Reform Senior Jewish Educator @ Penn State Hillel

Reform Senior Jewish Educator

Peter J. Rubinstein Reform Senior Jewish Educator, Penn State Hillel

Make your mark on Jewish life by joining Penn State Hillel as the Peter J. Rubinstein Reform Senior Jewish Educator to enrich the lives of students and to shape the future of Jewish life on campus. You will mentor Jewish students as they take the most critical steps on their Jewish journeys, and guide our professional staff to become more confident Jewish conversationalists. You live and model a passionately Jewish life, are entrepreneurial and a change agent, possess an extremely high emotional intelligence, and have a great sense of humor. You will utilize these skills to meet students where they are, engage and build relationships with Jewish students, help student leaders create Jewish networks across campus and mentor professional staff as they learn to become authentic informal Jewish educators. You will be responsible for ensuring meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, identifying and cultivating student leaders, and consistently promoting a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community.

What you’re great at:
• Sharing your deep well of Jewish knowledge in engaging and relevant ways
• Drawing on your background in informal Jewish education to teach others how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences
• Finding ways to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere
• Figuring out what makes people tick, and applying that knowledge to strategically help connect them to their passions and interests
• Using your Jewish story as a model and learning opportunity for others, and being comfortable talking about your own struggles with finding your home in Judaism
• Listening to what people are saying, and also understanding what they’re not saying
• Empowering others to create their own Jewish experiences that are meaningful to them
• Bringing an entrepreneurial energy to everything you do, thinking strategically, creatively and “BIG”
• Engaging every Jewish student, from the day school students to the ones who just found out they’re Jewish yesterday

What you’ll bring to the job:
• Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
• Demonstrated success working in informal Jewish educational formats (Hillel, camping, etc.)
• Experience working with young adults and an approachable, dynamic, and engaging personality with outstanding interpersonal skills
• A team-oriented approach to work and an entrepreneurial spirit
• A strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would
• A passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on and around campus
• Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in order to reach goals

What you’ll do:
• Develop one-on-one relationships with approximately 180 Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and connect them to Jewish life
• Build a vibrant Reform student community
• Mentor student interns and volunteer leaders in their Jewish growth through group leadership seminars and one-on-one meetings and cultivate a Jewish community that is caring, diverse, welcoming and actively inclusive
• Update and implement the comprehensive Jewish educational vision for Penn State Hillel, in partnership with the Executive Director and Assistant Director
• Building on Penn State Hillel’s student leadership structure and strategic engagement initiative, guide the Student Life Team in connecting with uninvolved students and exploring ways to create meaningful Jewish experiences that are both relevant and impactful in their lives
• Develop new approaches to deepening the knowledge and experience of Penn State’s Jewish students, in particular utilizing Penn State Hillel’s innovative JewPAC micro-grant initiative
• Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in engaging students on campus and in major programs, and oversee the implementation of Shabbat and holiday celebrations
• Track and evaluate progress to show growth
• Participate in weekly professional supervision with the Assistant Director and weekly staff meetings
• Guide ongoing Jewish learning and growth for other staff members
• Participate in semi-annual reviews to consider successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth, and to ensure the cultivation of skills and resources necessary to succeed

What you’ll get out of it:
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
• A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement
• Domestic and international travel opportunities
• Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
• Flexible work hours
• Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace

What we’re about:
Penn State Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of the estimated 5,000 Jewish students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Penn State Hillel’s student leaders, staff, and lay leaders passionately nurture a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish college students where they are encouraged to develop new and innovative ways to explore their Judaism. Penn State Hillel is dedicated to creating a staff team with a family-like atmosphere where professionals are valued and supported in their personal and professional journeys, and are challenged to deepen their critical thinking and decision-making abilities. Penn State Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability, and results. Penn State Hillel is known for its strong staff culture and extremely high employee engagement, and is in the midst of dramatic organizational growth, transforming from a medium-sized campus organization into one of the premier centers for Jewish student life in the country, soon to be operating out of a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Penn State 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.

Community Overview:
Penn State Hillel is located in State College, PA, on the beautiful campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed State College as #19 on its list of 50 Smart Places to Live. Sperling’s BestPlaces research group has ranked State College the No.1 safest small city in America, and State College is one of RelocateAmerica’s Top 100 Places to Live. Forbes has listed State College among the top 10 smaller metro areas in which to start a career or business.

Penn State was ranked 7th in Washington Monthly’s 2009 national college rankings, was #3 on its list of Top 100 Best U.S. College and University Programs, and is included on Newsweek’s list of the 50 Top Global Universities. In 2005, the NASDAQ rated Penn State University as the Best Center for Entrepreneurship in the United States. Penn State features THON—the largest student-run philanthropy in the world—which raised more than $10.6 Million in 2019, and has one of the highest application rates to Teach for America.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities • A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement • Domestic and international travel opportunities • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students • Flexible
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Rabbinical
  • Job Posted: 2019-12-03
  • Times this job has been viewed: 52 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Education - Other, Programming, Rabbi
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Penn State Hillel
114-117 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
State College , Pennsylvania 16802


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