Engagement Associate

Role Overview
Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at the University of Rochester as the Engagement Associate. You will build one on one relationships with students, partner with them to create engaging programming and experiences, and be a welcoming and inclusive mentor and resource as they explore and craft their own authentic Jewish lives, and relationships with Israel. The University of Rochester is one of the leading Universities in America. Rochester, N.Y. has a vibrant culture and a mid-sized and dynamic Jewish community. The city has a friendly vibe and is headquarters to the Wegman’s grocery chain. It is consistently rated as one of the most livable cities, easily accessible, and with lots to do.


What You’ll Do
• Actively contribute to shaping Hillel at the University of Rochester by engaging 180 students in Jewish life, including mapping out a plan to strategically connect those not currently engaged.
• Collaborate with students and colleagues to develop programs.
• Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect them to opportunities.
• Meet with students to help connect them with leadership roles in Hillel.
• Plan and facilitate weekly student intern meetings.
• Supervise six student interns who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus.
• Recruit for special programs and trips, including Birthright Israel trips.

What You’ll Bring to the Job
• 0 -2 years’ professional work experience
• Bachelors degree
• Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn your wins as well as your losses.
• Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
• Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
• Inability to get off an airplane without making a new friend.
• Belief that our work isn’t done until every Jewish student is connected to Jewish life.
• Willingness to admit what you don’t know, and excitement to learn in those areas.
• Creative problem-solving.
• Excitement to continue developing your own relationship to Judaism.

What You’ll Receive
• Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The intended salary for this role is $40,000 but may be negotiable depending on 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
• Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel

About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is a medium-sized private school with about 6500 undergraduates. There is are also many graduate students and a well-regarded medical school, and the world-class Eastman School of Music. The University is strong in STEM subjects but also is excellent in liberal studies.

Located on the banks of the Genesee River and in downtown Rochester, the University is the largest employer in the city.

With a staff of five, Hillel at the University of Rochester is a major force in Jewish life on campus. We offer a home-cooked Shabbat meal every week, holiday celebrations, and vibrant Israel programing. We have a warm and collaborative relationship with our local Chabad chapter and partner with them on certain celebrations.

Rochester has a vibrant Jewish community of 18,000. In addition to the great kosher offerings at Wegmans, the renowned grocery chain, Rochester has an independent kosher bakery, deli, butcher shop, Israeli restaurant, and more. Rochester is known for its festivals, including a has a week-long Jazz festival each summer. There is an annual Jewish film festival and Jewish book festival hosted by the local JCC, as well as over a dozen synagogue communities. There is a growing commitment to supporting Jewish young adult life (approx aged 22-35), with programming and activities sponsored by both the local Jewish Federation and area synagogues.


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.

The University of Rochester 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.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, retirement plans, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-03-13
  • Times this job has been viewed: 166 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Engagement
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Hillel at the University of Rochester
1045 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester , New York 14627
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