The Assistant Director drives Jewish education, oversees operations and supervises the student-facing staff owning all programmatic responsibilities, student engagement, and student leadership development. The Assistant Director will also support fundraising and marketing efforts, especially through grassroots fundraising via relationships with parents and alumni. Most importantly, the Assistant Director partners with the Executive Director to execute a bold vision and strategic plan for FSU Hillel.
- Develop learning opportunities for students to study Judaism from various perspectives, including teaching, co-teaching, or supervising the teaching of the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), other cohort-based Jewish/Israel learning opportunities, and other formal and informal Jewish education
- Mentor student leaders as they maintain and grow FSU Hillel’s inclusive Jewish community, lead Shabbat and/or holiday services, and train their successors
- Advise student leaders as they create and facilitate programs and experiences, build peer-to-peer relationships, and manage their student-led organizations and clubs.
- Identify and employ outreach strategies that empower all students and encourage unengaged students to take a more active role in Jewish life.
- Provide pastoral counseling and support to students.
- Develop and nurture relationships with university student life, religious life staff, the FSU Interfaith Council, and the local Jewish community.
Fundraising and Communications
- Supervise staff and paid student interns who create and post content to social media platforms
- Manage relationships with parents via social media, email, phone, and in-person, including owning FSU Hillel’s private Facebook group for Jewish parents, supporting and growing our newly-launched Family Circle donor outreach program, and communicating with parents and families about our Matzo Ball Soup Express program
- Maintain, manage, reconcile, and ensure accuracy of donor database (Little Green Light)
- Send gift acknowledgements in a timely manner
- Work with the IT donor/vendor to update website content and functionality as needed
- Occasionally write blog posts or email content about the work of FSU Hillel
- Along with the Executive Director, work with our part-time development and marketing associate to strategize, create, and deploy direct mail and digital campaigns
- Along with the Executive Director, pursue grant opportunities, completing applications, ensuring compliance, and submitting timely reports
Operations and Facilities Management
- Coordinate repairs and maintenance of the building, including receiving bids for work needed, maintaining warranties, and creating and updating a maintenance log.
- Track and order office and facility supplies as needed
- Partner with other staff to ensure the space is always clean, organized, and welcoming
- Research, hire, and supervise third party vendors as needed
Food and Events
- Plan and execute all major events, such as High Holidays meals for 300+ students, other holiday celebrations like Hanukkah and Sukkot, large social programs like bagel brunches, and events for occasions such as move-in, graduation, and parents’ weekend, among others. This may include buying pre-made food in bulk and repackaging it; overseeing the cooking of food from scratch by students or others; and ordering and receiving catered food from local and regional vendors.
- Oversee students or other staff in the planning, shopping for, and cooking of group meals (typically for 20-40) to be served at Shabbat dinner on Friday nights during the semester.
- Oversee students or other staff in preparing soup and fulfilling orders for our Matzo Ball Soup Express program
- Maintain a budget for weekly meals and large events
- Supervise students and others in maintaining the cleanliness and basic functioning of kitchen spaces and equipment and shopping for food and kitchen supplies as needed
Supervision and Relationships
- Supervise a student staff of 3-8 Operations Interns and/or Work Study Assistants, coordinating weekly schedules, assigning tasks, and ensuring timely payment and documentation of payment
- Use best-in-class supervision and personnel review methods to create and maintain productive and trusting relationships with staff
- Run all-staff meetings as needed
- Supervise two full-time Springboard Fellows (currently one Ezra Jewish Education Fellow and one Social Justice Fellow)
- Act as point-person for first-floor tenants of our space, occasionally coordinating with them for things such as service calls requiring access to both floors and other incidental needs
What You’ve Accomplished
- You are a dedicated not-for-profit professional with 6+ years of experience who is ready to take the next step in your career.
- You are comfortable and/or willing to ensconce yourself in Jewish communal settings. You welcome working with diverse students across various levels of observance and belief systems, and you thrive when putting Jewish values at the heart of your work.
- You have 4+ years of experience designing and leading Jewish educational programming.
- You are comfortable with the Microsoft suite, G-suite, budgeting software, and databases. You have experience with or a willingness to quickly adopt cloud-based, project management, and other enterprise software. Experience with QuickBooks a plus
- You are able to learn new database systems, with concern for detail in maintaining those systems.
- Experience with data entry, bookkeeping, and/or building management is a plus.
- Experience with grant management and/or fundraising is a plus.
- You look forward to working with a diverse group of student and lay leaders and balancing their big ideas and personalities with grace, enthusiasm, and an open mind.
- Above all, your enthusiasm shines through in everything you do, and you are ready to share it with us. If you think you’re right for this role—even if you don’t have all of our qualifications—we invite your application!
What You’ll Receive
- The salary range for this role is $65,000-$80,000
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, dental and vision, retirement 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
- A flexible schedule during “slow times” of the academic year
- A supportive and caring work environment
About FSU Hillel
FSU Hillel is the center of Jewish life on campus at Florida State University. Approximately 10% of the student population (roughly 3,200 students of nearly 32,000 undergraduates) at FSU is Jewish. We are a dynamic staff that includes four full-time professionals and several part-time staff. In the past four years, FSU Hillel has doubled student engagement in Hillel programs across the board including hosting nearly 400 students for Rosh Hashanah meals during the pandemic. We are an exciting and entrepreneurial team always looking to improve the students’ experience of our offerings and help them to imagine and develop a deeper connection to Jewish Life.
About Florida State University
One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. FSU's welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital. Founded in 1851, FSU is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida hosting 45,493 students from every Florida county and 130 countries. It is also a highly competitive institution of higher education, boasting incoming freshmen with 4.1-4.5 average GPA and equally high test scores.
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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.
FSU Hilell 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.