Senior Director of Jewish Learning and Life

Boston University Hillel

Role Overview

Join BU Hillel as the Senior Director of Jewish Leaning and Life to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. We are looking for a mission-driven, motivated, and highly skilled individual who is deeply passionate about Judaism, Jewish identity, Jewish learning, Jewish practice, and Israel. The Senior Director can come with experience from outside or inside the Jewish world, but most importantly should have demonstrated dedication to the Jewish people. Be part of a team leading one of the busiest and most impactful Jewish nonprofit organizations in the world, serving 6,000 Jewish students. Make every day of your work one where you are excited to show up and change people’s lives. As Senior Director, you will help drive the organizational vision and strategy to inspire, educate and empower Boston University students to lead meaningful, joyous Jewish lives. You’ll use your magnetic personality and deep wells of Jewish knowledge, literacy, and Torah to inspire students to make Judaism and Jewish peoplehood integral to their life choices and expressed Jewish values.

What You’ll Do

  • Build relationships with many students from diverse backgrounds through meaningful conversations, and by creating connections to opportunities in Jewish life on campus
  • Create content and manage our award winning Jewish Learning Fellowship Program, with 15+ cohorts of 200+ students per year, to bring creative, meaningful, and relevant approaches in Jewish learning to students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Identify Jewish educational needs of student, staff, and lay leaders, and develop stand-alone and ongoing programs and initiatives to address those needs.
  • Build innovative, pluralistic approaches to Shabbat, holidays, and rituals. Organize and lead Reform and Conservative Shabbat services, Conservative High Holiday services, holiday programming and Passover Seders, and train students to lead meaningful services for their peers
  • Develop and nurture relationships with BU Hillel Board members, Boston University campus personnel, religious life organizations around campus, BU faculty, parents, and Boston Jewish community partners
  • Provide pastoral care services for students, BU Hillel staff, lay leaders, and parents

Who You Are and What You’ve Accomplished

  • You care deeply about mission driven organizations that are changing young peoples’ lives
  • You have invested your time, passion, and efforts into Judaism, the Jewish tradition, and Jewish people in full-time or part-time ways (which may be traditional or not – both are welcome). Examples could include being a Jewish lay leader; active participant in an established Jewish organization, or organic growing Jewish project; extensive time spent on personal Jewish education and learning; significant time spent living in Israel; and more.
  • Advanced degree in any of the following (Rabbinic degree not required): Advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education, Jewish non-profit Management, Social work, Non-profit management, and Business. Deep knowledge of Torah, Rabbinic Teachings and Halachah as well as demonstrated commitment to ongoing, regular Jewish text learning.
  • 4+ years of relevant work. Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.
  • Extensive engagement with and experience in Israel
  • Training and experience in one of or many of the following: youth mentorship, pastoral care, or counseling

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Energy, excitement, passion, and love of Judaism, the Jewish people, and a strong supporter of Zionism and the State of Israel
  • A deep, and broad knowledge base of Jewish sources, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources
  • Expertise in leading complex conversations about Judaism and Israel in a way that is approachable and meets students at various points in their personal Jewish journeys
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant and pluralistic Jewish community
  • Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in order to reach goals, including proactive planning, embracing data and technology and attention to follow-through and deadlines

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $95,000 - $115,000
  • 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 at Boston University and with the Hillel movement
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel

About Boston University Hillel

Boston University Hillel is at the hub of a world-class university, in a thriving city of Boston, right near Fenway Park. Home to 4,000 Jewish undergraduates and 2,000 Jewish graduate students, BU Hillel’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower BU students to lead meaningful and joyous Jewish lives. We engage 4,000 students per year, 600 qualify as in-depth relationships. 200 students travel with BU Hillel each year. We have 160+ student leaders and 120+ lay leaders.

Boston University 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.

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 is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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