Jewish Student Life Coordinator-University of Arizona Hillel

Job Type

Part Time




United States


The University of Arizona Hillel is seeking a motivated, creative, flexible and organized Director of Jewish Student Life (DJSL) with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a passion for working with students, and an understanding of Judaism as a framework for shaping meaning, value and purpose.

The DJSL must be capable of working both independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments. The DJSL reports to the Executive Director.

What you'll bring to the job:

  • A Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of professional work experience. Experience as an intern or professional in a Jewish organization is a huge plus.
  • A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, a dynamic and outgoing personality, an ability to take risks and learn from situations when things don't turn out the way you thought they would.
  • Great knowledge of technology.
  • Attention to the details so they don't get lost in the desert.

The ideal Director of Jewish Life for UA Hillel is:

  • A relationship builder – capable of building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students.
  • An authentic Jewish personality with an ability to inspire students, through their own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values.
  • Knowledgeable in areas of Jewish content with a reservoir of knowledge to share with students.
  • A self-starter – highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective and open.
  • Listening to what people are saying, while understanding that what they're not saying is also important too.
  • Comfortable with your Jewish self (or are actively figuring that out).
  • Comfortable learning and trying new things.

What you'll own and how you'll grow:

Outreach and engagement

  • Build relationships with at least 100 uninvolved Jewish students over the course of a year, by engaging them in meaningful conversations and offering them a variety of Jewish experiences. This will include meeting students one-on-one, teaching in small groups, staffing immersion experiences and developing new and creative Jewish initiatives.
  • Empower newly engaged students to create and implement meaningful Jewish experiences and initiatives with and for their peers through an internship or other leadership models/opportunities
  • Recruit for and staff immersion experiences, such as Taglit-Birthright Israel and/or Alternative Breaks, with Israel Fellow and implement pre- and post-trip engagement plans.
  • Develop key relationships with professionals from the university's student life programs, facilitating partnerships in the planning and actualization of programs and activities.
  • Develop means of communication with students for the purposes of recruitment and marketing of new engagement opportunities.
  • Coordinate campus publicity, including flyers, newspaper articles, calendars, brochures, etc. (including actual production or oversight of students' efforts).

Planning and Implementation

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan in concert with other Hillel staff,
  • Help develop and implement curriculum for our Wildcat Jewish Leaders Team that reflects diverse Jewish ideas and experiences with the goal of empowering each of our students to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life.
  • Recruit student leaders to build and sustain a community.
  • Manage a variety of projects that seek to connect new students to Jewish life through new initiatives
  • Participate as a member of the Hillel staff team in major programs, Shabbat and holidays.
  • Maintain records of events and attendance for measurement and ongoing evaluation.
  • Track and evaluate progress and provide written reports that reflect our growth
  • Be available for student-initiated private discussions; refer for counseling or to other resources when necessary.
  • Provide logistical support for assigned programs.
  • Attend some Board of Directors' meetings
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision and Professional Growth

  • Participate in weekly professional supervision with the Executive Director and weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth with other staff members.

What you'll get out of it:

  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Travel abroad, particularly to Israel.
  • Paid coffee dates with UA students.
  • Supervision experience.

About the University of Arizona Hillel:
The University of Arizona (UA) Hillel is nationally recognized and boasts a vibrant Jewish community. There are over 3000 Jewish students on campus (10% of the undergraduate population attending the university). UA Hillel's building is centrally located on campus across from the Student Union.

About the University of Arizona:
Located in Tucson, The University of Arizona is one of the leading public research universities in the United States. It was founded in 1885 as the state's land-grant university — nearly three decades before Arizona became a state. The 40-acre campus of the 1890s has grown to 391 acres and 185 buildings. Its purpose remains, in the language of the original law, “to provide the inhabitants of this state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts,” and, insofar as possible, to provide a technical education adapted to the development of the resources specific to Arizona.

The UA is a member of the PAC 12 NCAA athletic conference, has the only MD granting medical school in Arizona, and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The UA has a great basketball team, and offers a wide variety of concerts throughout the year at Centennial Hall. UA's campus also has several fine arts galleries and museums.

About Tucson:
Tucson has fabulous hiking and outdoor life, desert weather: dry heat and gorgeous weather year-round, and a warm welcoming community (both Jewish and non). Its location: 2 hour drive to Phoenix, 90 minutes from Mexico, 5 1/2 hours from San Diego. Tucson is home to fun night life with many live music options. This beautiful Southwest city has something for everyone.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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