Job Summary The Director of Jewish Life promotes a vibrant Jewish religious and cultural life on campus, guides students as they explore their diverse Jewish identities, provides students with the tools and resources to create exciting and innovative programming and service opportunities, promotes interfaith and cross-cultural understanding, and cooperates with the Office of Admissions in recruiting Jewish students and relates to alumni, donors, and external constituencies as appropriate. Specific Responsibilities Reporting to the University Chaplain, and in consultation with the director of Jewish Studies, the Director will attend to the following areas:
Jewish life, celebration and learning: Encourage and promote a pluralistic religious and cultural expression through holiday and Shabbat observances. The director will provide cultural programming that engages both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences; develop a nuanced understanding of individual Jewish students’ experiences and provide guidance and resources towards developing an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning; support students in networking around shared identity, interests, and affiliation (gender, athletics, social justice ...); implement a safe and supportive environment around food preparation for weekly Shabbat services, including helping students develop menus and assisting students in creative cooking practices and hospitality.
Hillel International: Actively work with Hillel International to achieve best practices and implement programs that strengthen Jewish Life at Susquehanna.
Hillel student club: Work directly with Hillel, the Jewish student club, to facilitate and support Jewish Life activities, including serving as the club advisor and mentor; seek opportunities to grow and develop the skills of the Hillel board, including through the Hagshama Leadership Fellowship, which provides leadership development training for the President and Vice-President of the Hillel board.
Student leadership development: Support student leaders in cultivating peer relationships and in developing exciting and innovative social, cultural, education, public service, and religious/spiritual programs that energize Jewish life on campus. The director also will maintain a student staff – including peer outreach through the Student Engagement staff – which will work to facilitate a successful and vibrant Jewish Life experience.
Programming: Oversee all aspects of Jewish religious and cultural programming on campus.
Interfaith: As part of the Chaplain's team, create and promote programs that foster interfaith understanding and cooperation on campus. This includes cultivating and supporting diverse religious communities and cultivating interfaith conversation.
Facilities management: Provide stewardship of daily operations and organization of Goldstein-Weis Hillel House, the center of Jewish life on campus.
Fiscal management: In consultation with the University Chaplain, oversee the budget for Jewish Life programming on campus.
Admissions: Collaborate with the Office of Admissions as appropriate in recruiting Jewish students.
Development: Collaborate with the Office of Advancement as appropriate to maximize the resources available to support and expand Jewish Life on campus.
Communications and marketing: Cultivate relationships with parents, alumni, and donors. Provide leadership in the marketing, public relations, and promotional activities attendant to Jewish Life on campus.
Community relations: Cultivate strong relationships with the local synagogue and its rabbi, facilitating student participation in the life of the synagogue when desired and cooperating with the rabbi when appropriate for Shabbat services on campus and the celebration of the High Holidays, facilitating student participation in synagogue celebrations.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Deep knowledge of Jewish tradition and the diversity of Jewish practice are essential. Knowledge and ability to use Personal computer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook. Important skills include interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with Jewish and non-Jewish students, co-workers and other stakeholders; use of social media as an effective tool for communication and community building; ability to set priorities, advocate team concepts and work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff. Education Bachelor's degree required. Experience Three years as a Jewish communal professional. Physical Demand Normal office environment. This position requires the ability to move about campus, talk and hear instruction. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds.
Education Master's degree in Jewish Education or other relevant degree preferred. Experience Experience in higher education preferred.
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Number of Months: 12 months
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time
Work Schedule: Administrative/Salaried
Quick link for posting: 1792
Internal Number: 1792
About Susquehanna University
Susquehanna University is a selective, residential liberal arts college in Pennsylvania that provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.