Director of Jewish Student Life

Hillel at Emory University | Atlanta, GA, United States

Posted Date 10/27/2021

Role Overview
At Emory University Hillel, we’re looking for someone who is a creative & outgoing professional with strong interpersonal, communications, and project management skills to serve as the Director of Engagement and Programming. The Director of Engagement and Programming works within a dynamic team of staff both collaboratively and independently. The Director of Engagement and Programming should be passionate about reaching out and building connections with students previously uninvolved in Emory Hillel.

Emory Hillel serves as the center for Jewish campus life at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. We provide a nurturing environment for students to grow religiously, socially and ethically while developing a love for Israel, in a community with other Jews, with respect for other faiths and a broad understanding of what it means to be Jewish.

As the Director of Engagement and Programming, you will lead the charge in creating and implementing a comprehensive engagement strategy to reach the estimated 1,500 Jewish students on campus. After a challenging year of quarantine and limited social gatherings, you will think strategically about making connections with Jewish students in all years by way of intentional conversations and creative experiences, and inspire staff and student leaders to think about who is “not in the room.” Over 50% of students on campus next year will have not had any typical experience with Hillel.

The Director of Engagement and Programming will need to think creatively and innovate on prior years of successful engagement. They will also be responsible for thinking about engagement for incoming students and welcoming prospective students to campus as they explore the campus for possible enrollment.

What You’re Great At
- Ability to manage projects, with many moving parts, set timetables and adhere to deadlines.
- Envisioning new ways for Emory Hillel to engage Jewish students, especially after a challenging year of social distancing.
- Motivating staff members and student leaders to think outside-the-box in terms of reaching new Jewish students on campus.
- Connecting to college students and having a desire to interact with the diversity of students and constituents involved with Emory Hillel.
- One on one conversations with students to build authentic personal relationship and help them engage with the Jewish community at Emory University.

The right Director of Engagement and Programming will possess the following key attributes
- Engaging – The Director of Engagement and Programming must be an excellent interpersonal engaging individual and outgoing person who is interested in meeting with students one on one. They need to be able to help students connect with the greater Jewish community at Emory University. They are someone that wants to be out on campus meeting students and hearing their Jewish stories.
- Innovative – The Director of Engagement and Programming must be a creative thinker to best address the needs of the Jewish students. They should be someone that enjoys taking thoughtful risks that advance the mission of the organization, including transforming Emory Hillel’s engagement strategy and adapting to a new changing landscape as a result of the pandemic.
- Organized – The Director of Engagement and Programming needs to be organized and understand how best to implement an engagement strategy that fits into the large goals of the organization. They are someone that sees and understands engagement as both a vehicle to provide a meaningful experience for a student and a gateway to becoming involved in Jewish life at Emory. They will plan and keep track of a robust calendar of programs so as to maximize opportunities for students to engage with Jewish life and build community.
- Mentor and Relationship Builder – They will work closely with student engagement interns to implement a culture of peer-to-peer engagement and relationship-building.

What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Preferred 2-4 years of work experience in a related field
- Exceptional organization, leadership and communication skills
- A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would.

As the Director of Engagement and Programming, a typical day may include
- Meet a student for coffee to learn more about her/his Jewish journey.
- Work together with the Campus Engagement Interns to develop initiatives in reaching out to uninvolved Jewish students.
- Utilizing Emory Hillel’s student database to create reports for other staff members, ensuring that no students fall through the cracks.
- Support a student group to host their monthly program
- Be on campus to promote Emory Hillel and meet new faces.

What You’ll Get Out of It
- Hillel offers 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
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The range for this position is 45,000-52,000 depending on experience.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Likely travel to Israel
- Unlimited paid coffee conversations with students
- Flexible work hours
- Practically unlimited Emory Hillel swag and t-shirts

To apply, submit a cover letter describing your interest in EMORY Hillel’s mission and your skills and experience, along with a resume.

Emory University, Emory Hillel and Hillels of Georgia
Emory University, located in Atlanta, is home to nearly 15,000 students including more than 2,000 Jewish students. The University’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region, the United States and from hundreds of countries around the world. The University is well-known for its academic excellence and scholarship at Emory College and Oxford College; and boasts many significant departments including the TAM Institute for Jewish Studies and the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel. The University is also highly respected for its graduate programs and Colleges of Business, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Theology.

Emory Hillel, located at the beautiful Marcus Hillel Center, serves as the “center” of Jewish life on campus and is committed to creating vibrant and dynamic Jewish life for the hundreds of Jewish students at Emory. The Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University also plays a pivotal role in the greater Atlanta Jewish community which has more than 125,000 members and includes an extensive network of synagogues, Jewish day schools and other Jewish communal agencies serving our warm, welcoming and diverse pluralistic Jewish community.

Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the United States and is the vibrant economic, cultural, educational and civic capital of the southeast. It is home to some of America’s most iconic companies and enterprises including Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, UPS and the Center for Disease Control. It is a hub of technological innovation, entertainment, arts and culture and higher education; as well as home to the Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United FC. Major attractions include the Atlanta Zoo, Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, High Museum of Art as well as historic landmarks such as the Carter Center and MLK Historical Park and birthplace.

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.

Emory Hillel and Hillels of Georgia 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.

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