Columbia/Barnard Hillel is seeking a dynamic, motivated, and creative professional with a passion for young adult engagement to serve as next Director of The Grad Network. After three years of building and learning, The Grad Network is poised for significant growth across Columbia’s graduate schools. This professional will learn who Columbia University’s graduate students are and will meet them where they live, work, and play to build community, create connections, and advance Jewish life on campus and around New York City through The Grad Network. We are one of only a handful of Hillels around the world investing in Jewish graduate students in this way. We have already seen an enthusiastic response from our historically underserved population and know the right person can take the Grad Network to the next level.
As the Director of The Grad Network, you value building connections with young adults from varying backgrounds, and can balance one on one engagement over coffee with excellent programmatic planning and execution skills. You’re a strategic community organizer, feel at ease hosting communal Shabbat dinners, and think creatively about Jewish programming that speaks to the needs and desires of young adults living in New York City. You are comfortable with exceptionally bright and highly-motivated students. You understand the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for a Jewish community and Jewish engagement in the immediate years post-college.
The Director of The Grad Network will be supervised by the Assistant Director and will work mostly beyond the walls of the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life. The ideal start date for this position is July 1.
This application will close on March 15. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis.
What You’ll Do
- Building off of the current framework of The Grad Network, build and implement a strategy for engaging Jewish graduate students at Columbia University, paying attention to the varying needs of students depending on the graduate program in which they are enrolled
- Utilize the tools of relational engagement - meet graduate students for coffee or lunch to get to know them, understand their needs and their networks, and connect them accordingly
- Offer creative, engaging, and relevant programming around key moments such as Shabbat and holidays, and addressing topics of interest to graduate students which may include Israel, wellness, and Jewish learning. As a connector and community builder, you will make sure that programming is sometimes purely social and always prioritizes connecting students to new friends and networks.
- Support existing student-led groups, such as the Jewish Law Students Association, by building relationships with student leaders and helping them see you as a partner in their work.
- Build and sustain partnerships with local organizations serving similar populations. Serve as a concierge for Jewish graduate students - all of the needs of this population cannot and should not be met solely by The Grad Network, so you will play a key role in making sure students are finding what they need in the broader landscape of New York young adult engagement.
- Manage social media, email, website, and other marketing for the Grad Network. You will have some administrative support from another Hillel professional.
A typical day might include:
- Having coffee with a social work student who you met at a Shabbat dinner
- A meeting with professionals from OneTable, Moishe House, and JCC Harlem to plan a collaborative event
- Brainstorming with a focus group of business school students about what kind of Jewish learning they’d like to be offered
- Going uptown to the medical school campus for lunch with a group of students who are looking to start a Jewish student group
What You’ve Accomplished
- A bachelor’s degree and 3-4 years experience, or a master’s degree (Jewish education, social work, or similar)
- Experience working within the Jewish young adult engagement space
- Familiarity with the New York City Jewish landscape a plus
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Creativity, drive, flexibility, and a sense of humor
- Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and program development skills
- Passion for Jewish life and a deep commitment to pluralism
- Ability to listen to different perspectives and lived experiences, synthesize what you learn, and incorporate insights into compelling offerings for students
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $65,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience.
- 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
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Dedicated and fun colleagues who will support you along the way
About Columbia/Barnard Hillel
Columbia/Barnard Hillel is an exciting, fast-paced, intellectually rigorous work environment. We are a high energy, dedicated team of professionals committed to enriching the Jewish experience of our students. Columbia/Barnard Hillel serves the undergraduate and graduate Jewish communities of Columbia University, Barnard College, and The Jewish Theological Seminary. There is a large and very active Jewish community based in the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life and around campus.
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.
Columbia/Barnard 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.