Director of Engagement and Programming

Location: Cincinnati Hillel
City: Cincinnati
State/Territory: Ohio
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 4/23/19 12:53 PM



Cincinnati Hillel is looking to grow its staff with a dynamic and engaging leader to help drive a new vision of Engagement and Programming. Each member of our team works cooperatively with others on many duties, however, there are certain areas in which the Director of Engagement and Programming will assume primary responsibility:


Student Relationships

  • Meet one-on-one with each of the currently engaged students to develop trust and relationships on which to build.
  • Attract and engage freshman students, unaffiliated students, and students in the Greek system through:
    • Supervision of all interns
    • Creating innovative programming with the Springboard fellow
    • Working with student leaders to oversee all ‘regularly scheduled’ programming
    • Maintenance of the HEART software
    • Networking on campus
    • Tabling on campus
  • Select and evaluate candidates and organize development of student leadership.
  • Serve as one of the “on-call” staff to meet, greet and attend to student needs.
  • Attend, support, and evaluate all student led programming.


  • Understanding that student empowerment is a core mission of Hillel, work with students and student groups to conceptualize and create social, cultural, educational and community programs.
  • Develop program budgets.
  • Organize, implement and evaluate all programs.
  • Organize & staff 3 programs for FYSH (First Year Students at Hillel) in the first semester and additional programs as appropriate.
  • Work with the Israel Fellow and Springboard to create weekly effective, interactive tabling events and outreach materials.
  • Implement one creative and interactive program in each of the 8 dorms throughout the academic year (one a month).
  • Assist all other staff in implementation of special programs, as needed.

Publicity and Public Presence

  • Update and maintain the programming calendar, internally and online.
  • Work with student leaders to write and distribute the bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Act as liaison to campus publications, student newspapers.
  • Attend and network at all campus open-houses that do not fall on Shabbat or yom tovs.
  • Provide a Hillel presence at appropriate community programs and events, e.g. Federation Young Adult Programming, Israel Film Festival.
  • Provide a Hillel presence at University Student Life interest groups, e.g. MainStreet, Women’s Center, LGBTQIA Center.


  • Attend weekly staff meetings and work with the Executive Director to design content for monthly leadership development staff meetings.
  • Assist with Hillel correspondence - especially letters of confirmation and thank you notes for programs.
  • Attend Hillel board meetings and Hillel community events when asked.


  • Supervise Springboard fellow directly.
  • Set a consistent weekly time to meet with the Executive Director for professional growth and supervision.
  • Set a consistent time to meet every week with the student engagement teams or more frequently, as needed.

Additional Opportunities

  • Accompany the Executive Director and/or board members on solicitations for gifts to Hillel.
  • Work with board members who have “adopted” a Hillel project.


What You Will Bring to the Job

  • At least three years of professional work experience that demonstrates leadership ability.
  • Some Jewish programming experience.
  • Proven success in supervising others and guiding them toward success and growth.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to act as a public face of Cincinnati Hillel.
  • Ability to both be a self-starter and to work in a collaborative approach.
  • A strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and the willingness to take risks and learn from challenges.
  • Ability and ease in connecting people’s passions and interests to Hillel’s mission.
  • Flexibility and innovative perspective.
  • Comfort with your Jewish identity, support for the State of Israel, and an energetic approach to building a vibrant Jewish life at Cincinnati Hillel.


What We Will Offer

  • The opportunity to build a program that is reflective of your vision and passions in collaboration with your students and your colleagues.
  • A competitive salary in the Cincinnati non-profit marketplace.
  • Generous vacation/sick time, flexible work hours, parental leave, and a negotiable benefits package, that could include health insurance, and a Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA). 
  • Significant professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.

About Cincinnati Hillel

Cincinnati Hillel is located in an urban neighborhood across the street from the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus and a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati. It enhances the lives of approximately 1,200 Jewish students at UC and other local universities. Recently, we have seen tremendous growth in student involvement, and have implemented 3 new major initiatives, Careers Cincinnati, David Project interns with Israel Uncovered trip, and Campus Superstar. There is a professional team of five: an executive director, an assistant director, director of career Cincinnati, Springboard fellow and an Israel Fellow.

As one of only six partner agencies to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, our Hillel has a strong and rewarding relationship with our largest funder. Our deep connection to the highly collaborative Cincinnati Jewish community enables us to call upon the rich community resources to empower our agency and develop our staff. These factors will enhance our commitment to supporting the director of engagement and programming with the professional development resources necessary to grow his/her skills and continue to build our vibrant Jewish community.


About Cincinnati

Ranked 4th in Forbes’ 2016 Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals, Cincinnati is in the midst of a renaissance. Now is the time to join our amazing city, our warm and welcoming Jewish community, and our vibrant campus!

Cincinnati is home to 11 synagogues – 2 Orthodox, 1 Modern Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 4 Reform, and 1 Humanist. Cincinnati has 3 day-schools. There are several Israel travel grant options through Cincy Journeys, sponsored by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati – we are a community that invests in our local students to stay connected to Israel. We are also a most collaborative community – our recent community mission to Israel included 508 participants from 9 congregations of all denominations.


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.

Cincinnati 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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