The Director of Hillel & Next Generation Engagement is a creative, engaging, and enthusiastic individual with a strong background in Jewish and Israel education, capable of working both independently and as part of a team. As the successful candidate, you’ll be a self-starter and capable multi-tasker who will drive engagement of students, families with young children, teens, and young adults in the Atlantic Jewish Council’s mission, values, and goals.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and working with the Jewish communities of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador, you’ll report to the Atlantic Jewish Council’s Executive Director. You’ll maintain strong relationships with the Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Canada Israel Experience (CIE), Hillel International, PJ Library, Canadian Young Judaea, Moishe House, and other local, national, and international organizations.
As the Director of Hillel & Next Generation Engagement, you will be responsible for all programming and support in the following areas: Hillel (Campus), PJ Library/PJ Our Way (families with children ages 6 months to 12 years), JOLT (teens), and young adults.
A note about hours of work:
The hours of this position are inherently irregular and may include certain times during evenings, weekends, and Jewish holidays. You are expected to demonstrate flexibility and work around community members’ schedules to devote your time at work to the responsibilities of your position.
Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree is a plus. 1+ years’ experience in Jewish education, Israeli education, experiential education, business administration or non-profit administration. Proven success developing, implementing and evaluating events/programs. Building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment. Strategically networking and building partnerships across the Jewish and general community. Managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas. Working both independently and as part of a team.
A deep commitment to Judaism and Israel, and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies. An entrepreneurial spirit - things may not always go according to plan, but you understand that ambiguity is part of developing great new opportunities. Strong written and verbal skills, effectiveness at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including teens, students, parents, administration, young adults, and families with young children. A knowledge and passion for building Jewish community. Energy, a sense of humour, flexibility, and maturity. Willingness to travel for work as needed. A valid driver’s license and access to a car is preferred.
The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) has been the cornerstone of Jewish life in the Atlantic Canadian provinces since 1975, acting as the organized Jewish community’s representative and program/service provider for non-religious matters. With only a small staff complement and a modest budget, the AJC relies on the support of over 100 volunteers across Atlantic Canada to move the needle on our eight strategic priorities:
The university student services we provide at the Atlantic Jewish Council are under the designation of Hillel Atlantic Canada. As the centre for Jewish campus life in Halifax and Atlantic Canada, Hillel Atlantic Canada provides meaningful opportunities and experiences in a pluralistic environment that enhances students’ lives through education, culture, and spiritual growth. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hillel Atlantic Canada serves twelve accredited universities and colleges, primarily focusing on the Jewish populations in Halifax by offering Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, Israel-related events, Holocaust remembrance, community service opportunities, social events, Jewish learning, and much more. On the campuses with fewer Jewish students, Hillel strives to create Jewish and Israel awareness through grassroots and educational activities and fostering student leadership development.
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.
Hillel Atlantic Canada 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.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.