Assistant Director / University of Southern California Hillel

Hillel International

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

US$70-80k (annually)

Apr 11

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USC Hillel

Role Overview

Enrich the lives of Jewish students by joining USC Hillel as Assistant Director. You will bring your vision to the design of every element of our student experience, serving a burgeoning Jewish population on a premier college campus. You will bring your leadership as a mentor to our student life professionals and in developing generations of student leadership, bringing an already thriving Hillel into its next iteration as an innovative player in Jewish campus life. You will model and inspire curiosity and growth among students and colleagues through their personal journeys. You will ensure that every Jewish student can find a pathway to rootedness in identity, promoting a culture centered in inclusion and dedicated to holistic well-being. The Assistant Director serves as an integral member of our senior team and reports to the Executive Director of USC Hillel.

What You’ll Do

  • With the Executive Director, design and implement a comprehensive engagement strategy to connect students to USC Hillel and Jewish life, achieving consistent year-over-year growth in breadth and depth of reach.
  • Mentor student leadership to ensure inclusive and diverse opportunities, including community building, ritual and spiritual life, education, social justice, and Israel engagement.
  • Supervise, mentor, and support the growth of 4 full-time professionals and our 8-member student executive board.
  • Develop intentional relationships with students that help strengthen their Jewish identity, personally tracking meaningful relationships with 120+ Jewish students.
  • Serve a thought partner with the Executive Director, senior staff, and campus partners.
  • Cultivate a pipeline of student leaders toward our board, engagement internship, club leadership, and first-year engagement cohorts, providing them with ongoing mentorship and support.
  • Oversee our data driven student engagement strategy to continually identify students, track progress in relationship building, and foster a culture of accountability.
  • Develop strategies to maximize inclusion and accessibility for Jews of diverse religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds within the Hillel communal space.
  • Innovate curricula for cohort fellowships and serve as a facilitator for the Jewish Learning Fellowship, among other student learning opportunities.
  • Oversee our efforts in Israel engagement and advocacy in collaboration with relevant professional partners, managing staff to outcomes in recruitment for Birthright and our Fact Finder Journey, and staffing travel experiences in rotation with colleagues.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership in planning ongoing staff development and training opportunities, ensuring a culture of continuous professional growth.
  • Manage the hiring and training of a growing team of engagement professionals.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Passion for fostering community and creating meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to take risks and learn from your wins as well as your losses.
  • Substantial background in Jewish tradition, ideas, and practice, and comfort with your own Jewish identity, so that you can serve as a mentor for emerging Jewish adults.
  • Capacity to create space for a diversity of perspectives and allow all voices to be heard.
  • Strong relationship building skills and accessibility to students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent collaborative, organizational, and communication skills.
  • A commitment to Jewish pluralism.


  • 4+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Experience as a professional in a Jewish nonprofit organization preferred.
  • Bachelors degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven success:
  • Leading a team and coaching others to achieve outcomes.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a complex team, both within an organization and with external partners.
  • Developing and implementing strategies to achieve organizational targets, including the use of data to shape and assess strategies.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent time management skills.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $70,000-80,000.
  • 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.
  • Outstanding professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.

About USC Hillel

USC Hillel is the Center of Jewish Life at USC, engaging over 70% of our 2,000+ Jewish student population annually. Our mission is to enrich the lives of our students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Fostering meaningful Jewish experiences, USC Hillel develops leaders and inspires young Jewish Trojans to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. We offer a welcoming environment, nurturing space to build strong Jewish community, and an emphasis on peer-to-peer relationship building among an actively engaged student base. USC Hillel offers opportunities for students to become leaders, mentors, and community members with the greater USC and Los Angeles communities.

About the University of Southern California 

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

About Hillel International

USC Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. 

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

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Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world.