programs that are compelling and accessible to as many people as possible. Our student leaders create a broad range of social, cultural, educational and religious events almost every day. Our special initiatives such as Merrin Moral Voices, Cummings/Hillel Holocaust & Genocide Education, Read by the River, and Challah for Hunger are deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.
At a time when many students are exploring what it means to be part of a history and a people and thinking more deeply about questions of identity, Tufts Hillel provides a rich framework for Jewish peoplehood.
At Tufts Hillel, we enrich the lives of students through Jewish experience. Tufts Hillel’s team of 10 professionals are here to support the more than 1,000 Jewish students at Tufts. We hope you’ll join us.
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.
Tufts 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.