Program & Engagement Director
Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding job 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 the Program & Engagement Director for Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (“WashU Hillel”). You will be an integral member of our Program & Engagement team, serving as a Jewish life concierge for students and supporting student leaders with an eye toward their skill development and personal growth. We are seeking a self-motivated team member with strong organizational and programmatic skills and the ability to motivate and empower students in the pursuit of Hillel’s mission in a fast-paced, pluralistic, and inclusive environment.
Our Program & Engagement Director will be expected to use community organizing and relationship-building skills, as well as Jewish knowledge and resources, to inspire and connect students to relevant and meaningful Jewish opportunities. 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 Program & Engagement Director reports to the Assistant Director.
What you’ll bring to the job:
- A Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is customer service, sales, recruiting, event planning, or other types of direct customer relations or event management work
- Your dynamic personality, warmth, sincerity, sense of humor, and fun-loving vibe
- A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus
- The ability to balance thinking BIG with project management skills, a mindfulness for budget, and appropriate follow-through, follow-up, and record keeping
- Enthusiasm for using your creativity to inspire others to approach things differently
- Demonstrated experience in social media content creation and engagement
What you'll own & how you'll grow:
As a Jewish community organizer, you will...
- Build relationships with at least 100 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
- Oversee the transition into WashU’s vibrant campus Jewish community for each new incoming class, including, but not limited to, developing and managing WashU Hillel’s first-year communications and orientation strategy
- Develop and manage WashU Hillel’s social media presence and strategy
- Build and nurture relationships with other university and community colleagues, departments, and organizations to further opportunities for collaboration
- Support our other professional staff members in recruitment for and staffing various Hillel programs and immersive experiences and trips
As a student mentor and educator, you will...
- Guide and support the creation of student-initiated programs that build community, challenging students to think beyond traditional Hillel events using a design thinking lens
- Advise the Hillel student board and support other student-led initiatives with an eye toward program success, leadership development, innovation, and relationship cultivation within the broader campus community
- Develop and facilitate various curricula and educational opportunities
- Plan and implement skill-building programs and strategies to strengthen student leadership
- Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement, metrics, and evaluation
As a colleague and valued member of our organization, you will...
- 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
- Participate in weekly professional supervision and weekly staff meetings
- Staff and support various programs, Shabbat experiences, holiday services, meals, and celebrations
- 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:
- Salary range is $50,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience. This position is exempt.
- 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 a plethora of opportunities to grow Jewishly & professionally
- Domestic and international travel
- Flexible work hours
- Practically unlimited t-shirts, giveaways and 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 a vibrant, young Jewish community with MaTovu, Next Dor, Moishe House, and many other organizations that cater to Jewish young adults. St. Louis is consistently ranked one of the most affordable cities in the country and more and more millennials are flocking to the city each year.
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 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.