Senior Jewish Educator

Oregon Hillel | Eugene, OR, United States

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Posted Date 2/19/2024

Senior Jewish Educator

University of Oregon – Oregon Hillel Foundation

Role Overview 

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, in Eugene, Oregon, Oregon Hillel serves as the center for Jewish student life at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Oregon Hillel is a user-centric organization focused on building relationships with students in an open and accepting pluralistic environment.  We create a culture of quality, transparency, and respect, that empowers students to incubate and actualize their ideas and interests, expand and diversify their social networks, access valuable opportunities for professional growth, and build the Jewish community that is relevant and exciting to their personal development.  

The Senior Jewish Educator will enrich students' lives and help shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the University of Oregon community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As the SJE, you will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life.  You will increase the level of involvement, excitement, and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus.  And you will inspire students to make Judaism relevant and integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values.

What You’ll Do

  • Build connections with approximately 180-200 students from diverse backgrounds by engaging in thoughtful conversations and providing opportunities for them to participate in Jewish life on campus. A significant portion of these students should be previously uninvolved in Jewish life.
  • Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs, including immersive trips, as students find relevant. Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
  • Mentor student interns and volunteers as they contribute to Hillel and the campus community.
  • Work with other Oregon Hillel staff to increase their own Jewish knowledge, self-confidence, and educational skills.
  • Collaborate with other Hillel senior-level staff to shape and develop the mission and educational vision of Oregon Hillel. 
  • Develop and nurture relationships with University student life, religious life staff, and the local Jewish community.
  • Lead a cadre of students from both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University to the Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Winter Student Seminar. 
  • Subject to departmental approval, have the opportunity to join the Judaic Studies faculty as an adjunct teaching 1-3 courses for credit per year.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education, or a related field. 
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is helpful.
  • Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Training and experience in counseling, administration, and development/fundraising is desirable.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture, and unconventional Jewish sources.
  • 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.
  • Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
  • Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
  • Excellent proven written and oral communication skills.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $90,000-$115,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, unlimited (unaccrued) vacation medical leave, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel. 

About Oregon Hillel

Since 1993, the Oregon Hillel Foundation has served as the Jewish home away from home for the 1,600 Jewish students at the University of Oregon, and as of the Fall of 2014, at Oregon State University. Over the past year, Oregon Hillel has taken part in a design thinking process to become more user-centric and to reimagine what Jewish life can look like on campus and beyond. Oregon Hillel is a data-driven team committed to thinking big and being proactive to create new and exciting opportunities to invest in our students' ideas and empower them to activate their community.  

Eugene, OR is truly a special place:

  • It is the 2nd largest Jewish community in the state of Oregon
  • Eugene is a very livable community, with excellent medical care, top-notch public schools, a variety of youth sports programs from kindergarten through high school, and interesting and diverse neighborhoods in which to live.  What makes the city a great place to live and work as a professional
  • You will be located in the middle of the Willamette Valley, close to the city of Portland, the Oregon coast, the rivers of the high desert of Bend, and the Cascade Mountains.  Eugene’s riverfront parks and bike paths, its access to local hiking, its lakes and rivers available for fishing and boating, and its proximity to miles of country roads to bicycle draw many of its residents.  
  • The University is also home to the Oregon Ducks, who field exciting teams in football, baseball, basketball, softball, track and field, and others.  Wearing a hat or tee-shirt emblazoned with an Oregon “O” will bring you a “Go Ducks” from other Duck fans around the world.

Oregon 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.

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