Assistant Director

Location: Hillel at the University of Wisconsin
City: Madison
State/Territory: Wisconsin
Job Type: Assistant Director
Last updated: 5/15/19 1:40 PM


UW Hillel is seeking an Assistant Director to join our team. As a Senior Staff member, the Assistant Director ensures the depth, breadth, and success of Hillel programs, budget management, and administration by actively building and supporting a team of professionals.  The Assistant Director helps shape Hillel as an energetic enterprise that functions as the center for Jewish student life on campus.  The Assistant Director is responsible for ensuring the strategy and execution of meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, cultivating professional staff and student leaders, and consistently promoting a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community.


Fiscal Oversight and Management

  • Work in coordination with Hillel’s accountant and/or operations team on the fiscal operation of Hillel through budget planning and management processes

Communications and Marketing

  • With the Executive Director, oversee campus marketing, public relations and promotional activities on campus
  • Build and maintain strong relationships, including clear and regular communication, with students, university partners, parents and alumni
  • Oversee the Hillel’s website and other social media outlets

Human Resources Management

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, establish and implement human resources practices, structures and systems
  • Oversee all daily personnel issues in conjunction with relevant staff supervisors
  • Coordinate hiring, onboarding, and evaluations for all professional staff
  • Conduct and participate in semi-annual reviews to consider successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth
  • Supervise and oversee the professional development of staff members with an eye towards skill and career growth in addition to personal development

Strategic Program Planning and Facilitation

  • Work closely with the Executive Director regarding strategic planning and organizational management to develop, articulate, and implement a dynamic and innovative organizational mission and vision for the Hillel
  • Oversee the implementation of Hillel’s mission by empowering staff and students, ensuring that programmatic and facility operations support the Hillel’s mission-driven goals
  • Manage to outcomes, ensuring the team achieves desired results and measures of success
  • With the Director of Development and/or Executive Director, identify grant opportunities, write strong grant proposals and provide high quality reporting to maintain foundation relationships

Student Engagement, Student Relations and Leadership Development

  • Oversee the vision and implementation of engagement, immersive experiences, leadership development and programming
  • Work closely with Hillel’s Program and Engagement staff and Senior Jewish Educators to coordinate leadership curriculum, learning opportunities, and engagement strategy. Ensure that these offerings are diverse and pluralistic
  • Coach and advise the Hillel student board and other student leaders to cultivate a community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic, and welcoming
  • Manage internal processes for student leaders, including hiring, funding, and planning
  • Lead collection and analysis of student engagement data. Train other staff in use of student engagement databases

Jewish Education

  • With the Executive Director, help create a pluralistic, inclusive and innovative Jewish educational vision for the Hillel
  • Demonstrate facility and comfort with Jewish traditions, holidays, culture, and basic texts. Communicate this knowledge to others
  • Serve as a Jewish educational resource for others
  • Provide broad and deep education on Israel
  • Ensure a diversity of perspectives on Israel are presented in a way that engages students

Inspires Interest in Jewish Life

  • Serve as a strong Jewish role model
  • Ensure a pluralistic and welcoming atmosphere for all
  • Actively seek out and participate in Jewish experiences for professional and personal growth
  • Engage in meaningful one-on-one and group conversations about Jewish life and living
  • Produce creative Jewish experiences to develop students’ Jewish identities
  • Help others along a path of Jewish discovery

Stakeholder Relations: Board of Directors, Campus, Community and/or Hillel International

  • Work strategically with the university so that the campus Hillel is an integral component of the college experience; create strategic alliances with different departments and schools and represent the Jewish community on campus
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships with partner organizations in the state and nationally
  • Stimulate community support and involvement in student programs by communicating Hillel’s vision with lay leaders, alumni, parents, and community members
  • Encourage student participation in local Jewish community events and other opportunities nationally and abroad


Qualities You Bring


  • Deep understanding of college culture, millennials, and how students may connect with Jewish life and learning


  • Creativity, flexibility, passion, and a sense of humor
  • Commitment to both personal Jewish growth and growing students' Jewish identity through pluralism, education, and inclusion


  • Supervises other team members in a way that guides them toward success and growth
  • Empowers students and develops their leadership


  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and leadership development skills
  • Holds others accountable to high standards
  • Capable of working independently and prioritizing to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment



  • 2-4 years of professional work experience in a related field.
  • Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus.
  • Experience in the following areas:
    • Planning and execution of projects and programs
    • Fiscal budgeting and building operations
    • Supervising employees and knowing when to coach, when to inspire, and when to lead the team
  • An understanding of the dynamism of Jewish life and how that affects current and future generations of university students
  • Proven success supervising other team members in a way that guides them toward success and growth
  • Experience empowering students and developing their leadership
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and leadership development skills
  • Holds others accountable to high standards
  • Capable of working independently and prioritizing to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment


What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • 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.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.


About Hillel at UW Madison

With nearly 4,000 Jewish students and 20,000 living Jewish alumni and community members, the UW Hillel has a vibrant program of engaged and caring students. The nation's second oldest Hillel, our work to engage all Jewish students on campus crosses all areas of Jewish identity and social life from religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities; and active engagement in the larger campus community. Located in the heart of campus in what is regularly ranked one of America's best places to live, Hillel at UW-Madison is a fun, dynamic, and special place to work and live.


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.

UW 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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