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Jewish Life Mentor

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Position Type:

Support Staff

Classification Title:

College Support Services

Position Title:

Jewish Life Mentor

Position Number:


Pay Grade Level:



$19.91 per hour


Religious & Spiritual Life

Posting Number:

S 121300923

Full or Part Time:

Part Time

Basic Function:

The Jewish Life Mentor participates in the multi-religious context of the College and the interfaith mission of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Denison. As a person of faith, s/he must speak and act as their faith and conscience requires. At the same time, responsibilities as a member of the campus community include working cooperatively within the institution and in support of the College’s larger mission.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work with Jewish students, faculty and staff to provide opportunities to observe their Jewish heritage, cultivating enduring traditions on campus. This would include attending weekly Shabbat dinners (events outside of normal business hours) and other programs that are suited to the interests expressed within the community
  • Meet regularly with the student leadership of the campus Hillel to provide support and formal Jewish knowledge for resourcing, directing and encouraging programming at Denison
  • Administer the budget assigned for Jewish Life programming by the CRSL in coordination with Hillel officers and their budget approved by the Denison Campus Governance Association
  • Maintain the student membership rolls and oversee all communication for Jewish programs in collaboration with the campus Hillel student officers and its faculty advisor
  • Ø Advocate for rituals, customs and Jewish observances within the broader institution
  • Provide information to the campus for resources from local and national organizations for such things as conferences, service opportunities, travel to Israel and other relevant places, as well as opportunities for graduate study
  • Build connections within the Jewish community at Denison and beyond Denison (local congregations, local families and community members, etc.)
  • Be available for interfaith dialogue and educational programming on occasion when an informed Jewish perspective is instructive
  • Meet weekly with the CRSL Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have completed a minimum of a BS or a BA degree. Experience working with Jewish life programs and an interfaith community of students is required. Programming experience and an appreciation for the relationship between the academic and co-curricular programs at a liberal arts institution are essential. Strong interpersonal and excellent communication and administrative skills are critical. Also important will be the candidate’s ability to work with and relate to a diverse, multi-faith student population.

Preferred Qualifications:

High energy, creativity, deep faith, a cooperative spirit, sound judgment, and a respect for the balance between innovation and tradition will all be important personal characteristics.

Physical Demands:

Ability to drive a vehicle for program duties.

Light office work and prep for program and workshops.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please provide contact information for three (3) work-related references including name, address, phone number and email address. Finalists will be informed before references are contacted.

Additional Information:

The Division of Student Development is a highly collaborative organization and we are keenly aware of the impact our internal culture has on our ability to fulfill our mission and strategic goals. In order for us to support effectively the Division’s commitment to helping students prepare for lives of personal, professional, and civic success—while in college and afterwards—each member of the Division is expected to fulfill assigned job responsibilities and to bring generous support to the work of colleagues in Student Development as well as faculty and staff across the college. In addition to collegiality, we actively strive to create a culture characterized by creativity and innovation in problem solving, optimism, individual initiative, a shared sense of responsibility, the intentional cultivation of trust, and attention to clear and timely communication.

In this position, it will be especially important to sustain collegial relationships with faculty members and student development professionals. The Assistant Director will build effective relationships with staff in Student Life departments, Campus Safety, Title IX, Student Support Services, Diversity & Inclusion, Student Wellness, Athletics, Provost, and other university offices.

Position is open until filled.

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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