Springboard Fellow 

Syracuse Hillel 

Role Overview 

Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Syracuse 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. Syracuse students are highly social and have a drive for personal excellence. They enjoy school sports (especially basketball and football), are involved leaders in many areas on campus including clubs, Greek organizations, and academic programs, and are consistently building career-focused skills. Our students truly bleed orange and are awesome (we’re genuinely wowed by them daily). 

You will help build upon current successful engagement strategy and further Hillel’s goal to inspire more Jewish students on campus. You will engage micro communities, including but not limited to first year students and students involved in Greek Life. You will think creatively about how to change culture, shatter expectations, and act in service of articulated-student needs. 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 


  • Actively contribute to shaping Syracuse Hillel by engaging 180 - 200 students.
  • Foster community amongst first year students through targeted outreach and 2 - 3 programs each semester in/near first year campus housing. 
  • Deepen the connection between Syracuse Hillel and Jewish students in Greek Life through 1 - 2 large scale (100+ attendees) each semester, 2 - 3 smaller scale initiatives, and engaging a point of contact in each fraternity/sorority with Jewish membership. 
  • Engage with other program professionals at Syracuse University to strengthen student experience partnerships with 2 - 3 campus departments. 


  • Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect to opportunities. 
  • Map out a plan to strategically build one-on-one relationships with 180 students to deepen their connection to Jewish life and strengthen the Syracuse Hillel community by proactively finding students less engaged with Jewish life. 
  • Supervise and mentor student interns who are responsible for peer-to-peer engagement across campus. 
  • Recruit for Birthright and Alternative Break trips. 
  • Encourage students to design initiatives that help them connect through their interests, and support them in executing their ideas. 
  • Be part of a team of professionals dedicated to creating an excellent Hillel to provide for the needs of Syracuse University’s 2,500 Jewish students.

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 Syracuse, NY; 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 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. 

What You’ll Receive 

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $44,000 - $45,000 in year one of the Fellowship, and the salary range is $46,500- $47,500 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.
  • 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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