Hillel at Kent State University seeks a dynamic, outgoing, and creative team player to enhance the Hillel staff and Jewish life on campus. The Student Life Coordinator will be a critical member of the Student Life Team focusing on connecting with Jewish students on every corner of campus to connect them to a Jewish community and experiences that will deepen their personal Jewish journey. The Student Life Coordinator is supervised by the Assistant Director.
What You're Great At
• Finding ways to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
• Bringing an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to everything you do.
• Reflective listening and the ability to help others find their interests and make meaningful personal and organizational connections.
• Understanding and implementing “sales” strategies to help with identifying, recruiting and retaining new Jewish students.
• Public speaking and networking in a crowd of college students.
• Program planning and execution.
• High level of competence on social media.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
• The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is experience with customer service and sales.
• A dynamic, outgoing, and warm personality. The candidate should show creativity, passion, and a sense of humor.
• The ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a strong work ethic.
• A sense of comfort with your Jewish self, while actively cultivating this piece of your identity with and alongside students.
• A self-motivated work ethic with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments.
• An ability to demonstrate resiliency, rolling with the highs and lows throughout the academic year.
• A passion for working with young adults to help build a rich Jewish community on campus.
What You’ll Be Responsible For
• Develop and implement a strategic blueprint for freshman engagement, beginning when students consider the university as high school juniors and seniors and continuing through their freshman year.
• Cultivate one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and interest them.
• Identify and connect with uninvolved students through personal phone calls, e-mails, social media, on campus activities; create strategies for outreach with meaningful follow-up opportunities.
• Record and maintain tracking of student interactions and relationships.
• Network newly engaged students within the Hillel umbrella by introducing them to the appropriate student initiatives, internships, immersive opportunities, and general programs.
• Create unique and relatable Jewish learning opportunities
• Recruit for, and potentially staff, immersion experiences, such as Birthright Israel, Maccabee Task Force, conferences, Alternative Breaks, and others.
• Support student initiatives and programs by being in attendance and providing resources.
• Mentor assigned members of the Hillel Student Board and other student leaders, providing them support and facilitating meetings as needed.
• Attend most programs for which responsible (including evenings, weekends, and some Jewish holidays).
• Utilize and contribute to social media platforms.
• Other duties as assigned.
How You'll Grow and Feel Supported
• Participate in weekly supervision with the Assistant Director, weekly staff and student life team meetings.
• Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth with other staff members.
• Participate in staff retreats and/or off-site professional development opportunities.
• Engage in biannual reviews to consider successes, challenges and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
• Attend Hillel International’s New Professional Institute (NPI) this summer as well as other conferences and trainings when relevant.
What You'll Get Out of It
• Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/ sick time, and parental leave.
• Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
Hours and Travel
This is a full time position at 40 hours per week. Candidates for this position will understand that the job requires flexibility and will often work non-traditional hours. A willingness to host holidays and celebrations for others is a must. Annual travel as a group leader, possibly international, is also a requirement of the position.
About Hillel at Kent State University
Hillel at Kent State is the foundation for Jewish life at Kent State University and the University of Akron serving 1,500 Jewish students. We seek to inspire Jewish undergraduate and graduate students to make enduring commitments to Jewish life in ways that are meaningfully relevant to their lives. Our home, The Cohn Jewish Student Center, opened in 2009 as an 11,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility which sits in the heart of Kent’s campus. It is the first Hillel building on campus at a state school. In 2013 Hillel at Kent State University won the Indispensable Partner Award from Hillel International for the deep and unprecedented relationship we have with our host campuses. In 2014 Kent State recognized us for being an “Outstanding Campus Partner.”
There is a “buzz” in the community and on campus about our organization due in part to the great success of our strong professional staff team which has more than 30 years’ experience building Jewish life on campus.
Hillel at Kent State is located 25 minutes from Akron, Ohio and 40 minutes from Cleveland’s east side, home to a thriving Jewish community of 80,000+. Hillel at Kent State University is a partner agency of Jewish Federation of Cleveland, one of the premier Federations in the country.
Kent State University and the University of Akron are two premier public universities in Northeast Ohio. Both attract students from around the globe; however, a great majority of the student body for each institution comes from within 100-mile radius. Kent State is known for its schools of fashion, architecture, communications, education and business. University of Akron is a world-renowned polymer science school. Kent State is a strong partner in our work and we enjoy being an indispensable partner to the university. Kent State and the University of Akron enjoy a healthy and fun athletics rivalry.
Our staff is evenly divided between living in Akron and Cleveland, but all would agree that Northeast Ohio is a hidden jewel. The area boasts one of the best Metropark systems, a world-renowned arts and cultural center in Cleveland, a vibrant music scene that brings local and nationally known artists, and some of the best private schools in the country. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is situated in downtown Cleveland and our medical community hosts two of the leading medical institutions in the country, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Its affordability (and lack of traffic!) is incomparable to most regions that have such amenities. Hearty Northeast Ohioans enjoy all four seasons.
The Jewish communities in Akron and Cleveland are large enough to have your choice from a variety of synagogues, Jewish organizations and cultural opportunities, but small enough that you’ll soon know people at the kosher butcher. They offer big city opportunities with mid-west appeal.
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 Kent State University 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.