Base Hillel-Metro Chicago Hillel

Metro Chicago Hillel

Please note that there are two roles described below.

Base Rabbis and their partner must apply together and submit separate cover letters and resumes.

Base empowers the best Rabbinic leadership in America to build a new type of pluralistic Rabbinate. From within their home, Base Rabbis and their partner work together to cultivate an authentic familial experience for young Jews seeking a meaningful outlet for learning and community. Base Rabbis, like the populations they aim to serve, come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to fostering relationships with Jewish young adults that add meaning, purpose, and joy to their lives through hospitality, learning and service.

A Base Rabbi and his/her spouse/partner/roommate etc. use their home as the convening point for pluralistic Jewish life. Base Rabbis serve Jewish students and young adults, and their extended social network. A Base Rabbi and partner host Shabbat and holiday meals, study with individuals and small groups, are available for counseling or life cycle events, and facilitate service opportunities. They must have a vision for the Jewish world that they want to share and an entrepreneurial spirit to actualize that vision.

The Base Rabbi and their partner, the Base Senior Educator, report to: Executive Director of Metro Chicago Hillel.

Base Rabbi Position and Qualifications

Base Rabbis must be:

  • An Authentic Jewish Personality – a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life and able to inspire students, through his or her own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values.
  • A Relationship Builder– building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students and young adults, Metro Chicago Hillel colleagues, university administrators and community partners.
  • An Informal Educator – experienced with the theory and practice of informal education and will model and teach others how to create the most effective opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Knowledgeable – highly educated in areas of Jewish content, thus providing the educator with a reservoir of knowledge to share with students, young adults and the community.
  • A Strategic Community Organizer – to reach and impact young Jewish adults not involved in the traditional networks, and will use methodologies of community organizing to manage and plan for success.
  • A Self-Starter – highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective and open.
  • A Team Player – energized by collaboration and building teams.
  • Entrepreneurial – an openness to trying new approaches to Jewish engagement and a willingness to take risks to actualize their vision for strengthening Jewish life.
  • Flexible – able to adapt to organizational and communal needs as they shift and evolve, and shift relationship- and community-building tactics should obstacles arise.
  • Committed to Pluralism – a willingness to meet students and young adults where they are and facilitate their efforts to find a place for themselves within the Jewish community.

 

Qualifications/Skills

  • Rabbinical ordination.
  • Live in a shared home with their partner.
  • Success working in informal education frameworks.
  • Experience with young adults and proven ability to relate to their concerns and developmental stage.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically to reach clear goals.
  • Entrepreneurial energy and Jewish vision.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.

This position will be successful if:

  • A significant number of new students and Jewish young adults are meaningfully engaged in Jewish life and have a direct relationship with this individual.
  • This individual has a teaching and/or Jewish mentoring relationship with at least 180 previously uninvolved students and Jewish young adults, and unique relationships with at least 700 individuals.
  • It is animated by a comprehensive engagement strategy focused on peer engagement and relationship building.
  • S/he brings sophisticated, relevant Jewish substance to conversations and activities with students.
  • Meaningful and effective organizational partnerships are forged that strengthen the local Jewish community and provide more resources to Jewish young adults.
  • 75% of time and effort are directed toward engaging undergraduate students, and 25% is dedicated to building relationships with graduate students and young adults.

 

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Building Relationships and Jewish Experiences.
  • Build relationships with at least 180 previously uninvolved Jewish young adults over the course of a year, and unique relationships with at least 700 individuals, by engaging them in meaningful conversations and offering them a variety of Jewish experiences.
  • This includes meeting students one-on-one, teaching in small groups and staffing immersion experiences, and developing new and creative Jewish initiatives, including on and around Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
  • Build relationships with university administrators and community organizations.
  • This includes planning and implementing collaborative programming.
  • Supervise 3-6 peer engagement fellowships.
  • This will include designing weekly group meetings to enhance and facilitate students’ experience as engagement interns, developing measurable goals for interns, and ensuring breadth of the interns’ impact along with depth of their experience in the program.
  • Identify the Jewish educational needs of the young Jewish adults in the South Loop community.
  • This will include working collaboratively with staff, students, and communal organizations to develop stand-alone and ongoing learning groups and service initiatives to address existing and evolving needs.

 

Jewish Educational Resource

  • Act as a key educational resource for Hillel staff and students and young adults, helping to enrich their Jewish journeys and coach them to facilitate Jewish opportunities for themselves and their peers.
  • Bring creative and meaningful approaches to existing projects, programs, and learning communities.

 

Community Partnerships & Collaboration

  • Act as a Jewish leader and community organizer in the local Jewish community. This requires meeting existing organizational leaders and finding ways to collaborate and connect young Jewish adults to the local Jewish community.
  • This requires openness to collaboration and the ability to forge partnerships across organizations and campus boundaries.

 

Supervision & Teamwork:

  • This role is a senior staff position at Metro Chicago Hillel, a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, reporting to the Executive Director of Metro Chicago Hillel with support and oversight by the Senior Base Rabbi.
  • Is an integral member of the Metro Chicago Hillel team working collaboratively with Metro Chicago Hillel staff.
  • Base & Hillel International: Works in collaboration with the Director Base.

 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Through the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Metro Chicago Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package comprehensive benefit package including Medical, Dental and Vision Care Benefits, Non-contributory Retirement Plans, Voluntary 403(b), Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace, compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities.
  • Flexible work hours.

 

Base Senior Educator Position and Qualifications
The Base Senior Educator is the spouse/partner/roommate/friend etc. of the Base Rabbi. The Base Senior Educator lives in a shared home with the Base Rabbi and act as a part-time employee (.2 FTE) of Metro Chicago Hillel supporting the Base’s activities such as hosting on Shabbat, organizing learning groups, and facilitating service opportunities for young Jewish adults.

 

A Base Senior Educator must be:

  • An Authentic Jewish Personality – a living model of how to live an integrated Jewish life and able to inspire students, through his or her own story, to make Judaism integral to their own life choices and expressed Jewish values.
  • A Relationship Builder- building rapport and developing meaningful relationships with a wide variety of students and young adults, Metro Chicago Hillel colleagues, university administrators and community partners.
  • Entrepreneurial – an openness to trying new approaches to Jewish engagement and a willingness to take risks in order to actualize their vision for strengthening Jewish life
  • Flexible – able to adapt to organizational and communal needs as they shift and evolve, and shift relationship- and community-building tactics should obstacles arise.
  • Committed to Pluralism – a willingness to meet students and young adults where they are and facilitate their efforts to find a place for themselves within the Jewish community.

 

Base Senior Educators use their strengths and knowledge to support the Base Rabbi and the activities at the Base.

 

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Through the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Metro Chicago Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package comprehensive benefit package including Medical, Dental and Vision Care Benefits, Non-contributory Retirement Plans, Voluntary 403(b), Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, an Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace, compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities.
  • Flexible work hours.

 

About Metro Chicago Hillel
Metro Chicago Hillel is creating a cohesive vibrant Jewish community across Chicago campuses and throughout the city. We serve almost two thousand students at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute, Oakton Community College, and Lake Forest College. Metro Chicago Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

 

Metro Chicago 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.

 

To Apply:
Please apply at www.hilleljobs.com by clicking on “Current Openings.” Please upload the Base Rabbi resume and cover letter as one document in the resume field. Please upload the Senior Educator resume and cover letter as one document in the attachments field.

 

 

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