Jewish Student Life Coordinator - University of Rochester

for University of Rochester in Rochester, NY

Job Description

Opening

Full Time 40 hours

Responsibilities

**Hillel** at the University of Rochester seeks a driven, creative, resourceful, outgoing, and team-oriented **Jewish Student Life Coordinator** to build the Jewish community network and make a lasting impact on students lives at the University of Rochester.

The top candidate is a mentor who provides inspiring leadership to students seeking to explore their Judaism and define their place in the Jewish community, builds meaningful relationships with both students who are involved in Jewish life and students who are not yet engaged, and encourages students to grow as community leaders. They must be capable of working both independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments. The Jewish Student Life Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

**What youll bring to the job:**

* A Bachelors degree and 1-2 years of professional work or relevant experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is experience supervising or advising traditional-age college students.
* Access to a car and valid drivers license is required.
* A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things dont turn out the way you thought they would.
* You will have knowledge of technology including social media and web sites.
* You are comfortable learning.
* A strong work ethic, a strategic mindset, and a sense of humor.
* Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and campus colleagues.
* A passion for Judaism and an ability to inspire students, through role modeling, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices.
* Knowledge of, and comfort with, explaining and using Jewish terms and texts (mostly in English).
* A willingness to work atypical hours (evenings, Friday nights and some weekends) and travel.
* An eagerness to learn and grow as a Hillel professional.
* Celebrating and validating multiple expressions of Jewish identity
* Taking initiative on projects and being flexible when things change
* Building authentic relationships and connecting people with other people and with opportunities
* Taking a practical approach to getting things done in a diverse and inclusive environment

**As a Jewish Student Life Coordinator, a typical day may include:**

* Follow-up coffee meetings on campus with a few students from the Taglit Birthright Israel trip.
* Meeting with a cultural organizations and Greek life students to discuss co-sponsoring an upcoming event on campus.
* Recruiting for and executing the Taglit Birthright Israel Hillel Trip and other Israel programs on campus.
* Working with students and staff to find and write grants for funding or sponsorship opportunities.
* Coffee meetings on campus with students at various levels of engagement.
* Working with the Executive Director and/or Rabbi/Jewish Educator and student board to plan upcoming programs.
* Greeting a prospective student family on a tour, speaking to them about Jewish life at the University of Rochester, and introducing them to students.
* Shopping for programming needs.
* Taking some time for personal Jewish learning or a class.
* Facilitating an evening discussion following a film or speaker.

**Responsibilities:**

*Planning and Implementation*

* Support student initiated programs and ensure quality control; attend and support key programs (includes some evenings, weekends, Friday night Shabbats and/or Saturday Shabbats, and Jewish Holidays).
* Work in collaboration with the Executive Director and Rabbi/Jewish Educator to develop training initiatives and strategies to foster strong student leaders committed to engagement and to creating a larger campus community.
* Advise the student board and other leadership groups and committees.
* Identify existing and potential student leaders to advance Jewish life on campus.
* Be available for student-initiated private discussions; refer for counseling or to other resources when necessary.
* Initiate programs in specific areas of focus, based on assessed needs.
* Responsible for program budget.
* Maintain records of program attendance, collection of fees, and expenditures.
* Provide logistical support for assigned programs.
* Assist student leaders with gathering and purchasing program supplies.
* Other duties as assigned.

*Outreach and engagement*

* Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for contacting and serving them.
* Develop means of communication with students for the purposes of recruitment and marketing of new engagement opportunities. This will include strategic and creative marketing via Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
* Coordinate campus publicity, including flyers, weekly e-blasts, newspaper articles, calendars, brochures, etc. (including actual production or oversight of students' efforts).

*Supervision and Professional Growth*

* Participate in professional supervision with the Executive Director and monthly staff meetings.
* Participate in Jewish learning with Rabbi/Jewish Educator

**What youll get out of it:**

* Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
* Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
* Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
* A fulfilling and meaningful job.

**The final candidate would be an employee of Hillel and not the University of Rochester, and as such, would not be eligible for benefits or pay related to University policies and procedures but rather would be subject to benefits, pay and policies related to Hillel. **

**Start Date** July 2014

**Job Location**Rochester, NY

**Position Type**Full-

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