Senior Jewish Educator
Hillel at the University of Washington
About Hillel UW
Our mission at Hillel UW is to inspire students and young adults to explore, embrace and celebrate Jewish life and identity. We envision Jewish college students and young adults enriching and strengthening the Jewish community and the world in meaningful ways throughout their lives. In addition to our strong campus program, we also serve the needs of graduate students and young adults (21-35 year olds) through our award-winning Jconnect program. As a well-respected, integral part of the Seattle Jewish community, Hillel UW also provides High Holiday services and Passover programming open to the larger community. We have a beautiful 24,000 square foot building located just blocks north of the University of Washington campus, that includes a café, small gym, and a Va’ad supervised kosher kitchen. In partnership with our Jewish Family Service, we have an on-site clinical therapist on our staff who provides counseling for students.
Hillel UW is currently looking for a dynamic, creative and engaging Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) to join our team. As an inspiring Jewish teacher, our SJE will provide leadership for the Hillel UW community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and pluralistic community engagement. Our SJE will develop and maintain relationships with students and young adults, both those engaged with Jewish life and those searching, and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of both students and young adults in all aspects of Jewish life on campus and beyond. We want our SJE to bring fun, innovation, and joy to our Shabbat and holiday experiences and to Jewish life on campus. This person will report to the Executive Director.
Our SJE will:
• Identify needs of the Jewish students on campus and develop strategies for meeting these needs with proven community organizing and outreach methods.
• Build new relationships each year with a goal of 180 Jewish college students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations, and by creating opportunities for them to connect with Jewish life. A significant portion of these students should be previously uninvolved in Jewish life. Similar expectations will be set for the Jconnect community.
• Mentor student leaders and volunteers, specifically the chairs and members of our Shabbat and Jewish Life & Learning Committees.
• Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences; educational programs, one-on-one or small group learning; and immersive trips that students and Jconnectors find relevant.
• Pilot creative, new educational approaches and initiatives on campus and for our Jconnect community.
• Collaborate as an integral part of the entire Hillel UW staff in support of our mission and vision and living our Jewish values of Derech Eretz/respect, Kehillah/community, Simcha/joy, Limmud/learning and Manhigut/leadership.
• Develop and nurture relationships with leaders of university student life, campus religious life staff, and the local Jewish community.
On a day-to-day basis our SJE will:
• Coordinate efforts with our Executive Director, program team members, and other staff.
• Offer consistent, reliable on-going opportunities for our micro-communities to learn together.
• Communicate with constituents and staff by providing regular weekly/monthly Judaic programming content for our website, program calendar, newsletters, and social media posts.
• Provide pastoral care to students and Jconnectors, talking with them about the challenges in their lives, and giving them ways to understand those challenges in a Jewish framework. Refer people to our clinical counselor as appropriate.
• Lead the efforts for staff-initiated holiday programming, including High Holiday services, megillah readings, Passover seders, and a Shavuot Tikkun. Involve constituents as appropriate.
• Train interested student leaders and Jconnectors to lead Shabbat services and rituals.
• Recruit for immersive experiences such as Birthright Israel, Alternative Spring Breaks, Perspectives Trips to Israel, Shalom Hartman iEngage winter seminars and JDC Entwine trips and staff 1-3 of these trips each year.
• Meet with students who are members of fraternities and sororities to plan Jewish programming for the Greek community, or discuss engagement strategies with students interested in creating a new social justice or interfaith initiative at Hillel UW.
• Oversee the organization-wide monthly reporting of HEART data, and directly input information for touches/programs where SJE is the lead team member.
• Partner with our Development Director to provide content for grants and reports as needed for fundraising efforts that pertain to Jewish life and learning.
Our SJE will have:
• Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
• 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Work in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
• Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
What our SJE will bring to the job:
• A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
• Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable, inclusive, and meets students and young adults at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
• A commitment to creating a welcoming, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
• A strong entrepreneurial spirit. (Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.)
• Confidence initiating and running programs; comfort asking questions; an upbeat, engaging attitude connecting with constituents.
• Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, collaboration, and positivity.
• Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising, tech skills (general and sound system), fluency in Microsoft Office, and musicality (voice and/or instrument playing) are all welcome and encouraged for this position.
Compensation and other benefits:
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace commensurate with 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.
• Vibrant life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
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 the University of Washington is proudly affiliated with Hillel International.