Metro Chicago Hillel (MCH) seeks a dynamic and creative individual with a passion for managing staff, programs, and operations to serve as its next Assistant Director. This role provides an exceptional opportunity for an emerging organizational leader to serve as a thought partner with the Executive Director to develop and implement the organization’s student-facing vision and strategy and to lead Metro Chicago Hillel through a period of vibrant growth.
The Assistant Director impacts every aspect of MCH’s undergraduate work. They are responsible for overseeing the depth and breadth of student life related to programming, engagement, and student leadership and for supporting the work of staff and student leaders on small- to large-scale programs and initiatives. As manager of internal operations, they will strive to cultivate an inspiring work environment, while ensuring that staff members have what they need to excel at their jobs.
The Assistant Director works with talented colleagues to further Hillel’s mission to inspire every student interested in Judaism at our schools to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life.
• With the Executive Director, design and execute an engagement strategy to reach MCH’s Measuring Excellence objectives:
• Engaging more than 70% of Jewish students on our campuses in Jewish life and learning at least once; and
• Connecting with at least 30% of Jewish students six or more times through programs and one-on-one meetings, or engaging them in high-impact activities like Birthright or student retreats.
• Coordinate on-campus activities and staff with Base Hillel student engagement, including setting student engagement goals with Base rabbis and regularly monitoring metrics.
• Staff the MCH student leadership structure to support robust program activities, Shabbat, holiday celebrations, social justice, Israel programs and meaningful Jewish experiences.
• Staff Shabbat and holiday programming, assisting with discussions, rituals, and celebrations.
• Act as primary point of contact for peripheral campuses, supporting monthly student programs and meeting with school administrators and faculty advisors.
• Supervise, mentor and support the growth of 3-4 staff members.
• Oversee the Engagement Team, including leading biweekly meetings focused on strategizing, troubleshooting, and evaluation.
• Sit on MCH’s Operations Team, providing engagement expertise and input on overall engagement and organizational strategies and tactics.
• Create and maintain strategic partnerships with the university communities, including Student Affairs and Admissions.
• Directly support JUF campaign integration on an ongoing basis in addition to mandatory campaign-related activities.
• Manage the hiring and training of new staff members.
• Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
• Lead weekly staff meetings and plan biannual retreats in collaboration with senior leadership.
• Be a thought partner with Executive Director and campus partners. Build meaningful relationships with key university staff and faculty that yield productive partnerships.
• Oversee the collection and analysis of our engagement data in partnership with Hillel International.
• Staff, travel, and support alternative breaks and Taglit-Birthright Israel, including pre- and post-trip programs.
• Directly support JUF campaign integration on an ongoing basis in addition to mandatory campaign-related activities
• Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience working in a Jewish nonprofit organization preferred.
• 5-8 years’ experience in Jewish communal work, or experiential or higher education.
• Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage, traditions and Jewish Communal Services, required.
• Experience supervising professional staff and/or facilitating leadership development for young adults.
• Comfort in managing teams as well as working independently and collaboratively.
• Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.
• Accomplished organizational skills related to strategic planning, program oversight, and time management.
• Strong data analysis and budgeting skills.
• Ability to connect people’s passions and interests to Hillel’s mission.
• Committed to pluralism and comfortable using personal relationship with Judaism to act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
• Eager to share unique personal Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspire others to be on a Jewish journey.
• A serious work ethic, sense of humor, and willingness to take risks and learn from unexpected situations.
• Proven success in:
- Creating structures and opportunities that assist and empower students to take initiative and ownership for their communities
- Developing and/or implementing a strategic plan, including reporting and tracking data
- Managing multiple projects while maintaining quality.
• Willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings (on a weekly basis), weekends, and holidays.
About Metro Chicago Hillel
Metro Chicago Hillel serves almost 1,600 students at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Oakton Community College, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as students at countless other schools in the Chicagoland area. We are an urban, multi-campus Hillel serving commuter students, creating Jewish community where students live and learn, helping them build an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Metro Chicago Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Hillel International.
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.
Metro Chicago 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.
Please include a cover letter with your application.