Hillel Engagement and Program Coordinator
Trinity College - Hartford, CT

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Hillel Engagement and Program Coordinator


Regular or Temporary

Hour Per Week

Weeks Per Year
10 month position, paid over 12 months

Open Date

Open Until Filled

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary
Trinity College Hillel seeks a dynamic, outgoing, and energetic professional to join our student and staff team. Bringing a strong passion for building Jewish community, the Hillel Engagement and Program Coordinator will take part in shaping Jewish life on campus by forging relationships with students and working with them to create innovative, meaningful Jewish experiences. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to inspire students with varying levels of Jewish experience and background to join together in building a vibrant community on campus. Trinity College Hillel is staffed by the Director and the Engagement and Program Coordinator. The Coordinator reports to the Hillel Director and is a member of the College’s Spiritual and Religious Life team.

• Play a key role in planning, implementing and evaluation of overall programming including social, cultural, educational, Israel related, community service and Shabbat and holiday programs with students and staff.
• Participate in Shabbat and holiday programming and encourage and promote a pluralistic approach to religious expression through Shabbat and holiday observances on campus, including the High Holidays and Passover Seders.
• Build supportive, constructive relationships with students, making Hillel an attractive and attracting center for student life at Trinity.
• Develop relationships with staff members and leaders of other student groups on campus to encourage creative co-sponsorships that serve to expand and enhance understanding of Jewish life among the general student population.
• Recruit for, staff and administrate Taglit-Birthright trips and provide orientation and follow-through with participants.
• Attend and assist in significant College programs that Hillel plays a role in, such as orientation, family weekend, commencement, reunion, etc.
• Support student program initiatives and create opportunities for students to assume leadership responsibilities.
• Ensure that program budget guidelines are followed.
• Apply for grants to support student and staff initiated programs.
• Maintain records of programs and attendance for measurement and evaluation.
Outreach and Engagement
• Develop a strong first-year Hillel community by building one-on-one relationships with first year students.
• Build meaningful relationships with both engaged and less engaged current students.
• Identify and reach out to uninvolved Jewish students and develop strategies for engaging them in Jewish and Hillel life.
Student Leadership Development
• Recruit student leaders to build and sustain our community.
• Develop training programs and implement strategies to develop strong leaders.
• Advise the student board and other leadership groups and committees.
• Be available for student initiated private discussions; refer to appropriate resources as when necessary.
Marketing and Communications
• Take primary responsibility for publicizing Hillel activities.
• Manage publication of weekly online newsletter to Hillel constituents.
• Manage all online and print communications and publicity including online social network resources in a timely and consistent manner.
• Assist and oversee students in use of marketing tools to increase their effectiveness at communication and marketing of their programs
• Maintain and manage Hillel listservs
General Support
• Provide logistical and administrative support for the Zachs Hillel House.
• Liaison as needed to relevant campus groups that support Hillel’s infrastructure including the Development and Communications Offices, the Calendar and Special Events Office, Information Technology, etc.
• Supervise Hillel student workers/interns.
• Maintain calendar information.
• Assist the Director in working with the Hillel Advisory Board.
• Other duties may be assigned by the Hillel Director.
Professional Development and Leadership
• Seek out and participate in Jewish learning and professional development opportunities.
• Act as a role model for students at Trinity College.
• Participate in college initiatives as a team player.
• Represent the interests of Jewish life at Trinity College at appropriate meetings and gatherings.
• Attend appropriate conferences, trainings and Hartford Jewish Federation events and meetings.
• Participate in professional supervision with the Hillel Director
The ideal candidate will have a dynamic, enthusiastic, warm, and engaging personality. He/she will have an understanding of the culture of a small liberal arts college, a strong personal Jewish identity, and a commitment to building a pluralistic Jewish community on campus. A bachelor’s degree and at least one year of recent professional experience is required (Hillel related work experience is preferred.) Creativity, personal initiative, flexibility, a sense of humor, clear and effective verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational, administrative and leadership skills are essential. Also required is the ability to work the flexible hours needed to get the job done. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects with competing deadlines and must be comfortable with current communications technology. Personal experience in Israel (birthright or study abroad) is a plus.
Special Instructions to Applicants
We are seeking to have the position begin in August 2013. Salary range is $33,000 – $36,000 annually. This is a 10-month position, paid over 12 months.

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