North Carolina Hillel - NC State
Do you dream of a job where you get to design and create new strategies, while making a meaningful impact in the world? Become an Innovation Specialist as part of the Springboard Fellowship, a project of Hillel International!
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 Design Thinking methodology and other entrepreneurial frameworks, and exposed to the most successful initiatives from across the Hillel movement, Fellows will work with students to imagine, create, and refine experiences for 21st century 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 operates in its next century.
To be successful in this position you must be team-oriented, entrepreneurial, and motivated by results. 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.
There are three main job responsibilities categories for the Innovation Springboard at North Carolina State University; Engagement, Jewish Education, and Professional Development and Administration. With that said, we believe in flexibility and playing to each other’s strength for the greatest impact and as an Innovation Fellow we value new approaches.
The best part of this position are the students! They are proactive and invested in all that are listed below. So while you read the list, please know that we have a strong student board that wants to be involved all the way through.
- Student Engagement 40%
? Student engagement can look like coffee dates, meeting people when out tabling on campus (Talley/brickyard/coffee shops), doing outreach for events, talking to people at events, checking in on students, supervising positions, etc.
? Checking in on students we have engaged with. We reached out to students via text/email/facebook/instagram and asked how they were, where they were living, and if they needed any support.
? Student Board Engagement- attend board and executive student board meetings and hold annual elections (end of Fall semester).
? Campus Collaborations with other student groups- this could mean student athletes, Greek life, or interfaith campus groups.
? Public space Judaism. Meaning, holding Shabbats on the lawn, at Wolf Plaza for tabling events, or putting up a Sukkah with the students. We provide Jewish content while meeting students where they are.
- Jewish Education Programming 40%
? Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF)
- JLF is a fantastic part of Hillel! It allows you to teach students interesting and relevant content (curriculum is provided), create meaningful relationships with fellows, and watch the students create long-lasting friendships with each other. There are a few different curriculums. In this position I have taught Life’s Big
- Questions 3 times, and Big Israel Questions once. Sex, Love, and Romance is very popular among the students.
- Twice a year we hold Wellness Weeks and incorporate this value into existing programs. Mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
- Our Hillel space has a dedicated Meditation Room, with yoga mats and mindful coloring. This popular quiet space is important to the culture of our Hillel.
? General shabbat/high holiday alternative services
- Hosting Shabbat is a large part of your weekly responsibilities:
- At NCSU this means working with the Shabbat chair to plan Shabbat themes, help with advertisement and invitations, helping them prepare for services, ordering the food each week (no mixing meat and milk, mostly vegetarian meals), setting up tables and chairs, schmoozing with students before services and during the meal, and then cleaning up.
- Our students tend to be a bit more local and go home/to their local synagogues for the high holidays– this means that while we still celebrate and recognize all holidays we may choose to celebrate on a different day or way.
- Professional Development and Administration 20%
? Regular meetings with the Campus Director and NC Hillel as a whole.
- Our Hillel is part of a multi-campus group, this means while NC State is a stand alone Hillel, we meet weekly with our entire statewide team via zoom. NC Hillel has 8 campuses and a central office. This means shared resources and great idea sharing!
? Administration can look like any of these:
- Planning for upcoming meetings or completing tasks
- Logging data in our database – running reports from the database
- Calling other Hillel pros to ask them how they do a certain thing on their campus (use the #Hillel professionals Facebook group and your Springboard group chats!)
- Confirm a room reservations on campus
- Creating graphics for programs
- Sitting down with a student who stopped by
- Posting on Hillel social media (or coordinating with the person who will)
- Answering emails
- Updating your calendly hours
- Gathering receipts and coding them
What you’ll get out of it:
High-level professional development, including $3,200 in professional development funds, to help develop core skills in experiential education, including learning from some of the most innovative organizations in Jewish education today.
- 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).
- A minimum base salary of $44,000 in year 1 and $46,500 in year 2*
Paychecks are on a bi-weekly basis. Your position is classified as non-exempt. Your employment is subject to the terms of the Hillel Personnel Code.
You will be entitled to 15 vacation days annualized, accruing at a rate of 4.62 hours per pay period, and 15 sick days annualized, accruing at a rate of 4.62 hours per pay period. You will also be eligible to participate in our comprehensive health and dental plans. Hillel shares the cost of these plans, paying 85% of the premium of a single plan or 70% of the cost for family coverage. The plan requires a minimum 30-day waiting period from your start date and begins the first of the month following those 30 days.
Further benefits include Basic Life, AD&D, and Long-Term Disability Insurances. The Basic Life insurance, AD&D, and Disability plans are completely paid by Hillel. You will also have the option to enroll in our employee-paid Flexible Benefits and Tax Deferred Retirement Plan.