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Employment Opportunities

Israel Engagement Specialist: IACT

Role Overview

Inspire the Jewish future by joining Santa Barbara Hillel as our next Israel Engagement Specialist: IACT. We are seeking an extroverted, well-organized person with a can-do attitude and a passion for Israel engagement and education to serve as the “quarterback” of our Jewish student life team on all things Israel-related. Offering multiple Israel trips annually, Santa Barbara Hillel is proud to be a leading national campus in the field of Israel engagement.
You will excite and encourage students to go on a Birthright Israel trip by engaging students through innovative recruitment strategies and authentic relationship-building. This includes building and cultivating relationships with students, creating engaging events, developing brand-centric marketing materials, supervising student interns and managing an expansive program budget. The Israel Engagement Specialist: IACT is also responsible for pre and post-trip student experiences, creating a complete and holistic experience that connects them more deeply.

You will have extra support and networking as a member of a national cohort of campus coordinators in the Hillel International IACT (“Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed”) Israel initiative. 

You will have extra support and networking as a member of a national cohort of campus coordinators in the Hillel International IACT (“Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed”) Israel initiative.



  • Serve as an engager and educator as part of a larger, dynamic Hillel team. Learn in seminars / conferences, and bring this knowledge back to the organization. Incorporate Israel experiences across Hillel programming and engagement.

  • Plan, implement and lead high quality Birthright Israel trips for the Winter and Summer seasons.

  • Grow the number of Birthright Israel trip participants from Santa Barbara Hillel through effective recruitment and marketing.

  • Engage trip participants in Jewish life at Santa Barbara Hillel before and after the trip, especially in the areas of Israel education/advocacy, social justice/community service and Jewish learning.

  • Create and maintain a vast network of meaningful, authentic relationships across campus, and transform Jewish life on campus through Birthright Israel and related experiences.

  • Supervise student recruitment interns who will support Birthright recruitment and some related administrative tasks.

  • Position Santa Barbara Hillel as the premier Birthright option for students at UC Santa Barbara.

  • Support and add to Santa Barbara Hillel’s experiential program arc and Jewish student life team.

  • Advise and coordinate the activities of student groups relating to Jewish Life/ Israel-programming and education.



  • Natural networker and authentic relationship builder, capable of engaging students in all stages of their college career from a variety of backgrounds, including Greek life and various campus communities.

  • Outgoing, personable, extroverted, and able to establish a “presence” in front of large groups.

  • Social media savvy with strong marketing knowledge, and an understanding of how to work with the wider Santa Barbara Hillel and Birthright Israel brands.

  • Proven leadership skills and able to be a supportive and loyal team member.

  • Excellent follow-through on projects with many moving parts, and able to see projects through from start to finish every time.

  • Patient, compassionate and calm under pressure.

  • Able to maintain detailed records, manage high-volume data and adhere to deadlines and instructions.

  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.


What You’ll Bring to the Job:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 0 – 3 years of professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is customer service or other types of direct customer relations work. 

  • A team-oriented approach to work, a self-directed work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to connect with and appreciate diverse personalities, and a willingness to take risks and learn from each new challenge or success. 

  • A sense of comfort with your Jewish self, while actively cultivating this piece of your identity with and alongside students.

  • Prior travel experience to Israel and a familiarity with Israeli society and culture


What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this position is $43,000 to $48,000.

  • Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time and parental leave.

  • Flexible work hours.

  • Travel regionally and abroad, particularly to Israel.

  • Professional development and skill-building opportunities.


About Santa Barbara Hillel:
Located on the beach in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Santa Barbara Hillel is an integral part of the broader Santa Barbara community. With one of the strongest Birthright Israel programs in the nation, Santa Barbara Hillel is a vibrant hub of Jewish student life. Noted for its relaxed, fun atmosphere and strong academics, UC Santa Barbara is ranked as a “top 5 public university.”  UCSB has a thriving Jewish life, with the highest percentage of Jewish students and the most Jewish undergrads in the entire UC system.


Santa Barbara Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International.  Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.


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