IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement

Location: Santa Barbara Hillel
Job Type: Israel Professional
Last updated: 3/9/17 7:12 AM


Santa Barbara Hillel is seeking an extroverted, well-organized person with a can-do attitude and a passion for Israel to serve as our IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement. Currently offering five Israel trips annually, Santa Barbara Hillel is proud to be a leading national campus in the field of Israel engagement.


IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed) is an initiative that builds on the success of Birthright Israel, Onward Israel and Masa Israel by providing support and inspiration to students before and after their trip. This is a unique position for a candidate with 1-3 years of work experience and who is skilled in organizing, marketing, event planning, and program development.


The IACT Coordinator will work with students prior to their departure and upon their return from their Birthright Israel, Masa and Onward experiences developing activities to engage students in Jewish life on campus, by encouraging them to become involved as leaders and participants in student-organized Jewish programming and groups, and by directing them to and facilitating their participation in existing Israel-related opportunities on and off campus.


The main goals for the Coordinator include:

  • Expanding the number of Birthright Israel participants from Santa Barbara Hillel through effective recruitment and marketing strategies.
  • Engaging Birthright Israel participants in continued campus activities and Jewish life in the areas of Israel education/advocacy, community service, and Jewish life and learning; connecting Birthright Israel alumni to opportunities in Israel such as Onward Israel and Masa Israel; developing personalized follow-up and individual Jewish/Israel plans with Birthright alumni to deepen individuals’ connection to Jewish life.
  • Transforming campus Jewish life, with the Birthright Israel participants as a core group through which others are engaged and brought into Jewish activities.
  • Advising and overseeing the activities of student groups relating to Jewish Life/ Israel-programming and education.
  • Serving as an educator as part of a larger, dynamic Hillel team. Learning in seminars / conferences, and bringing this knowledge back to the organization. Incorporating Israel experiences across Hillel programming and engagement.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, along with 1-3 years of work experience.
  • Experience with Jewish education and outreach.
  • Comfortable presenting in front of groups, outgoing and personable.
  • Energy and enthusiasm for Israel programming and travel.
  • Previous successful implementation of creative ideas.
  • Self-starting, motivated to seek out opportunities and projects.
  • Excellent follow-through on projects, and the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to manage projects, with many moving parts, to set timetables and adhere to deadlines.
  • Prior travel experience in Israel, and a familiarity with Israel and Judaism; knowledge of Israeli society and culture.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong marketing background.
  • Building relationships with people similar and different than yourself.
  • Proven leadership skills, and the capacity for effective teamwork and group leadership.

As IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement, a typical day may include:

  • Recruiting students for Birthright Israel and other programs your colleagues and student leaders are planning.
  • Tabling in the middle of campus to promote Birthright with student leaders.
  • Enjoying Shabbat dinner with students while engaging and sharing with those in attendance other ways to get involved with Jewish life and travel to Israel on Birthright.
  • Developing an overarching educational strategy that empowers and engages Birthright alumni.

Compensation/What you’ll get out of it:

  • Hillel offers a 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.
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
  • Professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
  • Unlimited paid coffee dates with students.
  • Flexible work hours.

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. UCSB has 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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