Who We Are
Hunter Hillel is a Jewish leadership and education organization serving a diverse and at risk population in the heart of New York City. In addition to general engagement and Jewish learning, we support our students through character building training and services rooted in Jewish values so that they are best positioned to succeed emotionally, educationally and professionally during and post-college. Because of the varied and unique contexts in which our students are coming to college, the physical and mental health of our students is a top priority. Our mission is to give students experience in and exposure to a community of friends and mentors in a Jewish culture that explores life, locates meaning, and develops a sense of purpose. We do this by centering their experience as a community center would, prioritizing their immediate needs with an eye towards Jewish communal engagement as part of the bigger picture; caring for each student we engage deeply and individually.
At Hunter Hillel, our vision is a world in which Jewish college students find supportive community, self-confidence, happiness, and a meaningful Jewish connection as a rite of passage. Hunter Hillel is for every Jew (really, every student), of every color, from every country, of every sexual orientation, speaking every language, and studying every subject. At Hunter Hillel students forge significant friendships, meet dedicated mentors, have the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish calendar and engage in Jewish learning. Time spent at Hunter Hillel gives students experiences and exposure to a community of friends and mentors. The culture of this environment provides our students the room they need to explore life, find meaning, and develop a sense of purpose.
Currently, Hunter Hillel engages 1,100+ students per year and our goal is to eventually reach every Jewish student on campus (estimated population is 1,500-2,000). Your role is to oversee and develop the appropriate case management of our students in order to support them becoming their own best advocates in the challenges they most often face. We are committed to infusing every aspect of our work with best practices to ensure we are supporting the whole student and her needs.
More than half of our students are first generation born or college attendees, as such, their responsibilities go far beyond that of an average college student on a residential campus in the 21st century. Access to and fluency in resources to support the myriad needs of navigating adulthood and bureaucracy will increase student (and by extension, family) access to means for success in avoiding or exiting poverty. Finally, our students are returning to campus this fall following 15 months of virtual learning. We know that re-entry will be challenging, and are seeking support for our students as they transition back into in person and hybrid college life.
Who Our Students Are
- This population comes from a variety of socioeconomic strata; they are more likely to come from lower and middle class homes.
- That diversity extends across all axes. All aspects of identity (ethnicity, Jewish belief and practice, gender, political, etc.) are represented.
- Their age ranges vary far beyond 18-22.
- Their educational goals are more concrete: Many are seeking an education to exit or avoid poverty; many are first generation born or first generation college educated.
- Their time is often not their own as they hold more work, family, and financial responsibilities than typical residential students.
- Many Jewish students come to their commuter and/or multi-campus Hillels with little knowledge or interest in Jewish life. Often they lack institutional Jewish knowledge/acculturation that might be found in camp or youth groups.
- They are a growing and vibrant part of the Jewish community and our role as Hillel is to elevate their college and Jewish experience to empower their place in every Jewish space they desire to enter or create.
Hierarchy of Needs for a Commuter/Multicampus Hillel Student
- Physiological: e.g. food security – A Hillel professional might be the only one to ask “have you eaten today?”
- Safety, or a place to be one’s full self: Hillel may be the only place for them to just be.
- Love & Belonging: Unconditional support for where the student is on a journey – Hillel is an opportunity to explore identity in general, and more specifically Jewish identity.
- Esteem: With that unconditional support comes a feeling of dignity and independence.
- Self Actualization: Connection to Judaism and Jewish community over time.
Who You Are
A full-time senior staff position, our social worker must have the experience and expertise required to adequately support our student body. This person must be warm, flexible, and interested in student success at every level.
Our social worker must have a thick network in New York City, be ready to deal with the diverse issues our students bring such as: food insecurity, job readiness and support, domestic neglect or violence, sexual abuse/assault, and financial literacy among others.
You are excited to participate in national cohorts of social workers supporting Hillel populations, and bring the managerial skills to supervise our two social work interns. You are able to lead group talk therapy sessions and team up with our Senior Jewish Educator facilitating our cohort-based Jewish learning programs. You bring a combination of a high EQ, strong communication skills, and a desire to build long term relationships with students for the entirety of their college career and beyond.
We know this job is big, but we’re serious about support. Our organizational culture is rooted in mutual respect, understanding, humor, and work life dynamics. We prioritize mental and physical health of our staff, cohort engagement with like minded and similarly positioned professionals, fair compensation, and professional development. We seek to bring individuals who value bringing their whole selves to work, while also drawing clear boundaries. This is all part of modeling for our students the diversity of professional life, and teaching coping skills and best practices for their own success.
What You’ll Do/ Who You’ll Do This Job With
- MSW or LMSW preferred; individual and group supervision available
- Serve as a member of our senior staff team, working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Jewish Educator/Campus Rabbi
- Supervise our two social work interns and develop relationships with their professors, mentors, and administrators
- Build deep relationships with students, fellow staff, and Hunter College administrators and faculty
- Develop a rubric for understanding and coding student needs, and train the staff on best practices to serve our student population
- Become a known entity on campus, we serve every student who comes to us
- Competitive medical benefits and 403B
- Competitive salary ($75,000)
- Access to both national and local cohort for professional trainings and support
- Up to $2,500 a year in professional development support, training, and continuing education opportunities.
- Opportunity to attend annual professional conference
- Commitment to a culture of self care, work life dynamic, and balance.
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.
Hunter 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.