Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement seeks Director (New Brunswick, NJ)

Rutgers Hillel seeks a dynamic Director to lead the Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Director will be the central resource for advancing all Israel engagement, education, and advocacy efforts for students and professionals at Rutgers Hillel.
About Rutgers Hillel:
Rutgers Hillel’s mission is to provide opportunities for every Jewish student at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus to deepen their connection to Jewish identity and Jewish community. We seek to inspire our students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.
Hillel embraces this mission by helping students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish
peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.
On a campus of approximately 6,000 Jewish undergraduates (17% of the student body) and 1,000+ Jewish graduate students, Hillel continuously strives to create a broadly defined Jewish campus culture which is intrinsically intertwined with the culture of Rutgers University
Hillel’s Approach to Israel:
Driven by a core belief that a positive connection to Israel is essential for a strong, healthy Jewish identity, RHCIE seeks to be a model for excellence in Israel engagement, education, and advocacy on campus. Our vision is that every Jewish student will form an educated,
positive connection to the State of Israel and the Israeli people and that our campus will be a safe, welcoming environment for pro-Israel students.
Our approach is based on the latest national research, adapted to our campus in conjunction with student leaders: To promote the spirit of Israelis, a people that despite difficult circumstances, have managed to go above and beyond in their contributions to human kind. On campus and beyond, the RHCIE will provide the Jewish community with
student leaders who are capable, passionate, and motivated agents of change.
Rutgers Hillel promotes a continuum of experiences to engage students with Israel, educate their campus communities about Israel, and advocate for Zionism. Rutgers Hillel facilitates immersive travel experiences such as Taglit-BirthrightIsrael and Masa Israel Journey programs to advance students’ personal relationships with Israel.
Abilities & Responsibilities:

The Director will oversee all Israel-related issues at Rutgers Hillel. The Director must be able to navigate a complex organizational structure, with multiple and diverse stakeholders. The Director will provide vision for the evolving Israel engagement agenda, manage current programs, and weave the Zionist network on campus. This includes:
  • Driving the vision, strategy and implementation for Israel engagement, education, and advocacy on campus.
  • Understanding the politics, dynamics, and culture of the
  • University campus, as well as the breadth of viewpoints in the broaderJewish community.
  • Supervising Rutgers Hillel’s Jewish Agency Israel Fellow.
  • Develop a cadre of influential, pro-active and knowledgeable student Israel advocates
  • Increasing student travel to Israel through programs such as Taglit-Birthright Israel, Alternative Spring Break, and study abroad.
  • Working within the University community to build essential allies in the administration, faculty, and among student leaders.
  • Strengthening strategic partnerships with outside organizations, including but not limited to: David Project, Israel onCampus Coalition (ICC), Taglit-BirthrightIsrael, Birthright NEXT,
  • Masa, The Jewish Agency/Israel Fellows, and other Israel advocacy organizations.
  • Deepening the Israel knowledge of Rutgers Hillel professionals.
  • Serving as Rutgers Hillel’s informed voice during Israel discussions both internally and as a representative of Rutgers Hillel
  • Widely sharing Rutgers Hillel’s best practices, circulating
    RHCIE accomplishments on to Rutgers Hillel’s stakeholders and the wider community.
  • Creating and evaluating metrics in order to shape strategy and priorities.
  • Evaluating pilot projects and strategically expanding initiatives based on success.

  • A deep commitment to Israel and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies
  • A track record as a dynamic leader with an ability to inspire and galvanize teams to implement objectives
  • 3+ years in an Israel-related field
  • Experience in informal education, particularly with college students, and a familiarity with the university landscape
  • Strong knowledge of the Jewish community and genuine respect for the diversity of Jewish life
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred
  • Strives for excellence, sets clear goals and inspires action in others
  • Highly task-oriented, with energy and flexibility to juggle multiple projects and priorities
  • Navigates complex political situations with maturity and nuance
  • Ability for limited travel
  • Creativity, flexibility, passion, a sense of humor, and excellent interpersonal, communication skills are essential.
Salary commensurate with ability and experience. Hillel offers a
comprehensive benefits packages well as professional development
The projected start date is July 29, 2013.
To Apply:
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