Jewish Life Coordinator
This position will oversee Jewish student life and activities on campus. The individual will oversee all religious, cultural, educational, and social programs, enlivening the Ursinus experience for Jewish students. This role will work closely with the Chaplain/Director of Religious and Spiritual Life to advance interfaith collaboration on campus. The Jewish Life Coordinator will also hold faculty status, which will enable the individual to contribute two classes to the academic curriculum per year in their area of specialty.
- Lead, cultivate, and support a diverse Jewish community through religious, spiritual, and cultural services and programs.
- Teach two courses per year in area of specialty and/or core curriculum.
- Oversee, train, and advise Hillel student leaders and work closely with them to plan social, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs throughout the academic year.
- Serve as a visible connector and resource on matters related to Judaism throughout the campus.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Jewish traditions, holidays, culture, and central texts and the ability to communicate this knowledge to others.
- Develop and implement strategies to increase involvement among Jewish students on campus.
- Provide religious support and guidance to students and the campus, in partnership with the Chaplain/Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, as needed.
- Develop relationships with different offices on campus to ensure access to, and knowledge of, resources to support students.
- Attend programs that support Jewish life and Jewish religious and spiritual traditions, with an aim to grow student engagement on campus.
- Engage with student and staff leaders from other religious groups on campus to promote interfaith collaboration and understanding.
- Oversee and manage the Jewish Life budget.
- Foster collaborations with local and regional synagogues, and other Jewish community organizations, and build relationships with religious leaders.
- Participate in campus-wide celebrations (e.g., Convocation, Commencement, and Baccalaureate).
- Collaborate with the Advancement and Alumni offices on issues of fundraising and alumni-parent relations, as well as the Admissions office to build strong connections to prospective Jewish students.
Requirements and Qualifications
- An advanced degree in religion, Master’s, or Doctoral level.
- Teaching and work experience, preferably in a campus setting.
- Ability to work with students to build meaningful opportunities for engaging with the Jewish community.
- Commitment to interfaith dialogue or interfaith relations, and demonstrated commitment to religious diversity, healthy interreligious relations, and social justice.
- Appreciation of, and commitment to further an inclusive culture for those of diverse backgrounds, such as ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith, gender, neurodiversity, race, and sexual orientation.
Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.
Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.