Assistant Director-Hillel at Virginia Tech

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Virginia Tech as the Assistant Director. You will drive Hillel forward by thinking big and implementing with excellence on a day to day basis. As you lead people and programs, you'll help every student on campus connect to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Established in Blacksburg as early as the late 1940s, Hillel at Virginia Tech is the heart and home of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's 2,000 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. In the spirit of Virginia Tech's Principles of Community, we affirm the inherent dignity and value of every student, regardless of their age, color, ability, gender, political affiliation, race, or sexual orientation. As students discover and engage with Jewish heritage, traditions, and culture, Hillel at Virginia Tech strives to provide them with the resources to find meaning, internalize experiences, and integrate Jewish wisdom into their decision-making, all the while maintaining a campus climate for learning based on the principles of mutual respect and understanding.

What You'll Do:

  • With the Executive Director, design and execute an engagement strategy to connect more than 70% of Jewish students at Virginia Tech to Hillel's mission.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, craft and implement a strategic plan for program, pluralistic Jewish education and engagement.
  • Develop a student leadership structure to support robust program activities, Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Supervise, mentor and support the growth of 4 staff members.
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships with the University community, including Student Affairs and Admissions, parents, alumni, and lay leaders.

On a day to day basis you will:

  • Recruit, supervise and lead the student internship team and student board.
  • Oversee the program budget, distribute funds, account for costs, and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Staff Shabbat and holiday programming, assisting with discussions, rituals, and celebrations.
  • Connect with prospective students and their families educating them on Jewish life at Virginia Tech.
  • Be a thought partner with Executive Director and campus partners. Build meaningful relationships with key university staff and faculty that yield productive partnerships.
  • Design and implement curriculum for Peer Network Engagement Interns, Jewish Learning Fellowship, Monday Munch, Interfaith Network and other innovative Jewish learning programs.
  • Lead weekly staff meetings and plan quarterly retreats in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Assist with the staff hiring process and training of new professionals.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.
  • Possibly staff and support alternative breaks and Taglit-Birthright Israel, including pre- and post-trip programs.
  • Support the Development team and Executive Director in core fundraising activities, including donor relations, strategic fundraising conversations, special events and student Development Committee efforts.
  • Oversee the collection of our engagement data in partnership with Hillel International.

What You've Accomplished:

  • 3+ years in Jewish, experiential or higher education.
  • Experience as a professional in a Jewish nonprofit organization is preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Proven success:
    • Hiring and managing a team. Excellent supervision skills and ability to coach others to achieve outcomes
    • Advising traditional-age college students.
    • Creating structures and opportunities that assist and empower students to take initiative and ownership for their communities.
    • Building relationships with leaders within education or the nonprofit space.
    • Developing and/or implementing a strategic plan, including reporting and tracking data.
    • Management of multiple projects while maintaining quality.

What You'll Bring to the Job:

  • Knowledge of what makes people tick - you can connect people's passions and interests to Hillel's mission.
  • Comfort in managing teams as well as working independently and collaboratively.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit - things may not always go according to plan, but you understand that ambiguity is part of developing great new opportunities.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders including students, parents, alumnae/i, and university partners.
  • A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
  • Owning your unique Jewish knowledge and experiences and inspiring others to be on a Jewish journey.

What You'll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $50,000 - $55,000.
  • 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.
  • Plenty of Hillel swag.

About Hillel at Virginia Tech:
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Tech is home to over 35,000 'Hokies.' The motto Ut Prosim- That I may Serve is expressed through a giving and dedicated undergraduate, graduate and local community. Hillel is home to the 2,000 Jewish Hokies. With a great partnership, a great town, and a strong community, Blacksburg is a place where anyone will feel welcomed, and home.

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.

Hillel at Virginia Tech 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

4-year degree

How To Apply

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