Hiring at Hillel Ryerson

Director at Hillel Ryerson

The Director, Ryerson Hillel is a creative and engaging individual with a strong Jewish and Israel background, and is capable of working both independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will be a self-starter and capable multi-tasker who will use these skills to engage students and drive Hillel’s mission, values and goals.

The position reports to the Chief Campus Officer and the incumbent is expected to maintain a strong relationship with community and university bodies.

What you will do well:
Student Leadership Development

  • Model positive leadership
  • Build on the current leadership model by engaging new leadership students
  • Advise and support the Hillel Student Executive Boards and their Committees
  • Identify leadership development opportunities for empowering students


  • Be a visible Jewish presence on campus
  • Identify uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for contacting and serving them
  • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live (in residence), work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and engage them

Program Development

  • Support student-initiated programs; attend most programs (including evenings, weekends, Jewish holidays)
  • Play a key role in planning and evaluating all programming
  • Be an experiential Jewish educator who nurtures the Jewish growth of others through conversations and actions
  • Add accessible Jewish content and depth to programs on campus

Publicity and External Relations

  • Develop/maintain strong relationships with the university administration at Ryerson
  • Act as liaison between the student population and the local Jewish community
  • Work with the Chief Strategy Officer to support the organization’s fundraising activities
  • Act as a campus liaison for Birthright Israel: Canada Israel Experience, including campus recruitment, overseeing interviews, data input and follow-through activities

Israel Advocacy

  • Support the Advocacy Associate in managing advocacy strategies and crises
  • Develop pro-active Israel Advocacy strategies specific to Ryerson, maximizing the full array of national and local advocacy services
  • Support the Advocacy Associate in collecting intelligence and monitor anti-Israel activities on campus

Human Resource Management

  • Provide ongoing staff supervision
  • Ensure that all staff attend the appropriate conferences and training opportunities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Manage email list and CRM data entry
  • Manage programming and administrative budget
  • Manage facility

What you’ll bring to the job:

  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree, with some relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Capacity to work both independently and as part of a provincial team
  • Knowledge about network management and social networking processes
  • Experiential Jewish education experience required
  • Well-versed in Jewish culture with access to educational resources and topics
  • A deep commitment to Israel and a nuanced understanding of effective engagement, education, and advocacy strategies
  • Energy, a sense of humour, flexibility and maturity

What you’ll get out of the position:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.  Salary range for the position is $70,000 – $80,000.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students
  • Flexible work hours
  • Amazing colleagues

About Hillel Ontario 
Hillel Ontario serves Jewish students across nine universities, and is the largest regional Hillel system in the world. A model for the Hillel movement, Hillel Ontario was created on October 1, 2015 and strives to inspire every Jewish student in Ontario to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Ryerson Hillel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto Hillel serves a primarily commuter student population.  It is a launching pad for Jewish activity, catering to the needs and diverse interests of students.  With a growing Jewish population at Ryerson, Ryerson Hillel ensures that emerging adults can find their own meaningful paths to Jewish identity.

Ryerson Hillel seeks to engage every Jewish university student, from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all. Student-designed and student-led programs challenge them to learn and grow, choosing from an array of religious, cultural, political and social options based on individual interests.


To apply, send your resumé and cover letter to Jaime Walman, Chief Strategy Officer here.