Do you dream of a job where you get to design and create new strategies, while making a meaningful impact in the world? Become an Innovation Specialist at Cincinnati Hillel 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 two to three areas of Jewish student life 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 what they find spiritual and relaxing, and to imagine how you can create an authentic and meaningful Shabbat experience that builds on these.
-Hosting a brainstorming session on the sidewalk outside the student center in order to develop ideas for a new career mentorship program for seniors.
-Prototyping a new way to arrange the Hillel building in order to make it more welcoming for students.
-Testing a new way of doing integrated Jewish learning with a group of students involved with Greek Life.
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 Cincinnati Hillel
Cincinnati Hillel is located in an urban neighborhood across the street from the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus and a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati. It enhances the lives of approximately 1,200 Jewish students at UC and other local universities. Recently, we have seen tremendous growth in student involvement, and have implemented 3 major initiatives, Careers Cincinnati, mental health programming and training, and Jewish Learning fellowship. There is a professional team of six: an executive director, a development director, a director of Jewish Student life, director of career Cincinnati, Springboard fellow and an Israel Fellow.
Cincinnati is a quaint, affordable, and picturesque Midwestern city with the feel of a river town. In addition to unique neighborhoods with their own flavors the city boasts cultural offerings through the historic museum center, early American architecture, a bustling market located in historic Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, a world-famous Art Museum as well as numerous beautiful views across Cincinnati’s many hills. We are blessed with many sports fan options being the home of The Bengals, The Reds, and even a professional soccer team, FC Cincinnati. Cincinnati is also home to the largest Oktoberfest in the US, bringing a vibrant brewery scene for one to explore. As a mid-west city, Cincinnati boarders with Kentucky giving it a southern tinge, and is easily drive able to many large cities for great vacation destination.
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 fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and trains them to become the next Jewish leaders.
Cincinnati Hillel 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.