Join Boston University Hillel Foundation as the Innovation Specialist! 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.
What you’ll get out of it:
- You thrive on learning and know you must first seek to understand something deeply before you can effect successful change.
- 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.
- 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 per year.
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.
About Boston University Hillel:
With over 3,500 Jewish students, Boston University hosts one of the largest Jewish undergraduate populations of all private universities in North America. Located in the heart of Boston, one of our nation’s most historic and vibrant cities, BU offers remarkable academic, career development, and extracurricular opportunities for students. The 33,000 square foot Florence and Chafetz Hillel House is located at the epicenter of the Boston University’s campus and is one of the most beautiful Hillel facilities in North America. The building houses a kosher dining hall, beautiful spaces for prayer and programming, and comfortable, inviting lounge spaces.
BU Hillel aims to serve all Jewish students, enabling them to make Hillel their own through multiple opportunities. Our Hillel is inclusive, pluralistic, and welcoming to all. Our programs, activities, and events serve as pathways for students to explore their connections to Jewish religion, Israel, history, and peoplehood. We strive to empower participants to examine their own Jewish identities, and to find a meaningful journey within the Jewish tradition.
Mission: Inspire, educate, and empower BU students to lead meaningful, joyous Jewish lives.
Vision: Every student makes an enduring commitment to ignite their Jewish identity, activate community, and engage the world around them.
Values: (KAVOD) Kind, Aspirational, Vivacious, Open, Diverse
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.
BU 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.
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