Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator

Various Hillels

Hillel McMaster, Hillel Waterloo/Laurier, The Greater Toronto Area

About Hillel Ontario

Hillel Ontario is the largest Hillel organization affiliated with Hillel International, supporting over 14,000 Jewish students across nine Universities in Ontario.  Hillel engages with, empowers, and inspires the leadership of more Jewish university and college students than all other endeavors combined.  By promoting Jewish identity through life-changing trips and campus initiatives, cultivating student leadership, and embracing religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually.  In the end, our mission is to enrich the lives of Ontario Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish community, Israel, and the world.

About the Role

The Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator is an integral part of the local campus team, whose primary focus is on student engagement and supporting advocacy initiatives – creating safe spaces for Jewish students, preventing and combating antisemitism, and creating opportunities to learn and engage with Israel and the Jewish community. The Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator will be an integral part of coordinating and implementing Hillel Ontario's advocacy strategy on a local campus level and play a role in managing, both proactively and reactively, advocacy-related issues on campus. The Engagement & Advocacy Coordinator will cultivate relationships with Jewish and non-Jewish student leadership in pursuit of Hillel’s engagement and advocacy objectives and be an overall team player as part of the campus team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the creation and execution of a proactive advocacy strategy for the local Hillel, identifying specific goals and measurable objectives, in partnership with the Campus Director, and with support from Hillel Ontario’s Director of Advocacy.
  • Collaborate with other Jewish and/or Israel advocacy organizations on and off campus to further Hillel’s strategic advocacy objectives and strengthen organizational relationships.
  • Provide support to Jewish and non-Jewish students affiliated with Hillel in pursuit of their advocacy interests, cultivating student leadership and mobilizing students towards advocacy objectives on and off campus.
  • Prepare for, and respond effectively and strategically, to anti-Israel/antisemitic incidents on campus in collaboration with the Campus Director.
  • Support pre-trip efforts and post-trip follow up for Israel immersive experiences
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of strategic campaigns to advance advocacy objectives.
  • Take initiative and seek opportunities to advance Hillel’s advocacy strategy on campus.
  • Monitor and be able to regularly report on anti-Israel and antisemitic activities on campus as requested.
  • Engage Jewish and non-Jewish students interested in advocacy and build strategic relationships with various stakeholders and clubs on campus.


  • Ensure a visible Jewish presence on campus.
  • Identify and contact uninvolved student populations and develop strategies for engaging them independently, and with existing student leaders with an advocacy lens.
  • Responsible for data management, as it relates to set student engagement metrics as part of Measuring Excellence
  • Develop one-on-one relationships with Jewish students by meeting them where they live, work and/or study, utilizing creative methods to reach and engage them
  • Building relationships with professionals and student leadership of campus groups

Program Development

  • Support student-initiated programs; attend programs when appropriate (including evenings, weekends)
  • Play a key role in supporting the planning, executing and evaluation of all programming
  • Identify and seek innovative program areas to reach new student populations
  • Support, plan, and execute Hillel’s flagship programming, including Holocaust Education Week

What You Will Do Well

  • Have strong interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a collaborative, team environment.
  • Multi-task and troubleshoot effectively.
  • Have knowledge and experience with network management and social networking processes. 
  • Energy, versatility, flexibility and maturity.
  • Build effective and meaningful relationships with staff, university students, and community members.
  • Enjoy community organizing, campaigning and programming.
  • Maintain clear thinking and calm during times of crisis.

What You Bring

Education and Experience

  • University degree or 2-year college diploma in a related field of study
  • 0-3 years of experience in student programming and engagement in a University or College environment.
  • Demonstrated involvement in student government, political organizing or active engagement in campus life at university, with an understanding and appreciation for campus dynamics.
  • Well-developed program development, organizational skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • The ability to be strategic and have a future-focused mindset.
  • Ability to take initiative and collaborate with multiple team members.
  • Sophisticated written and verbal communication skills.


  • Work requires ongoing attention to detail with a focus on deadlines and overall engagement and advocacy results.
  • Work is sometimes performed in environments where activity, noise, and lighting may have noticeable variances.
  • Meetings are often held via conference call.
  • Ability to manage and thrive in a multi-priority environment and commitment to attend events and programming that may land outside traditional working hours.

What We Offer

  • A market-competitive base salary starting at $42,500 annually.
  • A generous benefits package that encompasses Health Insurance to include Vision and Dental, Life Insurance, and Long-Term Disability (LTD).
  • Vacation starting at 10 days per year as well as available Mental Health/Wellness days.
  • Flexible work environment.
  • Opportunity to join a community of people-focused professionals.
  • A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement.


If you are excited about the opportunity to work with our team at Hillel Ontario, please take the time to apply through the provided platform.  In the event you are experiencing difficulties, you can also submit your resume at [email protected].  Please provide the Job Title in the subject line of the email to help streamline our process.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Hillel Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, religion, disability, family status, marital status (including single status), gender identity, gender expression, record of offences, sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law, regulation, or ordinance.

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.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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