Israel Engagement Specialist

Location: University of Pennsylvania Hillel
City: Philadelphia
State/Territory: Pennsylvania
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 4/8/19 11:24 AM


The Israel Engagement Specialist will work as part of our staff team to build relationships with hundreds of students, coach and mentor existing student leaders and create new opportunities for Israel engagement that are more diverse, nuanced and inclusive so that every student has the opportunity to deepen their connection to the land, the state and the people of Israel. The Israel Engagement Specialist will demonstrate a contagious passion for Israel, strong group facilitation, programmatic skills, outstanding emotional intelligence and networking abilities. The top candidate will use their energy, dynamism, knowledge and humor to inspire the next generation of Israel leaders. In addition to the incredible students and vibrant campus life, working at Penn Hillel is a professional experience that emphasizes teamwork, professional development and constant opportunities to grow and expand one’s skills, knowledge and experiences. 


What You’ll Bring to the Role:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a residential, 4-year college, and 0-3 years work experience. 
  • Programmatic vision, Israel-related passion and knowledge, and highly developed programmatic and group facilitation skills are keys to success in this position. 
  • Creativity, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, capacity to take initiative, interest in professional growth, and excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership development skills. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and know how to prioritize and handle multiple assignments. 
  • A nuanced understanding of how pro and anti-Israel politics play out on campus, as well as have working knowledge of modern Israeli history and politics. 
  • Confidence in leading and facilitating conversations and learning opportunities on campus and during immersive experiences including Birthright. 
  • Hebrew knowledge and literacy is preferred. 
  • Extended time spent in Israel is required.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with student leaders to enhance Israel programming, and grow and diversify Penn Hillel’s Israel Sector including planning major Israel speakers/events.
  • Recruit students for Birthright Israel and facilitate pre and post-trip engagement opportunities for the alumni.
  • Inspire student leaders to create high visibility programs with rich educational content and to network between diverse communities across campus.
  • Build and nurture meaningful relationships and dialogue through peer-to-peer engagement with student leaders, students not involved in Jewish life, and bridge-build with other influential campus partners with a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Collaborate with Israel partners.
  • Serve as a thought partner and entrepreneurial leader for Penn Hillel.
  • Create new Israel related initiatives to serve the needs of students.
  • Serve as the go-to person for staff and students about Israel engagement.
  • Analyze and identify trends in Jewish student life and develop approaches to expand the reach and impact of Penn Hillel.
  • Supervise an Israel budget and provide oversight for the use of funds by student groups.
  • Provide support for the Penn Hillel Board of Overseers as needed and appropriate.
  • General Administration: The Israel Engagement Specialist will share responsibility with the Penn Hillel staff to assure the proper administration of Penn Hillel, including supervising an Israel budget and providing oversight for the use of funds by student groups.
  • Participate in Penn Hillel staff meetings and regular supervision with their supervisor.


About Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania: 
The University of Pennsylvania has a full-time undergraduate population of 10,000 with a Jewish population of approximately 1,750 (17.5%). Penn Hillel’s mission is to create the experiences, the relationships and the communities that provoke students to engage in a process of Jewish self-authorship. Self-Authorship is a term used to describe the process by which students come to understand themselves on their own terms and through which they enter into adulthood. There are 3 parts to Jewish Self Authorship: 1) Moral: “How do I relate to myself?” 2) Communal: “How do I relate to others?" and 3) Spiritual: “How do I relate to religion and spirituality?” With over 25 student-led groups ranging from community service and Jewish education, to Jewish life and culture, social activities and Israeli political and cultural activities, Penn Hillel provides a wide variety of opportunities for Jewish growth and exploration. 


About Philadelphia: 
Philadelphia is an incredible place to live, work and be part of Jewish communities. Whether living in the city or in the suburbs, Philadelphia has some of the best restaurants, museums, music venues and green spaces of any city in the country. Philadelphia Jewish communities offer a wide variety of opportunities ranging from independent minyanim, to established synagogues of all denominations, from young professional programming to Israel advocacy, and from social events to community service.


For more information on the University of Pennsylvania Hillel and campus, check out the following websites:


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.


Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania 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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