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 Adaptive Leadership, you will build on your entrepreneurial skills to drive change within an organizational system, including understanding the landscape, identifying opportunities for growth and change, mapping resources and stakeholders to identify how to move interventions from idea to reality and then designing with all of those insights in mind.
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.
Background Information on the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago is a small to mid-size, private research university located in Chicago, IL. Our Hillel is located central to campus and is easily accessible to students. UChicago is said to be one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the entire world, which is the root of the competitive and high-stress nature. Hillel has been responsible for providing students light in times of extreme darkness, and making them feel cared for.
Who you are:
- You are Patient and understanding of students who are in a high-stress and highly competitive environment.
- You are Compassionate and empathetic towards neurodivergency and a varying level of work and learning styles
- You have social ease that allows you to navigate difficult, or “awkward” conversations with grace
- You are a collaborator and love working with a team to solve problems and try new things.
- You are a recent college grad with professional, extracurricular or volunteer experience, or an educational focus in innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking or a related field.
- You’re passionate and excited about Jewish life & college students. - You thrive on learning and know you must first seek to understand something deeply before you can execute it.
As an Intrapreneruship Specialist, a typical day may include
- Meeting with students who are interested in creating micro communities and micro community experiences to discover the needs of students and help them to create experiencesAssist team in the execution of large-scale events, including our Annual Latke Hamantash Debate, quarterly Mega Shabbats, multiple High Holiday experiences, and more
- Manage a team of student interns to maintain the vibe of our space, this includes the system of tracking Shabbat supplies, maintaining the wellbeing of our Kosher kitchen, leading room setup on a regular basis, leading our compost system, keeping our coffee and tea station working, tracking our mail system to encourage assist fundraising, and much more.
- Execute weekly regular programs including Shabbat on Friday nights.
- Cocreating experiences and groups with emerging leaders with the goal of extending engagement to students who have niche interests.
- Prototyping ways to arrange the Hillel building in order to make it more welcoming for students.
- Piloting new ideas that address the most prioritized needs and opportunities of students on campus in relationship to our building and environment. - Assisting supervisor with the execution of High Holidays.
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 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 minimum base salary of $44,000 in year 1 and $46,500 in year 2*