Senior Manager of Jewish Education at Michigan Hillel

The University of Michigan Hillel is looking for a Senior Manager of Jewish Education to join our team who will bring enthusiasm for engaging students, passion for Jewish experiential education, and a commitment to building a pluralistic Jewish community. The Senior Manager of Jewish Education is responsible for supporting and growing Jewish educational opportunities on campus, inspiring and advising groups like our Reform community, our pluralistic Shabbat program,  and social justice-oriented programming.  They will develop and teach educational content to diverse communities, and engage in 1:1 conversations that help invite students to explore meaningful ways to engage in Jewish life and connect with Jewish community. 

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.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Rabbi and Assistant Director to identify Jewish educational needs of students not currently being served, and proactively create new opportunities to meet those needs.
  • Develop students’ Jewish literacy and empowerment through regularly scheduled Jewish learning opportunities that span diverse backgrounds, interests, and multiple Jewish perspectives. This includes working with other staff to develop and implement relevant educational content for fellowships and programs. 
  • Lead teaching of pre-developed content (Jewish Learning Fellowship)
  • Deepen student leadership engagement with pluralism around Shabbat and other Hillel-wide programming.
  • Be an accessible and approachable figure on campus, proactively meeting and developing student relationships, including those not previously engaged with Hillel.
  • Advise and empower students individually and in established student groups to participate in social justice work on campus, and explore justice values through a Jewish lens.
  • Advise and help create vibrant ritual life for the Reform community on campus. 

What You'll Bring to the Job

  • 4-7 years experience in Jewish educational setting; an advanced degree or rabbinic ordination is preferred. Experience working with young adults desired.
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant, and pluralistic Jewish community
  • Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and ability to collaborate across a large Hillel Staff.
  • Authentic Jewish expression - a willingness to share your Jewish values and practice with students in appropriate and accessible ways.
  • A good knowledge base of Jewish content. This ranges from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources. You can frame and illuminate contemporary experience through Torah.
  • Genuine excitement and infectious passion for celebrating Jewish rituals and festivals.
  • You love discovering new opportunities to impact religious life and learning and you are not afraid to take calculated risks to further your mission. You have a track record of innovation.
  • Proactivity. You take initiative to get things done or make things happen, without having to be asked.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. You are an effective communicator and a great listener. You are instinctively curious about others and people enjoy talking to you. You have an outgoing personality and love meeting new people. You are comfortable and confident in crowds. 
  • Service leading and musical ability are desirable but not required.
  • Experience in Reform community settings is desirable.

What You'll Receive

  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $80,000 based on experience.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Independent and hands-on work in an exciting, start-up environment.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • LOTS of Maize & Blue swag.

About University of Michigan Hillel

With over 6,000 Jewish students on campus (comprising 20% of the student body) and 30 student groups, the University of Michigan Hillel offers diverse, pluralistic and innovative ways to engage in Jewish life on campus. Michigan Hillel is a national leader in nurturing empowered leadership among students who have a profound impact not only on campus life but on the broader Jewish community as well. Most importantly, our student leaders feel a strong sense of ownership, empowerment, and accomplishment. 

Ann Arbor is a small city  (110,000 people) blessed with many big city comforts. The city prides itself on its wonderful restaurants, natural and recreational spaces, and a football stadium that holds more fans on a game day than the entire population of Ann Arbor. The Jewish community has one of everything (Jewish Federation, Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center, and Secular Humanistic, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Chabad and local home-based services). Ann Arbor is the kind of town where people greet each other in the street and where you can have an impact on building community, while the university’s size and diversity makes you feel like you are always meeting new people and learning something new. 

University of Michigan 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.

Start Date: July 1, 2024

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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