Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Stanford as our new Shefa Wellness Initiative Director. SHEFA means abundance in Hebrew and is an acronym that stands for: Spiritual resilience, Holistic health, Emotional wellbeing, Food security, and Abundance for the Stanford Jewish community and beyond. You will hold the vision for Jewish wellness on campus by articulating what Hillel is trying to do by supporting students to navigate adulting, building and sustaining healthy relationships with their bodies, manage stress and mental health challenges, access nutritious and sustaining food, and relate to themselves and other people as inherently holy and worthy of self-care. This includes working with students on issues related to mental health, food security, sexuality, substance-use, personal finance, stress management, balancing competing priorities, intimacy etc. The Shefa Wellness Director reports to our Assistant Director, and works closely with the rest of our student-facing program team. Excellent interpersonal communication, clinical, pastoral, experiential programmatic, and relationship building skills are critical to success in this role. Some travel may be required. This is a full-time position based in Stanford, CA, with the expectation that staff will continue working remotely until at least May 2021.
What You’ll Do
- Elevate “the Jewish” in student wellness by articulating how Jewish wisdom, calendar, and ritual are technologies for wellness, and how Hillel can be a center for this work for the whole Stanford campus and beyond.
- Collaborate with other staff to integrate wellness practices into other aspects of Hillel’s relationship building and program. Be a coach/trainer of best practices for the whole Hillel team.
- Organize and/or lead support groups, classes, outside speakers in service of Hillel’s vision and evolving student needs. This could look like organizing a mindfulness practice group, workshops on stress management, or crafting a series on creating healthy relationships. Manage our food security program, “Spreading Plenty” to get food to vulnerable students. Create/maintain community partnerships with food banks, farms etc. Direct the monthly “Festival of Plenty” where Hillel is a center for celebrating healthy food, caring for our bodies, spirits, and the earth. Create and manage relationships with partner organizations with whom we contract to provide clinical and pastoral support for students
Supervision & Student Empowerment
- Recruit and manage SHEFA student interns who will create, implement, evaluate and promote programs.
- Regularly assess needs across a variety of student populations to track and improve program effectiveness. Where are students receiving what they need well and what can be changed and managed differently to achieve more optimal results?
- Ensure the message about our offerings is reaching target populations. Work with Hillel team-members to tell the story of our progress on different media and with donors
- Be Hillel’s expert relationship builder and resource awareness person with Stanford wellness and mental health staff/programs, in order that we can make warm references for students and connect them quickly/effectively to Stanford’s resources. Some examples include the Vaden Center for clinical care; Stanford Wellness/coaching; the ORSL meditation center/Week of Contemplation program; and student recreation center. Look to create relationships/partnerships with the Stanford entities and community centers in the area of health/wellness.
What You've Accomplished
- 2+ years experience in student services, mental health, social work, Hillel, or other related field preferred
- Bachelor required. Advanced training, or secondary degree(s) a plus
- Proven success in counseling teens or young adults in areas related to effective adulting; building healthy emotional, psychological and spiritual relationships with self and others; demonstrated stress and mental health management and the creation of trusting relationships to engage in crucial growth conversations. Additional demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with colleagues and professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. Demonstrated familiarity with Jewish ways of living and approaches to wellness.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Strong clinical, pastoral, or coaching abilities, and emotional intelligence to connect deeply with students. Passion for working with college students and Jewish campus life. Palpable entrepreneurial and resilient spirit to build a crucial new program area for Hillel in best servicing Jewish students, constantly building upon successes and strengthening challenges. Ability to collaborate across disciplines and teams in Hillel, on campus and beyond. Capacity to work independently and collaboratively, successfully managing multiple priorities.
- Understanding of current trends, ability to recommend and implement plans to increase the emotional, mental and social health of Jewish Stanford students. Superior oral and written communication skills.
What You’ll Receive
- Being part of a high-energy, creative, caring and dynamic team. Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace ($55,000 to $65,000, depending on experience). A comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, and generous vacation/sick time. Excellent professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities, regional and national travel for Hillel conferences and professional development.
- A beautiful workplace with valuable on-campus parking
About Hillel At Stanford
Located in the heart of the Stanford campus, Hillel at Stanford is the foundation for Jewish life at Stanford University, one of the most vibrant Jewish campus communities in North America. Its mission is to inspire every Jewish student to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life. Hillel at Stanford offers a wide array of opportunities for Stanford students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey, ranging from social events to social justice initiatives, culture to religious services, immersion experiences, and so much more.
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.
Hillel at Stanford 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.