Assistant Director of Education and Religious Life - Michigan Hillel
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life - Ann Arbor, MI

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University of Michigan Hillel:
With over 6,000 Jewish students on campus (comprising 20% of the student body) and over 50 student groups, U-M Hillel offers diverse, pluralistic and innovative ways to engage in Jewish life on campus. The University of 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 important, our student leaders feel a strong sense of ownership, empowerment, and accomplishment.

U-M Hillel seeks an Assistant Director of Education and Religious Life to be a key member of our dynamic management team during a period of growth for the organization. The Assistant Director will be responsible for overseeing and directing the religious and educational needs of the Hillel community, including students and staff. In addition, the Assistant Director will be expected to use community organizing and relationship-building skills, as well as his or her Jewish knowledge and resources, to teach, inspire and connect students to appropriate and meaningful Jewish opportunities.

Responsibilities Reflecting U-M Hillel’s Five Strategic Goals:
Nurture Empowered Leadership
  • Advise the student leadership of U-M’s four minyanim in their development of innovative and meaningful services, programming and community
  • Support the leadership of the student Governing and Programming Boards through educational resources
  • Oversee student groups in thematic areas related to Religious Life and other areas that reflect the strengths of the Assistant Director
Engage Jewish Students
  • Inspire and connect Jewish students to meaningful Jewish opportunities
  • Work collaboratively with staff and students to develop and implement vision and strategy around how to reach, engage and impact students not presently connected to Jewish life
  • Develop and lead immersive experiences, including but not limited to Taglit-Birthright: Israel and Alternative Breaks
Enhance Campus Culture
  • Represent the richness, diversity and pluralism of the Jewish community to the broader campus community
  • Provide education and guidance around issues relating to Judaism and the Jewish community to University administration, faculty, and staff
  • Build relationships with other clergy, faith-based student groups and the Association of Religious Counselors to further multi-faith work on campus
Cultivate Community
  • Work proactively to cultivate a community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic, welcoming and actively inclusive
  • Support the development of micro- and learning-communities in niche areas that together comprise a diverse, rich Jewish community
Embody Jewish values
  • Coordinate, implement and evaluate major Jewish holiday programming and observances on campus, alongside our student leadership and incorporating their active involvement. This includes, but is not limited to, High Holiday services, Purim megillah reading, and Passover seders.
  • Advise and oversee the Shabbat experience, empowering students from diverse Jewish backgrounds to create and lead pluralistic Shabbat services and programming
  • Collaborate with staff and student leaders to enrich programming and the Hillel environment with meaningful Jewish content and experiences
Other:
  • Develop relationships with local rabbis and synagogues and support collaborative Ann Arbor Jewish community events
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Development, assist with development efforts and represent U-M Hillel in interactions with Hillel stakeholders and key community partners
  • Support the Jewish enrichment of the Hillel staff
  • Other responsibilities as required
Qualifications:
The Assistant Director will need to have strong leadership skills to work toward a vision for the future of the organization and advancing our mission. Requirements include rabbinic ordination, or training in a closely related area, and previous experience working with young adults, preferably on a college campus. The candidate must excel at working with a diverse Jewish student population in an actively inclusive and pluralistic environment. Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and counseling skills are required. The candidate must work well on a team and be willing to work weekend and evening hours. Strong organizational and time management skills are required. A good sense of humor is essential.

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