Are you a warm, welcoming, self-starter who is excited about and understands the importance of participating in the Jewish community? Make your mark on Jewish and campus life at UNLV by becoming the next Manager, Jewish Student Life at Hillel. Your role will be to bring your passion for building Jewish community to create opportunities that engage both Jewish and wider student communities. You will inspire and mentor students on their own Jewish journeys through one-on-one meetings, and creative cultural, religious, and social programming. As the Hillel program professional, you will be a full partner in shaping Jewish life on campus by developing, supporting and participating in all aspects of running the organization with students, as well as staff and faculty from academic departments and other student groups who support our work on campus.
What You Will Do:
- Build upon your commitment to Jewish pluralism and your own comfort with your Jewish identity to help create a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment.
- Develop appropriate one-to-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live and study. Utilize creative methods to reach and interest them in the life of UNLV and the Hillel mission.
- Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect them to opportunities.
- Support student-initiated programs and empower student leaders to provide accessible, relevant, and engaging programming on campus. Work collaboratively with segments of the student leadership to develop programming and build positive on-going relationships with students.
- When appropriate, partner with the Development Department to raise funds.
- Work with the Israel Fellow and students to create and implement a wide range of programs, including Shabbat and holiday celebrations, social opportunities, social justice projects and Jewish learning opportunities.
- Oversee marketing and social media; maintain participant tracking database.
- Partake in the recruitment and staffing for Taglit-Birthright Israel.
- Recruit and run the Nevada Onward Israel internship program.
- Work with the Israel Fellow, and other staff members to plan effective Birthright Israel follow-up programming aimed at encouraging participants to continue exploring their Jewish identities.
- Provide day-to-day oversight and administrative support for Hillel.
- Liaison as needed to relevant campus offices and groups that support Hillel on campus.
- Be a partner with colleagues in Student Life on campus wide events such as orientation, family weekend, commencement, reunion, etc.
- Be a partner to colleagues in Young Leadership, IAC, and other Federation departments, assisting in the growth and engagement of Jewish Nevada
- Attend all Jewish Nevada meetings and events as required.
As the Director of Jewish Student Life, a Typical Day May Include:
- Coffee meeting with a student you met during move-in week.
- Meeting with a student organization president to discuss co-sponsoring an upcoming event on campus.
- Strategizing with student board members to create meaningful Shabbat experiences at Hillel.
- Weekly advising meeting with the president of the Hillel Student Board to offer guidance and support on leadership succession.
- Working with colleagues to finalize curriculum for the Engagement Internship.
What You’ll Own and How You’ll Grow:
Outreach and Engagement
- Build relationships with at least 100 Jewish students over the course of each year by engaging them in meaningful conversations and exploring creative opportunities to help them “do Jewish” in whatever ways are most meaningful to them.
- Foster relationships with college students of any or no faith, organizations, departments and other groups to further opportunities for collaboration.
Student Empowerment and Leadership; Program Planning; Implementation; and Evaluation
- Advise Hillel Student Board and potential Engagement Interns with an eye for leadership development, innovation, and relationship cultivation within the broader campus community.
- Guide and support the creation of student-initiated programs that build community, challenging students to think beyond traditional Hillel events.
- Plan and implement skill-building programs and strategies to strengthen student leadership.
- Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation.
- Implement a program planning and evaluation tool to best prepare for and measure the success of programs and initiatives.
- Manage a variety of projects that seek to connect students to Jewish life through different initiatives.
- Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in programs, Shabbat experiences and holiday services, meals, and celebrations.
What You Have Accomplished:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 1-3 years of professional experience in Jewish communal work, experiential or higher education. Hillel experience preferred.
- Experience with social media and networking. Can strategically network and build partnerships with young adults, among others.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas.
- The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Must be willing to work nights and occasional weekends.
What You’ll Receive:
- A competitive salary in the Las Vegas nonprofit marketplace.
- Dental, eye and health insurance plans offered.
- Retirement plan.
- Working with a great team of dedicated professionals who support one another.
- Mentorship/coaching on an ongoing basis and opportunities for professional development.
- A dynamic environment in a fast-growing micro-urban area.
- Regional and International professional travel opportunities.
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.
Hillel at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV Hillel) is affiliated with Hillel International and a department of Jewish Nevada, Nevada’s Jewish Federation. 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.