IACT Coordinator

Location: Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
City: St. Louis
State/Territory: Missouri
Job Type: Israel Professional
Last updated: 3/11/19 6:45 AM


Role Overview:

This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for a dynamic professional to inspire the lives of some of the brightest and most talented Jewish college students in the country. Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel) is seeking an IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement – a spirited and passionate member of our professional team with the heart of an educator. This individual will leverage our Birthright Israel experiences into transformative engagement opportunities for hundreds of students.

WashU Hillel is an open and inclusive organization, facilitating Jewish life for the approximately 1,800 undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis. These students are in a period of exploration, being exposed to new ideas, encountering new relationships, contemplating career choices and beginning their journeys to be at home in the world.  Our team engages students where they are both physically and Jewishly, offering access to the Jewish narrative to help them frame their journey. 

We are excited to partner with the IACT Campus Program in offering this position.  IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed) is a national initiative that builds on the success of Birthright Israel by providing support and inspiration to students before and after their Birthright trips.


What you’re great at:

  • Connecting with others through your dynamic personality, warmth, sincerity, sense of humor and fun-loving vibe.  You rarely leave an event or get off an airplane without having made a new friend.
  • Working both independently and collaboratively in a creative environment – you’re a motivated self-starter who enjoys working as part of a team.
  • Taking risks, innovating, and inspiring others to approach things differently.
  • Following through on projects and events with an ability to multi-task, attend to detail, manage projects with many moving parts, set timetables, and adhere to deadlines.
  • Making Israel and Judaism accessible and relevant to others, understanding that students will connect with both in different ways.


What you’ll bring to the job:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of professional work experience.  Sales, recruitment, and/or marketing experience is a plus (through a job, campus organization, or as a volunteer), as is experience in Jewish education or as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs. 
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
  • Prior travel experience in Israel and an energy and enthusiasm for Israel engagement, programming, and travel.
  • An excitement and willingness to not slow down until you’ve reached your recruitment goals for each Birthright trip.
  • A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus.


What a typical day may look like as WashU Hillel’s IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement:

  • Coffee with a student you met during orientation.
  • Meeting with a group of students who participated on a Birthright Israel trip last year to discuss plans for the upcoming joint Shabbat dinner they’re hosting for their sorority and fraternity. 
  • Putting the final touches on a social media campaign you designed for Birthright trip recruitment.
  • Joining the Hillel staff team at a restaurant to celebrate a milestone.
  • Meeting with a colleague in the Business School, the Program Chair of WashU Students for Israel, the President of TAMID, and the Chair of one of the Business School fraternities about an upcoming presentation and networking reception with representatives of Israeli start-ups co-sponsored by Hillel, the Business School, and each of the student groups.
  • Attending the second session of a Jewish cooking series in the Hillel kitchen with Birthright alumni from the most recent trip you staffed.


What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:

  • Expand the number of Birthright Israel trip participants from Washington University in St. Louis through effective recruitment and marketing strategies. 
  • Staff Birthright Israel trips each Winter and Summer Break.
  • Serve as a concierge for Birthright Israel alumni - developing a personalized follow-up plan for each WashU Birthright participant to deepen their connection to Jewish life, engaging them in continued activities in the areas of Israel education, community service/social justice, and Jewish life and learning.
  • Collaborate with students and colleagues to plan programs focusing on Israel education and advocacy; implement a program planning and evaluation tool to best prepare for and measure the success of programs and initiatives.
  • Advise one or more Israel student groups under the Hillel umbrella with an eye for leadership development and innovation in their programming.
  • Foster relationships with other university organizations, departments and groups to further Birthright Israel recruitment and opportunities for collaboration related to Israel.
  • Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in programs, Shabbat experiences and holiday services, meals, and celebrations.
  • Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation.
  • Help WashU Hillel continue to transform campus Jewish life with Birthright Israel participants as a core group through which other students are engaged and brought into Jewish activities.


What you’ll get out of it:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. 
  • 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.
  • We take professional development seriously!  In addition to weekly supervision and mentorship, staff members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a plethora of opportunities to grow Jewishly & professionally.
  • Domestic and international travel.
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Practically unlimited t-shirts, giveaways and swag.


What we’re about:

WashU Hillel facilitates opportunities for approximately 1,800 Jewish undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis (26% of the undergraduate student population).  Since its founding in 1946, we have fostered an open, pluralistic Jewish community, connecting students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs.


In 2017-18, our Hillel facilitated 1,512 student experiences during the High Holidays; 900 Passover Seder and meal experiences; 1,878 students at Shabbat lunches and dinners; supported 380 students creating new and enduring Shabbat traditions as part of our annual Shabbat Around WashU; empowered 83 student leaders and interns; and accompanied 78 WashU students to Israel.


About St. Louis:

St. Louis is an accessible, friendly Midwestern city boasting a variety of neighborhoods filled with excellent culture, great parks, events, festivals, a fast-growing startup scene, and kosher Ted Drewes frozen custard (recently rated  best in the world ).  Situated in the heart of metropolitan St. Louis, our Hillel is steps away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation and home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, as well as other cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission.  Washington University and WashU Hillel are also blocks away from the Delmar Loop, a colorful entertainment district with live music, international cuisine, and abundant independent retail.


St. Louis supports a growing Jewish community of over 61,000, and a vibrant, young Jewish community with MaTovu, Next Dor, Moishe House, and many other organizations that cater to Jewish young adults.  St. Louis is  consistently ranked  one of the most affordable cities in the country and  more and more millennials are flocking to the city each year.


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.


WashU Hillel is a Community Partner of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and 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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