Cleveland Hillel is seeking a Senior Manager of Jewish Education who will bring contagious energy and passion for Judaism and Israel to our team and our students. We are looking for someone who believes strongly in the value of pluralism and nurturing a community with diverse and varied expressions of Jewish life, who can connect deeply with students from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. 

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Senior Manager of Jewish Education will work with staff, students, and community members to ensure Jewish education-focused campus operations and student programs run efficiently and effectively. You will be a relationship builder with students, spending time both in the Hillel building/spaces and around campus. 

Cleveland Hillel’s Senior Manager of Jewish Education will be responsible for targeted Jewish education and outreach initiatives primarily focused on undergraduate students. The candidate will also develop Jewish education and engagement strategies for graduate students and their peers. The Senior Manager of Jewish Education will also build and nurture relationships with students previously uninvolved with Jewish life across campus. This position will be responsible for developing targeted annual education program goals for the organization for all Cleveland Hillel campuses, in consultation with the Cleveland staff team.

The candidate will also work alongside the Senior leadership team in developing relationships with faculty on multiple campuses and may serve as the point person representing Cleveland Hillel on select campuses as needed. The position will oversee and provide regular program reports and updates, ensure data tracking and contribute to ongoing data collection and analysis, and carry out annual program evaluations. 

What You'll Do

  • Inspire Jewish students to reflect on their Jewish identity by generating and implementing a vision and strategic plan for Jewish education, engagement, and community development on Cleveland Hillel’s campuses by managing staff- and student-led initiatives.
  • Partner with all Cleveland Hillel staff to develop and infuse Hillel programs and initiatives with meaningful Jewish content.
  • Engage students in conversations, experiences, and opportunities to further Hillel’s vision of Jewish diversity and pluralism.
  • Develop and support vibrant Jewish experiences, one-on-one or small group learning, and educational programs.
  •  Serve as lead educator for Jewish learning/ fellowship programs while collaborating with other Hillel staff and/or student and volunteer leadership to oversee the development of high quality interest-based programs (ex: Shabbat and holiday celebrations, JLF, Shabbat Hosting Lab, Mitzvote), including curriculum-planning, recruitment, marketing, teaching and grant-reporting.
  • Pilot creative/new educational approaches and initiatives on campus.
  • Assist in creating connection points to enhance Jewish community for faculty on all campuses. 
  • Work with Cleveland Hillel team to design and implement all Jewish Holiday programming including, High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur), Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover.
  • Work collaboratively with Summer Internship Program (SIP) staff and assist in the development and coordination of educational and mentoring opportunities for SIP participants. 
  • Lead the development of annual outreach & engagement (i.e.: Breadth & Depth) goals in relation to Jewish educational programs.
  • Maintain records of programs and attendance for measurement and ongoing evaluation.
  • Supervise additional Cleveland Hillel staff members and/or student interns assigned to engagement-focused portfolios (including setting of annual goals and overseeing performance reviews).
  • Create and utilize effective marketing and social media strategies to reach new populations within target audiences. 
  • Support Cleveland Hillel’s representation efforts to appropriate campus-based committees and systems.
  • Participate as needed as an active member of the CHF senior staff team to realize Cleveland Hillel’s mission and vision. 

What You've Accomplished

  • Rabbinic ordination or an advanced degree in Jewish studies, Jewish education, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Experience in community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education is a plus.
  • Proven success in community building and outreach, and previous experience in program visioning and implementation.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, 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.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, but you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
  • Creative problem-solving, proactive communication, and collaboration. 
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel. 

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace: the salary range for this role is $65,000 - $70,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits package.
  • Potential travel opportunities both regionally and abroad.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • A flexible, supportive work environment where your well-being is valued.

About Cleveland Hillel

Cleveland Hillel was established in 1947 and currently provides resources to a vibrant Jewish community of more than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students attending eleven colleges and universities in the Cleveland area, most notably at Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, and Baldwin Wallace University.

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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