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Engagement Associate at Yale Hillel

Company: Hillel International
Location: New Haven
Posted on: June 11, 2024

Job Description:

Engagement Associate
Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale (Yale Hillel)
Role Overview

The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale is seeking to hire a personable, dynamic, and accessible professional to join our team as our new Engagement Associate. This professional will be responsible for expanding our capacity to reach Jewish students where they are, supporting their engagement in and cultivating spaces that enrich their lives.

The Engagement Associate will have strong interpersonal skills, will always know how to make room at the table for a new face, and will understand that engagement in Jewish life on campus is a journey that looks different for everyone. This professional will be passionate about connecting with students who are not yet engaged in Jewish life on campus, including those who hold identities that are underrepresented and have been underserved in Jewish communities. They will be excited to engage students in order to listen deeply to student needs, build meaningful relationships, and foster strong connections between students and staff and students and their peers.

The Engagement Associate will report to the Director of Jewish Student Life and will work closely with the Springboard Social Justice and Arts Fellow and broader Student Life Team to reach our goals of engaging all Jewish students on campus in ways that are meaningful to them.

Ideal start date is August 1, 2024 but can be flexible for the right applicant.
What You'll Do

  • You are first and foremost an engager! You will meet students across campus for coffee, tea, or a snack in order to build authentic relationships and to help connect students to friends, community, and experiences
  • You are the translator of ideas into action. Using your network of students and your understanding of Slifka and our resources, you help students to take ownership of projects and initiatives and to find and create opportunities of meaning
  • Utilize different tools and strategies for reaching students, including social media
  • Recruit for cohort learning and immersive experiences such as Birthright and alternative breaks
  • Spend time on campus during the week and often on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, offering a multitude of ways for students to connect with Jewish life; sometimes this will mean bringing students into the doors of Slifka, and other times this will mean helping students build their own Jewish experiences outside of the building
  • Serve as an active member of the broader Student Life Team by staffing Shabbat Dinners and other Slifka-wide experiences What You'll Bring to the Job
    • Bachelor's degree and 0-3 years experience
    • Passion for connecting with people from different backgrounds with the goal of building authentic and meaningful relationships
    • Excellent communication and active listening skills
    • Strong commitment to Hillel's pluralistic vision of Jewish life
    • Proactive approach toward cultivating relationships with under-engaged or not-yet-engaged Jewish students on campus,
    • Creative "on the fly" problem solving skills, and a resilience to "roll with the punches" and go back to the drawing board if your first attempts don't go according to plan
    • Confidence to take initiative to work independently and as part of a supportive team
    • Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced and multi-faceted - no two days will be the same
    • Excitement to continue developing your own relationship to Judaism What You'll Receive
      • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $42,000-$48,000, commensurate with experience
      • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous time off leave policy, and parental leave
      • Many complimentary meals in Kikar Schusterman, Slifka's Kosher dining hall, when classes are in session
      • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
      • Dedicated and fun colleagues who want to bring out the best in you About the Slifka Center

        Slifka Center is a self-supporting non-profit that serves more than 1,400 Yale undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff, and members of the greater New Haven community. The Slifka Center provides a warm, welcoming, and diverse Jewish environment in which students and other members of the university community can connect socially, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually. The Slifka Center is the home to Yale Hillel which hosts multiple minyanim and communities of students with diverse interests. For more information see

        Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale 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.

        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 is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

Keywords: Hillel International, New Haven , Engagement Associate at Yale Hillel, Other , New Haven, Connecticut

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