Join Hillel at the University of Rochester as our new Engagement Associate, inspiring Jewish students to meaningfully engage in Jewish life on campus. You will spend your time building one on one relationships with students, partnering 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 an elite University with a medium sized Jewish population. Undergraduates benefit from the feel of a small liberal arts college combined with the highest caliber research opportunities of a top tier university. Rochester, NY has a mid-sized and dynamic Jewish community. The area has a friendly vibe, and is consistently rated as one of the most livable communities, easily accessible, and with lots to do
What You’ll Do
- Cultivate one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work, study, and/or socialize.
- Help meaningfully engage students in Jewish life on campus, connecting them with programs, immersive experiences, leadership opportunities, student groups, etc. of authentic interest.
- Identify and connect with uninvolved students from all different cohorts and demographics.
- Create and implement a strategy for meaningful follow-ups.
- Help create and implement a strategic plan for specifically welcoming and engaging freshmen, and sustaining their engagement throughout their time on campus.
- Help create a welcoming and inviting ambiance, from how Hillel portrays itself on-line to how the room is set for in-person events.
- Collaborate with students and colleagues to develop, staff, and/or facilitate programs and events, including Jewish learning opportunities, to meet our students’ diverse needs.
- Help connect Hillel and our students with other groups on campus for collaborative initiatives.
- Assist with planning, implementation, and staffing of Shabbat and holiday offerings.
- Support recruitment for special programs and trips, including Birthright Israel trips.
- Utilize and contribute to Hillel marketing and social media platforms.
- Continually assess how Hillel can best support students during the COVID-19 crisis, and creatively adapt engagement strategies and offerings to meet students where they are, and with what they need.
- Other duties as assigned.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- 0 - 5 years’ professional work experience (Please note: This could be an entry level position, or crafted for someone with more experience).
- A Bachelors degree.
- An outgoing, welcoming, warm, and inclusive personality.
- Comfort working within a pluralistic Jewish community.
- The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
- Confidence initiating and running programs, and at times serving as the lead staff.
- A sense of aesthetics and ambiance – ability to help create an environment in which students want to be.
- A strong self-motivated, flexible, resilient work ethic.
- A sense of comfort with your own Jewish self, and the interest in and ability to help support students on their Jewish journeys.
- An eagerness and interest in contributing to the many areas of Hillel’s work, and the many demographics it supports (including but not limited to holidays and ritual, learning, Israel, social justice, spirituality, culture; students, parents/families, alumni, campus and local communities).
- Basic social media skills, or a willingness to learn, and an interest in crafting and executing virtual programming as needed.
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The starting salary for this position is $40,000/annually, but could be negotiable depending on experience.
- A comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurances, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
- The opportunity to work with a small, welcoming, supportive team on a beautiful campus.
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is an elite, medium-sized private school with about school with about 6500 undergraduates. There are also many graduate students, including at our well-regarded medical and business schools, and at our world-class Eastman School of Music.
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 Jewish learning. We also offer and support programming that celebrates and connects students with Israel, and are looking forward to expanding our social justice, spirituality, and other Jewish life programming offerings. We are located in an interfaith Chapel and work regularly with our friends of other faiths. We also 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 approximately 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 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.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.