Program Associate, Detroit

Repair the World | Detroit, MI, United States

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Posted Date 6/05/2024


Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world. We believe that service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.

Repair is building a national Jewish service movement of flourishing Jewish communities that serve in pursuit of a just world. Repair mobilizes young adults to serve in their communities, catalyzes service through deep partnerships within Jewish communal organizations, and inspires people to take action through time-bound thematic national service campaigns. Our mission provides volunteers with an increased connection to meaningful service and learning as a Jewish value, builds capacity for nonprofit partners to meet their missions, and deepens connections across lines of difference.


About Repair The World Detroit

Repair the World provides volunteers with an increased connection to meaningful service and learning as a Jewish value, deepening their connection to Jewish community and peoplehood, building capacity for nonprofit partners by meeting pressing needs to meet their missions, and building bridges across lines of difference. 

Repair the World Detroit launched in 2013 and has been the home for Jewish service learning opportunities in the community, offering ongoing volunteering opportunities through strategic partnership with Jewish community partners to engage their constituents in Jewish service. Our programs focus on food sovereignty, education justice, and community building. Examples of service opportunities include food distribution, cooking, and supporting the Detroit Community Fridge; farming with Keep Growing Detroit; and mentoring with Brilliant Detroit, Life Remodeled, and The Konnection.


Position Overview

Detroit Repair is seeking a dynamic Program Associate to support the launch of our service corps—Repair’s signature immersive service experience—a time-bound, stipended cohort program where participants engage in volunteering with a service partner and weekly Jewish learning as a group. The candidate will also plan and facilitate meaningful Jewish service learning programs for non-immersive service participants or for the broader Jewish community, and engage local Repair alumni to recruit their peers in service and learning.

The service corps mobilizes young adults to meet community needs through part-time, time-bound service. Young adults, ages 18-29, serve directly with local partners providing direct services, learn about social change and local context for their service, and Jewish wisdom in community through weekly learning sessions with their peers. Through pairing service with Jewish learning and values, Detroit Repair provides an entry-point to Jewish life for Jewish young adults who may not be traditionally engaged with the broader Jewish community.  

In addition to the service corps, the Program Associate will also create and implement dynamic and engaging Jewish service learning programs in partnership with Jewish communal and service partner organizations, as well as with local Alumni Ambassadors. 

The successful candidate will be an aspiring experiential Jewish educator, community builder, flexible self-starter and a strong facilitator. They excel at building relationships with individuals and can speak passionately about the intersection of service, social change, and Jewish values. 

Schedule will vary each week depending on programs and engagement opportunities on evenings and weekends. Program associate must have a flexible schedule.

This is a full-time exempt position. The Program Associate will report to the Detroit City Director.


Position Responsibilities

Service Corps

  • Recruit and oversee day to day operations of 2-3 cohorts of 10-20 Corps Members per year with the goal of Corps Members becoming integrated with their service partners, connected to Jewish community, and reaching their volunteer goals
  • Identify, build, and sustain existing and new relationships with local Jewish organizations, civic and nonprofit partners for Corps Member placements
  • Coordinate and facilitate learning for Corps Members about local social issues, Jewish values and the skills needed to  build Jewish service learning programs. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Repair the World’s Service Corp staff across the country, to share skills and resources and maintain program alignment.  

Program Facilitation

  • Work with the City Director to enact a robust and strategic programming calendar, including service opportunities that match the needs of service partners and the target audience. 
  • Plan and execute 1-3 volunteering and/or educational programs per month:
    • Connect with service partners and local Jewish organizations
    • Prepare and gather supplies
    • Facilitate contextual issue area education, Jewish learning, meaningful volunteering, and reflection.
  • Input timely and accurate data in Salesforce upon completion of programs
  • Serve as the primary point person for teen and family-focused programs

Additional Responsibilities

  • Create content scheduled external communication, including community newsletters and social media posts
  • Complete office and administrative responsibilities, and other needs that arise


Position Skills & Core Competencies

We know that you may not have all the skills listed. We encourage you to apply even if you only check some of the boxes.


  • Experience in Jewish Education: Ability and excitement to integrate Jewish values and content into service programs, enriching participants' Jewish identity, engagement, and connection.


    • Service Mindset: Commitment to serving others, grounded in a belief that we can make a difference in making the world better by serving alongside our neighbors to meet community needs. 
    • Community Engagement/Relationship Building: Eagerness and excitement to network, build relationships, and actively engage with the local community with the intent of strengthening Repair’s relationships to the community and to Jewish young adults, excited to serve in our programs
    • Program Design Skills: Experience with designing and executing programs that align with our vision, with the flexibility to adapt to community needs while focusing on Jewish learning and social impact.


  • Growth Mindset and Resilience: Shows resilience and a capacity for empathy, ready to adapt to new challenges and learn from them. Approaches problems with a solution-oriented attitude, eager to embrace opportunities for growth and improvement.




1+ years of Experience: Including a track record of:

  • Strong communication, organization and self-management skills
  • Proficiency with technology (Email, G-Suite etc.) as well as comfort with learning new systems (Salesforce, Monday, Slack etc.)

Equity Lens: Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power and privilege and ability to facilitate conversations around these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning.

Flexible Schedule: Availability to facilitate evening and weekend programs based on the needs of partners and participants varying schedules. 


Repair the World Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds..

The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. 


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation at Repair the World is based on the salary band for the role and cost of living for the location. The starting salary range for this full-time exempt role is $50,000-$52,000 with 1 year of experience. Benefits package includes paid time off for service in addition to vacation, sick time, personal days and holidays. Employer covers 100% of full-time employee’s health premiums (medical/dental/vision) for most plans and 50% for dependents. Additional benefits include, retirement matching, professional development funds, employer-paid short and long term disability coverage plus access to the Jewish Learning Collaborative and our Economic Access Fund. In addition, employees that have been with Repair for at least six months are eligible for 16 weeks of paid parental leave (pro-rated for employees with Repair less than 6 months). 

This position is included in Repair’s staff union-represented collective bargaining unit and specific terms and conditions of employment may be subject to a future collective bargaining agreement between Repair the World and the Repair the World Workers’ Union.


Application Process

    • Submit your application at this link including your resume and a thoughtful and concise cover letter responding to this prompt:


  • This role provides an incredible opportunity to be creative and bring yourself to the work that we do. Tell us about a time that your unique approach impacted the outcome of a program you created?


    • Applicants moved forward will continue on to a first round interview with a Repair People & Culture team member.
    • Applicants who are moved to the final round will interview with the Detroit City Director and Regional Director.
    • All finalists will need to provide 2 professional references.


  • The start date for this role is on or around August 1, 2024.



Salary50,000.00 - 52,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Community Outreach | Engagement | Programming | Social Justice
Organization Type
Community Relations | Other | Outreach
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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