Hillel Program Director - Stetson University

  • 10 Apr 2023 2:23 PM
    Message # 13162842
    Alex Miller-Knaack (Administrator)
    • Stetson University Hillel Program Director





      Impact the world through enriching the lives of Jewish students by joining Hillel at Stetson University as the Hillel Program Director. You’ll be building on a solid foundation to continue shaping and growing an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant lives.


      Reporting to the University Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Hillel Program Director will help shape Hillel as an energetic enterprise that functions as the center for Jewish student life on campus. The Program Director is responsible for ensuring the strategy and execution of engagement and program development for the Stetson Hillel.  The Program Director provides leadership to help Stetson University create meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, cultivate student leaders, and consistently promote a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community.  This position will continue to develop, articulate, implement, and create a pluralistic, inclusive, and innovative Jewish educational vision for Hillel, as part of an interfaith approach of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to supporting and growing the religious and spiritual lives of students at Stetson.        



      The qualifications and skill requirements for this position include:

      • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university required (education and/or experience).  Master’s degree or advanced degree in Jewish studies or related academic field, student affairs, higher education, counseling or a related field preferred
      • A Jewish person with strong Jewish knowledge base, commitment to Jewish learning, understanding of Jewish community, culture, heritage and traditions. Preferred experience in Israel (visiting or living).
      • Experience in student engagement, community outreach & organizing, mentorship and ideally in event planning & youth marketing.
      • A passion for Jewish identity to encourage and promote a pluralistic and inclusive approach to religious expression through programs, events, and Shabbat/holiday observances on campus.
      • Prior involvement in Hillel programming or Jewish community-based organizations is preferred but not a requirement to be a considered a qualified candidate. 
      • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work with colleagues across campus in a collaborative way to benefit students.
      • Ability to multi-task and troubleshoot effectively.
      • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills.
      • An ability to work as a semi-solo professional.

      The essential job functions and responsibilities:



      • Serve as primary advisor for the Stetson Hillel student organization, support student-initiated programs, attend programs when appropriate (including evenings, weekends, and especially, Jewish holidays), and lead annual birthright trips. 
      • Inspire Jewish students to reflect on their Jewish identity and serve as primary resource for Jewish student life on campus.
      • Work with students to plan social, recreational, and curricular programs as well as religious services and holiday observances for Hillel.
      • Maintain and develop relationships with Campus Life departments and other departments on Stetson’s campus as well as in the local community to provide services, support, and opportunities for Jewish students.
      • Advocate on behalf of Jewish students and Jewish interests on campus while calling on appropriate outside Jewish organizational resources for support.
      • In partnership with the University Chaplain, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Campus Life leadership, convene key community partners to support Hillel in dealing with highly visible, controversial issues affecting Jewish life on campus, calling on appropriate outside Jewish organizational resources for support where appropriate.
      • Participate in relevant University and Division committees as assigned.



      • Engage with Jewish students on a daily basis and ensure a pluralistic and welcoming atmosphere for all, while ensuring a visible Jewish presence on campus.
      • Work with student leaders to provide multiple entry points to participation in Jewish life on-campus for a broad range of students.
      • Organize and implement outreach to Jewish students on campus to encourage participation in Hillel programs.
      • Prioritize Taglit-Birthright Israel as a key engagement opportunity that will both grow student participation in Hillel overall as well as promote a positive relationship with Israel
      • In partnership with the Director of Admissions and recruiter assigned to Jewish students, develop appropriate opportunities to showcase Hillel at Stetson with prospective students during major campus visitation events.

      Coordination and Oversight

      • Coordinate and develop strong relations with local and regional Jewish organizations and international Hillel organizations.
      • Oversee communications, including social media, to sustain high visibility of Hillel among key constituencies on and off campus.
      • Oversee the evaluation of Hillel's programming, measurement of overall participation in Hillel activities and recording of individual participation in signature activities, initiatives, and groups.
      • Serve as building coordinator for the Ginsberg Hillel House.


      • Act as a Jewish educator, modeling for students a positive relationship with Jewish life, learning and Israel. Adding accessible Jewish content and depth to other programs on campus. Demonstrating comfort with Jewish traditions, holidays, culture, and basic texts.
      • With supervisor approval and in addition to job responsibilities, opportunity to teach one course per semester for supplemental pay as an adjunct in relevant discipline, Jewish Studies, or First Year Seminar if qualified and needed


      • Perform other site and position specific functions as assigned.


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