Hillel at the University of Wisconsin Social Justice Springboard Fellow

Hillel International | Madison, WI, United States

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Posted Date 5/11/2023

Role Overview

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 UW Hillel engagement professional.  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.

At?UW-Madison Hillel we’re hiring a Springboard Fellow to help lead our Community and Civic engagement program. There is a growing desire among students to be involved in civic action, service work and social justice initiatives at a local and national level. Our students are thoughtful, passionate, and eager to get involved in their community; this position will harness that energy and identify new opportunities for direct service, service learning, and education. Our ideal candidate will work with student leaders and interns to develop our organization’s active role in the UW-Madison community. 

They will build relationships with local organizations and other community leaders who are committed to values of service, justice, and action. They will facilitate opportunities for students to serve the community and take action in support of issues they are passionate about.? This position will manage educational offerings and cohorts that fit a social action framework. The Springboard Fellow will work within a dynamic team of other programming staff both collaboratively and independently.?? 

The Ideal Candidate is:? 

An innovative and driven professional with a desire to make a meaningful impact on both individuals and communities. You will work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to Wisconsin’s campus and surrounding area, including civic engagement, food insecurity, and climate change. You are thoughtful in your approach to service, social action, and social justice, understanding the complexity of systemic issues as well as need for immediate service.?? 

The ideal candidate thrives on working with students, energizing and inspiring them to do direct service.?? 

What You’ll Do? 

  • Develop & facilitate Wisconsin Hillel’s Center for Civic Engagement, an initiative that balances Jewish social justice education with participation in local government and civic life.  
  • Dream and implement with our team an organization that is passionate about and committed to the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), chesed (acts of lovingkindess), and tzedek (justice)? 
  • Oversee Hillel’s civic engagement Internship program in partnership with Senior Leadership including developing training and professional development opportunities, mentoring, supervision, and coordinating major intern initiatives (Welcome Back BBQ, Intern Retreat) 
  • Coordinate activities and cultivate relationships with UW-Madison's Greek community.  
  • Strengthen and empower student volunteer leaders who facilitate social action initiatives and clubs ( ie : Challah Baking, Frozen Meals Program, Jews for Climate Justice)? 
  • Mentor and advise student interns from community partners (ie : Repair the World, Andrew Goodman Foundation, Jewish Electoral Institute, etc.)? 
  • Weave civic and community engagement into existing programs ( ie : Shabbat, Welcome Week, etc.)? 
  • Engage new students through one-on-one coffee conversations.? 
  • Spend time around campus outside of the Barbra Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life and participating in campus life.  
  • Support and participate in Shabbat and holiday celebrations together with the rest of the Wisconsin Hillel student life team and participate in ongoing Jewish learning and professional development.? 

What You’ll Bring to the Job? 

  • Experience in a Jewish or non-Jewish social action/social justice/community organizing space.? 
  • Positive past experiences that demonstrate the ability to thrive and navigate complex topics.? 
  • A commitment to pluralism and comfort with your Jewish identity so you may act as a role model and mentor for emerging Jewish adults.? 

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
  • 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*

About Wisconsin Hillel? 

Working at the University of Wisconsin Hillel means working with a team of passionate, driven, and fun Jewish professionals at one of the storied public universities in the country. We offer competitive non-profit salaries, work-life balance, and a student community that is smart, caring, and engaged. Madison, WI is also a great place to live and consistently rated one of the best college towns in the United States.  

Wisconsin Hillel also offers access to our on-site gym and outdoor basketball court, a discount at our in-house Kosher café, ample opportunities for professional development, and plenty of smiling faces!  And proximity to world class cheese. ??

Salary44,000.00 Annual
Full Time
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