Program & Engagement Associate-Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis

Posted by: Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

St Louis, MO, US

This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for a dynamic professional to inspire the lives of thousands of the brightest and most talented Jewish college students in the country. Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel) is seeking a Program & Engagement Associate – a spirited and passionate member of our 6 person staff family, capable of developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.

WashU Hillel is an open and inclusive organization, facilitating Jewish life for the approximately 1,800 undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis. These students are in a period of exploration, being exposed to new ideas, encountering new relationships, contemplating career choices and beginning their journeys to be at home in the world. Our team engages students where they are both physically and Jewishly, providing them with compelling Jewish models, and offering access to the Jewish narrative to help them frame their journey.

What you’re great at:

  • Connecting with others through your dynamic personality, warmth, sincerity, sense of humor and fun-loving vibe.
  • Working both independently and collaboratively in a creative environment.
  • Taking risks, innovating, and inspiring others to approach things differently.
  • Event planning and supervising others, approaching big and small tasks with attention to detail.
  • Making Judaism accessible and relevant to others through your authentic Jewish personality and your unique story.

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on campus.
  • The ability to balance thinking BIG with project management skills, a mindfulness for budget, and appropriate follow-through, follow-up and record keeping.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is customer service, sales, recruiting, call center or other types of direct customer relations work.

As a Program & Engagement Associate, a typical day may include:

  • Coffee meeting with a first-year student you met during orientation.
  • Weekly advising meeting with the president of the Hillel Leadership Council to offer guidance and support on leadership succession.
  • Meeting with a few board members of First Year Students of Hillel to prepare for their plant potting and decorating Tu B’Shvat havdallah celebration.
  • Buy your flights for an exciting new Jewish learning retreat for young professionals.
  • Tabling in the University Center over lunch to recruit for an upcoming Birthright Israel trip.
  • Joining the rest of the Hillel staff team at a restaurant to celebrate a milestone.

What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:

Outreach and Engagement

  • Build relationships with at least 100 Jewish students over the course of each year by engaging them in meaningful conversations and exploring creative opportunities to help them “do Jewish” in whatever ways are most meaningful to them.
  • Manage a variety of projects that seek to connect students to Jewish life through different initiatives.
  • Foster relationships with other university organizations, departments and groups to further opportunities for collaboration.
  • Recruit for and staff immersion experiences such as Birthright Israel.

Student Empowerment and Leadership; Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

  • Advise First Year Students of Hillel and Hillel Leadership Council student groups with an eye for leadership development, innovation and relationship cultivation within the broader campus community.
  • Guide and support the creation of student-initiated programs that build community, challenging students to think beyond traditional Hillel events.
  • Plan and implement skill-building programs and strategies to strengthen student leadership.
  • Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in programs, Shabbat experiences and holiday services, meals, and celebrations.
  • Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation.
  • Implement a program planning and evaluation tool to best prepare for and measure the success of programs and initiatives.

Supervision and Professional Growth

  • Participate in weekly professional supervision and weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning with other staff members.
  • Attend a variety of conferences and learning programs.

What we’re about:

Founded in 1946, our Hillel has fostered campus Jewish life for generations of students. WashU Hillel’s mission is to be the catalyst for Jewish life among college students at WashU. We foster an open, pluralistic Jewish community, connecting students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs.

Since 1946, our Hillel has enhanced the lives of thousands of college students and helped Washington University cultivate one of the most vibrant campus Jewish communities in the country. Out of approximately 6,700 undergraduates currently attending WashU, we estimate that at least 26% (1,750+) are Jewish. In 2015-16, we engaged approximately 1,000 of these students and we are slated to exceed this number in 2016-17.

What St. Louis is about:

St. Louis is an accessible, friendly midwestern city boasting a variety of neighborhoods filled with excellent culture, great parks, events, festivals, a fast-growing startup scene, and kosher Ted Drewes frozen custard (recently rated best in the world). Situated in the heart of metropolitan St. Louis, our Hillel is steps away from Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation and home to the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, as well as other cultural institutions, all of which offer free admission. Washington University and WashU Hillel are also blocks away from the Delmar Loop, a colorful entertainment district with live music, international cuisine and abundant independent retail. St. Louis supports a growing Jewish community of over 61,000 and a vibrant, young Jewish community with a Moishe House, Next Dor, and many other organizations that cater to Jewish young adults. We can talk about our city all day, but we’ll end with a fun fact: St. Louis is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable cities in the country for recent college graduates! This might be why more and more millennials are flocking to the city.

WashU Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

To apply:

Please apply at by submitting a resume and cover letter.

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