Director, Jewish Student Life & Young Leaders, Northern Nevada

Jewish Nevada
Jewish Nevada
Employment Types:
Nevada, USA; Sparks, NV, USA; Reno, NV, USA
48,000 – 54,000 USD per year
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The Director, Jewish Student Life & Young Leaders, Northern Nevada is a key member of the Jewish Nevada team. Jewish Nevada is Nevada’s statewide Jewish Federation.

The Director’s role is that of a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a tactician, and a directly interfacing leader. Make your mark on Jewish young adults and students 18-40 on campus and in the greater Reno community. Your role will bring your passion for building the greater Jewish community to create opportunities that engage both Jewish and wider student communities. As the Hillel program professional, you will be a full partner in shaping Jewish life on campus by developing, supporting, and participating in all aspects of running the organization with students, as well as staff and faculty from academic departments and other student groups who support our work on campus. As the Jewish Nevada Young Leaders professional in Northern Nevada, you will build a local Young Leaders Council and plan/organize related outreach and engagement programming.

What You’ll Do

  • Create a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment for Jewish students and young adults in the Reno area.
  • Engage and empower students and young adults from different cohorts and demographics to create community, connect them to opportunities, and strengthen Jewish life and learning.

What You’ll Own & How You'll Grow:

Hillel: 70%

Outreach and Engagement

  • Build relationships with at least 100 Jewish students each year by engaging them in meaningful conversations and exploring creative opportunities to help them “do Jewish” in whatever ways are most meaningful to them. Reach students where they currently are developmentally and socially.
  • Work with Hillel students to create and implement a wide range of programs, including F.Y.S.H. (First Year Students of Hillel), Shabbat and holiday celebrations, social events, and Jewish learning opportunities.
  • Oversee marketing and social media; maintain participant tracking database.
  • Work with the Israel Fellow and other staff members to plan effective Birthright Israel recruitment and follow-up programming aimed at encouraging participants to continue exploring their Jewish identities.
  • CAMPUS: Foster relationships with college students of any or no faith, organizations, departments, and other groups to further opportunities for collaboration.
  • COMMUNITY: Build relationships with parents of current students, community members, alumni, local/international community organizations, and university partners.

Student Empowerment and Leadership

  • Advise Hillel Student Board and potential Engagement Interns with an eye for leadership development, innovation, and relationship cultivation within the broader campus community.
  • Guide and support the creation of student-initiated programs that build community, challenging students to think beyond traditional Hillel events.
  • This Hillel is student-inspired, staff facilitated. The ability to design new programming in consultation with a small and dedicated team of student leaders is of paramount importance.
  • Maintain records of student interactions and event attendance for ongoing engagement tracking/measurement and evaluation.

Hillel Committee & Development

  • Build and manage the volunteer programming/fundraising committee.
  • Lead the planning and rollout and fundraising for Hillel International’s Global Giving week.

Jewish Nevada Young Leaders (30%)

  • Identify, recruit, and track young adults in the Reno Jewish community.
  • Work with lay leaders to coordinate, promote, staff, and follow up on young adult events.
  • Facilitate leadership development for this population and volunteer and leadership positions at the Federation, partner agencies, and synagogues.
  • Serve as a concierge for the young adult population, assisting in their integration into the greater Reno Jewish community.
  • Manage fundraising for young adults – identify prospects, create and monitor solicitation assignment lists, and follow-up with volunteer solicitors.
  • Work in partnership with the Federation marketing department to implement and maintain an online and social media presence; and create and edit content for marketing efforts.
  • Work with Reno Community Engagement Coordinator on local community events and fundraising.
  • Build and work with the Reno Young Leaders Council and lay leaders to envision, plan and execute engaging and enriching opportunities for involvement.  Ensure strategies and tactics are positioned with various gateways of entry for singles, families, and couples in the areas of networking, volunteerism, leadership, education, social, etc. and that it is all in line with the mission of the Federation.
  • Position the office of Young Adult Engagement and Philanthropy as a leader in strategic thinking for Jewish Young Adults in Northern Nevada.
  • Be a partner to colleagues in Young Leadership, IAC, and other Federation departments, assisting in the growth and engagement of Jewish Nevada
  • Attend all Jewish Nevada meetings and events as required—virtually or in person.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in Jewish communal work, experiential or higher education. Hillel experience preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining quality across all areas.
  • The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies is essential.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Must be willing to work nights and occasional weekends.
  • Willingness/opportunity to grow and develop as the role grows.

What You’ll Receive

  • Flexible, campus and remote work environments.
  • A competitive salary in the Reno nonprofit marketplace, hiring range $48,000-$54,000.
  • Dental, eye, and health insurance plans offered.
  • Employer covered Short and Long-term disability.
  • 403B Retirement plan with match.
  • Aflac supplemental insurance plans available.
  • Generous PTO policy.
  • Friday team Shabbats.
  • Plenty of Hillel/Federation swag
  • Working with a great team of dedicated professionals who support one another.
  • Mentorship/coaching on an ongoing basis and opportunities for professional development.
  • A dynamic environment in a fast-growing micro-urban area.
  • Regional and International professional travel opportunities.

About Hillel of Northern Nevada

Hillel of Northern Nevada is affiliated with Hillel International and is a department of Jewish Nevada, Nevada’s Jewish Federation. 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.

Over the past five years, the focus at this Hillel has been on proactively combatting antisemitism, providing a safe space in a Hillel without walls model, offering Jewish familial support to students, encouraging academic success, providing relevant Jewish education, and creating a social and ethnoreligious base for multiple student groups at the University of Nevada in Reno (UNR). Campuses also indirectly served are Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, and Carrington College.

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

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