Position Description

Jewish Student Life Coordinator
Location Ohio University Hillel
City Athens
State/Territory Ohio
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Jewish Student Life Coordinator

Ohio University Hillel

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Ohio University as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator (JSLC)! As a leader and mentor, the JSLC will foster supportive individual relationships, identify and develop promising new student leaders, plan and host creative engagement events on campus, and most importantly inspire students to make an ongoing commitment to Jewish life.

The Jewish Student Life Coordinator is a full-time employee who reports to the Executive Director and is an essential member of the Hillel OU team. The JSLC  is a welcoming and dynamic Jewish community builder that embraces innovation and inclusivity to connect with OU students; ultimately shaping and inspiring their participation and leadership in Jewish campus life. They are never afraid to reach out to someone new and always make space for others at their table. Professional strengths include being personable and accessible, detail-oriented, organized, flexible, resourceful, passionate, and able to work independently. Working well in collaborative environments as well as demonstrated supervisory skills are both essential for success in this role.

What You’ll Do

  • Engagement
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy to map out ongoing needs during an individual’s student lifecycle while building relationships to identify/develop prospective student leaders in the Jewish community.
    • Assist in developing key relationships with campus and student organizational partners.
    • Under supervision of the Executive Director, oversee student intern training and activities; utilizing quantitative and qualitative data to measure program goals.
    • Identify and implement strategies to create opportunities to connect with new Jewish students by meeting with different cohorts and demographics on campus.
  • Leader of Hillel's Internship Program
    • Supervise and manage Hillel’s internship program and serve as an advisor to student leadership groups and other Hillel student groups. 
    • With oversight of the Executive Director, manage the Student Intern board including program development, leadership skills, and professionalism.
    • Promote and participate in student-led programs with a positive and energetic attitude.
    • Participate, lead, and encourage student involvement in campus wide activities, (e.g. 
      Bobcathon, sporting events, speakers on campus, performances, etc.)
    • Identify and meet with students to help connect them to internship and leadership roles at Hillel. 
  • Program Leadership and Support
    • Initiate, plan for, and implement new program initiatives serving unmet student needs and interests, building on existing Hillel programs
    • Incorporating an accountability framework for student-led programs e.g. implementing deadlines during program planning process and supporting students in making sure deadlines are met 
    • Develop an organizational communication plan to utilize multi-channel marketing, such as social media and in-person events, to build Hillel’s overall brand among students.
    • Develop new and enhance existing Tzedek service learning initiatives; partnering with community organizations to reach a larger group of students on campus as well as coordinating any volunteer opportunities that come through OU Hillel.
    • Manage programs to engage large numbers of students – i.e. “welcome week” and large holiday celebrations such as High Holy Days, Purim, & Israel Week 
  • Oversee Immersive Experiences
    • Serve as the key point of contact and project manager for OU immersive experiences off-campus; including short or longer-term experiential trips including Birthright as well as summer internships.
    • Implement Birthright recruitment strategies inspired by Hillel International, while managing all onboarding aspects from registration to chaperoning trips.
    • Coordinate with Hillel International's Birthright Team to plan awareness campaigns and interest meetings.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • 1-3  years of professional work experience.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • 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.
  • Dedication to the concept of radical hospitality and that every student has a home at Hillel.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $38,500 - $42,500.
  • 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.
  • Professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities. 
  • Travel opportunities both regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel. 

About Ohio University Hillel

Ohio University (OU) Hillel is the home for Jewish life in Athens; providing Jewish students with opportunities to explore Jewish education, leadership, spirituality, and fun! We also serve as the only Jewish congregation in Southeast Ohio. We celebrate Jewish and Israeli holidays, while partnering with the University for diversity initiatives and campus outreach. OU is a big university in a small town with a small Jewish community. While OU students are deeply engaged, there are still infinite opportunities to further build meaningful and long lasting relationships with Ohio University Hillel. Southeast Ohio is one of the most beautiful regions in the continental United States; perfect for hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. Southeast Ohio is full of natural beauty and outdoor adventure. Just over an hour from bustling Columbus, Athens is a diamond in the heart of Appalachia which is known for its natural beauty and independent breweries. 

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.

Ohio University 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.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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