Program Director

Role Overview
Build a Jewish community from the ground up as the Program Director at both Georgia State and Kennesaw State. The Program Director drives the grassroots relationship-building engine that connects students to Jewish life, organizing meaningful, interactive program opportunities on the foundation of these relationships. You will drive Hillel forward by thinking big, empowering students, and creating a warm and inclusive environment for Jewish life on campus.As Program Director, you will be the beating heart of our Hillel community, opening doors for student involvement, guiding student leaders as they create community and grow into themselves, and coordinating the logistics to help us provide excellent programming and facilitate connections. Along the way, you will be mentored and gain skills that will help you advance in the field, including working with lay leadership and the local community, advancing our partnership with the college, and branching into development.

What You’ll Do
• Mentor our volunteer student leaders in their Jewish growth through one-on-one meetings and group training, in order to cultivate a caring and the actively inclusive Jewish community.
• Develop and oversee a strategic engagement plan, in partnership with student interns and student board.
• Direct the student leadership, programming, and engagement budgets and oversee day-to-day Hillel operations.
• Develop key relationships with campus professionals and student organizational partners to further the reach and impact of GSU and KSU Hillel’s on campus.
• Build relationships with 180 students each year, connecting them to the Jewish community and identity
• Collaborate with colleagues in implementing our comprehensive engagement strategy and recruiting for core programs
• Serve the Jewish student population, comprehensively supporting their campus experience alongside our professional team

On a day to day basis you will
• Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect them to opportunities
• Meet with students over coffee to help connect them with leadership roles at Hillel
• Plan and execute interest-based programming in collaboration with student leadership
• Co-plan and lead intern cohort training
• Recruit for immersive experiences including Birthright: Israel and Maccabee Task Force
• Immerse yourself in the environment of the campus

What You’ve Accomplished
• 3-5 years of relevant professional experience as a Hillel professional or similar experiential Jewish field.
• Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree is a plus.
• Success in relationship-building and mentorship
• Success in managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas

What You’ll Bring to the Job
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an accessible persona
• Inspiring, mentoring and motivating college-age students through traditional, but also experiential education
• A commitment to pluralism, and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
• Familiarity with higher education and campus settings
• Comfort working independently and collaboratively
• Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to experiment
• A strong base of applied Jewish knowledge
• Solid time and project management skills with attention to detail
• Competence with social media and basic fluency with technology
• Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.

What You’ll Receive
• Competitive salary in the nonprofit 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
• Outstanding professional development, mentorship, and skill-building opportunities
• Travel for conferences and immersive programs, particularly to Israel

About Georgia State and Kennesaw State, Hillel at GSU and KSU, and Atlanta
Georgia State University is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, a beautiful and vibrant city. Our location provides many unique opportunities to get connected to the greater Atlanta arts, culture, and social scene. While Georgia State does not yet have a building, we have a student community room in the Student Center West Building room 486. The Georgia State campus and the city of Atlanta is the backdrop for our close-knit, accepting, and diverse Jewish community on campus!

GSU Hillel has weekly social programs such as lunch and learns, which provides students with a fresh kosher lunch every week, Jewish learning classes, and strives to connect Jewish students to create long-lasting friendships. Looking for a Jewish friend, roommate, or study partner? Hillel is the right place to be!
Kennesaw State University is located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta.

Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe.

KSU Hillel serves as a Jewish resource on campus committed to empowering our 300+ students to make Jewish connections, building dynamic communities and generating excitement about Jewish life on campus. We recognize and value the uniqueness of every Jewish student and are invested in their individual growth. Through education, initiative, and action, KSU Hillel aims to promote positive change and make significant contributions to the Jewish people and the world.

Atlanta is one of the largest cities in the United States and the vibrant cultural and economic capital of the southeast. It is home to some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including Coca Cola, Delta, Home Depot, and UPS. A fast-growing and scenic urban center, Atlanta’s social calendar includes numerous nightly opportunities spread throughout its character-rich neighborhoods. Atlanta is also home to extensive opportunities in Jewish life, with a Jewish population of more than 125,000. Its diverse pluralistic Jewish community, well-supported infrastructure, and social scene offer plentiful opportunities for personal growth.

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 fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and trains them to become the next Jewish leaders.

GSU Hillel and KSU Hillel are 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: • Outstanding professional development, mentorship, and skill-building opportunities • Travel for conferences and immersive programs, particularly to Israel
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-04-27
  • Times this job has been viewed: 498 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Programming
  • Organization Type: Hillel
Job Location
Georgia State Hillel and Kennesaw State Hillel
735 Gatewood Rd NE
Atlanta , Georgia 30322
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