As the educational and spiritual leader of Northwestern Hillel, the Campus Rabbi serves as a resource for the world-class Northwestern University community. The Campus Rabbi’s approachable, dynamic, and engaging personality serves as a compelling model of contemporary Jewish life, allowing the Campus Rabbi to form deep relationships with students, faculty, and staff. By applying the transformational power of Jewish living to help enrich the life of the University, the Campus Rabbi helps to further Northwestern Hillel’s mission to inspire every Jewish student at Northwestern to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life through innovative and inspiring activities, programs, and opportunities. The Campus Rabbi reports to the Executive Director and will work with that individual to establish specific goals and evaluate progress on an ongoing basis.
What You’ll Own and How You'll Grow
Jewish Observance (25%)
• Empower students to produce their own creative Jewish experiences and to develop adult religious identities
• Ensure a pluralistic and welcoming atmosphere by strengthening the multiple worship and learning options offered by Hillel
• Advise student leaders as they create regular, warm, welcoming, and inspiring ritual experiences for their peers
• Attend and participate regularly in Shabbat and holiday celebrations at Hillel
• Coordinate, implement, and evaluate all aspects of major Jewish holiday programming and observances on campus, including High Holidays and Passover
• Work with the Executive Director to craft an educational vision and strategy for Hillel, creating innovative opportunities for formal, informal, and experiential Jewish learning for students with diverse backgrounds and interests that include a multiplicity of Jewish perspectives
• Teach regular classes at Hillel and study one-on-one and in small groups with students
• Create new educational opportunities, both formal and informal, and develop corresponding curriculum and structure
• Inspire and advise peer-education and informal education efforts
• Engage the campus in Jewish conversation through social media and other creative means
• Serve as a Jewish educational resource for Hillel staff and student leaders, including designing curriculum and educational content
• Serve as lead educator for Hillel’s immersive journeys, including Taglit-Birthright Israel trips and Alternative Student Break experiences
• Proactively form meaningful relationships with students from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, including students less involved in the organized Jewish community, and create opportunities for them to deepen their participation in the life of the Jewish people
• Mentor current and emerging Hillel leaders, deepening their lives with Jewish practice and thought and enhancing their leadership skills
• Offer guidance, mentorship, and pastoral counseling to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members as appropriate
• Leverage Jewish teachable moments whenever and wherever possible, within the Hillel building and around campus
• Connect students to resources and opportunities in the broader Chicago, national, and global Jewish communities
• Actively promote Northwestern and its Jewish life to prospective students and parents
Community Leadership (15%)
• Maintain relationships with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with other Jewish groups on campus, and with other campus religious and cultural communities
• Organize social justice projects, in collaboration with other communities on campus
• Advocate for Jewish life on campus and promote the acceptance of religious observance at Northwestern (rescheduling exams, Shabbat, etc.)
• Provide a Jewish perspective on campus issues to campus media and individual student groups
• Participate visibly in the life of the University through attending major campus events, including lectures, athletic events, student activities, etc.
• Represent Hillel in the local and national Jewish community through rabbinical organizations, participating in community functions and other activities as appropriate
Supervision & Professional Growth (10%)
• Participate in weekly professional supervision meetings with the Executive Director
• Participate in weekly staff meetings, staff learning sessions, and ongoing Jewish learning and professional development opportunities
• Participate in senior staff meetings as part of the staff leadership team of Northwestern Hillel
• Participate in development/fundraising opportunities in coordination with the Executive Director
• Rabbinic ordination from an accredited institution and a commitment to a pluralistic approach to Jewish life
• Previous rabbinic experience is a plus, but recently-ordained candidates are welcome to apply
• Demonstrated ability to strongly relate to college students and a love for working with this population
• Pastoral counseling skills
• Clear and effective verbal and written communications
• Ability to work flexible hours needed to complete job requirements, including some nights, weekends, and holidays
• Creativity, flexibility and initiative, along with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments.
• Experience supervising staff and working with young adults. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is community organizing, camping, or other types of work directly serving others.
• A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, a sense of humor, and an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would
• Eager to share unique personal Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspire others to be on a Jewish journey.
About Northwestern Hillel
Northwestern Hillel is an exciting, fast-based, inspiring work environment. Our team, recipient of the Hillel International 2018 “Great Place to Work” Award, is a high-energy, dedicated staff of professionals committed to enriching Jewish life on campus and beyond.
Northwestern Hillel is the center and catalyst for for Jewish life at the world-renowned Northwestern University. Northwestern Hillel offers a wide array of opportunities for Jewish students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey. The professional staff supports students in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers while they enrich the Jewish community at Northwestern, the campus community, and the world beyond.
Northwestern Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF). JUF is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.
Please attach a cover letter with your application.