Program & Engagement Associate

Location: Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
City: St. Louis
State/Territory: Missouri
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 3/22/19 11:04 AM


Role Overview:

Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding job as a vital part of a collaborative, supportive team in an organization that prioritizes staff support and professional development?  Seize this opportunity to inspire the lives of thousands of the brightest and most talented Jewish college students in the country as Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis’ Program & Engagement Associate.  You will be an integral member of our Program & Engagement team, serving as a Jewish life concierge for students and supporting two of Hillel’s primary student groups with an eye toward leadership development and personal growth. We are seeking a self-motivated team member with strong organizational and programmatic skills, and the ability to motivate and empower students in the pursuit of Hillel’s mission in a fast-paced, pluralistic, and inclusive environment.


Our Program & Engagement Associate will be expected to use community organizing and relationship-building skills, as well as Jewish knowledge and resources, to inspire and connect students to relevant and meaningful Jewish opportunities. Our team seeks to engage each student, getting to know them by name and by story, and offering access to the Jewish narrative to help them frame their ongoing journey.  

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of professional work experience.  Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is customer service, sales, recruiting, event planning, or other types of direct customer relations or event management work
  • Your dynamic personality, warmth, sincerity, sense of humor, and fun-loving vibe
  • A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus
  • The ability to balance thinking BIG with project management skills, a mindfulness for budget, and appropriate follow-through, follow-up and record keeping
  • An enthusiasm for using your creative, innovative mind to inspire others to approach things differently


As the Program & Engagement Associate, a typical day may include:

  • Coffee meeting with a first-year student you met during orientation
  • Weekly advising meeting with the president of the Hillel Leadership Council to offer guidance and support on leadership succession
  • Meeting with a few board members of First Year Students of Hillel to plan an upcoming Purim festival at Hillel, and then posting a fun video they made to pump up for the event on our social media
  • Buying your flights for an exciting new Jewish learning retreat for young professionals
  • Handing out mini doughnuts on campus with our Springboard Social Justice Fellow to spread the word about our upcoming Purim & Passover celebrations
  • Joining the rest of the Hillel staff team at a restaurant to celebrate a milestone


What you'll own & how you'll grow:

As a Jewish community organizer, you will...

  • Build relationships with at least 100 Jewish students over the course of each year by engaging them in meaningful conversations and exploring creative opportunities to help them “do Jewish” in whatever ways are most meaningful to them
  • Manage a variety of projects that seek to connect students to Jewish life through different initiatives
  • Foster relationships with other university organizations, departments and groups to further opportunities for collaboration
  • Support our Israel or Social Justice professional staff members in recruiting for and staffing immersion experiences such as Birthright Israel or Alternative Break trips
  • Manage a piece of WashU Hillel’s online presence with the support of our Assistant Director and the rest of our Program & Engagement team


As a student group advisor, you will...

  • Advise First Year Students of Hillel and Hillel Leadership Council student groups with an eye for leadership development, innovation and relationship cultivation within the broader campus community
  • Guide and support the creation of student-initiated programs that build community, challenging students to think beyond traditional Hillel events
  • Plan and implement skill-building programs and strategies to strengthen student leadership along with our Assistant Director
  • Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation
  • Support your student groups in tracking program planning and evaluation to best prepare for and measure the success of programs and initiatives


As a colleague and valued member of our organization, you will...

  • Tap into a WashU Hillel endowment established to support the professional development of our staff by participating in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development programs
  • Participate in weekly professional supervision and weekly staff meetings
  • Staff and support various programs, Shabbat experiences, holiday services, meals, and celebrations
  • Cultivate a Hillel community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic, welcoming and actively inclusive
  • Maintain an atmosphere of communication, collaboration and respect


What you’ll get out of it:

  • 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! Staff members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a plethora of opportunities to grow Jewishly & professionally
  • Domestic and international travel
  • Flexible work hours
  • Practically unlimited t-shirts, giveaways and swag


About WashU Hillel:

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.  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 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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