Boston University is home to 4,000 Jewish undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Boston University Hillel as its first-ever Graduate Life Coordinator. The Graduate Life Coordinator will plan and execute all Jewish graduate life strategy and engagement plans for BU Hillel with BU Hillel leadership. This position reports to the Managing Director, and is part of a cohort of six other engagement focused staff Fellows.
Boston University is home to 16,000 graduate students, 373 graduate programs, 17 graduate schools, and 2,000 Jewish graduate students thriving for resources, engagement, and care from BU Hillel.
The Graduate Life Coordinator is a paid, two/three year position that brings a young professional with raw talent, passion, and skills to Boston University to reimagine and redesign Jewish graduate student life. As the inaugural Coordinator, you will work closely with BU Hillel leadership on developing a strategic approach to developing a robust graduate engagement plan.
You’ll receive training from BU Hillel and Hillel International professionals, and learn from Jewish leaders on how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a Hillel engagement professional. Each day you will be charged with empowering students to engage in meaningful and joyous Jewish lives, weaving in Jewish values, texts, and history.
If you’re team-oriented, never give up, and truly believe that you must “be the change you wish to see in the world,” then this is the position for you!
Extensive Jewish education is not necessary — just an interest in creating a vibrant Jewish community, a commitment to learning, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students and the world.
Who You Are
- You believe that graduate students can change the world and be the next generation of Jewish leaders
- You are excited about engaging Jewish graduate students through meaningful 1x1 conversations
- You have a deep passion for educating and empowering others to ignite their Jewish identities
- You see communal gatherings, Jewish celebration and Jewish learning as a core part of graduate student life
- You are a master organizer who loves seeing big projects – such as big scale social and cultural events with hundreds of students
- You are a skilled and empathetic communicator. You know how to tailor your message to your audience, and bring them into conversation about critical issues.
What You’ll Get Out of It
- High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from changemakers, engagers, and Jewish life experts.
- Mentoring and career coaching to help you during and after your position
- A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
- Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Tax Deferred Retirement Plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability insurances, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- A salary of $35,000-$45,000 depending on level of experience
As a Graduate Life Coordinator, a Typical Day May Include
- Meeting with a group of students or individual students over coffee or a meal to understand which issues are most important to them and developing a plan of action together.
- Planning educational, social, cultural, holiday, or Shabbat programs across a wide variety of graduate schools, students, and disciplines
- Participating in a conversation with graduate student leaders of all types of faith, ethnic, and racial backgrounds to build key relationships and partnerships
- Develop key insights through 1x1 conversation in how to create an engagement program with high levels of reach and depth
- Working Shabbat, holidays, and otherwise supporting the rest of your Hillel team - some times on nights and weekends.
- Participating in a professional development webinar.
- Teaching and facilitating Jewish learning through a graduate student lens.
- Recruiting for an upcoming graduate student programs and internships.
What You Will Bring to the Role
- 2-3 years of experience in Jewish, nonprofit, higher education industries
- Bachelor degree required, Master degree seen as beneficial and additive qualification
About Boston University Hillel
Boston University Hillel is at the hub of a thriving city of Boston, right near Fenway Park. Home to 4,000 Jewish undergraduates BU Hillel’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower BU students to lead meaningful and joyous Jewish lives. Boston is a vital center for Jewish and young adult and family life.
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.
Boston University 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.