North Carolina Hillel seeks a dynamic, creative, and outgoing self-starter with proven organizational skills and strong follow-through to help us inspire Jewish students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“Carolina”). Carolina attracts the best and brightest students and is known for its exceptional blend of rigorous academics, spirited campus community and thoughtful, engaged student body. The Director of Student Engagement will join the team of the #1 Most Impactful Hillel (according to Hillel International’s 2016 survey of 10,000+ students).
As the Director of Student Engagement, you will work in partnership with colleagues to create and implement a comprehensive engagement strategy to reach the estimated 1,000 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, and inspire staff and student leaders to think about who is “not in the room.” Over 50% of students on campus next year will never have had a conventional Hillel experience.
The Director of Student Engagement will need to innovate and think creatively about the next chapter at UNC Hillel. They will be responsible for strategizing incoming student engagement and welcoming prospective students to campus as they consider applying.
To receive full consideration, please apply by June 25, 2021.
What You’ll Do
- 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 Jewish life
- Mentor student leaders in their Jewish and leadership growth through one-on-one meetings and group trainings, in order to cultivate a Jewish community that is caring, diverse, welcoming, and actively inclusive
- Oversee programs and engagement activities in partnership with colleagues and student leaders
- Oversee the collection and analysis of student engagement data and use data to inform our engagement strategy, ensure timely and ongoing relationship building, andf foster a culture of accountability
- Identify the needs of underserved students and develop strategies to meet those needs
- Develop key relationships with campus professionals and student organizational partners
On a day to day basis you will
- Plan student executive board leadership development training.
- Meet a student over coffee to learn more about their Jewish identity and journey.
- Work with student leaders to co-create exciting programming based on student interests.
- Analyze student engagement data to customize student communication strategies.
- Collaborate with students and other Hillel staff to help develop partnerships with other campus organizations.
What You’ve Accomplished
- 2-4 years professional experience in Jewish, experiential, or higher education
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree is a plus
- Proven success in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs, and building strategic partnerships with young adults
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- A passion for working with emerging adults and investing in their growth as Jewish leaders
- A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults
- A team-oriented approach to work and a strong work ethic
- Proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, and comfort with taking informed risks
- A sense of humor
- An entrepreneurial spirit - 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
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $50,000 - $55,000, depending on experience.
- 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
- Travel to Israel
- Plenty of Carolina Hillel swag!
About North Carolina Hillel and UNC Chapel Hill
From its flagship at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Hillel serves students across the state with staff on five campuses, focusing on North Carolina’s public universities.
We empower and inspire students to pursue their own Jewish journeys by creating strong communities and transformative experiences.
We aspire to cultivate within students a commitment to these core values:
- Kehillah – Community: building relationships with Jews at home, in Israel, and around the world
- Hachnasat Orchim – Hospitality: welcoming people from diverse backgrounds and creating a warm, pluralistic environment
- Limmud – Learning: a lifelong pursuit of deeper understanding and Jewish learning
- Ruchaniut – Spirituality: investigating religious questions and seeking personal growth and moral fulfillment
- Tzedek – Justice: striving for a more just and righteous world
Chartered in 1789, UNC Chapel Hill is the nation’s oldest public university and is consistently listed at the top of the many rankings of US public colleges and universities. Carolina attracts the best and brightest students and is known for its exceptional blend of rigorous academics, spirited campus community and thoughtful, engaged student body. The 729-acre campus features tree-lined green spaces, buildings on the National Historic Registry, brick walkways and Greek revival architecture, and is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
The Triangle, which includes Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham, is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the South, and routinely ranks at or near the top of “quality of life” lists. The vibrant Chapel Hill/Durham Jewish community includes seven congregations, a Jewish Community Center and The Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Community Day School (Pre-K -5th grade). Moreover, the Jewish Federations located in Chapel Hill-Durham, Raleigh-Cary, Greensboro, and Charlotte work together to form a strong connection across the state.
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.
North Carolina 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.
To receive full consideration, please apply by June 25, 2021.