Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Stony Brook Hillel as the Engagement Associate. You will build one on one relationships with students, partner with students and campus organizations to ensure that Hillel is a welcoming space for all students, and mentor student leaders and help inspire them to make a commitment to Jewish life. You’ll use your stellar communication and active listening skills to develop relationships with students less engaged, and help them map a path to create a Jewish story that’s relevant and exciting for them. You’ll be excellent in this role if you can’t leave the coffee line without chatting with the person next to you and have an infectious curiosity about the world. You’ll identify students that have common interests using your ability to network and build coalitions.
Stony Brook serves a population of around 1,200 Jewish undergraduate students as well as graduate and professional students. Additionally, Hillel is woven into the fabric of the interfaith community. Stony Brook Hillel’s potential is unlimited and students are ready and excited to connect! In addition to being part of a top tier research university setting, you’ll join a small team of energized and dedicated staff who care deeply about students, are striving for long-term excellence, and are on the precipice of something really special. As an Engagement Associate, you’ll wake up each day and be genuinely excited and enthusiastic about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, lead, and create vibrant Jewish lives. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.
What You’ll Do
- Build individual relationships with students and expand overall student engagement to reach every one of the estimated 1,200 Jewish undergraduate students.
- Spend time innovatively out of the office engaging students and meeting them where they are.
- Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect to opportunities. Support and grow our niche communities to ensure they feel like they have a home in our Jewish community (LGTBQ+, Jews of -Color, people with disabilities, commuters, interfaith backgrounds, etc.).
- Work together with student leadership to develop and implement programs that meet their needs in Jewish life, learning, Israel, and community building.
- Map out a plan to strategically build one on one relationships with 180 students currently not engaged in Jewish life.
- Collaborate with students and colleagues to develop and manage recruitment for Birthright, on-going Jewish learning initiatives, conferences, and more.
- Supervise and inspire Hillel student interns.
- Participate fully in the shared work for Hillel, the university, and the community.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- 0 -2 years’ professional work experience
- Bachelor's degree
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
- Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
- Inability to get off an airplane without making a new friend.
- Willingness to admit what you don’t know, and excitement to learn in those areas.
- Creative problem-solving.
- Excitement to continue developing your own relationship to Judaism.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $38,000 - $43,000.
- 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 alongside a network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
About Stony Brook Hillel
Stony Brook Hillel has had a home on the Stony Brook campus for over 50 years, one of the oldest Hillel's in the country! Situated about 50 miles east of Manhattan, we are able to offer the glamour of the big city and the quiet life of the suburbs at the same time. Our community is enriched by the amount of faculty, staff and community members who value the experience Jewish students have while at Stony Brook. Walking around campus, one will be able to relax on the Staller Steps, catch a game at LaValle Stadium, enjoy a performance and the Staller Center, grab a kosher lunch at Delancey Street and hear at least one person ask the infamous question, "What's a Seawolf?" If lucky, you'll be greeted with the response, "I'm a Seawolf!"
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.
Stony Brook 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.