The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience seeks an Associate Director to help us continue to lead the Jewish Learning Fellowship into its next phase of operation and growth.
Thirteen years ago, NYU Hillel began the pioneering work of the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF). In the past five years, JLF has been expanded to 250 campuses, with over 4,000 expected participants this year and thousands of alumni, who have deeper connections to Jewish content, peers, mentors and a lifetime commitment to Jewish learning.
As a flagship program of Meyerhoff Center, the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week seminar that introduces undergraduate students to Jewish study. JLF graduates have a Jewish mentor to help them address life’s big questions, have a strong Jewish social network, enjoy Jewish study , and live the Jewish calendar. JLF seminars are taught by local campus educators on more than 250 North American campuses, and the program’s reach has only increased during the global pandemic, showing no sign of slowing down, as students seek friendship, community, and meaning. It is currently the largest Jewish educational program on campus in North America.
Meyerhoff is a team poised for exciting development with a new director starting in the new year. Together this team will continue to be warm, innovative, creative and fun, dedicated to providing a best in class educational platform for students throughout North America.
Housed within Hillel’s Experience Pillar, and poised to work alongside the Center for Jewish and Israel Experience, Meyerhoff is ready for this next phase of impact on the Hillel movement.
What You’ll Own
The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Meyerhoff Center and will lead major aspects of the operation of the Jewish Learning Fellowship. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Program Management
* Support a JLF “Community of Practice” for more than 300 Hillel educators by leading a strategy for ongoing engagement, learning, skill development and resource-sharing.
* Design new programmatic & educational interventions that will support our growing network of Hillel campus educators and student participants as needed, such as a “JLF Training Intensive” or facilitating the “Hillel Torah Salon.”
* Have 10+ one-on-ones with a variety of educators each week. Listen for trends and report back to the team in order to meet the needs of field educators.
* Coordinate with the Grants, Finance, and Donor Services teams to process grant payments to local partners in a clear and timely fashion and to collect and report on participant data responsibly. Regularly balance JLF’s budget to reflect spending.
* Assist with reporting to funders, colleagues, and stakeholders about the work and impact of the Jewish Learning Fellowship. The AD might create new methods for assessing impact.
* Design presentations on JLF to be delivered at conferences and Hillel trainings, including NPI, HIGA, and “JLF Chevreh” gatherings in partnership with the team.
* Support the implementation and design of convenings and training, such as “JLF regional hub gatherings,” for educator skill development.
- Relationship Management
* Maintain clear lines of communication with consultants and contractors, as well as with SIC colleagues
* Build meaningful relationships with nearly 300 campus professionals who are teaching and operating the Jewish Learning Fellowship locally, in line with the Meyerhoff Center’s “High Touch Relationship Based Campus Engagement” approach. Serve as an ongoing support and educational resource and mentor to this network.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred
- 5-7 years of relevant work experience
- Basic Jewish fluency (holidays, traditions, community, texts and sources) and the ability to read Hebrew.
- Experience teaching JLF in the campus setting and is deeply familiar with the content, as well as deeply familiar with the campus setting.
- Training in Jewish Education
- You are proactive, creative, strategic, mature, resourceful, and willing to perform all of the tasks associated with being part of a constantly evolving organization.
- You are a curious and optimistic systems-builder, and you are always seeking better ways to solve, to streamline, or to create more efficiency.
- You are an educator, who loves bringing groups of people together. You are warm and relational. You understand that Torah is a critical way to connect students to sources of meaning and purpose.
- You have excellent interpersonal skills and will be able to interact easily with Hillel educators, internal SIC employees, partner organizations, funders, service providers, and vendors.
- You are looking for a position with room to build new skills, to take on ever-increasing levels of responsibility, and to grow professionally.
- You understand the impact of the Jewish Learning Fellowship and are excited to help continue in its exceptional path of growth and impact.
What You Do Well
- Creative problem-solver who is unafraid of change, excited to experiment with new solutions, and ready to pivot when needed.
- Ability to lead program development at all stages, including budgeting, implementation, and evaluation.
- Strong organizational and time management skills, ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage multiple large projects at once.
- Demonstrated ability in planning and coordinating meetings and events.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team when designing and implementing projects, as well as the ability to work independently.
- Strong people skills to be used in both one-on-one interactions and group facilitation.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills. Excellent proofreader!
- High attention to detail and aesthetics. Loves making “magical” experiences for others in alignment with the Meyerhoff Center’s signature pedagogies of curating user experience and “social by design.”
- Appreciation for—and experience navigating—pluralism and diversity within Jewish life.
- Ability to collaborate closely with numerous partners and donors; politically savvy.
- Excellent technical skills — experience with and/or aptitude for mastering Google Suite and Salesforce.
- Willingness to learn and grow more Jewishly.
- Ability to work in dynamic, fast moving, and at times complicated campus environments.
What You’ll Get Out of It
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, mental health and wellness resources, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace - the range for this position is $75,000-90,000.
- Meyerhoff has a smart, warm, and creative staff. Our team is flexible, and collaborative, and is housed within Hillel’s Experience Pillar, within the Center for Jewish and Israel Experience.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Opportunities to make meaningful connections with colleagues at Hillels around the world and at the Schusterman International Center.
About Hillel International
Hillel International is the largest Jewish campus and community-based organization in the world serving the college-age population. Working with hundreds of thousands of students globally to help Jewish students make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel, Hillel serves students at more than 550 colleges, universities and communities.
The Meyerhoff Center is a think and do tank of Jewish education for young people in the Hillel Movement. As such, its goal is to bring a culture of thick Jewish education to as many students in Hillel in as profound a manner as possible. The Meyerhoff Center measures its success by the number of students engaging in the study of Torah, and the quality of that engagement. In particular, we seek to graduate students who become more committed to living serious Jewish lives in community.
About Hillel's Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center
Hillel's Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center (SIC) which has multiple offices throughout the world including in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Jerusalem, helps local Hillels in the areas of institutional advancement, strategic planning, leadership development, fundraising, talent, fiscal administration, student engagement and communications.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.
Current Hillel professionals are encouraged to apply. Please be assured, should you be the finalist, we will work with you and your campus to navigate a smooth transition on a mutually agreeable timeline. We are prepared to apply flexible fulltime start dates, share time and resources, and will consider other options, to best support your campus, while providing an opportunity for growth at the SIC.
To receive full consideration please apply before the deadline of December 22, 2020.