Director of Jewish Student Life

Location: The Oregon Hillel Foundation
City: Eugene
State/Territory: Oregon
Job Type: Program Professional
Last updated: 3/26/19 10:12 AM

Description

Role Overview:

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, in Eugene, Oregon, Oregon Hillel serves as the center for Jewish student life at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Oregon Hillel is a user-centric organization that is focused on building relationships with students in an open and accepting pluralistic environment.  We create a culture of quality, transparency, and respect, that empowers students to incubate and actualize their ideas and interests, expand and diversify their social networks, access valuable opportunities for professional growth and  build the Jewish community that is relevant and exciting to their personal development. 

The Oregon Hillel Foundation seeks an entrepreneurial go-getter to be the full time Director of Jewish Student Life, overseeing Jewish life at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The Director will be motivated, energetic, and engagement-focused in their work as the sole full time Hillel professional at Oregon State. They will have the opportunity to build on the success of our part-time staff and join them in continuing to develop a flourishing Jewish student community at OSU.

This professional will support the work of the Jewish student leaders, engage students in meaningful Jewish conversations and experiences, expand the leadership pipeline and cadre of leadership students, and serve as a connector between Oregon Hillel and activities around the state and nationally. The Director of Jewish Student Life will report to the Executive Director of Oregon Hillel, who also supervises the part time Jewish Educator of the growing program in Corvallis.  In its fifth year at Oregon State, The Oregon Hillel Foundation has created a core group of Jewish students who were otherwise under served and is now looking for a professional staff to provide ongoing support and leadership to help further develop Jewish student life on campus.

The Director of Jewish Student Life will work to empower students by providing them with tools and resources to create programs that energize Jewish life on campus. They will also work to build relationships with the University Student Life staff to help integrate Hillel into the broader campus context.

 

What you’ll do:

  • Supervise the Student Leadership Board Student Engagement program and team
  • Think strategically, creatively and “big” with all you do.
  • Enjoy outreach and building strategic partnerships.
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity and excited by the opportunity to build something new
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas and adjusting on the fly.
  • Figure out what makes people tick, and apply that knowledge to strategically help connect them to their passions and interests.
  • Own your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspire others to be on a Jewish journey, too.
  • Balance work and life and model that for others.
  • Be excited to be the lead professional on-site.

 

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (major or minor in Jewish studies is preferred) and 2 – 3 years of professional work experience.  Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is preferred.
  • A team-oriented approach to work while still being a self-starter, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations
  • Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders
  • A passion for Judaism and an ability to inspire students, through role-modeling, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices.
  • Knowledge of, and comfort with, explaining and using Jewish terms and texts (mostly in English).
  • A willingness to work atypical hours (evenings and some weekends) and travel. You will work in multiple locations for this position.
  • An eagerness to learn and grow as a Hillel professional.

 

As the Director of Jewish Student Life, a typical day may include:

  • Talking with a group of student leaders to coordinate an upcoming service program.
  • Being part of the Oregon Hillel staff, meeting and brainstorming strategic ideas.
  • Greeting a prospective student family on a tour, giving them the shpiel about Jewish life at the Oregon State, and introducing them to students.
  • Building meaningful relationships with key university staff and faculty members that may yield productive partnerships for Oregon Hillel.

 

What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:

Outreach and engagement

  • Develop and implement an engagement strategy (in tandem with the Executive Director) that will utilize volunteer student leadership and paid interns to grow the reach of the Jewish community on campus.
  • Personally engage students in Jewish conversations face to face, through social media, and through other creative means.
  • Connect students to Jewish resources and opportunities nationally and globally.

Student Leadership Oversight

  • Advise the student board.
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director to develop training initiatives and strategies, and identify existing and potential student leaders to participate, to develop strong student leaders committed to engagement and creating a larger campus community.
  • Support student initiated programs and ensure quality control; attend key programs when support is needed (includes some evenings, weekends, Shabbat, and Jewish Holidays).

Core Programming & Administration

  • Initiate programs in specific areas of focus, based on assessed needs and student interest.
  • Plan for, recruit, staff, and follow up with domestic and international alternative spring break service trips; staff Taglit-Birthright Israel trips as needed

Supervision and Professional Growth

  • Participate in weekly professional supervision with the Executive Director and weekly staff meetings.
  • Take advantage of periodic professional development opportunities offered by Hillel International, the Oregon State, or other opportunities that are of interest to you.

 

 What you’ll get out of it:

  • Full time employment with benefits as defined by the Hillel International Personnel Code.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Domestic and international travel
  • A fulfilling and meaningful job.

 

About Oregon Hillel

Since 1993, the Oregon Hillel Foundation has served as the Jewish home away from home at the for the 1,600 Jewish students at the University of Oregon, and as of the fall of 2014 the 400+ Jewish students at Oregon State University.  Oregon Hillel is a data driven team that is committed to thinking big and being pro-active to create new and exciting opportunities to invest in our students ideas and to empower them to activating their community. 

Corvallis, OR is truly a special place:

  • People come from all over the world to attend Oregon State- a land, sea, and air grant school with well-known engineering programs. 
  •  Corvallis ranked 3rd in the 100 best places to live in the entire United States in 2018. It is filled with community, excellent medical care, and top-notch public schools. There is little traffic, it's much more affordable than metropolises, people are extremely kind, and it is very safe. There is plenty of local farm to table food, a farmers market, and in-town brewed cider, beer, and spirits. What makes it a great place to live and work as a professional is the high average level of education (highest in the country), great people, and many outdoor activities. It is a beautiful place to live.
  •  You will be located in the middle of the Willamette Valley, close to the cities of Portland, Eugene, and the Oregon coast, the rivers of the high desert of Bend and the Cascade Mountains. There are excellent winter and summer sports available year round. Corvallis itself boasts a large amount of hiking and bike paths.  
  • The University is also home to the Oregon State Beavers, who field exciting teams in football, baseball, basketball, softball, track and field, and others.  Wearing a hat or tee-shirt emblazoned with a Beaver will bring you a “Go Beavs” from other fans around the world.

 

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 students that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Oregon 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.

 

To Apply

Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter.

 





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