Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining IU Hillel as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator (JSLC)! As a leader and mentor, the JSLC will foster supportive individual relationships, identify and develop promising new student leaders, plan and host creative engagement events on campus, and most importantly inspire students to make an ongoing commitment to Jewish life.
The Jewish Student Life Coordinator is a full-time employee who reports to the Associate Director and is an essential member of the IU Hillel team. The JSLC is a welcoming and dynamic Jewish community builder that embraces innovation and inclusivity to connect with IU Hillel students; ultimately shaping and inspiring their participation and leadership in Jewish campus life. They are never afraid to reach out to someone new and always make space for others at their table. Professional strengths include being personable and accessible, detail-oriented, organized, flexible, resourceful, passionate, and able to work independently. Working well in collaborative environments as well as demonstrated supervisory skills are both essential for success in this role.
What You’ll Do
General Staff Responsibilities
- Maintain program attendance records for measurement and ongoing evaluation purposes.
- Collaborate with the Communications and Social Media Director and Associate Director on the marketing components of applicable programs.
- Participate as a member of the IU Hillel staff team in major programs, Shabbats, and holidays.
- Represent the IU Hillel Foundation on campus with students, faculty and administration as appropriate, as well as with the wider community.
- Recruit, organize, build a curriculum and teach students for Hillel’s X170 leadership courses.
- It is expected for this role to be on the staff rotation for Shabbats and holidays. There is also the opportunity to staff trips such as leadership retreats, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Birthright Israel.
- Design and implement a strategic engagement plan in partnership with students under the supervision of the Associate Director, targeting high priority student populations, and utilizing student engagement data to prioritize, track, and evaluate outreach.
- Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and interest them.
- Develop means of communication with students for the purposes of program recruitment and marketing of new engagement opportunities.
- Train students with support of the Associate Director in use of outreach strategies to increase their effectiveness at communication and marketing of their programs.
- Assist in developing key relationships with campus and student organizational partners. These one-on-one relationships help to ensure positive positioning of Hillel in the university landscape, as well as facilitate partners in the planning and actualization of programs and activities.
Program Leadership and Support
- Initiate, plan for, and implement new program initiatives serving unmet student needs and interests, building on existing Hillel programs
- Strengthen and support student leadership teams and student groups, including but not limited to:
- Religious Life Student Leaders
* First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH)
* Advise our First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) student leaders and help connect younger students to leadership roles in Hillel.
* Collaborate with FYSH to build a first year experience program with its own unique branding and social media channels as well as monthly first year only programming across campuses and in various residential halls (contingent on COVID safety).
* Drive first years to existing opportunities
- Mitzvah Corps – community volunteering initiatives
- Challah for Hunger
- Incorporate an accountability framework for student-led programs e.g. implementing deadlines during program planning process and supporting students in making sure deadlines are met
- Facilitate and lead some of our Jewish Learning opportunities for students, such as Jewish Learning Fellowship (10 week seminar) and our one-credit X170 course(s).
- Work collaboratively with the Associate Director and Development Staff to actively seek out and prepare grant proposals relevant to programs in your purview, including student government, for support within and outside of the University.
- Develop in collaboration with Communications and Social Media Director an organizational communication plan to utilize multi-channel marketing, such as social media and in-person events, to build Hillel’s overall brand among students
- Manage Shabbat and Holiday (i.e. High Holy Days, Hanukkah, Purim, & Passover) programs working with students leaders involved in Religious Life to create meaningful and engaging programming to engage large numbers of students
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of post college work experience
- Someone with a strong Conservative or Jewish background is preferred, but not required.
- The Jewish Life Coordinator must be capable of working independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments.
- Creativity, flexibility, passion, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership development skills are essential to success in this position.
- Excitement about the limitless possibility of engaging every Jewish student
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and by learning from and discussing your wins as well as your losses.
- Confidence initiating and running programs
- Excitement to continue developing your own relationship to Judaism.
- Participate in weekly professional supervision with the Associate Director, weekly staff meetings, and programming staff meetings.
- Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth with other staff members.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $38,000 - $40,000.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Travel opportunities both regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
About Indiana University Hillel
The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center is the flagship Hillel program in the state of Indiana. There are approximately 4,000 Jewish undergrad and graduate students at Indiana University. With its many programs and services, IU Hillel engages approximately ½ - ¾ of those students throughout the course of the school year. IU Hillel serves students who walk through the doors of our building, as well as students on campus in order to create a warm, welcoming Jewish community at the University. IU Hillel prides itself on building the foundation for the Jewish future through developing students’ leadership skills and creating a strong, caring, and welcoming center for Jewish life at Indiana University. Our focus on creating opportunities for students to connect with the Jewish community on campus leads to their excitement, commitment, and connection with the Jewish community upon graduation. Hillel is also committed to promoting diversity programming on the IU campus, Bloomington, and throughout the state of Indiana.
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.
Indiana University 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.