Assistant Director-Brandeis Hillel

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Brandeis Hillel is looking for a dynamic and creative Assistant Director (AD) who will nurture a student community and manage a team of professionals and student volunteers to achieve our vision.

What You'll Do

  • With the Executive Director, design and execute a strategy to connect more than 70% of Jewish students at Brandeis to Hillel's mission.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, craft and implement a strategic plan for building community, promoting pluralistic Jewish education, and engagement with Israel.
  • Conduct a large number of 1:1 meetings with students to build relationships and identify/develop student leaders.
  • Design and implement a student leadership structure to support robust communal activities for Shabbat and holiday celebrations, service projects, and learning.
  • Supervise, mentor and support two early career professionals, and collaborate with rabbinic staff.
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships, including Student Affairs and Admissions colleagues, parents and grandparents, alumni, and lay leaders.

On a day to day basis you will

  • Support, mentor and challenge student leaders.
  • Staff Shabbat and holiday programming, assisting with discussions, rituals, and celebrations.
  • Manage the staff hiring process and training of new professionals.
  • Manage the program budget, distribution of funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.
  • Oversee the collection of data in partnership with Hillel International.

Student Life and Engagement

  • Coach and advise student steering committee and allocation committee and other student leaders to cultivate a community that is caring, diverse, pluralistic and welcoming.
  • Oversee the vision and implementation of an engagement strategy, immersive experiences, leadership and programming opportunities.
  • Work closely with Hillel's executive director and educational staff to coordinate leadership curriculum, learning opportunities, and comprehensive engagement strategy.

Leadership and Supervision

  • Oversee the implementation of our mission with the student life team by empowering, inspiring and educating staff and students.
  • Ensure that programmatic, facility operations, and development and budgeting support the goals of our student-focused organization.
  • Supervise and oversee IACT Coordinator and Springboard Fellow with an eye towards skill and career growth in addition to personal development.
  • Coordinate, and sometimes lead, Jewish staff learning with a professional component at bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on strategic planning and organizational management.
  • Partner with the Executive Director and student-life team members on new pilot projects.
  • Manage to outcomes, ensuring our team achieves measurable goals.
  • Conduct quarterly reviews to consider successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth.
  • Model personal Jewish learning and professional and personal growth.

Campus and Community Partnerships

  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with campus professionals and departments to ensure positive positioning of Hillel in the university landscape.
  • Partner with funders, strategic partners, and the local Jewish federation.
  • Connect students with community/donor-focused events and opportunities (such as career mentors, career nights, Israel events).
  • Stimulate community support and involvement by communicating Hillel's vision with lay leaders, alumni, parents and community members, as appropriate; and with the Institutional Advancement partners at the university.


  • 3-5 years work experience in the Jewish or campus community
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Experience supervising others and guiding them toward success and growth
  • Creativity, flexibility, passion, a sense of humor
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and leadership development skills
  • Capable of working independently
  • Ability to prioritize to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Deep understanding of college culture, millennials, and the landscape of American Jewish life
  • Commitment to both personal Jewish growth and the growth of Jewish students through pluralism, education, and inclusion
  • Desire to spend at least three evenings a week during the academic year with the most incredible students in the Boston area
  • An entrepreneurial spirit - things may not always go according to plan, but you understand that ambiguity is part of developing great new opportunities

What You'll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $60,000 - $70,000
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel
  • Plenty of Hillel schwag

About Brandeis University
Brandeis has the highest percentage of Jewish students of any nonsectarian institution outside of Israel. The Jewish student body is simultaneously the most diverse in the country and the most Jewishly affiliated.

At a time when other universities employed bias and quotas to exclude Jews and students of color, Brandeis had a distinctive founding. The Jewish community established Brandeis as a nonsectarian university, founded to be elite without being elitist, exclusive without being exclusionary, and welcoming and supportive of faculty and students of all backgrounds and beliefs. Today, Brandeis is driven by a set of values that are rooted in our Jewish history and experience.

Brandeis is home to 3,600 undergraduates and over 2,000 graduate students and is located in Waltham, MA, about 10 miles due west of Boston. Waltham was ranked in 2018 as Money magazine's best city to live in Massachusetts.

About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Brandies Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so 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.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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