Director of Programs - Hillel Germany

Hillel Germany is seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic, creative Director of Programs with a strong passion for building a vibrant and open Jewish community and who will inspire students to take ownership of their Jewish experience. This individual will build and support student-initiated programs as well as be involved in regional, national and international programming for Hillel Germany such as Jewish holidays, large scale programs and leadership training experiences.

The Director of Programs will empower students by providing them with tools and resources to create exciting and innovative social, cultural, educational, volunteer program, and traditional programs that energize Jewish life across Germany.

About Hillel Germany:

Hillel Germany began in 2015 as a partnership between Hillel International and Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES) to engage Jewish students in Germany in pluralistic Jewish life and to connect them with their peers around the world. In 2016 Genesis Philanthropy Group invested in growing Hillel Germany and this effort was further supported by leading national German Jewish organizations.

Job Description:

The Director of Programs will work directly with student leaders and local communities. S/he is expected to be knowledgeable regarding student leadership development, student group mentorship and various approaches of informal education. The Director of Programs will also play a central role in building a stronger Hillel presence in Berlin.

What you’ll own and how you’ll grow:


  • Build constructive relationships with students, making Hillel an attractive and attracting hub of support for Jewish student life in Germany.
  • Maintain existing and develop new programmatic initiatives based on areas of experience, expertise, or presenting need, including supervision of Hillel Interns.
  • Work with student groups and leaders to develop and implement a vision for their activities.
  • Provide mentorship to student leaders and support their grassroots initiatives via the existing student initiatives grant pool.
  • Create opportunities for students to assume leadership responsibilities.
  • Put Hillel Germany firmly on the Jewish communal map in Berlin by increasing average monthly participation and building strong collaborative initiatives with existing groups to maximize impact and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Organize bi-monthly high-quality regional initiatives and connect local hubs with interested international Hillels, especially with FSU Hillels.
  • Coordinate and implement Shabbat and Jewish holiday programming.
  • Provide logistical support for programs, which may include preparing educational and marketing materials and gathering information, etc.
  • Maintain and control a balanced program budget.

Leadership and Development

  • Develop and implement Hillel’s student-based project teams.
  • Facilitate formal and informal opportunities for student leadership training in partnership with Hillel International and local community experts.
  • Supervise and assist with the administration, recruitment and staffing of international trips, putting special focus on promoting interactions, programmatic and otherwise, that build upon that experience.

Marketing and Communication

  • Manage Hillel Germany’s active social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, website, etc.)
  • Oversee regular communication with students for the purposes of program recruitment and marketing of new engagement opportunities including Hillel’s weekly email-newsletter, Facebook page, website etc.
  • Train students in use of marketing and social media tools and best practices to increase their effectiveness at communication and marketing of their programs.

Community relations

  • Register Hillel Germany as an independent entity and help it establish its own brand.
  • Establish a platform for organizations and groups working with students and young adults to meet and coordinate strategy on issues affecting everyone.
  • Ensure increasing diversity of Hillel student leaders.

Essential Qualities:

  • A contagious passion for Jewish life.
  • Resourcefulness with particular attention to students’ achievement of success.
  • Creative spirit that seeks opportunities to innovate and experiment.
  • Comfort working with students who are exceptionally empowered, enthusiastic, high energy, entrepreneurial, bright and highly motivated.
  • Comfort within and promoting pluralistic Jewish settings and also the capacity to work with different Jewish denominations.
  • Multi-tasking: ability prioritize and handle multiple assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  • Being familiar with traditional Jewish practices and rituals.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and in addition to German be able to communicate in both English and Russian. Active involvement or professional experience in Jewish life is desirable. Flexibility to travel will be needed.


The starting salary range is comparable to TVÖD E11. The position includes Jewish professional growth opportunities, local and international supervision and support, flexible hours and work with young people within a dynamic, international, collaborative team.

To Apply:

Please apply at by clicking on “Current Openings”. For any further questions please write to Yasha Moz at

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Job Location:

Berlin, Germany

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