POSITION OPENING - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Thursday, January 1, 2004


Position Description: 
Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment (Cincinnati, OH)

The Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment (“the position”) is one of three regional directors of admissions and recruitment (based, respectively, on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York campuses). The position is a member of the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment and reports to the Associate Provost for Enrollment and Planning, a member of HUC-JIR’s national administration. Based on the Cincinnati campus, the Regional Director will also consult closely with the Dean of that campus.

The primary responsibility of the Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Cincinnati is the recruitment of students in the Mid-western region of the U.S. for all of HUC-JIR’s academic programs: Rabbinical Program (on all three campuses), School of Sacred Music (based in New York), Graduate School (Cincinnati), Schools of Education (Los Angeles and New York), and School of Jewish Communal Service (Los Angeles). The other core responsibility of the position is oversight of all aspects of the College’s Youth Programs: learning weekends (with an implicit recruitment component) offered on each HUC-JIR campus for high-school and college students and young adults.

Key recruitment responsibilities of the position include:

  • Initiating contact with prospective students at conferences (URJ, Hillel), URJ camps, and on college campuses;
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with prospects through e-mail, telephone, and mail in order to encourage their application to the College;
  • Arranging visits to the campus for individual candidates as well as organized groups of potential students in the region, such as confirmation classes, and congregation youth groups;
  • Conducting preliminary interviews with candidates, and organizing and participating in the formal evaluation and selection process with faculty and other College representatives;
  • Working with the URJ’s Youth and Informal Education Programs, as well as education programs of other Jewish organizations, to identify and attract prospective students;
  • Developing and maintaining contacts among regional alumni who can introduce prospective students to the College and serve as informal recruiters;
  • Participating in admissions and recruitment planning with the Associate Provost and other regional admissions directors; and
  • Serving as a link between the National Office of Admissions & Recruitment and the various constituencies of the Cincinnati campus, in order to inform the national admissions strategy with the specific needs and concerns of the Cincinnati campus.

The major responsibilities vis-à-vis Youth Programs include:

  • Hiring and supervising three student interns from the rabbinical program in their planning, development, and execution of Youth Programs events;
  • Attending all Cincinnati Youth Programs events and conducting recruitment sessions during the weekends;
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with Youth Program participants to encourage their interest in HUC-JIR graduate and professional programs and their application at the appropriate time;
  • Coordinating the involvement of HUC-JIR students and faculty in youth, college and young-adult programs at URJ and NFTY events;
  • Working with URJ staff to create new opportunities for HUC-JIR relationships with URJ programs such as the Meitav Fellowship, E.I.E., Kesher, NFTY, and NFTY-in-Israel; and
  • Working with the Associate Provost and other regional admissions directors to expand effective youth programming to the NY and LA campuses.

Candidate for the position must possess at least a master’s degree, and the strongest candidates will demonstrate extensive knowledge of HUC-JIR and the Reform Jewish Movement. Alumni of HUC-JIR programs in particular are encouraged to apply.


Interested candidate should submit a resume and cover letter as soon as possible to:

Elizabeth Hillebrand, Assistant to the Associate Provost
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
One West Fourth Street, New York, New York, 10012

Review of candidates will begin in January and continue until the position is filled, with the goal of having the new regional director begin work in early June 2004.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu