Director of Engagement-Metro Chicago Hillel

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Metro Chicago Hillel seeks a highly motivated, strategic, and outgoing individual who thrives on creating meaningful conversations and connections to be our new Director of Engagement.

The Director of Engagement sets the tone for how we connect with students, both on and off campus. They are always looking for new ways to share their passion for Judaism with students and colleagues, and are responsible for overseeing MCH's programmatic and relational efforts to connect students at Metro Chicago schools to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As a senior professional, they will develop a deep understanding of each of our campuses to effectively supervise Jewish Life Associates and an Israel Fellow. The Director of Engagement reports to the Executive Director and will work with him to establish specific objectives and outcomes for student engagement and staff professional development, and evaluate progress on an ongoing basis.

What you'll do:

Engagement (45%)

  • Craft, implement, and evaluate MCH's vision and strategy for connecting with students, focusing on creating a pipeline of experiences from a student's first days on campus through graduation, including leadership roles and opportunities.
  • Oversee MCH's system-wide student leadership structure. This includes working with Jewish Life Associates to identify and cultivate prospective board members and interns, staffing the MCH student board, and regularly evaluating the efficacy of the structure and looking for ways to improve it.
  • Build connections with students and maintain a presence on all MCH campuses.
  • Regularly (approximately 1-2/month) attend evening programs and Shabbat dinners on campus and at Base Hillels.
  • Monitor student data collection and report it to MCH staff, board and funders.

Supervision & Professional Growth (35%)

  • Supervise our Israel Fellow and three Jewish Life Associates. Using engagement data, establish and review SMART goals with supervisees.
  • Participate in weekly supervision meetings with the Executive Director. Set and review personal SMART goals.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Drawing on the network of engagement professionals across the Hillel International movement, stay abreast of best practices and innovative techniques to improve our engagement efforts. Share these ideas and skills with the MCH team.

Immersion Journeys (10%)

  • Be available to staff Birthright and/or Alternative Spring Breaks.
  • Together with the Israel Fellow, create and implement recruitment strategies and tactics for winter and summer Birthright trips.
  • Lead planning and recruitment efforts for Alternative Spring Breaks. Together with Base Hillel, Rabbis develop educational materials and objectives for any planned ASB trips.
  • In collaboration with MCH staff, develop pre- and post-trip educational and social programming.

Strategic Leadership (7%)

  • Participate in Leadership Team meetings to discuss high-level, strategic, organizational issues.
  • Periodically attend board meetings to present information on engagement efforts and strategy.

Financial Management (2%)

  • Collaborate with Leadership Team to regularly monitor program and organizational budget.
  • Support Jewish Life Associates and Israel Fellow in their budgeting efforts.

Development & Marketing (1%)

  • Actively participate in sharing program and organizational news on social media.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Development Coordinator to provide relevant data and review development materials as needed.
  • Attend parlor meetings or other development-focused events as needed.

Who you are:

  • Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Experience serving as a direct supervisor and/or managing a team (preferred).
  • Approachable and engaging personality with outstanding interpersonal skills and a particular talent for active listening.
  • An ability to educate and empower others to create their own meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team, and managing ongoing projects and timelines.
  • Strong oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills.
  • A serious work ethic, sense of humor, and willingness to take risks and learn from unexpected situations.
  • A commitment to pluralism.
  • Passion for Judaism and comfort with your own Jewish identity, to act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed to complete job requirements, including evenings (on a weekly basis), weekends, and holidays.

What's in it for you:

  • Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience, and features a generous benefits package through the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities through MCH-led activities, JUF and Hillel International.
  • Travel domestically and abroad.
  • Flexible work hours, particularly during summer and winter breaks.
  • The chance to join a supportive, innovative, dedicated team in a fantastic city.
  • Meeting fascinating, diverse students and exposing them to the beauty of Jewish life, learning and Israel.

About Metro Chicago Hillel:
Metro Chicago Hillel is creating a cohesive vibrant Jewish community across Chicago campuses and throughout the city. We serve almost 2,000 students at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Oakton Community College, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Metro Chicago Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

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.

Metro Chicago 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.

To Apply:
Please submit applications via (click on “Current Openings”). We encourage interested candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible, as we will review applications on a rolling basis.

Please include:
Resume and contact information for up to 3 references
Cover letter (no more than 1 page) explaining why you are the best fit for this position

Start Date: July 1

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please submit applications via (click on Current Openings). We encourage interested candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible, as we will review applications on a rolling basis. Please include: Resume an