Join Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh (Hillel JUC) as the Senior Jewish Educator to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As the Senior Jewish Educator, you will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus. Embrace your magnetic personality to inspire students to make Judaism integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values.
What You’ll Do
- Build relationships with approximately 180-200 students from diverse backgrounds over the course of a year, by engaging them in meaningful conversations and creating connections to a variety of Jewish experiences. Create and implement a comprehensive engagement strategy that utilizes peer engagement and relationship building to connect with students.
- Collaborate closely with the full Student Life team on a variety of programs and initiatives.
- Develop and nurture relationships with university student life, religious life around campus, and the local Jewish community
- Together with the Executive Director and senior staff team, develop Hillel’s strategy for Jewish engagement, experience, and education.
- Meet students one-on-one, teach in small groups and staff Shabbat and holiday programming.
- Develop new and creative Jewish initiatives, including experiences around Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and learning.
- Identify Jewish educational needs of students and develop stand-alone and ongoing programs and initiatives to address those needs, in collaboration with staff and students
Jewish & Israel Knowledge
- Possess deep knowledge and familiarity with Jewish Torah and text, both traditional and modern, the Jewish calendar, and Jewish ritual.
- Act as a key educational resource for both Hillel staff and students, helping to enrich their Jewish journeys and coach them in their ability to facilitate Jewish opportunities.
- Bring creative and meaningful approaches to existing large-scale initiatives to provide nuances and sophisticated Jewish learning to students from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Bring relevant Jewish substance to conversations and activities for students.
Inspiring Jewish Life
- Empower students to take ownership over their Jewish communities, cultivating dynamic leaders.
- Advise student leadership, helping them to create regular, warm, welcoming, and inspiring ritual experiences for their peers.
- Support other staff in pursuing their own Jewish journeys, helping them to find sources of personal Jewish enrichment, and encourage and guide them to be comfortable facilitating Jewish enrichment experiences with their students.
Managing & Leading People
- Supervise peer engagement interns, creating and implementing internship curriculum, developing measurable goals for interns, and ensuring breadth of the interns’ impact along with the depth of their experience in the program.
- Supervise program or engagement professionals, providing team leadership and development, and conducting performance management.
Young Adult Development
- Develop and empower students to create initiatives inspired by their interests and passions, such as social justice initiatives, service opportunities, coalitions on campus, interfaith work, etc.
What You’ve Accomplished
- Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
- 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
- Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
- Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
- Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
- A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
- A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
- Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
- Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
- 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.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
About Hillel JUC
The Hillel JUC serves an estimated 2,200 undergraduate students, graduate students and young adults. Our 12,500 sq. foot building located at the meeting point between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh is a hub for Jewish activities seven days a week. The Hillel JUC has a Programming team including a Senior Jewish Educator, a Director of Jewish Student Life at the University of Pittsburgh, a Director of Jewish Student Life at Carnegie Mellon University, a Springboard Fellow at both Pitt and CMU, an Ezra Fellow, and an IACT Coordinator. The Hillel JUC provides all staff with an exciting and meaningful working environment and more importantly an amazing group of student leaders who guide our programming and are committed to building communities of purpose on the campuses we serve.
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.
Hillel JUC 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.