Director of Student and Community Engagement

Hillel at the University of Vermont

Role Overview

Hillel at the University of Vermont is seeking a dynamic and creative Director of Student and Community Engagement to join our professional team. We are looking for someone with energy, superb organizational and communication skills, and a strong commitment to Jewish life. You will build relationships with students, while creating programs around campus that are impactful, and of high quality. You will be a strategic thought-partner with the Executive Director in order to achieve our mission infused with Jewish values.

We have an estimated 2,000 Jewish students at the University of Vermont and there is not a one size fits all approach for how we can reach them all.  You will have the chance to learn from what works, build connections between students and have the opportunity to develop meaningful Jewish experiences.  In addition, you will be part of a team committed to each other’s wellbeing and professional success.

What You’ll Do

  • Design and implement an engagement plan founded in the design-thinking process to strategically build relationships. 
  • Mentor student leaders in their Jewish growth through individual meetings and group trainings to cultivate a Jewish community that is caring, diverse, welcoming, and actively inclusive. 
  • Contribute to program development, manage logistics, and collaborate with staff and student leaders to ensure the execution of Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and small to large-scale events. 
  • In partnership with other university departments support programs that support the greater Vermont community.
  • Work with the Executive Director and engage with the board of directors
  • Supervise student interns, student leaders, and their committees who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus. 
  • Supervise the engagement and operations associate team of 3-5 professional staff.
  • Assist the development work and other fundraising efforts.
  • Advise student leaders and student groups in planning, publicity/marketing, implementing, budgeting, and assessing programs and events.   
  • Maintain program attendance records for measurement and ongoing evaluation purposes. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of full-time professional work experience. 
  • Participation in student life and organizations during your college career. 
  • Confidence developing and running initiatives and comfort asking questions. 
  • Desire to motivate student leaders to engage their peers, deepen their Jewish identities, and think innovatively about program content and marketing. 
  • Exemplary time management skills, including the capacity to juggle competing priorities and deadlines, and to remain flexible within an ambiguous, fast-paced environment. 
  • A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults. 
  • Owning your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspiring others to be on a Jewish journey. 
  • Strong written and verbal skills.

What You’ll Receive

Hillel at the University of Vermont Hillel offers a competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace along with a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this role is $48,000-$55,000.  The position includes Jewish professional growth opportunities, great supervision, and work on a college campus with a dynamic, collaborative team.

About Hillel at UVM

Hillel at UVM was the recipient of Hillel International’s Great Place to Work Award in 2021 for our commitment to our staff’s wellbeing. As an organization we seek to support our employees in living their best lives so they can be their best selves for our students. Because of Hillel, UVM has risen to become one of the “top 20 public schools Jews choose” according to the 2022 Jewish College Guide. The lessons learned through the pandemic and applied today through innovative, academically aligned programming have helped Hillel not just maintain, but exceed all engagement metrics in recent years by connecting with over 2,000 Jewish students, allies, and friends each year. We engage students with a design-thinking methodology to discover new ideas and co-create initiatives that make Burlington, Vermont, and the world a better place.

The Burack Hillel is located inside the 439 College Street Residence Hall, steps away from the historic campus green. Three floors of the facility also include one floor of UVM residents, which is managed, staffed, and maintained by UVM Residence Life. The Burack Hillel has a fully functional kitchen in addition to separate staff office space and a third floor open floor plan that hosts religious services, meetings, and quiet space for studying.

Candidates will thrive in the role if they are able to embrace the northern and rural aspects of living in Burlington, Vermont. Situated between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Vermont offers a lot to explore from small towns, skiing, and high adventure hikes to a thriving downtown food and entertainment scene. Burlington has five affiliated Jewish communities for personal practice or identity exploration and is located 2 hours from Montreal, 3.5 hours from Boston, and 6 hours to New York City, now with a direct Amtrak connection!

The University of Vermont Land Acknowledgement

The campus of the University of Vermont sits within a place of gathering and exchange, shaped by water and stewarded by ongoing generations of Indigenous peoples, in particular the Western Abenaki.

Acknowledging the relations between water, land, and people is in harmony with the mission of the university. Acknowledging the serious and significant impacts of our histories on Indigenous peoples and their homelands is a part of the university’s ongoing work of teaching, research, and engagement and an essential reminder of our past and our interconnected futures for the many of us gathered on this land.

UVM respects the Indigenous knowledge interwoven in this place and commits to uplifting the Indigenous peoples and cultures present on this land and within our community.

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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