Director of Jewish Student Life @ Hillel at the George Washington University

Director of Jewish Student Life

Role Overview
Make your mark on the future of Jewish DC by joining Hillel at The George Washington University as our new Director of Jewish Student Life. You will bring your organizational savvy, multitasking abilities, and communication skills to oversee all programming and engagement efforts at GW Hillel. With an eye towards the big picture and a keen attention to detail, you will help create a hub on campus for joyful Jewish life, tool giving, and growth. Based in the heart of our nation’s capital and joining us at the start of a new chapter for our organization as we leave Covid behind and open a new GW Hillel facility, your role will be integral in helping us shape a new culture for years to come.

Success is defined at GW Hillel as meeting the moment and bringing Jewish values to bear. The Director of Jewish Student Life will think boldly about how to take in campus trends and local headlines, and find meaningful entry points for students to engage with their Jewish identities. You will join a team of creative thinkers who are thirsty to work together to build a meaning-driven, dynamic, warm community that allows students to be seen, appreciated, and challenged to grow their Jewish identities.

What You’ll Do
- Supervise, support, and coach two FT staff members, a Springboard Fellow & an Israel Fellow, the core of our programming team; hire and supervise 1-3 FWS students, based on staffing needs
- Engage, empower, and mentor our student leadership team as they plan programming and creatively engage their peers; work as staff liaison for all student organizations affiliated with GW Hillel, with a special emphasis placed on support of the Jewish Student Association
- Manage our CRM software and data tracking efforts
- Oversee and plan for our early move-in
- Work in partnership with student leadership and staff on logistical needs for, holiday and Shabbat programming
- Guide and manage our efforts around mentorship, networking, and professional development
- Receive full support from ED as your direct supervisor
- Oversee all Israel immersive experiences, in close collaboration with the Israel Fellow
- Oversee social media feeds and website, to ensure staff and students maintain brand and messaging of GW Hillel

On a day to day basis you will
- Work with a student leader to help them market, plan, and create an engagement strategy for an upcoming project.
- Lead weekly staff meetings to keep all on the same page for the week and month to come.
- Think creatively, and engage students, about an upcoming holiday and how to best utilize Jewish values to add meaning to campus life.
- Plan an outreach strategy for an upcoming immersive experience and help a supervisee to map out execution of a plan.
- Meet a campus partner to consider a new project that will increase GW Hillel’s ability to engage new students and meet the current moment that students are experiencing on-campus

What You’ll Bring to the Position
- 3-5 years professional experience in a space that has encouraged your creative thinking and educational vision; expertise may include leadership development, social entrepreneurship, or student engagement + program development
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Past supervisory experience essential
- An entrepreneurial spirit and ability to view challenges as opportunities as you help set and execute a vision for Jewish student life at GW; you possess a calming presence that will help others navigate difficulties
- Proven success in managing multiple projects as once, staying organized and helping others do the same, and managing people + time in the spirit of a team being successful
- Confidence to guide students and staff forward, with a vulnerability and willingness to say when you need help or don’t have all the answers
- Warmth, energy, and joy, with a commitment to dynamic and diverse Jewish practices; you will act as a model for others on how to own your Jewish journey, whatever it may be
- Curiosity taken to all facets of your work; you will ask questions of yourself and others in order to create a Hillel that is continuously evolving

What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $55,000 - $65,000
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, generous ‘Reset + Recharge’ leave time policy, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel (* only include if applicable)

About GW Hillel
GW Hillel aims to give students the tools they need to live vibrant, meaningful Jewish lives during their four years of college and beyond. Established in 1942, Hillel at the George Washington University has supported the growth of tens of thousands of Jewish students in Washington, D.C.

With a current Jewish population of more than 3,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students, representing approximately 30% of the total student population, and centered in the heart of our nation’s capital, GW Hillel is at the cutting-edge of innovation and leadership development. Our students come from a wide array of backgrounds and knowledge levels—from Jewish day school graduates to those who have never stepped foot in a Jewish environment. We work to meet students where they are in their Jewish journeys, providing them the support needed to enhance their lives through a lens of Jewish values and a sense of belonging and community.

Few moments have felt as momentous in the life of our organization as this one. In the coming year, we will not only open up a new facility but face a critical culture shift at GW Hillel and on-campus. When our students return to full-time in-person learning at GW, they will have been away from campus life for a year and a half. While this juncture may represent a moment of sadness and loss, it also represents a deep moment of opportunity. Students are thirsty to ‘make up for lost time’, building meaningful relationships, growing their leadership skills, and having college experiences that mark a pivotal time in their lives.

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.

GW 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.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: parental leave, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans
  • Other Benefits: - Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities - Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel (* only include if applicable)
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-04-14
  • Times this job has been viewed: 420 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Programming
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Hillel at the George Washington University
GW Hillel 2101 F Street NW
Washington , DC 20052


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