Stony Brook Hillel
Are you a rising star in the Jewish professional world? Stony Brook Hillel seeks a dynamic and creative individual with a passion for organizational transformation and bringing Judaism to life for college students to serve as its next Assistant Director. The AD will work in partnership with Stony Brook’s Executive Director to develop and implement the organization’s student-facing vision and strategy, and to lead Stony Brook Hillel through a period of vibrant growth.
The AD impacts every aspect of Stony Brook Hillel’s student work. They are responsible for overseeing the depth and breadth of student life related to programming, engagement, and student leadership and for supporting the work of staff and student leaders on small- to large-scale programs and initiatives. As manager of internal operations, they will strive to cultivate an inspiring work environment, while ensuring that staff members have what they need to excel at their jobs.
The Assistant Director works with talented colleagues to further Hillel’s mission to inspire every student interested in Judaism at our schools to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
How You'll Find Success
Engagement & Programming
- With the Executive Director, design and execute an engagement strategy to reach Stony Brook Hillel’s Measuring Excellence objectives:
- Engaging more than 70% of Jewish students on our campuses in Jewish life and learning at least once; and
- Connecting with at least 30% of Jewish students six or more times through programs and one-on-one meetings, or engaging them in high-impact activities like Birthright or student retreats.
- Coordinate on-campus and off-campus activities with staff and student leadership.
- Staff Shabbat and holiday programming, assisting with discussions, rituals, and celebrations.
- Support the student leadership structure with robust program activities, Shabbat, holiday celebrations, social justice, Israel programs, and other meaningful Jewish experiences.
- Expand graduate student engagement initiatives.
- Supervise, mentor, and support the growth of three staff members – Springboard Innovation Fellow, Springboard Ezra (Jewish Education) Fellow, and Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. As well as work in partnership with our part-time Orthodox Chaplain.
- Create and maintain strategic partnerships with the university communities, including Student Affairs and Admissions.
- Manage the hiring, training, and supervision of new entry-level staff members.
- Partner with the Executive Director to provide all staff members with professional development opportunities.
- Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
- Plan biannual staff retreats in collaboration with the Executive Director.
- Be a thought partner with the Executive Director and campus partners.
- Build meaningful relationships with key university staff and faculty.
- Oversee the collection and analysis of our engagement data in partnership with Hillel International and UJA.
What You’ve Accomplished
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience working in a Jewish nonprofit organization preferred.
- 5-8 years’ experience in Jewish communal work, or experiential or higher education.
- Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage, traditions, and Jewish Communal Services.
- Experience supervising professional staff and/or facilitating leadership development for young adults.
- Comfort in managing teams as well as working independently and collaboratively.
- Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.
- Accomplished organizational skills related to strategic planning, program oversight, and time management.
- Strong data analysis and budgeting skills.
- Ability to connect people’s passions and interests to Hillel’s mission.
- Committed to pluralism and comfortable using personal relationship with Judaism to act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
- Eager to share unique personal Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspire others to be on a Jewish journey.
- A serious work ethic, sense of humor, and willingness to take risks and learn from unexpected situations.
- Proven success in:
- Creating structures and opportunities that assist and empower students to take initiative and ownership for their communities
- Developing and/or implementing a strategic plan, including reporting and tracking data
- Managing multiple projects while maintaining quality.
- Willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings (on a weekly basis), weekends, and holidays.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $70,000-80,000 commensurate with experience.
- 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.
- A warm and welcoming Jewish community eager to embrace you, comprised of deeply passionate students, devoted staff, and supportive community members.
- Unhealthy amounts of coffee.
- Plenty of Hillel swag.
About Stony Brook Hillel
Stony Brook University is located in Suffolk county on the east end Long Island and is the #1 public school in the state. Stony Brook Hillel is located in the Student Union and serves 1,700 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students on a campus. Stony Brook Hillel is home to passionate, driven, and hardworking students who will impress you the moment you set foot on campus. Year after year, the students, with the help of dedicated staff, work towards the Hillel mission and vision to provide a pluralistic Jewish hub to Jewish students who call Stony Brook home. Stony Brook Hillel is a home for Jewish students at Stony Brook University to explore their relationship with Judaism, Israel and each other. We strive to create a dynamic space where students feel a sense of community, the desire to explore, the freedom to be authentic and are empowered to lead.
Stony Brook 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.