Springboard Fellow

University of Florida Hillel

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining the University of Florida Hillel 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. The University of Florida is home to one of the largest Jewish student populations in the country. Join us as we partner with students to create innovative and meaningful programs and initiatives that will impact thousands of Jewish Gators. 

You will take a leading role in facilitating our freshmen engagement. In this role, you will connect with hundreds of first-year students through one-on-one meetings and small and large events. You will be 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; every day is something new. 

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 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 students' lives. 

What You’ll Do

GOALS: 

Actively contribute to shaping the culture of UF Hillel by engaging 100s of students.Collaborate with students and colleagues to develop meaningful initiatives and manage our first-year-only leadership development program. Build relationships with students by engaging them in meaningful conversations and connecting them to Jewish life on campus; you’ll learn about their interests and what drives them so you can connect them to relevant opportunities.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:  

  • Have coffee with student leaders to brainstorm creative ways to engage new first-year students.
  • Recruit for small group learning experiences and Israel travel opportunities.
  • Leverage your skills in human-centered design to identify themes and trends within Jewish life on campus.  
  • Support large-scale initiatives that reach thousands of college students.
  • Map out a plan to strategically build one-on-one relationships with 180 students currently not engaged in Jewish life.
  • Supervise student interns who are responsible for engaging first-year students in Jewish life on campus.

 

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 of professional work experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • This is an in-person role located in Gainesville, Florida; remote work is not available for this position. 
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan, and you must be willing to take risks and learn from your wins and losses.
  • Confidence in initiating and running programs and comfort in asking questions.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
  • Willingness to admit what you don’t know and excitement to learn in those areas.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • A positive can-do attitude.

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary for this role is $44,000 in year one of the Fellowship, and the salary is $46,500 in year two of the Fellowship.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • High-level professional development to help develop core skills in experiential education, design thinking, and leadership development, including learning from some of the most innovative individuals and organizations in Jewish education today. 
  • $3,200 in professional development funds from the Springboard Fellowship will be utilized 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. 
  • Travel opportunities, both domestically and internationally, multiple times per year (if permitted, following COVID-19 safety guidelines).

About University of Florida Hillel

With one of the largest Jewish student populations in the country, the opportunities for Jewish life at UF are nearly limitless and UF Hillel strives to operate on a scale capable of meeting this challenge. Hillel provides Jewish students with community and connection through a relationship-focused approach that seeks to ensure every Jewish Gator is inspired to find their own voice and relationship with Judaism. 

The University of Florida is a big place with big dreams, a sense of community that spans the globe and unites generations. At UF, our common bond has always been more than a rallying cry. It is born of a steadfast commitment to excellence, and the Jewish Gator Nation will be looking to you to develop strategies that inspire every Jewish student at the University of Florida to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.

Gainesville is a great place to live with all the offerings of a vibrant college town, including an excellent arts scene, first class medical care and academic health system, SEC sports, and inspired local restaurants. Here culture meets nature with eight state parks, featuring more than 100 miles of trails for biking and hiking, plus crystal-blue freshwater springs. The wide range of offerings, extremely high quality of life, and relatively low cost of living has made Gainesville an increasingly popular destination to live for people of all ages. Gainesville is also within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa. 

UF Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so 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.

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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