Curator of Religious Experience
Join Tufts Hillel as its first Curator of Religious Experience to help enrich the lives of students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. With your infectious passion for engaging others on their Jewish journey, you will focus on connecting students with opportunities for development of their Jewish sense of self and identity. You will be a relationship builder, connecting with students where they are. In this role, you will embrace Hillel’s pluralistic approach and serve as a Judaic role model and resource for students.
In this important role you will design and implement new, exciting gateways for students to experience Jewish life through ritual, Shabbat and holidays. You will also proactively develop an innovative Jewish learning methodology for the Jewish community. Working collaboratively with staff and student leaders, you will infuse Hillel’s programs and initiatives with meaningful Jewish content and provide frameworks for the continued growth of our students.
What You’ll Do
Have oversight of all aspects of religious life and learning at Hillel, in partnership with staff and student leaders.
Coordinate, implement, be present for and evaluate all aspects of Shabbat and Jewish festival programing and observances on campus. Be creative in imagining what Shabbat and Jewish festivals can look like for students from all walks of life and religious persuasion. Recruit students to partner in planning and delivery. Ritual responsibilities include but are not limited to organizing and participating in High Holiday services and Passover seders, as well as creating and leading exciting programing around Hanukah, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Yom ha-Atzma’ut and Yom ha-Sho’ah.
Develop students’ Jewish literacy and empowerment through regularly scheduled Jewish learning opportunities that span diverse backgrounds, interests and multiple Jewish perspectives. Your teaching will complement the offerings from rabbis on staff and range from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources.
Create and curate a high-level of experience for all religious and Jewish educational programs and initiatives. Use design thinking to assess current offerings and innovate new ideas based on student input.
Be an accessible and approachable figure on campus, proactively meeting and developing student relationships, including those not previously engaged with Hillel.
Be a Jewish resource for student leaders and for Hillel staff.
What You’ve Accomplished
3-5 years of work experience
Demonstrable success in community building and outreach, and experience in program design, vision and implementation.
Experience managing projects independently.
Musical skills and worship ru’ach (spirit) is a plus.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
A good knowledge base of Jewish content. This ranges from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, culture and unconventional Jewish sources. You can frame and illuminate contemporary experience through Torah.
Genuine excitement and infectious passion for celebrating Jewish rituals and festivals.
Commitment to Jewish pluralism. You believe that there are multiple, equally valid, paths within Judaism and you are excited about helping individuals discover and journey on the path suitable to them.
Entrepreneurial mindset. You love discovering new opportunities to impact religious life and learning and you are not afraid to take calculated risks to further your mission. You have a track record of innovation.
Strategic planning skills. You think strategically about how to reach, and impact students not involved in the traditional networks, and can utilize methodologies of community organizing to manage and strategize for success.
Solution-driven orientation. You see problems not as impediments but as challenges to overcome or learn from.
Proactivity. You see what needs to be done, without others having to point it out - and you get it done.
Organization and efficiency. You keep track of, and responsibility for, the many moving parts in your work, you plan carefully to deliver to agreed timetables. You are punctual and respectful of other people’s time.
Excellent interpersonal skills. You are an effective communicator and a great listener. You are instinctively curious about others and people enjoy talking to you. You have an outgoing personality and love meeting new people. You are comfortable and confident in crowds.
Team player. You work well within a team and value the insights and experiences of others. You appreciate structured supervision as a means of accountability as well as a growth opportunity.
What You’ll Receive
Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $75,000 -$85,000.
A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, 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.
Join a great team of colleagues invested in your success.
Tufts university perks include gym and library membership, access to university discount scheme.
About Tufts Hillel: The Hub of Jewish Life on Campus
There’s a place for everyone at Tufts Hillel. We provide a warm, welcoming environment where students can dive deep into identity and religious practice; take part in fun events and celebrations; develop lifelong friendships; and work towards making the world a better place. We invite all to engage their curiosity, energy and intellect – and hopefully have the most meaningful experiences of their college years.
Tufts Hillel’s dedicated team of professionals are here to support the more than 1,000 Jewish students at Tufts.
Tufts Hillel 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.
Apply at www.Hillel.org/Jobs and include your resume and cover letter succinctly highlighting your motivation, experience and skills against the requirements of the role.
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.
Qualifications: 3-5 years of experience.