Jewish Job: Minnesota Hillel Seeking Jewish Student Life Associate

Job Title:

Jewish Student Life Associate

Organization Name:

Minnesota Hillel

Job Type:


Salary Range:

$35,000-$40,000 per year


Applications accepted until Dec. 7; position starts Jan. 1

Job Summary/Description:

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Minnesota Hillel as the Jewish Student Life Associate. As a community builder, you’ll inspire students to be partners in creating a vibrant and welcoming Jewish community. You will engage and work with students across our campuses to coordinate programs based on student interest, attend Hillel events, and recruit for immersive experiences with Hillel. You’ll use your stellar communication skills and active listening skills to develop relationships with students less engaged and help them map a path to create a Jewish story that’s relevant and exciting for them.

Minnesota Hillel already engages over 35% of their 1,300+ Jewish students but could do more to create vibrant Jewish life on campus. In addition to being part of a top tier university setting, you’ll join an incredible team of energized staff who focus on excellence, collaboration, professional development, and a thirst for knowledge. As a Jewish Student Life Associate, you’ll wake up each day and be genuinely excited and enthusiastic about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.

The Jewish Student Life Associate will report to the Assistant Director.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

What You’re Great At

  • Finding ways to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
  • Figuring out what makes people tick and what they love, and then helping them to connect with what they’re passionate about.
  • Listening to what people are saying, and understanding what they’re not saying, which is just as important.
  • Growing a social network and staying up to date with all things student life.
  • Managing logistics and multiple tasks with competing deadlines.

What You’ll Do

  • Engage with 150 students 1:1
  • Develop relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and connect them to Jewish life and empower newly engaged students to create and implement meaningful Jewish experiences with and for their peers.
  • Serve as an advisor for our first-year Hillel microcommunity, “Yalla”. Work with students and staff to implement a wide range of programs, including Shabbat and holiday celebrations, social opportunities, social justice projects and Jewish learning opportunities.
  • Partner with Assistant Director in overseeing 1:1 engagement efforts and supervising student interns who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus.
  • Maintain participant tracking database (HEART).
  • Recruit for in-depth learning and immersive experiences, including Birthright Israel trips.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director and be their right-hand in all things programmatic.

Experience and Qualifications

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Bachelor’s degree and 0-2 years of professional work experience. Relevant experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus.
  • You’ll be highly motivated, organized, and outgoing, thriving on conversations and connections.
  • Ability to effectively engage students at all levels in Jewish life and to serve as a resource in a pluralistic setting.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to engage students and attend events.
  • You’ll have a team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don’t turn out the way you thought they would. You’re comfortable with your Jewish self (or are actively figuring that out).
  • An entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn your wins as well as your losses

Additional Information

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. $35-$40k depending on the candidate.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel (post pandemic).
  • Plenty of Hillel and University swag.

How To Apply:

To apply, please email Mackenzie Litt at [email protected] with your resume.