Director of Graduate Student Life-Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Job Type

Part Time




New York
New York
United States


Columbia/Barnard Hillel is seeking a dynamic, self-starting, and creative professional with a desire to build something new to serve as our first Director of Graduate Student Life. This professional will learn who Columbia University's graduate students are and will meet them where they live, work, and play to build community, create connections, and advance Jewish life on campus. The Director of Graduate Student Life will be supervised by the Assistant Director and will work mostly beyond the walls of the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life. The ideal start date for this position is July 2.

What you're great at:
You value building connections with organizations in addition to people, and have the skills to build relationships and connect over coffee, Shabbat dinners, and out and about in NYC. You're comfortable with exceptionally bright and highly-motivated students. You understand what it means to be looking for a Jewish community and Jewish engagement in the immediate years post-college.

What you'll own:
Building a strategy for engaging Jewish graduate students at Columbia University, which will include one-to-one engagement, programmatic offerings, and partnerships with local organizations. As a new position and a new area of work for Columbia/Barnard Hillel, you'll work closely with members of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel professional team, with members of the Board of Directors, and with graduate students.

A typical day might include:

  • A coffee date with a social work student who you met at a Shabbat dinner
  • A meeting with professionals from OneTable, Moishe House, and JCC Harlem to plan a collaborative event
  • Brainstorming with a focus group of business school students about what kind of Jewish learning they'd like to be offered
  • Going uptown to the medical school campus for a lunch and learn

What you'll bring to the job:

  • A bachelor's degree and 3-4 years' experience, or a master's degree (Jewish education, social work, or similar)
  • Creativity, drive, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Energy and excitement to build a position from the ground up
  • Passion for Jewish life and a deep commitment to pluralism
  • Understanding of university culture
  • Understanding of the landscape of young Jewish adult engagement in NYC

What You'll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace
  • 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
  • Dedicated and fun colleagues who will support you along the way

About Columbia/Barnard Hillel:
Columbia/Barnard Hillel is an exciting, fast-paced, intellectually rigorous work environment. We are a high energy, dedicated team of professionals committed to enriching the Jewish experience of our students. Columbia/Barnard Hillel serves the Jewish communities of Columbia University, Barnard College, and The Jewish Theological Seminary. There is a large and very active undergraduate Jewish community based in the Kraft Center and around campus, and with the addition of the Director of Graduate Student Life we will expand our engagement and programmatic strategy to include the Jewish graduate population of Columbia University. As a pilot program, experimentation and trial will be key. Graduate students are different from undergraduates, and part of this initiative will be to better understand the composition of the graduate students and their unique interests.

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 the University of Wisconsin 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

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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