Community Engagement Manager: Special Events & Brand Experience

Hillel at Arizona State University

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Arizona State University as the Community Engagement Manager focusing on Special Events & Brand Experience. We’re looking for a self-motivated individual with a deep willingness to take risks and be creative and bold.  As a member of our Student Impact team, you will play a key role in sustaining Hillel at ASU’s ambitious engagement success, reaching 1,000+ students annually. You will drive Hillel forward by thinking big and implementing our robust student engagement strategy.

This position requires strong time management, proven project management success, and excellent follow-through on a day-to-day basis. You will be integral to Hillel at ASU’s team by overseeing our marketing and communication channels, producing our largest programmatic efforts, and managing our student database. You will also be responsible for reporting our current successes and analyzing our areas of growth and opportunity. Serving in all of these capacities, you will directly or indirectly impact every Jewish student’s experience at ASU.

Our Hillel has grown rapidly and you’ll be joining a team that is eager to continue to grow, learn, and experiment every day. Speaking of experimentation, you’ll be doing this work at the #1 university for innovation; you won’t find anyone here telling you “we already tried that.” You will, however, find a data-informed organization committed to providing high-quality experiences that meet a diverse and expansive student population. 

What You’ll Do

Strategy & Development

  • Strategic Planning: In collaboration with our AD, execute and evaluate Hillel at ASU’s strategy for connecting with and impacting the full arc of student participation including:
    • Making an impact on students' lives during key moments - from welcome week to graduation, and all Jewish and campus key dates in between 
    • “Breadth moments” (our largest programmatic and engagement initiatives, seeing 200-300+ at each program/initiative)
  • Program Oversight: Based on observation of our current systems and conversations with student and staff leaders, create and document program processes that will provide a structured framework. You will help guide staff and student leaders through each stage of program development, implementation, and evaluation while fostering clarity, consistency, and accountability throughout the entire process.
  • Data Management: Power our data-informed decisions and iterative student engagement strategies by overseeing the collection, maintenance, and reporting of student engagement data, and spearheading analysis, in partnership with Hillel International.

Planning & Implementation

  • Marketing: Play a key role in brand management through the following responsibility areas:  
    • Manage our social media scheduling software
    • Run our texting communication platform
    • Publish weekly content (such as our newsletter and weekly event marketing needs)
    • Execute large-scale marketing campaigns (such as high holidays and signature socials) to increase our brand awareness and expand our reach across digital platforms. 
  • Calendaring: Manage our comprehensive week-to-week programming calendar towards our goals of diverse and balanced programming, ensuring our internal calendars are accurately updated and reflected on our external communication channels. 
  • Program Production: 
    • In collaboration with student leaders, curate, produce, and manage our four largest signature socials, as well as key community-wide Shabbat dinners, and all holiday celebrations. These are highlight moments of the year and you will be responsible for overseeing the project management from ideation to execution. 
    • Serve as our “Event Manager” overseeing the behind-the-scenes of large breadth moments.
    • Examples include: creating event “run of show” flow charts, coordinating staff and student leadership involvement, managing the registration process, and communicating with our external vendors.
  • Finance: Alongside our Assistant Director, manage a programming budget of $300,000+
  • Team Collaboration: Troubleshoot daily program operations that arise and assist the Student Impact Team in finding suitable solutions. 
    • Examples include: a staff member needing to adjust marketing that is scheduled to go up that day or identify a new kosher catering system.

Team & Overall Engagement Responsibilities 

Hillel at ASU is a collaborative and integrated team. We expect every Student Life team member to:

  • Hold at least 5 relationship-building meetings/ a week to develop 1/1 relationships and gain a deeper understanding of our various target audiences.
  • Be a part of the staff rotation for Shabbat and holiday programming, ensuring each and every student feels warmly welcomed into Hillel’s “doors.”
  • Staff “The First Six,” our welcome week(s) initiative, and each semester’s “Signature Social.”
  • Support recruitment for immersive experiences such as Birthright Israel, Jewish Learning Fellowships, and social cohort experiences.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 3-5 years in Jewish, experiential, or higher education
  • Experience as a professional in a Jewish nonprofit organization is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Proven success in:
    • Management of multiple projects while maintaining a high level of quality
    • Program production of large-scale events (seeing 150+ in attendance)
    • Curating program evaluation and processing tools 
    • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail
    • Developing and/or implementing a strategic plan, including reporting and tracking data 
    • Understanding the needs of a highly diverse, social student population, and knowing how to navigate a large campus environment. 
    • Mentoring and coaching lay leaders or volunteers.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Keen organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-moving environment. 
  • A data-driven approach that will take our student engagement to the next height. 
  • Demonstrated confidence working within higher education and campus settings.
  • You are willing and happy to get your hands dirty. You aren’t afraid of a little scrappiness and love to problem-solve on your feet! 
  • An awareness of your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and ability to serve as a role model and inspire others to be on a Jewish journey.
  • An eye for brand and marketing. You know how to tell a story/speak to an audience and have experience utilizing current social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook TikTok, etc.)

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary for this role is $55,000 - $60,000.
  • A comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, life insurance, and long-term disability coverage.
  • 15 vacation days per year.
  • 10 medical leave days each year.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • A work community that values professional growth and personal balance.
  • Paid Jewish holidays or alternate days for those holidays worked. 
  • Opportunities to travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.
  • Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the country with an affordable cost of living and easy access to some of the best hiking and nature preserves. 
  • Additional Hillel at ASU benefits, like lighter winter and summer hours, the opportunity to present on passion projects, and lots of free coffee! 
  • Plenty of Hillel swag.

About Hillel at Arizona State University

With 3,500 Jewish undergraduates across four campuses, we are one of the largest universities in the country, and we are eager to reach every Jewish Sun Devil! Our students need us today more than ever and you will make a direct impact by serving on our student-facing team and building thriving Jewish life! Not convinced yet? Here are 5 fun facts about the 5th largest Metropolitan city in the country. 

  • Phoenix isn't just known for the heat! It's also a destination for world-class resorts, golf, hiking trails, spring training and award-winning restaurants.
  • ASU has been ranked #1 in innovation for nine years running by U.S News & World Report
  •  With 100,000+ Jews, there is something to offer at every stage of life!
  • Our average temperature year-round is 75 degrees. Current staff that have moved here from all over the country are available to chat about what relocation is like!
  • Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues. Go Suns!

Hillel at Arizona State University 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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