Engagement Associate - Penn State Hillel
Hillel Foundation - University Park, PA

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Penn State Hillel seeks a dynamic, creative, and self-motivated individual to serve as Engagement Associate .

The Engagement Associate will share responsibility with the staff and student leaders of Penn State Hillel for diversifying, energizing and inspiring Jewish life at the Pennsylvania State University.

Building on Penn State Hillel’s strategic engagement initiative, the successful candidate will connect with uninvolved students and explore ways to create meaningful Jewish experiences that are both relevant and impactful in their lives.

About Penn State Hillel:
Penn State Hillel is a dynamic and innovative Jewish student organization, whose mission is to enrich the lives of the estimated 4,000-6,000 Jewish students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. In pursuit of this mission, Penn State Hillel is committed to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment; to helping Jewish students find a balance between being “distinctively Jewish” and “universally human”; to challenging students to grow both as leaders and as individuals; and to excellence, innovation, accountability and results. Penn State Hillel is in a dynamic growth phase that will transform Penn State Hillel into one of the premier centers for Jewish student life in the country.

In November 2012, Hillel International recognized Penn State Hillel with its Campus of Excellence Award, acknowledging the organization’s achievements in empowering student leadership, engagement and education. In February 2010, Hillel International honored Penn State Hillel with its Great Place to Work Award, given to one Hillel out of the more than 500 worldwide that best exemplifies leadership in staff culture and professional development.

In 2012, Penn State honored Penn State Hillel with the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award. In April 2010, Penn State Hillel was the sole recipient of Penn State’s Spiritual Leadership Award for the second consecutive year , recognizing Penn State Hillel as the outstanding religious student organization on campus. Additionally, in awarding Penn State Hillel with the Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year Award, Penn State acknowledged the important role Penn State Hillel plays in promoting understanding and collaboration on campus.

Community Overview:
Penn State Hillel is located in State College, PA, on the beautiful campus of the Pennsylvania State University . Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed State College as #19 on its list of 50 Smart Places to Live. Sperling’s BestPlaces research group has ranked State College the No.1 safest small city in America, and State College is one of RelocateAmerica’s Top 100 Places to Live. Forbes has listed State College among the top 10 smaller metro areas in which to start a career or business.

Penn State was ranked 7 th in Washington Monthly’s 2009 national college rankings, was #3 on its list of Top 100 Best U.S. College and University Programs, and is included on Newsweek’s list of the 50 Top Global Universities. In 2005, the NASDAQ rated Penn State University as the Best Center for Entrepreneurship in the United States. Penn State features THON—the largest student-run philanthropy in the world—which raised more than $12.3 Million in 2013, and has one of the highest application rates to Teach for America.

Engagement and Outreach:
Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for connecting with and serving them.

Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work, and study, utilizing creative and innovative methods to reach and interest them.

Utilize relationship-building, community organizing and social networking to reach engagement goals.

Cultivate a community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic, welcoming and actively inclusive

Represent Penn State Hillel on campus with students, faculty, and administration as appropriate, as well as in the wider community.

Program Support & Execution:
Participate as a member of the Penn State Hillel professional staff in most major programs, including Shabbat and holiday programming (via staff rotation).

Work collaboratively with student leadership, particularly the central student board and Hillel programming committee, on student-initiated programs.

Serve as a mentor and build positive relationships with student leaders.

Immersion Experience Implementation:
Assist with the administration, recruitment, and staffing of Taglit-Birthright Israel and Alternative Spring Break trips.

Create and implement on-campus opportunities for follow-through after immersion experiences.

Marketing and Communication:
Collaborate with staff and students to develop ways to reach uninvolved student populations.

Develop Penn State Hillel’s weekly email and other publicity pieces.

Advise students in the use of effective marketing tools to improve awareness about programs and opportunities.

Participate in weekly professional supervision with the assistant director, in weekly staff meetings and in regular engagement team meetings with the assistant director and Israel Fellow.

Supervise, mentor, and assist student leadership and student interns, as appropriate.


Work collaboratively with the staff to actively seek out and prepare grant proposals for program and engagement support, particularly through Hillel’s Schusterman International Center and Penn State’s University Park Allocations Committee.

Develop assessment tools to evaluate engagement and programming efforts.

Creativity, adaptability, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership development skills are essential. The Engagement Associate must have an entrepreneurial spirit, be capable of working independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree. Prior professional experience desirable, but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience, and Penn State Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply:
Please apply at www.hilleljobs.com by clicking on “Current Openings”.

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