Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillels of North Texas as the Jewish Student Life Director. The Director of Jewish Student Life’s role is to inspire every Jewish student to develop an enduring understanding that Judaism is relevant and transformative, alive with innovative opportunity, and compels action, leading to a meaningful and connected Jewish life. You will reach out to new and under-involved students at the University of North Texas. You will be integral to growing our Jewish community on campus by building one-on-one relationships with students, working with student leaders on awesome events around campus, and inspiring students to make a commitment to Jewish life.
The Jewish Student Life Director is a full-time employee who reports to the Executive Director and is an essential member of the Hillel NTX team. The JSL Director is a welcoming and dynamic Jewish community builder that embraces innovation and inclusivity to connect with UNT 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. You’ll wake up each day (or at least most) and be genuinely excited about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.
What You’ll Do
- Develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy to map out ongoing needs during an individual’s student lifecycle while building relationships to identify/develop prospective student leaders in the Jewish community.
- Assist Executive Director in developing key relationships with campus and student organizational partners.
- Under supervision of the Executive Director, oversee student intern training and activities; utilizing quantitative and qualitative data to measure program goals.
- Identify and implement strategies to create opportunities to connect with new Jewish students by meeting with different cohorts and demographics on campus.
- Meet with new and under-involved students weekly.
Program Leadership and Support
- Initiate, plan for, and implement new program initiatives serving unmet student needs and interests, building on existing Hillel programs.
- 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.
- Promote and participate in student-led programs with a positive and energetic attitude.
- Develop 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 programs to engage large numbers of students – i.e. “welcome week” and large holiday celebrations such as High Holy Days, Passover, & Israel Week
Oversee High-Impact Experiences
- With Executive Director and student leaders, manage ongoing cohorts, such as Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), First Year Students in Hillel (FYSH), Women of Hillel (WoH)
- Serve as the key point of contact and project manager for Hillels of North Texas immersive experiences on- and off-campus, including Birthright Israel.
- Implement Birthright recruitment strategies inspired by Hillel International, while managing all onboarding aspects from registration to chaperoning trips.
- Coordinate with Hillel International's Birthright Team to plan awareness campaigns and interest meetings.
- Serve as engager for alumni of immersive experiences once students are back on campus.
- Serve as an advisor to student leadership groups and other Hillel student groups.
- With oversight of the Executive Director, manage Student Interns including program development, leadership skills, and professionalism.
- Participate, lead, and encourage student involvement in campus-wide activities, e.g. sporting events, speakers on campus, performances, etc.
- Identify and meet with students to help connect them to internship and leadership roles at Hillel.
What You’ve Accomplished
- 1-3 years professional experience in Jewish, experiential or higher education.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Proven success:
- Building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment
- Inspiring, mentoring and motivating college age students through traditional, but also experiential education
- Strategically networking and building partnerships with young adults and leaders
- Managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving skills - things may not always go according to plan, but you understand that ambiguity is part of developing great new opportunities.
- Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.
- Belief that every student has a home at Hillel.
- Familiarity with higher education and campus settings.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $45,000-47,500
- 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
-Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Opportunity to travel to Israel leading a Birthright Israel trip
About Hillels of North Texas
The University of North Texas is the largest campus under Hillels of North Texas, a multicampus Hillel serving students in Denton, Plano, and Richardson. UNT is one of the nation's largest public universities with a diverse, robust campus life - including Mean Green sports, Greek Life, and over 450 student organizations. The university is known for its outstanding music conservatory, education program, and interdisciplinary studies. The Jewish student population is estimated to be 400 students. Without a physical building, the Hillel staff and student interns meet students where they live, work and/or study to create the warm, welcoming feel of a "Jewish home away from home." Hillels of North Texas is proud to be part of the wider Jewish community in North Texas and is supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Denton may be known as "little Austin" but this Texas city with a small town vibe is an original. Home to the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and North Central Texas College, Denton is a college town full of art, great food, an eclectic feel and the best live music scene! It's located just 40 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth.
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.
Hillels of North Texas 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.