Position Description

Senior Jewish Educator
Location Santa Barbara Hillel
City Isla Vista
State/Territory California
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Senior Jewish Educator

Santa Barbara Hillel

Role Overview

Inspire the Jewish future by joining the Santa Barbara Hillel staff team as our new Senior Jewish Educator. We’re seeking a creative, nurturing, and dynamic team player to inspire our highly collaborative student body in one-on-one as well as group settings. The SJE will shine in an informal educational setting, and will help the rest of our staff and student leaders infuse Jewish depth and meaning throughout the Santa Barbara Hillel experience. You’ll foster a nurturing environment for students to grow religiously, socially and ethically, and help each student develop their own personal understanding of what it means to be Jewish. 

You’ll meet students where they are, helping them find meaning in their Jewish journey and developing the next generation of Jewish leaders. Working at Hillel includes opportunities to travel, both to Israel and for professional development opportunities. As a leadership member of our staff you will have the opportunity to impact each student’s experience with Santa Barbara Hillel and their Jewish life beyond. 

What You’ll Do

  • Build relationships with students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations and by creating connections to opportunities to participate in Jewish life.
  • Collaborate with the Student Life team, senior leadership and student leadership to infuse Jewish life and learning throughout and to shape and develop the educational vision of Santa Barbara Hillel.
  • Reach, organize and empower students by providing them with tools and resources to create innovative Jewish religious and cultural programs, energizing Jewish life for the campus community.
  • Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs, including immersive trips. Pilot creative, new informal educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
  • Identify and cultivate student leadership in the realm of Jewish learning, ritual and holiday observances. Partner with and mentor students on leading Kabbalat Shabbat tefillah and divrei Torah. Organize and lead High Holy Days services.
  • Serve as a Jewish role model, supporting students through life cycle events, the challenges of life in college, and everything in between. 

On a day to day basis you will

  • Have one-on-one coffee dates with students of varying backgrounds to help further connect them with Jewish life on campus or to provide pastoral care as needed.
  • Brainstorm with students to reimagine our Shabbat experience.
  • Collaborate with our Student Life team to find a new way to enrich an upcoming social program with a Jewish twist.
  • Prepare and teach an upcoming learning session for the Jewish Learning Fellowship.
  • Meet with our Rabbi/Executive Director for rabbinic mentorship.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education or a related field.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
  • Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Training and experience in counseling, administration, development/fundraising is desirable.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Rabbinic Ordination and a commitment to a pluralistic approach to Jewish life is required.
  • Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, a sense of humor, and an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would.
  • Experience in informal education, camping, teen/college work, or other types of Jewish communal or customer relations work.
  • An understanding of the needs of a highly social student population with strong academics.
  • A love for music and experience in song-leading or guitar playing is a plus.

What You’ll Receive

  • A breathtaking view of the mountains from your office, three-minute walk to the beach, a tight knit staff team and support system, an always plentiful snack cabinet, and (almost) perfect weather year-round
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace commensurate with experience.
  • 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.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel

About Santa Barbara Hillel

Located on the beach in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Santa Barbara Hillel is an integral part of the broader Santa Barbara community. With one of the strongest Birthright Israel programs in the nation, Santa Barbara Hillel is a vibrant hub of Jewish student life. Noted for its relaxed, fun atmosphere and strong academics, UC Santa Barbara is ranked as a “top 5 public university.” UCSB has a thriving Jewish life, with the highest percentage of Jewish students and the most Jewish undergrads in the entire UC system.

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.

Santa Barbara 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. When you apply, please include your resume, three references including contact information, and cover letter.

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