This new position is modeled after Hillel’s groundbreaking new Senior Jewish Educator Initiative . Capitalizing on the power of immersive learning environments for facilitating Jewish growth, the Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) will work at the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh (encompassing Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh and other local universities).
The SJE operates under the direction of the Executive Director & CEO of the Hillel JUC and the Assistant Director. The SJE is responsible for the content of Jewish programs, opportunities and engagements on campus during the academic year including all areas relating to “meaningful Jewish experiences” on campus.
The SJE will work alongside Hillel JUC staff to build personal relationships with hundreds of Jewish students through meaningful, relevant Jewish conversations and experiences and to help set a strategic Jewish educational vision for the organization.
The SJE will focus on building meaningful relationships with students currently, and not currently, connected to Jewish life on campus. Using the methodologies of community organizing and relationship-building developed and bringing a deep reservoir of Jewish knowledge and an authentic commitment to Jewish life, he/she will work with individuals and groups of students, teaching, inspiring and connecting the students to appropriate and meaningful Jewish learning and experiential opportunities.
The SJE will help students as they conceptualize and answer their own "big questions," guiding them as they explore what it means, on an individual level to lead a life of meaning, infused with Jewish values.
There will be two key responsibilities of the SJE.
First and primarily, to build relationships with 150-200 students annually, by engaging them in meaningful conversations and offering them a variety of Jewish experiences. This will include meeting students in one-on-one meetings, teaching in small groups and staffing immersion experiences to Israel or other venues. In this capacity the SJE will also work with Hillel staff to help facilitate and create Jewish learning experience and serve as a resources for the Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative (CEI), engagement interns who are charged with building relationships with peers and connecting them to Jewish life.
Second, the SJE will function as a key educational resource to the staff of the Hillel JUC, helping to mentor and enrich their Jewish journeys and ability to facilitate Jewish experience. The SJE will also serve as a key resource to staff to help the Hillel assess and deepen the Jewish content of it’s activities and offerings. Toward this last point, we will look to the SJE to:
Act as a resource to the program team and student leaders as they ensure that the full cycle of Jewish holidays and observances are celebrated in relevant and meaningful ways on campus.
Encourage and develop student leadership of religious services by providing training, creative ideas and resources.
Oversee formal and informal opportunities for Jewish learning including creating curricula and teaching.
Communicate the richness, diversity and pluralism of the Jewish community.
Work with staff to develop, articulate and promote a vision for empowering and engaging Jewish students in a pluralistic Jewish environment.
Create and expand opportunities for exploration and expression of Jewish life and values.
Initiate creative approaches to engaging new students including one-to-one contact, innovative programs and targeting underserved student groups.
The SJE position will divide his/her time between the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and J’Burgh’s graduate students and young adults.
The ideal candidate will embody four elements:
1. An authentic Jewish personality - the SJE will be a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life, and will be, just by the force of their own Jewish personality and story, an inspiration to Jewish students on a variety of levels.
2. An informal Jewish educator - the SJE will be experienced with the theory and practice of informal education and able to model and teach others (particularly the Hillel JUC Staff and CEI interns) on how to create AND integrate the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences into the widest range of both existing and new Hillel initiatives.
3. A knowledgeable Jew - the SJE will be highly educated in areas of Jewish content. These will range from traditional Jewish texts and tradition to Zionism, contemporary Jewish culture and Jewish social and political activism, and will give the educator a reservoir of knowledge to share with students.
4. A strategic community organizer - the SJE will think strategically about how to reach and impact students not involved in the traditional networks, and will utilize methodologies of community organizing in order to manage and strategize for success.
All interested applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of three years prior experience working in experiential Jewish education, with a preference to knowledge / work experience with Hillel. A strong Jewish background (including knowledge of Israel) with a minimum masters in Jewish Education and/or Rabbinic ordination is required. The Hillel JUC is offering a very competitive compensation package for the appropriate candidate. The position will be available in summer 2013.
About the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh:
Founded in 1951 and moved to its home in the amazing 12,500 square foot Joseph Stern Building in 2001, the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh ( www.hilleljuc.org ) is the foundation of Jewish campus life for approximately 2,500 Jewish undergraduates and an additional 2,500 graduate students and young adults (ages 21-29) that are served though our award winning and nationally recognized J’Burgh program. ( www.jburgh.org ). J’Burgh was selected for inclusion in Slingshot 2013 which recognizes the most innovative and cutting edge initiatives in the American Jewish community. Located at the crossroads where the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University intersect, approximately 99% of the 5,000 young Jewish adults and students we serve are located within a 3-mile radius of our building. Hillel International recognized the Hillel JUC in 2010 as an “Exemplar of Excellence,” as did the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in 2007 as a “Great Place to Work.”
About the Jewish Community of Pittsburgh:
Pittsburgh is only one of two cities in the United States where the majority of the Jewish community still lives in the city limits. As such, of the 42,000 Jews in Pittsburgh, over half of them live in one neighborhood, Squirrel Hill (SH), which is, located just one mile from campus. This concentration creates a vibrancy and historic closeness (Squirrel Hill has had a Jewish plurality for over a hundred years) not seen in communities several times larger. SH boast several kosher restaurants, synagogues and Jewish institutions, mostly in comfortable walking distance of one another. Pittsburgh itself was just ranked by Forbes Magazine (March 2010) as the #1 housing market in the United States due to the low cost of housing and the city in general is constantly ranked among the top 10 most livable cities in the USA.
Please apply at www.hilleljobs.com by clicking on “Current Openings.”
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