Do you have an unrelenting idealism for what the world could be? Imagine a job where you get to make a meaningful impact on both individuals and the world every day. 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 to college campuses across North America to reimagine and redesign Jewish student life.
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 Hillel engagement professional. Each day you will be charged with empowering students to work together to make change on a local and domestic level guided by Jewish values, texts, and history. You’ll work with students to identify and act on a variety of issue areas important to their campus.
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.
Who You Are
- You believe that college students can change the world.
- You are excited about engaging Jewish college students through social justice conversations.
- You have a deep passion for educating and empowering others to organize for issues of interest to them.
- You love to connect with people from different racial and religious, backgrounds, listening with genuine curiosity to people’s stories and beliefs.
- You see justice as a Jewish cause and are excited to help others see this as well.
- You thrive when you are facilitating conversations, recruiting and training volunteers, and creating other spaces for students to learn and develop their own ideas about issues that matter to them.
- You are a master organizer who loves seeing big projects - such as service trips- through from recruiting to fundraising to staffing.
- You are comfortable with the idea that social change occurs through multiple modalities, including volunteering, education, organizing, and Jewish service learning.
- You are a skilled and empathetic communicator. You know how to tailor your message to your audience, and bring them into conversation about critical issues. This means social justice language might not be right for your campuses, but change-making ideas will certainly be a part of daily work and life.
What You’ll Get Out of It
- High-level professional development to help develop core skills and gain expertise from changemakers, engagers, and social justice 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.
- 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.
As a Social Justice Fellow, a Typical Day May Include
- Meeting with a group of students or individual students over coffee or a meal to understand which issues are most important to them and developing a plan of action together.
- Participating in a conversation with the leaders of other on or off-campus religious and ethnic groups, to plan a shared response to a social issue.
- Planning or leading an alternative break program.
- Teaching a pre-trip service learning course to prepare students for an alternative break trip.
- Working Shabbat, holidays, and otherwise supporting the rest of your Hillel team - some times on nights and weekends.
- Participating in a professional development webinar.
- Teaching and facilitating Jewish learning through a social justice lens.
- Recruiting for an upcoming service trip or local volunteer experience.
- Adding a service, social justice, or Jewish/universal values element to an existing program such as a Shabbat, a lunch and learn, or a holiday activity.
About Texas Hillel
Texas Hillel at The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1927 and has a long history of community service and programmatic innovation, serving approximately 3,000 Jewish students in the Austin area. The Topfer Center for Jewish Life at the Abe & Annie Seibel building was opened in 2006 and hosts a full array of award-winning student groups and events. Governed by a statewide board of directors, Texas Hillel enjoys strong partnerships with the UT Austin campus and community organizations. Long recognized by Hillel International and The University of Texas at Austin for innovation, Texas Hillel is adjacent to the UT-Austin campus and enjoys a strong partnership with The University and the wider Jewish community.
Recently named the #1 city to live in, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Austin has a young and mobile Jewish community of approximately 20,000. Much of the community’s Jewish life is centered at the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Hills, including three synagogues, the JCC, a community day school, Federation and subsidiaries. Austin is the live musical capital of the world, home to SXSW, Austin City Limits and more. Located in the geographic center of the state, Austin is 200 miles from Dallas and 170 miles from Houston. It offers the amenities of a large city with a distinct flavor that makes Austin unique. Austin is the capital of Texas, and UT-Austin is the flagship campus of the UT System with 50,000 students.
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.
Texas 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.