Engagement Associate-Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Hillel as the Engagement Associate. You will build one-on-one relationships with students, putting on awesome events around campus, and help inspire students to make a commitment to Jewish life.

The Engagement Associate connects un-involved and involved Jewish students to Hillel's activities. They will focus on outreach, engagement and empowerment of underclassmen and will work with the rest of the staff to engage upperclassmen. In addition, the Engagement Associate will help Jewish students develop or enhance Jewish micro-communities including fraternities and sororities, students in the residential halls, college specific groups, etc. The Engagement Associate will also create and implement a recruitment strategy to engage High School students and encourage them to come to the University of Illinois

What You'll Do:

  • Create relationships with individual students with limited involvement in Jewish life, focusing on the underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and refer students to resources at Hillel, on campus, and beyond.
  • Identify micro-communities and create opportunities for students to engage within those micro-communities. Such micro-communities include but are not limited to: Jewish Greek life, Jewish residence hall life, arts and culture, volunteerism, social justice, etc.
  • Create unique outreach, engagement and educational initiatives to increase the student's growth in Jewish knowledge and literacy.
  • Empower students to take leadership roles in Jewish life on campus including internships and board positions at Hillel and beyond.
  • Develop Hillel's long term recruitment strategy in order to recruit Jewish high school students to the University of Illinois and facilitate its implementation with staff, interns, and other stakeholders.
  • Partake in the recruitment and staffing for Taglit-Birthright Israel. Work with the Israel Fellow, Springboard Fellow and other staff members to plan effective Birthright Israel follow-up programming aimed at encouraging participants to continue exploring their Jewish identities.
  • Develop Key relationships with professionals from Jewish youth organizations, camps, Jewish day schools, etc., to ensure positive positioning of Hillel in the Jewish professional community, as well as to facilitate partners in the planning and actualization of recruitment programs and initiatives.
  • Develop key relationships with professionals from the university's student life programs to ensure positive positioning of Hillel in the university landscape, as well as to facilitate partners in the planning and actualization of programs and activities.
  • Work with the Program Director on Shabbat dinners, holidays, and other large programs.
  • Participate as a full member of The Hillels of Illinois Staff in local, regional and national Hillel programs, and programs of the Jewish Federation as may be appropriate

What You'll Bring to the Job:

  • A Bachelor's degree.
  • 1-2 years of post-college experience preferred.
  • Passion for Jews, Judaism and Israel.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proud to be a Jewish role model.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • A dynamic personality and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to take risks and the ability to learn from efforts that don't work out as planned.
  • High organizational and people skills.
  • Significant computer skills, including MS Office, Google Docs, CRM and social media.
  • Must be willing to work nights and occasional weekends.

What You'll Receive:

  • A competitive salary.
  • Dental, eye and health insurance plans offered.
  • Retirement plan.
  • Working with a great team of dedicated professionals who support one another.
  • Professional development and growth plan.
  • A dynamic and young environment in a fast growing micro-urban area.
  • Practically unlimited t-shirts, Nalgene bottles and university swag.

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Hillel (Illini Hillel):
With nearly 3,000 Jewish students, Illini Hillel becomes a home-away-from-home for students from the Chicago Metropolitan area, downstate Illinois, and around the world. On a daily basis, dozens of students relax at Hillel between classes and throughout the day; staff members are frequently seen around campus engaging new students and promoting exciting events. Hillel serves thousands of students at Illinois through programs, Shabbat services and dinners, and immersion experiences.

About Hillel International:
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana 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 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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:
Apply at www.HillelJobs.com and include your resume and cover letter.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



To Apply: Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter.