Springboard Innovation Specialist

Role Overview
Do you dream of a job where you get to design and create new Engagement strategies, while making a meaningful impact in the world? Become an Innovation Specialist at Illini Hillel (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana) 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 to college campuses across North America to reimagine and redesign Jewish student life.

Trained in the renowned Design Thinking methodology, you will be charged with sparking ideas for transforming engagement of Jewish students into ones that are better suited for today’s students. At the same time, you will help to infuse creative innovation into all aspects of Hillel’s work.

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.

Who you are
- You’re always reimagining the ordinary and thinking about ways to repurpose or make things better
- You think big and creatively -- to you, everything is a possibility and nothing is too big to tackle.
- You’re a relationship builder and can’t get off an airplane without meeting someone new and learning a lot about their interests and passions.
- You are comfortable with pivoting and being able to look at something, realize that the direction you were going was completely wrong, and adapt your plan.
- You’re a risk taker who thrives on solving problems with an entrepreneurial spirit and not being afraid of trying something new.
- You are 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, and understand why some students might not want to get involved with Jewish life.
- You thrive on learning and know you must first seek to understand something deeply before you can effect successful change.

As an Innovation Specialist, a typical day may include:
- Meeting with a group of students to understand their connection to Judaism.

- Creating relationships with individual students with limited involvement in Jewish life, focusing on the underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and refers students to resources at Hillel, on campus and beyond.
- Engaging freshmen; including offering freshmen orientation and networking initiatives
- Identifying micro-communities and creating a strategy for students to engage within those micro-communities.
- Testing a new way of doing integrated Jewish learning with a group of students involved with Greek Life.
- Empowering students to take leadership roles in Jewish life on campus including internships and board positions at Hillel and beyond.
- Developing a strategy for promoting the Jewish community at the University of Illinois to Jewish high school students and create relationships with high school students

What You’ll Receive
- High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from innovators and design thinking experts.
- 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 40,000.

About Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
With nearly 3,000 Jewish students, Illini Hillel becomes a home-away-from-home for students from the Chicago Metropolitan area, downstate Illinois, and around the world. On a daily basis, dozens of students relax at Hillel between classes and throughout the day; staff members are frequently seen around campus engaging new students and promoting exciting events. Hillel serves thousands of students at Illinois through programs, Shabbat services and dinners, and immersion experiences.

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.

Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 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.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, 401(k) or 403(b) plans
  • Other Benefits: High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from innovators and design thinking experts. Intensive Jewish summer and year-long learning experiences that will provide you with the knowledge, passion, and critical too
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-05-26
  • Times this job has been viewed: 194 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Programming, Engagement
  • Organization Type: Hillel
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