The Springboard Fellowship is a paid, two-year fellowship that brings recent college grads with raw talent, passion, and skills needed to reimagine and redesign Jewish student life to college campuses across North America. Through this fellowship, participants will further develop their talents and use them to engage students in Jewish life.
Extensive Jewish education is not necessary — just an interest in creating a vibrant Jewish community, a commitment to learning, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students.
Graduating seniors or recent college graduates who have experience and a demonstrated interest in positively impacting the lives of hundreds of Jewish college students are encouraged to apply.
What You’ll Do
As a Springboard Fellow, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the Jewish community for students at Hillel. While positions vary slightly depending on campus placement, some of your responsibilities may include:
- Engagement and Community Building: Actively engage with students, fostering strong relationships to help create a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community on campus. Build relationships with students by meeting them where they are; this may include attending on-campus events and meetings, tabling, one-on-one conversations, facilitating small group discussions, staffing immersive experiences, and developing new and creative initiatives.
- Program Support: Provide support and guidance to staff and student leaders to enhance campus initiatives, ensuring impactful and innovative programming that resonates with the diverse needs and interests of the Jewish student community. Develop and enhance new and existing programs and learning initiatives to reach larger groups of students.
- Education: By serving as a strong Jewish role model, engage in meaningful conversations about Jewish life, rituals, and values. Produce creative Jewish experiences for Jewish identity development and help others along their individual paths of Jewish discovery in a pluralistic and welcoming environment.
- Network and Partnership Building: Connect with other like-minded professionals within the Springboard cohort and across the Hillel movement, forming a collaborative community.
- Campus Engagement: Coordinate bridge building work with other cultural and religious groups on campus
Track Learning & Development
Within the Springboard Fellowship, there are various learning tracks that focus on different areas and components of the work. In addition to helping to support strategic objectives on campus, these tracks all provide you with training and development that can shape the career path of each Springboard Fellow. To continue meeting the needs of campus and align with professional career development opportunities, please help us understand which current and potential tracks would be most compelling to you should you be selected as a Springboard Fellow.
- Innovation: Fellows in this track will be trained in Design Thinking methodology and other entrepreneurial frameworks. By diving deeper into the concept of human-centered design, Fellows will be exposed to and build the most successful and engaging initiatives across the Hillel movement. Tailored for Hillels positioned for significant expansion in student engagement initiatives and equipped with ample room for creativity and Fellow empowerment, this track is characterized by continuous improvement, risk-taking, and the pursuit of transformative impact on student engagement.
- Ezra: Fellows in this track will have a deep passion for Jewish wisdom, history, and culture, and want to share that passion with others. With training in pedagogy for adult learning, Jewish text, and a variety of Jewish teaching methodologies, Fellows will learn the skills they need to become Jewish educators on campus. This may include teaching the Jewish Learning Fellowship, building programming around Jewish customs and values, and creating innovative programs that expose students to Jewish life and culture in new ways.
What You’ll Bring
- A passion for impact Jewish life on college campuses
- Demonstrated interest in student engagement and leadership
- Recent college graduates or graduating seniors (within the past 0-3 years)
- Excitement about positively impacting the lives of hundreds of Jewish students
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Eagerness to learn, grow, and contribute to a collaborative community
- Ability to take initiative and demonstrate a proactive approach to problem-solving
What You’ll Receive
- High-level professional development, to help develop core skills in experiential education, including learning from some of the most innovative organizations in Jewish education today.
- The opportunity to make large-scale community impact by playing a crucial role in shaping Jewish community on college campuses, contributing to the growth and vibrancy of Jewish life.
- Intensive Jewish summer and year-long learning experiences that will provide you with the knowledge, passion, and critical tool kit to fuel your work building our Jewish communities.
- Mentoring, career coaching, and professional competencies development to propel you into career advancement post-Fellowship.
- A network of passionate colleagues from across the Hillel movement.
- Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year.
- $3,200 in professional development funds to meet individualized development needs.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Tax Deferred Retirement Plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability insurances, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- A minimum base salary of $44,000 in year 1 and $46,500 in year 2.*
*Springboard Fellows working in the U.S. are considered non-exempt employees.
**Fellows placed in Canada are offered a competitive salary per local compensation bands and standard salaries for entry-level employees at Hillels in Canada.
Fellows also participate in a number of intensive and immersive professional development opportunities, including New Professionals Institute, Hillel International Global Assembly, and an individualized course of study that may include travel or immersive learning.
Springboard Greenhouse Application 2024
Thank you for your interest in the Springboard Fellowship!
If you have any questions while filling out the application or need special accommodations, please reach out to email@example.com.
The application contains five parts and we estimate that it will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete.
- Part 1: General Information. You’ll also need to upload your resume and list 3 references in this section.
- Part 2: Springboard Short Response Questions. Please note that this application does allow you to save your work and continue later.
- Part 3: Placement Preferences. Allows us to learn more about your preferences for where you would like to work during your Fellowship experience.
- Part 4: Additional Information. *Please note that these questions seek demographic and informational details of our applicants and are intended solely for the purpose of backgrounds of our candidate pool and will not be used in the evaluation process of your application.
- Part 5: Video Portion. A Sparkhire video component where you will be asked to record your answers to a series of 4 questions using a one-way video platform.
About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.