Curator of Jewish Student Life

Location: Hillel of San Luis Obispo
City: San Luis Obispo
State/Territory: California
Job Type: Engagement Professional
Last updated: 5/16/19 10:49 AM


Role Overview 

Make your mark on San Luis Obispo’s amazing student community by joining SLO Hillel at Cal Poly as Curator of Jewish Student Life. You will work directly with our Executive Director to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, facilitate innovative new programs, and attract and inspire students to become partners and leaders.  


Cal Poly has a vibrant and growing Jewish student body today with 1,200 Jewish students and 7 different Jewish student clubs.  This past year we hosted our first-ever overnight Board Retreat, sent more than 30 students to AIPAC Policy Conference, hosted more Shabbats, Havdalahs, hikes and outdoor activities, cross-cultural events, and engaged with more Jewish students than ever before!  But we are just scratching the surface - we will do much more when you join our team and focus on the ‘why we program’ in a thoughtful, creative and measured way.  Not every program must succeed at SLO Hillel; we will try, we will learn and we will grow together!  


The University motto is “learn by doing”. This is a campus where students are hands on and passionate.  You will meet with students daily to develop programs beyond their current dreams. Your role is to support them to think outside of the box and to become more engaged.


What You’ll Do

Your number one goal is to ensure that every student feels welcome and supported by SLO Hillel.

  • Work with students to implement programs, including religious and cultural celebrations, social, social-justice, cross-cultural and interfaith, wellness, art projects and Jewish learning opportunities – just to name a few ideas.​
  • Cultivate a Jewish community that is caring, diverse, welcoming and actively inclusive.
  • Serve as an advisor and bridge for our various Hillel communities including Mustangs United for Israel, Mustangs Israeli Political Action Committee, Challah for Hunger, AEPi (Jewish fraternity), AEPhi (Jewish sorority) and new student groups that are just forming now including Jews in Pride, Jews of Color, and Tamid.
  • Oversee marketing, student-facing communications, social media, and content for Hillel website.
  • Maintain participant tracking database.
  • Work closely with our Executive Director to report and review what is working and not working.



On a day to day basis you will meet with students, attend their planning meetings and their events.  You will ensure that every Jewish student has a welcoming home at Hillel by:

  • Build and organize a simple and open system to create, run and track effectiveness of all our events.
  • Support recruitment of new student, foster newly engaged students, and ensure that we keep our active students interested.
  • Identify opportunities for growth and development.
  • Keep up on the leading edge of best practices for current social media and communication.


​​What You’ve Accomplished

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 0-3 year's experience
  • Proven success in communication – interpersonal, social media and written/web-based communication.
  • Capability managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining organization and quality across all areas.


What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A passion for working with young-adults and investing in their growth as Jewish leaders.
  • A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor.
  • Owning your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspiring others to be on a Jewish journey.
  • Familiarity with higher education and campus settings
  • Comfort working independently and collaboratively.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit – understanding that things may not always go according to plan.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.


What You’ll Receive

  • The salary range for this role is $40,000-$50,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel
  • Plenty of Hillel and university schwag


About Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked university nestled between coastal mountains, wine country and the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo — halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles (3-hour drive from each). Outside of classes and student clubs, there are unlimited outdoor opportunities including hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping, team-sports, as well as one of the best on-campus Recreation Centers in the nation.

We plan our meetings in on-campus meeting rooms and activities both around campus and the community. There is no shortage of options, but we do not have a Hillel house, just yet!

Most of our students come from strong Jewish Communities (San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego) more than 3-hours from Cal Poly.  Our student body is known as a very-smart, adventurous, focused, devoted and passionate one.  Students have been, more and more, choosing Cal Poly for its Jewish Life.

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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 every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders. 


SLO 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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