Springboard Fellow

Hillels of Westchester

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillels of Westchester (HOW) as the Springboard Fellow. You will build one on one relationships with students, plan and execute engaging events and programs around campus, and help inspire students to make a commitment to Jewish life . HOW is a dynamic, multi-campus Hillel serving six (6) public, private, residential and commuter campuses, a short train ride from the heart of NYC.  Every year, we engage hundreds of students through more than 150 events and programs.  We pride ourselves on creativity in engagement so make your mark as HOW’s next Springboard Fellow.

As the HOW Springboard Fellow, you will enter a laboratory to bring your ideas to life in one of the largest and most vibrant Jewish communities in the world - Westchester, NY.  Working directly with students and with the support of your Hillel team, you will help advance our goals to enrich the lives of every Jewish student and ensure that our students leave campus with the skills to deeply engage with Jewish life post-college.  Whether facilitating Shabbat and holiday celebrations, fostering Jewish learning, bettering the community and the world through tikkun olam, engaging with Israel or just making new friends, you will join our team as a travel agent for others’ (and your!) Jewish journeys.  

You'll wake up each day (or at least most) and be genuinely excited and enthusiastic about creating an inviting place that inspires students to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives. This is so much more than your average 9-to-5.

About The Springboard Fellowship

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. 

Trained in Relationship-Based Engagement, Human-Centered Design and other entrepreneurial frameworks, you will be exposed to the most successful initiatives from across the Hillel movement. Fellows will work with students to imagine, create, and refine experiences for Jewish life that dramatically impact student engagement, efficiently and strategically apply and scale successful initiatives from across the movement, and give birth to cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to transform how Hillel and creates inclusive spaces for #AllKindsOfJewish.

We’re looking for people who embrace challenges, take risks, fail, and learn from the past, while maintaining their passion and sense of humor. 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. 

What You’ll Do

GOALS: 

  • Actively contribute to shaping Hillels of Westchester by engaging 50+ new students.
  • Participate as a full team member in the more than 150 events offered each year.
  • Strengthen the Hillel and campus community by building inter-group relationships.
  • Develop Jewish knowledge and professional skills.

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

Meet one-on-one with students to discover their passions and help serve as a “travel agent” for their Jewish journeys.

  • Design and implement at least three track-specific programs and initiatives per semester.

Work with student leaders to develop and run programs and events, including Shabbat, Jewish holidays, learning, tzedek (social justice), Israel and community building programs..

  • Work directly with media intern to craft social and other media.
  • Network with the greater Jewish community to build connections and opportunities for students beyond the walls of campus.
  • Birthright and other immersive travel recruitment and staffing (as appropriate)

Who You Are

  • You’re A Relationship-Builder: You thrive on meeting new people, understanding their interests, and forging meaningful connections.
  • You’re A Collaborative Team Player: You enjoy working collaboratively with a team to solve problems and explore new initiatives.
  • You’re A Passionate Learner: You love learning and continuously building up your Jewish knowledge.
  • You’re An Innovative Educator: You believe in infusing education into captivating experiences that stimulate the imagination.
  • You’re A Facilitator: You thrive in creating spaces for students to converse, share ideas, and explore and develop their own ideas on relevant issues.
  • You’re A Recent College Grad: Whatever your degree, you are excited about Jewish life on campus and have experience as a participant and maybe even as an educator in a Jewish educational setting.
  • You’re A Creative Thinker: You are constantly reimagining the ordinary, seeking ways to repurpose and improve things.
  • You’re A Bold Visionary: Think big and creatively, viewing everything as a possibility and embracing a risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit.

 ~You’re A Springboard Fellow ~

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • 0 -3 years professional work experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • This is an in-person role location in Westchester County, NY; remote work is not available for this position.  
  • Driver’s license and car.  As a multicampus Hillel in a suburban area, HOW employees must have access to a vehicle.  Our office in in White Plains, NY and campuses are in: Purchase, Bronxville, Valhalla, Pleasantville and New Rochelle, NY (all locations are 20-30 minutes apart).
  • Personability and great ambassadorship.  (Don’t worry if your professional self is still developing - we love working to help you become your best self, in and out of the job!)
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn your wins as well as your losses.
  • Confidence initiating and running programs, and comfort asking questions.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to multitask (with excellence).
  • Willingness to admit what you don’t know, and excitement to learn in those areas.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Excitement to continue developing your own relationship to Judaism. 

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $44,000 - $46,000 in year one of the Fellowship, and the salary range is $46,500- $48,000 in year two of the Fellowship.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • 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. 
  • $3,200 in professional development funds from the Springboard Fellowship to utilize over the course of two years.
  • 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 and career coaching to help you during and after your Fellowship. 
  • A network of terrific colleagues from across the Hillel movement. 
  • Additional professional development opportunities from local and national partners, beyond the outstanding, enriching offerings from Hillel International.
  • Opportunity to earn additional income with a local partner organization (synagogue).
  • Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year (if permitted, following COVID-19 safety guidelines).

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.

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