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MASA UK Events and Recruitment Coordinator

  • Location: Kentish Town, London
  • Sector: Community
  • Salary: £20,000-£24,000 depending on experience
For nearly 100 years UJIA has been building meaningful connections between the UK Jewish community and the people of Israel. Generation after generation of UK Jewry have benefited from UJIA programmes that nurture lifelong connections to Israel. Whilst in Israel itself, our educational and welfare initiatives impact tens of thousands of lives each year; transforming communities, increasing social mobility and building cohesion.
Masa Israel Journey offers young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 immersive, life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-college and volunteer experiences in Israel, connecting them to programmes that meet their interests, offering scholarships, providing expertise, and supporting them throughout the entire process. Masa Israel is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel. In the UK, UJIA is the gateway to Masa.

UJS is the representative body for over 8,500 Jewish students studying in the UK and Ireland, and works with over 65 Jewish societies (J-Socs) on campuses from Exeter to Edinburgh, London to Liverpool and many more in-between. By students, for students, UJS is the only peer-led Jewish student organisation. We are cross-communal; reform, orthodox, left, right, beyond and in between, UJS unites Jewish students.

UJS delivers powerful campaigns defending Jewish students’ interests; diverse and dynamic programmes for enriching Jewish life on campus; inspiring national events; access to kosher accommodation and food, and safe vibrant spaces for J-Soc activities; and career networking opportunities.

Organisational Position
The Masa UK events & Recruitment Coordinator will be part of the UJIA Informal Education Department and UJS teams. You will be employed by UJIA. You will be responsible to the Masa Director of Marketing & Sales, the UJIA Senior Israel Engagement Manager and the Executive Director of UJS. You will be line-managed day to day by the Marketing and Recruitment Manager.

Role Summary
To maintain, improve, and expand the recruitment of 18-30 year olds on Masa programmes. In order to achieve this the post holder will be required to organise and run recruitment events across the UK. Travel across the UK to meet prospective participants, have a detailed knowledge of programme options to sign-post people towards and increase the brand awareness of Masa UK. 

Main Responsibilities:
  • Promote Masa programmes in Jewish Societies across all major UK universities, working in conjunction with UJS
  • Run Masa promotion and recruitment events alongside UJS and attend all relevant UJS signature events
  • Run educational Israel related events and sessions for potential Masa participants
  • Create new, and manage existing, national Masa events, for example Careers on Campus
  • Maintain a good relationship with campus providers, attending their events when relevant
  • Advise potential Masa participants on what programmes are available for their requirements, academic backgrounds and skill-sets
  • Create specialty 3rd Year student events to target potential Masa postgraduate candidates (i.e. Career Networking Event)
  • Identify growth areas and research potential future tailor-made Masa programmes for postgraduates
  • Manage the cultivation of links with post graduate/young professional groups (synagogue groups, charity committees, etc.)
  • Work closely with the UJIA Birthright Coordinator to ensure a Masa promotional/information session is included on every UJIA Birthright trip
  • Focus on post-UJIA Birthright participants and maintain contact during their follow-up period to promote Masa programmes.
  • Work with the Masa UK Administrator to create and maintain a Masa online presence amongst UK students, using social networking websites as well as an advertising concept and campaign
  • Work closely with the Youth Movements to promote their Gap Year programmes
  • Run sessions in Jewish and Mainstream schools as part of the UR UNI LIFE campus preparation programme organised by UJIA in partnership with UJS
  • This is a full-time position based at UJIA’s offices in Kentish Town. It also requires extensive term-time travel outside of London (e.g. for promotional events, freshers fairs, UJS signature events, campus visits)
  • This position is embedded within the UJS team and will involve a synthesis of the work of UJS and the work of the UJIA Informal Education Department
  • The employee will at times be expected to work across different departments in UJIA, UJS, Masa and the Jewish Agency and with lay leaders and lay committees. This will include being sensitive to the needs of lay people and servicing the administration of the committees
  • The employee will be available and willing to undertake professional training & development as appropriate
  • The employee should ensure that appropriate confidentiality is adhered to
  • The employee is a brand ambassador and should act in a manner that does not compromise the reputation of any of the partner organisations
  • There will be weekend and out of office hours commitments, including evenings
  • Other general duties as reasonably expected of a UJIA employee, as directed by the line manager or other senior members of UJIA staff
Person Specification
  • An understanding of the aims and goals of both UJIA, UJS and Masa Israel
  • Knowledge of Israel and Jewish education and British Jewish Community
  • Experience in planning and running events
  • Excellent in both communication and presentation skills
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to initiate, plan and prioritise own and others’ workload
  • Ability to work as part of a team and under pressure
  • Experience in working in online environments
  • Computer literacy including spreadsheets and database in particular Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with the work of the UJIA, Masa and UJS Programmes
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Familiarity with a broad range of short & long term Israel Programmes
  • Experience of a Masa programme as a participant
  • Familiarity of UK Zionist Youth Movements
  • Understanding the needs of 18-30 year-olds
  • Experience of volunteering on a J-Soc committee
  • An understanding of health, safety, welfare & legal issues
  • Experience of extensive travel for work purposes
  • Full driving licence
Place of Work
Your main place of work will be the UJIA London office located at 1 Torriano Mews, NW5 2RZ although you will have regular meetings at the UJS offices in West Hampstead. In addition, the role will also require extensive travel across the UK for a variety of appointments and events.
Hours of Work
Regular office hours are 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am – 13.30pm on Fridays. However this role will also involve working frequent evenings and weekends in addition to overseas travel to Israel.