Community Engagement & Leadership Associate



Role Overview

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is seeking an engaging and authentic Hillel professional to serve as our new Community Engagement & Leadership Associate. An ideal candidate has the ability to build relationships with a diverse array of students, is passionate about social change and serving the community, and brings a deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion to their work. The Community Engagement & Leadership Associate is a core member of the Student Life team and will be supervised by the Senior Director of Student Life.

What You’ll Do


You are first and foremost an engager, like all members of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel professional team. You understand that being out on campus, staffing Shabbat dinners, and celebrating holidays with our community will enhance your engagement work by helping you meet new faces. You’ll meet students for lunch and coffee to get to know them and hear what’s going on in their lives. While you will meet with students from varying backgrounds and lived experiences, you will focus much on your engagement work on students who are interested in social justice, students who are interested in engaging in community service, and students who identify as Jews of Color and other marginalized identities.

Student Empowerment:

You will serve as the advisor for Hillel’s social justice oriented, student-led groups, and will cultivate motivated students to step into leadership roles of new and existing opportunities. As an advisor you will support student leaders to plan programs and opportunities that elevate the ways in which our student community engages with the Harlem/Morningside Heights community and the world.


Whether through your own background and set of experiences or by tapping into a network of educators and leaders, you will plan and execute educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds to engage in learning experiences related to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion. This could look like a racial justice training for Jewish leaders, a domestic immersive travel experience to focus on a particular justice issue in America, or other educational opportunities that will achieve our goals of enhancing the level of knowledge and understanding that students have of social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • 0-4 years of relevant work experience, which could include work in Jews of Color spaces, social justice-oriented work, and your own campus experience of finding meaning in the connection between Jewish life and engaging the broader community.
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive, vibrant, and pluralistic Jewish community
  • Knowledge about social justice, community service, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the desire to always be learning more
  • A willingness to listen to and engage with students from varying backgrounds and walks of life
  • The ability to empower, challenge, and support student leaders

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $45,000-55,000 , commensurate with experience.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), 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
  • Travel regionally and abroad
  • Dedicated and fun colleagues who will support you along the way

About Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is an exciting, fast-paced, intellectually rigorous work environment. We are a high energy, dedicated team of professionals committed to enriching the Jewish experience of our students. Columbia/Barnard Hillel serves the undergraduate and graduate Jewish communities of Columbia University, Barnard College, and The Jewish Theological Seminary. There is a large and very active Jewish community based in the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life and around campus. 

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.

Columbia/Barnard 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.

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

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