We envision a world in which Hillel is the central meeting point for inspired learning about, and lasting engagement with, Israel. In line with the best practices of education and the deepest wisdom of Jewish thought, we hold ourselves to an approach that centers authentic inquiry, multivocality, and personal reflection. When we do this well, we embody an Israel approach that resonates with emerging adult learners and welcomes every student to meaningfully explore their relationship to Israel. Join us as the Program Manager of Israel Education.
To work towards the world that we envision, we have developed three core approaches to Israel education in the Hillel movement: Kol Yisrael, Skill Builders, and Masterclass: Israel.
Kol Yisrael is a series of six-week curricula about contemporary Israel that professionals can run with cohorts of students on campus. Kol Yisrael is designed to spark meaningful conversations among students about why Israelis who disagree with each other have compelling reasons to do so. The curriculum employs the Inquiry-Centered Model (our pedagogical approach to Israel education), starting with an essential question, presenting competing narratives, exploring the values at stake, and inviting personal reflection. Current Kol Yisrael curricula include Pluralism and Ethnic Minorities. A Zionism curriculum is forthcoming.
Masterclass: Israel is a 6-month fellowship for campus professionals that takes a deep dive into educational pedagogy and Israel content. It draws from the best practices of experiential education and grows a community of Israel educators within the Hillel movement. Masterclass: Israel is bookended with intensive seminars, bi-weekly online learning, a teaching practicum, and a campus impact project.
Skill Builders are short, 1-2 day trainings that highlight the educational skill sets of the Inquiry-Centered Model. Our primary skills include creating essential questions, asking beautiful discussion/facilitation questions, inviting multiple narratives into the room, identifying values, sharing the authentic self with students, and curating emotional and physical spaces conducive to learning.
The demand for this type of work is high, and we are excited to expand our team so that we can meet it. To that end, we seek a Program Manager who can build relationships with campuses to grow our impact, develop new materials, and manage the production operations behind the scenes.
Program Manager responsibilities include:
Weaver of Campus Relationships: A thoughtful engager who can manage multiple relationships with both care and efficiency.
- Build campus relationships through one-on-one meetings to grow the presence of Kol Yisrael to more than 75 campuses in the first year and more than 100 campuses in the second year.
- Work closely with campus educators to help them tailor our curricula to their specific campuses, listening for trends among the Kol Yisrael community
- Ensure campuses have the resources, support, and guidance they need to successfully bring the Kol Yisrael conversations to their students.
- Manage grant requests while liaising between campuses and operations
Curricular Imagineer and Content Curator: An educational thinker who can create thoughtful Israel programming that is question-centric and multivocal.
- Collaborate with content experts contracted to design new curricular offerings in line with the Inquiry-Centered Model (our existing pedagogical approach)
- Collaborate with evaluation team in reviewing and updating existing Kol Yisrael curricula
- Envision and cultivate a curricular arc for one-off programming for field professionals through Hillel U, our professional learning community
Production Architect: Wizard behind the curtain who can hold the operational logistics so the magic can happen.
- Organize production of our major programs (primarily Kol Yisrael and Masterclass: Israel), including assistance in recruitment, application design, filing documents/contracts, managing logistics, and scheduling meetings.
- Collaborate with members of the Conferences and Events team to bring our in-person gatherings alive. This includes being a friendly face to our participants, the go-to person for logistical questions, and the leader of setting up and organizing our physical spaces.
- Collaborate with our operations professional to manage grants from Kol Yisrael and Masterclass: Israel
Team Player: We’re a small team with a big mandate, and so we all find ourselves jumping in to help others’ projects. This will likely lead you to take on some responsibilities that aren’t listed here, but are critical to moving all of our projects forward.
We’re looking for someone who is…
- Organized. You can hold multiple details, projects, and ideas at once. You can prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, especially when there are multiple projects running concurrently.
- Accountable. You own your mistakes and strive for growth. You deliver on your commitments and maintain clear communication with those who rely on you.
- Curious. You are hungry to learn, especially from those around you. You ask insightful questions before offering solutions.
- Empathic. You can hold space for a diverse set of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds with radical empathy and compassion. When people speak to you, they feel seen, heard, and respected. You know how to be in meaningful conversation with those you disagree with.
- Collaborative. You love to learn with and from others. You are willing to dedicate time to help others on your team, as you understand that your success is intertwined with theirs.
- Adaptable. You are unafraid of change, excited to experiment with new solutions, and ready to pivot when needed. You can work in sometimes challenging environments with resilience.
- Committed to our approach. You believe in our question-centric, multivocal approach to Israel education.
Ideal Candidate Experience:
- Familiarity with the social, political, and cultural landscape of Israel
- Passion and commitment to the field of education, with a love of learning
- Comfort with Google Docs and willingness to learn some operations platforms
- Strong communication skills
- Good sense of humor
- Team player excited to innovate, pivot, and dream while managing multiple projects and relationships at once
- Committed to question-centric, nuanced Israel education
- Experience working in the Jewish education world, specifically around Israel-related topics
- Lived experience in Israel (Hebrew proficiency is a plus!)
- BA or MA degree (or relevant experience)
- 3-7 years of work experience
- Professional or academic training in Israel education, Israeli politics, Israeli history, or Israeli culture
- Experience working with emerging adults, young professionals, and/or college students
- Familiarity or experience within the Hillel movement
*We have separated out desired and required experience in an effort to counter bias in our job description. While we expect our candidates to have all of the required qualifications, we know that our eventual hire will NOT have all of our desired experience/background. Any person who meets our required criteria and exhibits some combination of the desired criteria is an ideal candidate for this position.
Salary and Benefits
This position has a fixed salary of $62,000. We are doing this intentionally to avoid unconscious pay discrimination. When we give people the opportunity to negotiate salaries, we financially reward those who are skilled at negotiation. But being a good negotiator does not mean that you are more qualified, or will perform better, in this role. For this reason, we are setting a fixed salary for this position, at the maximum that our budget allows. This salary falls in Hillel’s Compensation Level 3 - Program Manager ($55-75k). By setting a fixed salary, we are honoring that you come in with a certain set of skills and experience while accounting for the reality that you will grow in the role as you learn new skills and approaches.
Hillel has a comprehensive benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off for Jewish and federal holidays, an informal “take what you need” vacation policy, and flexible work from home policy. In addition, employees are enthusiastically encouraged to take advantage of professional development opportunities through Hillel U or our partner organizations.
Time Zones and Workplace
We are a remote team, open to hiring anyone based in North America with eligibility to work in the United States. We have a flexible work schedule, which aims to support our employees in maintaining maximally successful professional and personal lives. That said, we expect our employees to keep regular hours that are mutually agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor. While this position is remote, there are semi-regular in-person gatherings, trainings, and conferences that we expect our team to fully participate in. Hillel’s headquarters are in Washington, D.C., and we have satellite offices in New York and San Francisco.
The Program Manager reports to the Director of Israel Education and will work collaboratively with other members of the Center for Jewish & Israel Education and Meyerhoff teams.
What we’re about
Hillel International is the largest Jewish campus and community-based organization in the world serving the college-age population. Working with hundreds of thousands of students globally to help Jewish students make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel, Hillel serves students at more than 550 colleges, universities and communities.
As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.
If you’ve read this and thought this is you, this might be you, or this is sort-of you -- please apply!