senior jewish educator,
mcmaster hillel & guelph hillel


Join Hillel Guelph (located in Guelph, ON) and Hillel McMaster (located in Hamilton, ON) as the Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) to help enrich the lives of Jewish students and shape the future of Jewish life on campus. As an authentic Jewish teacher, you will provide leadership for the Hillel community through grassroots community organizing, spiritual connection, and community engagement. As the Senior Jewish Educator, you will develop and maintain relationships with students less engaged with Jewish life and will increase the level of involvement and commitment of students in all aspects of Jewish life on campus. You will be a self-starter and capable multi-tasker who will use these skills to engage students and drive Hillel’s mission, values, and goals on two distinct campuses that are approximately 45 minutes away from each other. Given the multi-campus nature of the position, you’d be free to choose between living in either Guelph or Hamilton.

Reports to: Director, McMaster Hillel and Director, Guelph Hillel

Key Responsibilities:

  • Innovative Programming

    • Identify opportunities to creatively infuse current programming with Jewish content

    • Work one-on-one with students to create new and meaningful Jewish journeys

    • Serve as a consultant and resource to campus program professionals and student leaders to foster student-driven, Jewishly enriched programming, including Israel, interfaith, and Holocaust programming

    • Work with students and staff on campus to plan and implement dynamic programming around Shabbat and holidays that take place during the school year

    • Oversee and ensure Jewish learning opportunities and social justice initiatives on campus

  • Relationship-Based Engagement

    • Build and maintain an engagement portfolio through Jewish enrichment, creating spaces for meaningful one-on-one and group dialogues to foster Jewish exploration and growth, as well as experiences that appeal to engaged, under-engaged and unengaged student populations

    • Assess communal needs and identify trends discovered from repeated engagement work

    • In conjunction with campus directors, develop a campus-specific strategy for engagement-based learning

    • Work with the marketing and communications team and utilize social media in creative ways to engage students

  • Leadership and Educational Vision

    • Bring relevant Jewish knowledge to leadership development and training opportunities

    • Recruit students and teach weekly Jewish Learning Fellowship classes

    • Empower students to take ownership over their Jewish communities, cultivating dynamic leaders

    • Work as a member of Hillel Ontario’s Education Team to support and empower campus program professionals to play an active role in Jewish learning on their campuses and provide local campus program professionals support in pursuing their own Jewish journeys.

  • Administration, Supervision, and Management

    • Supervise any cohort of student interns who are working on Jewish enrichment-related internships

    • Participate as a member of the local Hillel staff team in major programs, and support Hillel Ontario initiatives, fundraising efforts, etc.

    • Track and evaluate progress to show growth and impact

 What You Do Well:

  • Have an authentic and approachable personality that enables you to use your personal story to connect with students and inspire them to deepen their connection to Judaism, while maintaining professional boundaries

  • Bring a deep passion for building pluralistic communities and for creating welcoming, vibrant and deeply enriching environments on campus

  • Be a highly motivated entrepreneur and self-starter with strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and online (including social media) communication skills

  • Proven track record in building curriculum, devising and implementing strategy, and measuring impact

  • Work well independently and as part of two distinct teams, where prioritizing, multi-tasking, organization, and attention to detail are essential

What You Bring to the Job:

  • A Bachelor’s degree as well as a graduate degree in either Education, Jewish Education, Rabbinic ordination, certificate in informal education or other similar degree

  • Between four and six years’ work experience in any of: grassroots community organizing, Hillel, youth movements, camping, or experiential Jewish education

  • A strong knowledge base of Jewish content, ranging from traditional Jewish texts to contemporary Jewish wisdom, Jewish culture, and unconventional Jewish content

  • Skills to act as a community organizer, to work with a vision and strategic thinking about how to engage students in activities that revolve around Jewish enrichment, and to connect with campus networks that may not naturally be gravitating towards Jewish identity building

  • Have the flexibility to travel regionally to support students on campus at Guelph Guelph and McMaster Hillel 

What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary, $60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience

  • Amazing colleagues

  • A fun and fast-paced work environment

  • Access to professional development opportunities

  • The opportunity to have a significant impact on Jewish students on campuses across Ontario

  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave

  • The anticipated start date for this position is August 2019

About Hillel Ontario

Hillel Ontario serves approximately 13,500 Jewish students across nine universities and is the largest regional Hillel system in the world. A model for the Hillel movement, Hillel Ontario was created on October 1, 2015 and strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.

About McMaster Hillel

McMaster Hillel has an explicit goal of providing enriching Jewish and leadership experiences for the 700 Jewish students on campus. Whether it’s grabbing a bite at the Weekly Bagel Lunch in the Commons Building, volunteering for a leadership position on the student executive or engaging in innovative programming, McMaster Hillel has something for everyone. Hamilton is a great place to work for someone who likes being in a mid-size, friendly, growing city just one hour from Toronto. We’re also conveniently located within easy driving distance to Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Also known as the "City of Waterfalls", Hamilton and the local areas are surrounded by beautiful nature and has the appeal of any nature enthusiast. With festivals, books, artwork and amazing hiking it has something for everyone. Hamilton’s Jewish community has been growing steadily, with three active synagogues, a Federation, and many more services including availability of kosher food, it is recognized for its deep commitment to fostering and nurturing an active Jewish community.

About Guelph Hillel

Guelph Hillel serves 1200 Jewish students on campus, offers programs created by students for students to engage them in the most meaningful experiences, including bi-weekly bagel lunches, an annual Sukkah at the Hillel House, discussion groups relating to current events, and holiday-themed programs. There are endless opportunities for involvement exist through Guelph Hillel. Guelph’s Jewish community is one of the oldest in Canada. Guelph has one local synagogue with regular prayer service, and kosher dry goods are available in local supermarkets.