Assistant Director

Orange County Hillel | Irvine, CA, United States

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Posted Date 3/07/2024

Assistant Director 

Orange County Hillel 

Role Overview

Are you energetic, creative and passionate about the Jewish future? Join us to make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Orange County Hillel as the Assistant Director.

As the Assistant Director at Orange County Hillel, you'll play a pivotal role within our dynamic community spanning multiple campuses including Chapman University, University of California, Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and local community colleges. With an outreach encompassing over 800 Jewish students, OC Hillel is dedicated to fostering vibrant Jewish life on campus through innovative programming and meaningful engagement. Joining our team means more than just a job; it's an opportunity to contribute to a thriving organization committed to excellence, collaboration, and continuous growth. From student engagement and leadership mentoring to staff supervision and strategic planning alongside our Executive Director, you'll be instrumental in shaping the future of Jewish student life in Orange County. This role offers a unique chance to unleash your creativity and passion while making a lasting impact on our diverse and dynamic community.

This is so much more than your average 9-to-5 and we can promise you’ll never be bored while you have the chance to carry out your own unique vision of Jewish life on campus.

What You’ll Do

Programming and Supervising

  • With the Executive Director and team, own the envisioning and design process for the multi-year engagement and programmatic plan
  • Supervise the organization and implementation of all weekly programs run by junior staff and student leadership
  • Mentor student leaders as they contribute to Hillel and the campus community in new, creative ways. Recruit, supervise, and lead the student internship team and student board.
  • Oversee our larger annual events including board retreats, faculty shabbat dinners, and Hillel formal
  • Build relationships with students per year from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and create connections to opportunities in Jewish life on campus.
  • Collaborate with the Campus Rabbi to develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences in alignment with the campus’ Jewish educational vision, as well as provide support and care for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Identify the needs of different segments of the Jewish community on campus that are underserved and develop strategies for meeting these needs with proven community organizing and engagement methods.


  • Manage all information flow within the organization to keep the team on the same page including marketing, social media, programming, and the calendar.
  • Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of engagement data in partnership with Hillel International.
  • Interface with parents, alumni, university professionals, board members, and other stakeholders as appropriate.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 5+ years of professional work experience.
  • Experience with supervising interns and early career professionals 
  • Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
  • Proven success in community building, outreach, and leadership development.
  • Previous experience in program visioning and implementation.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Keen organizational and management skills that will continue to unify the team.
  • Familiarity with higher education and campus settings.
  • A passion for working with emerging adults and investing in their growth as Jewish leaders, a commitment to pluralism, and a belief in the potential of every college student to grow as a leader and as a person.
  • An awareness of your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and ability to serve as a role model inspire others to be on a Jewish journey.
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant, and pluralistic Jewish community.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and approach oriented towards creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to reach goals, including proactive planning and attention to deadlines.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $75,000-$80,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel as relevant.

About OC Hillel

OC Hillel empowers students to become the next generation of Jewish leaders as they nurture and strengthen their Jewish identity, connection to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Hillel cultivates the potential within our students to live a meaningful and productive life guided by Jewish values and wisdom. As the Engagement Coordinator, you will strengthen Hillel's ability to meet the needs of Jewish students and create vibrant Jewish life on campus. You'll also join a stellar team of energized staff who focus on excellence, collaboration, professional development, and a thirst for knowledge. Orange County has an accessible and engaged Jewish community that supports a Jewish day school, JCC, Jewish Home, multiple Reform temples, a Conservative synagogue, and an Orthodox synagogue. There is plenty of kosher food in the area as well as a trip to LA. In Orange County, you'll enjoy all sunshine year around.

OC 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.

Salary75,000.00 - 80,000.00 Annual
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