Engagement Associate

Location: Rutgers University Hillel Foundation
City: New Brunswick
State/Territory: New Jersey
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 4/22/19 12:00 PM


Role Overview:

Join Rutgers Hillel as the Innovation Specialist! Trained in the renowned Design Thinking methodology, you will be charged with sparking ideas for transforming two to three areas of Jewish student life into ones that are better suited for today’s students. At the same time, you will help to infuse creative innovation into all aspects of Hillel’s work.  To be successful in this position you must be team-oriented, entrepreneurial, and motivated by results. We’re looking for people who embrace challenges, take risks, fail, and learn from the past, while maintaining their passion and sense of humor.  Extensive Jewish education is not necessary — just an interest in creating a vibrant Jewish community, a commitment to learning, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students.


Who you are:

  • You’re always reimagining the ordinary and thinking about ways to repurpose or make things better.
  • You think big and creatively -- to you, everything is a possibility and nothing is too big to tackle.
  • You’re a relationship builder and can’t get off an airplane without meeting someone new and learning a lot about their interests and passions.
  • You are comfortable with pivoting and being able to look at something, realize that the direction you were going was completely wrong, and adapt your plan.
  • You’re a risk taker who thrives on solving problems with an entrepreneurial spirit and not being afraid of trying something new.
  • You are recent college grad with professional, extracurricular or volunteer experience, or an educational focus in innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking or a related field.
  • You’re passionate and excited about Jewish life & college students and understand why some students might not want to get involved with Jewish life.



What you’ll get out of it:

  • You thrive on learning and know you must first seek to understand something deeply before you can effect successful change.
  • High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from innovators and design thinking experts.
  • Intensive Jewish summer and year-long learning experiences that will provide you with the knowledge, passion, and critical tool kit to fuel your work building our Jewish communities.
  • Mentoring and career coaching to help you during and after your Fellowship.
  • A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
  • Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Tax Deferred Retirement   Plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability insurances, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • A base salary of $40,000 per year.


As an Innovation Specialist, a typical day may include:

  • Meeting with a group of students to understand what they find spiritual and relaxing, and to imagine how you can create an authentic and meaningful Shabbat experience that builds on these.
  • Hosting a brainstorming session on the sidewalk outside the student center in order to develop ideas for a new career mentorship program for seniors.
  • Prototyping a new way to arrange the Hillel building in order to make it more welcoming for students.
  • Testing a new way of doing integrated Jewish learning with a group of students involved with Greek life.



About Rutgers Hillel:

Rutgers Hillel is an exciting, high energy, ever-changing work environment. On the campus of over 6,000 Jewish undergraduates (largest in the country) and 1,000+ Jewish graduate students, Hillel strives to create a broadly defined Jewish campus culture which is intrinsically intertwined with the culture of the University. Our goal is to deepen the connection of each and every Jewish student to their Jewish identity and community. We seek to inspire our students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.


Our home is the 40,000 SF Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House on the Wilf Family Campus, the finest Jewish campus facility in the nation, located in the heart of Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.


Rutgers Hillel is a part of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, providing opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity.



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.


Rutgers 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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