Location: Hillel Waterloo
City: Waterloo
State/Territory: Ontario
Job Type: Director
Last updated: 2/1/19 1:53 PM


The Director at Hillel Waterloo and Hillel Laurier is a creative and engaging individual with a strong Jewish and Israel background, and is capable of working both independently and as part of a team. You are warm and welcoming, and can bring your passion for building Jewish community to two independent yet interconnected campuses in Waterloo. You will inspire and mentor students, and will use these skills to engage students and drive Hillel’s mission, values and goals. The ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial spirit and is flexible and adaptable in building strategy and approach to two evolving Hillels with distinct cultures.

Reports to: Chief Campus Officer

     Student Leadership Development

  • Model positive leadership
  • Build on the current leadership model by engaging new leadership students
  • Advise and support the student leaders and their initiatives
  • Identify leadership development opportunities for empowering students


  • Be a visible Jewish presence on campus
  • Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for contacting and serving them
  • Leverage data to develop campus engagement strategies
  • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and engage them

Program Development

  • Support student-initiated programs; attend most programs (including evenings, weekends, Jewish holidays)
  • Play a key role in planning and evaluating all programming
  • Be an experiential Jewish educator who nurtures the Jewish growth of others through conversations and actions
  • Add accessible Jewish content and depth to programs on campus

Publicity and External Relations

  • Develop/maintain strong relationships with the university administrations at both Waterloo and Laurier
  • Act as liaison between the student population and the local Jewish community
  • Work with the Chief Strategy Officer to support the organization’s fundraising activities
  • Act as a campus liaison for external groups, including Birthright Israel: Canada Israel Experience, including campus recruitment, and follow-through activities

Israel Advocacy

  • Provide immediate on-site assistance in managing advocacy strategies and crises, supported by Director, Advocacy and Issues Management
  • Develop pro-active Israel advocacy strategies specific to meet the campus’s needs, maximizing the full array of national and local advocacy services
  • Collect intelligence and monitor antisemitic and anti-Israel activities on campus


Human Resource Management

  • Provide ongoing staff supervision for campus staff
  • Provide opportunities for continuing professional training and education
  • Ensure that all staff attend the appropriate conferences and training opportunities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Manage email list and CRM data entry
  • Manage programming and administrative budget
  • Manage facility (if applicable)

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree, with some relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a provincial team
  • Knowledge about network management and social networking processes
  • Experiential Jewish education experience required
  • Fundraising experience is an asset
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car
  • Well-versed in Jewish culture with access to educational resources and topics                             
  • A deep commitment to Israel and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies
  • Energy, a sense of humor, flexibility and maturity

What you’ll get out of the position:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range is $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience.
  • Comprehensive medical and health benefits, including parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours
  • This position has an anticipated start date of August 2019

About Hillel Ontario

Hillel Ontario serves approximately 14,000 Jewish students across nine universities, and is the largest regional Hillel system in the world. A model for the Hillel movement, Hillel Ontario was created on October 1, 2015 and strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

About Hillel Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University is a dynamic campus that has become a destination for Jewish students across Ontario and beyond. Established in 1911, Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With nearly 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.

Hillel Laurier strives to build a Jewish community on campus that provides students the opportunity to share their Judaism, discover the pluralism that exists at Laurier, and celebrate Jewish life, culture, and heritage. We aim to empower our students to create Jewish life on campus that is meaningful and relatable to them. Connect with our diverse community through our regular coffee schmoozes & bagel brunches held on campus. Each month our Shabbat dinners focus on highlighting important Jewish values chosen by our students including helping those in need and building an inclusive community. The remainder of our student driven programming features engaging speakers, movie nights, holiday programming, and so much more.

About Hillel Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a premier Canadian research university serving over 35,000 students in six faculties, ten faculty-based schools, and four affiliated university colleges. The University of Waterloo is most famous for its co-op programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. This co-op culture means that Waterloo operates as a three-semester campus serving students year-round.

Hillel Waterloo provides Jewish students at the University of Waterloo the opportunity to learn, explore, and celebrate Jewish life, culture, and heritage. We offer programs created by students for students to engage them in the most meaningful experiences. Whether your interests lie in Jewish Life and Education, Tzedek and Social Action, Arts and Culture, Athletics, Israel, Leadership Development or anything in between, opportunities for involvement exist through Hillel Waterloo.

About Jewish Life in Waterloo

The region of Kitchener - Waterloo is host to a growing Jewish community just 75 minutes west of Toronto, including students, young professionals, and families. Served by three local synagogues, one Reform, one Modern Orthodox, and one Chabad as well as two sources of kosher food products. Waterloo provides a big city feel without the big city traffic, with a robust city centre full of great restaurants and plenty of engaging activities

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