UChicago Hillel seeks a dynamic and thoughtful team member with a talent for managing staff, programs, and operations to serve as its next Director of Jewish Student Life (DJSL). Our Hillel promotes a love for Jewish learning and peoplehood and sees the value of inviting and challenging students to build a meaningful and serious Jewish identity. The DJSL will guide a program that fulfills the core values articulated by the UChicago Hillel community, including pluralism and commitment to engaging and inspiring all Jewish students on campus. Our Hillel also plays a broader role in the campus community and in Chicago’s South Side community through our social justice programming.
The Director of Jewish Student Life position is multi-faceted and impacts every aspect of UChicago Hillel. This person is responsible for overseeing the depth and breadth of student life related to programming, engagement, and student leadership. The DJSL will support the work of staff and student leaders both undergraduate and graduate, implementing both small-group and large-scale programs and initiatives. The Director of Jewish Student Life will strive to cultivate an inspiring work environment, while ensuring that staff members have what they need to excel at their jobs while upholding accountability to mission and a standard of excellence.
The Director of Jewish Student Life works with talented colleagues to further Hillel’s mission to inspire every Jewish student at UChicago to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life and Israel. The Director of Jewish Student Life reports to the Executive Director to establish specific goals and evaluate progress on an ongoing basis.
What You’ll Own and How You'll Grow
- Jewish Student Life (40%)
* Lead and evaluate the implementation of UChicago Hillel’s world-class programmatic and educational vision.
* Execute meaningful and impactful holiday, learning and social experiences in partnership with student leaders.
* Advise Hillel’s student leadership groups and internships.
* Work with staff to manage internal system for collecting/reporting on student data as part of Engagement strategy.
* Serve as liaison to Jewish graduate student groups by building relationships, providing financial, logistical, and programmatic support.
* Encourage a pluralistic approach to religious expression through Shabbat and holiday observances on campus, including the High Holidays, Passover, and Mega Shabbat.
* Develop, implement, and evaluate strategic programmatic goals and objectives.
* Build strategic relationships with campus in partnership with Executive Director.
* Hold event management responsibility for public programming including Latke Hamantash Debate and lectures.
- Immersion Experiences (20%)
* Oversee all student travel programming including Birthright.
* Ensure success of cohort-based learning fellowships.
* Support Social Justice Fellowships.
* Participate as staff member on immersion experiences.
- Talent (20%)
* Provide meaningful, hands-on supervision for Staff, overseeing the execution of organizational goals regarding student programming.
* Articulate and manage programmatic goals and deliverables.
* Participate in weekly supervision meetings with Executive Director.
* Participate in weekly staff meetings, staff learning sessions, and ongoing Jewish learning and professional development opportunities.
- Operations & Finances (15%)
* Hold responsibility for designing and upholding a welcoming environment in the building and during programming.
* Supervise Professional interns through work study process.
* In collaboration with Executive Director, and Program staff, oversee programmatic expense-side of organizational budget.
- Resource Development (5%)
* Support Executive Director in Hillel’s core fundraising activities.
* Contribute to creation of promotional materials that reflect programmatic excellence of UChicago Hillel and provide regular reporting to the Board.
* Directly support JUF campaign integration on an ongoing basis in addition to mandatory campaign-related activities.
What You'll Bring to the Job
- Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of relevant professional work experience. Relevant Master’s degree a benefit.
- Experience supervising professional staff and/or volunteer leadership.
- Comfort in managing teams as well as working independently and collaboratively.
- Accomplished organizational skills related to program implementation.
- Exceptional ability to create and maintain systems for program design, communication, and accountability.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders.
- A positive attitude, serious work ethic, and willingness to take risks and learn from unexpected situations.
- A commitment to pluralism and Israel and a comfort with your own Jewish identity to act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
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.
UChicago 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.