Engagement Associate

Location: University of Pennsylvania Hillel
City: Philadelphia
State/Territory: Pennsylvania
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 4/5/19 6:31 AM


Role Overview:

The Engagement Associate will develop relationships with hundreds of students through individual engagement and large macro-community building events.  We are looking for someone with contagious Jewish passion, entrepreneurial energy, strong leadership, and networking skills. The top candidate will use their energy, dynamism, and humor to inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders.  In partnership with the team, the Engagement Associate will innovate, grow, and experiment with models of Jewish experience, community, prayer, and service that will transform American Judaism.  In addition to the incredible students and vibrant campus life, working at Penn Hillel is a professional experience that emphasizes teamwork, professional development, and constant opportunities to grow and expand ones skills, knowledge, and experience. 


What you’ll bring to the role:

Candidates should have a BA from a residential, 4-year college, and be 0-3 years in their post-college life.  Entrepreneurial energy, Jewish passion, and highly developed logistical skills are keys to success in this position. In addition, the Engagement Associate should exhibit creativity, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, a gift for networking and innovative programming, the ability to take initiative, interest in professional growth, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership development skills.  The candidate must be capable of working both independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build meaningful personal relationships with students who are not already involved in Jewish life
  • Serve as a thought partner and entrepreneurial leader for student leadership
  • Create new initiatives to serve the needs of students in real-time
  • Develop and nurture relationships with University personnel and partners in the College House System, Greek community, Office of Student Affairs and throughout campus
  • Coach and supervise student leaders
  • Implement existing Penn Hillel initiatives including an engagement internship
  • Coordinate Greek and freshman focused events
  • Collaborate with other Hillel staff to help shape and develop the mission of Penn Hillel
  • Support and/or organize trips for students, including Birthright Israel and Alternative Breaks



  • Budget:  The Engagement Associate will provide oversight for the use of funds by certain student groups.
  • Board Support:  The Engagement Associate will provide support for the Penn Hillel Board of Directors as needed and appropriate.
  • General Administration:  The Engagement Associate will share with the Penn Hillel staff responsibility for assuring the proper administration of Penn Hillel.


Working as Part of a Broader Team:
As a member of the Penn Hillel staff team, the Engagement Associate will attend Penn Hillel staff meetings and participate in regular supervision with their direct supervisor.


About Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania: 
The University of Pennsylvania has a full-time undergraduate population of 10,000 with a Jewish population of approximately 1,750 (17.5%).  Penn Hillel’s mission is to create the experiences, the relationships, and the communities that provoke students to engage in a process of Jewish self-authorship.  Self-Authorship is a term used to describe the process by which students come to understand themselves on their own terms and through which they enter into adulthood.  Penn Hillel embraces this mission by encouraging students to: 1) Pursue tzedek (social justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) 2) Deepen their engagement with Israel and other Jews all over the world 3) Inspire new levels of spiritual exploration 4) Delve into expansive intellectual inquiry and Jewish learning and 5) Celebrate and sweeten key moments of the year through Jewish holidays and ritual.  With over 25 student-led groups ranging from community service and Jewish education, to Jewish life and culture, social activities and Israeli political and cultural activities, Penn Hillel provides a wide variety of opportunities for Jewish growth and exploration. 


About Philadelphia: 
Philadelphia is an incredible place to live, to work, and be part of Jewish communities.  Whether living in the city or in the suburbs, Philadelphia has some of the best restaurants, museums, music venues, and green spaces of any city in the country.  The Jewish communities in Philadelphia offer a wide variety of Jewish opportunities ranging from independent minyanim (prayer opportunities), to established synagogues of all denominations, from young professional programming to Israel advocacy, and from social events to community service.

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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.


Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania  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.HillelJobs.com and include your resume and cover letter.


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