Social Justice Springboard Fellow
Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
Do you have an unrelenting idealism for what the world could be? Imagine a job where you get to make a meaningful impact on both individuals and the world every day. Become a Social Justice 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.
You’ll receive training from experts in the areas of engagement, social action and community organizing, and learn from Jewish leaders on how to seamlessly weave Judaism into your work as a Hillel engagement professional. Each day you will be charged with empowering students to work together to make change on a local and domestic level guided by Jewish values, texts, and history. You’ll work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to their campus.
If you’re team-oriented, never give up, and truly believe that you must “be the change you wish to see in the world,” then this is the position for you!
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 and the world.
As a Social Justice Fellow, a typical day may include:
- Meeting with a group of students or individual students over coffee or a meal to understand which issues are most important to them and developing a plan of action together.
- Participating in a conversation with the leaders of other on or off-campus religious and ethnic groups to plan a shared response to a social issue.
- Planning or leading an alternative break program.
- Teaching a pre-trip service learning course to prepare students for an alternative break trip.
- Participating in a professional development webinar.
- Teaching and facilitating Jewish learning through a social justice lens.
- Recruiting for an upcoming service trip or local volunteer experience.
- Adding a service, social justice, or Jewish/universal values element to an existing program such as a Shabbat, a lunch and learn, or a holiday activity.
Who you are:
- You believe that college students can change the world.
- You are excited about engaging Jewish college students through social justice conversations.
- You have a deep passion for educating and empowering others to organize for issues of interest to them.
- You love to connect with people from different racial and religious backgrounds, listening with genuine curiosity to people’s stories and beliefs.
- You see justice as a Jewish cause and are excited to help others see this as well.
- You thrive when you are facilitating conversations, recruiting and training volunteers, and creating other spaces for students to learn and develop their own ideas about issues that matter to them.
- You are a master organizer who loves seeing big projects - such as service tripsthrough from recruiting to fundraising to staffing.
- You are comfortable with the idea that social change occurs through multiple modalities, including volunteering, education, organizing, and Jewish service learning.
- You are a skilled and empathetic communicator. You know how to tailor your message to your audience, and bring them into conversation about critical issues. This means social justice language might not be right for your campuses, but changemaking ideas will certainly be a part of daily work and life.
What you’ll get out of it:
- 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.
- 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 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 base salary of $42,000 in year 1 and $44,500 in year 2.
About Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis
WashU Hillel facilitates opportunities for 1,850 Jewish undergraduate students attending Washington University in St. Louis (25% of the undergraduate student population). Since its founding in 1946, we have fostered an open, pluralistic Jewish community, connecting students with one another and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, Israel engagement, religious life, and social and leadership programs.
During the 2022-23 academic year, WashU Hillel seeks to engage 1,800 total students, including over 1,200 Jewish undergraduates. Prior to COVID, our Hillel facilitated 1,512 student experiences during the High Holidays; fostered 900 Passover Seder and meal experiences; served 1,878 Shabbat lunches and dinners; supported 380 students creating new and enduring Shabbat traditions as part of our annual Shabbat Around WashU; empowered 83 student leaders and interns; and accompanied 78 WashU students to Israel. As we emerge from the pandemic, we look forward to expanding upon our past successes and continuing the innovative approaches we initiated over the past two years.
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 at Washington University in St. Louis 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.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.