Student Life Coordinator

Location: University of Chicago Hillel
City: Chicago
State/Territory: Illinois
Job Type: Program Professional
Last updated: 4/4/19 7:31 AM


Role Overview:

The University of Chicago Hillel is looking for a talented relationship builder and event planner to join our team as the Student Life Coordinator. The Student Life Coordinator will work directly with the Assistant Director and within the team of other programming staff both collaboratively and independently. The Student Life Coordinator should be passionate about connecting with students, getting out on campus and reaching new and uninvolved students, and empowering involved students to plan thoughtful programs for their peers. 


What you’re great at:

  • Connecting with Jewish students on campus, helping them explore their Jewish identity and then thoughtfully getting them plugged into relevant aspects of Jewish life at UChicago.
  • Putting yourself in new places and situations to engage a wide variety of students.
  • Creating, implementing, and supporting a diverse range of student programs and initiatives.
  • Understanding the needs of college students and having a desire to interact with the diversity of students under the umbrella of the UChicago Hillel community. 
  • Managing and prioritizing among multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Taking initiative as well as collaborating on a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Having fun while working hard.


What you’ll do:

  • Meet with Jewish students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests, and help them get connected to current Hillel opportunities or create new spaces and mini communities for them on campus.
  • Map out a plan with the engagement student team to strategically build one on one relationships with students who are currently not engaged in Jewish life.
  • Create relevant meaningful Shabbat and holiday experiences that promote a welcoming, inclusive environment in conjunction with staff and students.
  • Provide support to student interns who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus.
  • Recruit for and promote the UChicago Hillel Birthright Israel trip.
  • Provide logistical support for all programs and support student-initiated programs.
  • Be attentive to student wellness and initiate and respond to students’ needs.
  • Advise student leadership groups, sub-groups, and committees.
  • Utilize organization’s social media strategy when program planning with staff and students.
  • Support students in creating marketing and promotional materials for their events


What you’ll bring to the job:

  • You’ll have a team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, proven experience thinking and acting strategically to reach goals, a sense of humor, and an ability to plan, improvise, and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would.
  • Evening, weekend, Shabbat, and holiday availability/flexibility.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfortable asking questions.
  • Preferred 2-3 years of work experience in a related field.
  • Exceptional organization, leadership and communication skills.
  • A strong proficiency and interest in social media.


As the Student Life Coordinator, a typical day may include:

  • Meet a student for a one-on-one conversation at a local campus coffee shop where you help the student plan a Shabbat dinner for their friends in their dorm or apartment.
  • Prepare the logistics and provide staff support for upcoming weekly programs in conjunction with students and staff.
  • Meet with your supervisor to strategize in making UChicago Hillel a more welcoming place.
  • Table on campus to promote an upcoming event, Jewish holiday, or simply to meet new students.
  • Meet with student leaders to help them organize a new event or initiative.
  • Design a creative engaging flyer for an upcoming Hillel event.


What you’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace, based on qualifications.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), retirement plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities as part of the global Hillel movement.
  • Travel opportunities regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.


About the University of Chicago Hillel:

UChicago Hillel is an exciting, fast-based, inspiring work environment. Our team is a high-energy, dedicated staff of professionals committed to enriching Jewish life on campus and beyond. UChicago Hillel is the center and catalyst for Jewish life at the world-renowned University of Chicago. We offer a wide array of opportunities for Jewish students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey. The professional staff supports students in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers while they enrich the Jewish community at UChicago, the campus community, and the world beyond.


UChicago Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF). JUF is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections.


About Hillel International:

For over 95 years, Hillel International has enriched the lives of Jewish students, and today it is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.


UChicago Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International.


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