University of Kansas Hillel is seeking a dynamic, engaging, and innovative professional who is a natural networker with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership skills to join our staff as the Engagement Associate. The Engagement Associate will work in collaboration with our team to create engagement and leadership opportunities for our student community.
We are seeking a staff member with a strong talent for coordinating and integrating the many moving parts of KU Hillel’s engagements and programming to ensure the effective flow and function of our staff and student-leaders. The Engagement Associate will work collaboratively with our professional team and student-leaders to pursue KU Hillel's mission to connect Jewish students to each other and to their Judaism, to inspire and equip the next generation of Jewish leaders, and to build a thriving Jewish community on campus.
As our Engagement Associate, you will lead the charge in creating and implementing a comprehensive engagement strategy to reach the estimated 1,300 Jewish students on campus. After a challenging year of quarantine and limited social gatherings, you will think strategically about making connections with Jewish students by way of intentional conversations and creative experiences, as well as inspire staff and student-leaders to think about who is not in the room.
What You're Great At
- You understand that Hachnasat Orchim is not just about welcoming the stranger but it is also about creating an environment of radical hospitality and inclusion.
- You have the ability to develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and connect them to KU Hillel and each other.
- You envision new ways for KU Hillel to engage Jewish students, especially after a challenging year of social distancing.
- You have the ability to manage projects with many moving parts, set timelines and adhere to deadlines. You also can process plenty of data and work collaboratively with the Development & Marketing Director to analyze reports.
- You motivate your fellow staff members and student leaders to think outside the box in terms of reaching new Jewish students on campus.
As the Engagement Associate, a typical day may include
- Meet a student for coffee to get to know them better, talk about Birthright and/ or how KU basketball is going
- Work together with interns to develop initiatives in reaching out to uninvolved Jewish students
- Play basketball with our KU Hillel Jewball team
- Utilize KU Hillel’s student database to create reports for our whole team to ensure that every Jewish
student at KU has an opportunity to become involved
- Coordinating Welcome Week and our Hillel Retreat with the Program Director with an eye toward recruiting students who are new to Hillel and our Jewish community
- Be on campus to promote KU Hillel and meet new faces
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- 0-2 years of professional work experience
- Bachelor's degree
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit: Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn your wins as well as your losses
- A passion for engaging college students and being a part of this transformative time in their lives
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfortable asking questions
- Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
- Ability to make friends everywhere you go
- 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
- A commitment to pluralism and a welcoming environment
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $38,000-$40,000
- 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
- Opportunities to travel regionally and abroad
- Unlimited paid coffee conversations with students
- Practically unlimited KU Hillel swag and t-shirts
About KU Hillel:
With our innovative and strategic approach to Jewish campus life, KU Hillel has emerged as one of the most respected Hillels in the country and one of the most effective organizations in the Kansas City Jewish community. We transform hundreds of lives every year. We connect Jewish students to each other and provide a multitude of opportunities to connect to Jewish life. We create a Jewish community for students on campus and instill a sense of Jewish peoplehood that lasts a lifetime. We are inspiring the next generation of Jewish leadership. We are developing Jewish adults. We are delivering the Jewish future.
Founded by abolitionists in 1854, Lawrence, Kansas, has carried that tradition of freedom and individuality through the generations. Today, Lawrence remains a crossroads of culture, celebrating the artists and innovators that populate its history and create an unmistakable identity.
About Kansas City:
The Kansas City metro is about 45 minutes from the KU campus. It is a study in contrast with a thriving downtown that gives way to more rural surroundings. The Kansas City metro has small-town charm and friendliness intersected with national retail, attractions and entertainment. At the heart of it all, Kansas City has an astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity that infuses the city with the flavors, traditions and languages that make Kansas City a true melting pot.
Part of Kansas City’s appeal is that it offers something for everyone. Whether you want to explore local history, sample cuisine from around the globe, cheer on a favorite sports team, immerse yourself in local art or get out and enjoy the great outdoors, Kansas City has the activities, attractions and amenities that will make living here unforgettable.
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.
KU 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.