Senior Jewish Educator
Maryland Hillel is seeking a Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) who will bring contagious energy and passion for Judaism and to one of the nation’s preeminent Hillels. They will believe strongly in the value of pluralism, have a passion for nurturing a community with diverse and varied expressions of Jewish life and possess the ability to connect deeply with students from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. The Senior Jewish Educator will serve as part of a multi-dimensional educational and programmatic leadership team working to advance Maryland Hillel’s educational vision and engagement strategy. They will engage directly with students, serve as a mentor and a resource to students and staff and will work to bolster opportunities for Jewish education and experience. The Senior Jewish Educator reports to the Associate Executive Director.
What You’ll Do:
• Engage students in conversations, experiences, and opportunities to further Hillel’s vision of Jewish diversity and pluralism.
• Build relationships with students through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life on campus.
• Innovate and experiment with different engagement methodologies designed to reach students who are currently uninvolved.
• Own the recruitment, education, training and supervision of a dynamic student engagement internship program.
• Serve as the lead educator and administrator for multiple cohort based Jewish and Israel learning opportunities including the Jewish Learning Fellowship program.
• Develop and facilitate creative educational approaches and innovative curricula targeted towards specific micro-communities, including Greek life and first-year students.
• Oversee a collaborative process to create a diverse set of Jewish holiday observances and celebrations on campus.
• Serve as lead staff member for major holidays, including High Holidays and Passover.
• Serve as a liaison with on-campus partners for interfaith and religious life projects.
• Advise a variety of religious student groups and ensure collaboration among the groups.
• Be a regular staff presence at Shabbat and holidays at Hillel as well other Shabbat experiences across campus.
• Supervise a full-time early career professional.
• Serve as a staff member on immersive experiences such as Birthright Israel and alternative breaks.
A Typical Day May Include: ?
• Having coffee in the student union with a student you met during the welcome bar-b-que.
• Joining a sorority for dinner at their chapter house and leading a conversation about an issue connecting Judaism to a relevant topic in their lives.
• Teaching a session as part of an ongoing cohort based learning experience.
• Stopping as you walk across campus to chat with multiple students about their interests and what Jewish life on campus has to offer.
• Brainstorming with a staff member on how to bring Jewish ideas and values into an upcoming program.
• Meeting with other religious community leaders on campus to plan an interfaith service project.
What You’ve Accomplished:
• Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
• 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
• Proven success in community building and outreach, previous experience in program visioning and implementation as well as success in developing curricula and informal educational experiences.
• Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.
What You’ll 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 and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys.
• A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community.
• A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for Judaism and Israel.
• Ability to engage with people of all interests and backgrounds.
• Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
• Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration.
• Excitement to be a part of a large, diverse team of staff.
• Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
What You’ll Receive:
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
• 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.
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
• Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
About Maryland Hillel:
Maryland Hillel, located in College Park, MD in close proximity to Washington, DC, enjoys a national reputation for its Jewish community, both due to its size with some 5,800 Jewish undergrads, and, more critically, due to the vibrancy of Jewish life on campus. A team of 16 professionals work in concert with Jewish students to facilitate a veritable menu of experiences and opportunities. Hillel strives to ensure that Jewish students derive meaning and value from connecting, in their individuated ways, with our tradition, heritage, and Israel. Maryland Hillel draws students to the University of Maryland from around the country with large contingents from Maryland, the tristate area, Florida and California. Following many years of growth, Hillel is conducting a capital campaign to construct a custom-built 40,000 square foot Jewish student center to continue to support this thriving Jewish community into the future.
About Hillel International:
Maryland Hillel is affiliated with 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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders. 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.