Israel Engagement Specialist @ Penn Hillel

Israel Engagement Specialist

Role Overview
The Israel Engagement Specialist will work as part of the larger Penn Hillel team to build relationships with hundreds of students, coach and mentor existing student leaders, and create new opportunities for Israel engagement that are more diverse, nuanced, and inclusive so that every student has the opportunity to deepen their connection to the land, the state, and the people of Israel.

This professional will build on the success of Taglit-Birthright Israel by providing support and inspiration to students before and after their trip. The Israel Engagement Specialist will work with students prior to their departure and upon their return from their Taglit-Birthright Israel experiences, developing activities to engage students in Jewish life on campus, by encouraging them to become involved as leaders and participants in student-organized Jewish programming and groups, and by directing them to and facilitating their participation in existing Israel-related opportunities on and off campus.

The Israel Engagement Specialist will demonstrate a contagious passion for Israel, strong group facilitation and programmatic skills, and outstanding emotional intelligence and networking abilities. The top candidate will use their energy, dynamism, knowledge, and humor to inspire the next generation of Israel leaders. In addition to the incredible students and vibrant campus life, working at Penn Hillel is a professional experience that emphasizes teamwork, professional development, and constant opportunities to grow and expand one’s skills, knowledge, and experience.

What You’ll Do
- Work with student leaders to enhance Israel programming, and grow and diversify Penn Hillel’s Israel Sector
- Plan major Israel speaker/events
- Inspire student leaders to create high visibility programs with rich educational content and to network between diverse communities across campus
- Nurture meaningful relationships and dialogue through peer-to-peer engagement with student leaders and bridge-build with other influential campus partners with a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds
- Build meaningful personal relationships with students who are both not already involved in Jewish life and who are already involved in Jewish life
- Serve as a thought partner and entrepreneurial leader for Penn Hillel
- Create new Israel related initiatives to serve the needs of students
- Serve as the expert for staff and students on Israel engagement
- Expand the number of Taglit-Birthright Israel trip participants through effective recruitment and marketing strategies.
- Engage Taglit-Birthright Israel participants in continued campus activities and Jewish life in the areas of Israel education/advocacy, community service, and Jewish life and learning
- Develop personalized follow-up for Jewish/Israel plans with Taglit-Birthright alumni to deepen individuals’ connection to Jewish life

- Budget: The Israel Engagement Specialist will supervise a budget and provide oversight for the use of funds by student groups.
- Board Support: The Israel Engagement Specialist will provide support for the Penn Hillel Board of Overseers as needed and appropriate.
- General Administration: The Israel Engagement Specialist will share with the Penn Hillel staff, responsibility for assuring the proper administration of Penn Hillel.

Working as Part of a Broader Team
- Penn Hillel Staff Responsibilities: As a member of the Penn Hillel staff team, the Israel Engagement Specialist attends Penn Hillel staff meetings and participates in regular supervision with their supervisor.

What You’ll Bring to the Job
The Israel Engagement Specialist will have a BA from a residential, 4-year college. The Israel Engagement Specialist should exhibit creativity, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, capacity to take initiative, interest in professional growth, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership development skills. The Israel Engagement Specialist must be able to contribute effectively by working both independently and as part of a team and know how to prioritize and handle multiple assignments. They should have a nuanced understanding of how pro and anti-Israel politics play out on campus, as well as have a working knowledge of modern Israeli history and politics. They should have confidence in leading and facilitating conversations and learning opportunities on campus and during immersive experience. Hebrew knowledge/literacy is strongly preferred. Extended time spent in Israel is required.

The best candidates will exhibit many of the following qualities, attributes, and skills
- Self-driven and motivated, with energy and enthusiasm for Israel programming and travel
- Self-starting and motivated to seek out opportunities and projects
- Comfortable presenting in front of groups, outgoing, and personable
- Excellent follow-through on projects, and the ability to multi-task
- Ability to manage projects, with many moving parts, to set timetables, and adhere to deadlines
- Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
- Experience with Jewish education and outreach
- Strong marketing background

What You’ll Receive
The salary range of 40-60k is commensurate with experience and credentials and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information on Penn Hillel and campus, check out the following websites:

For more information, contact Penn Hillel’s Associate Executive Director, Rachel Hollander.

To Apply
Please apply at by clicking on “Current Openings.”

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should include a copy of their resume, cover letter, and 3 references (in that order) in one document when applying for this position. Please upload this document as a word or PDF file. When you upload the document, the system will create an unformatted version of your resume as a snapshot in your application. The formatted version of your resume will also be attached to your application and will be used during the hiring process.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-02-25
  • Times this job has been viewed: 458 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Israel Programs/Missions, Engagement
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Penn Hillel
Penn Hillel 215 S. 39th Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19104


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