Internship

Jewish Changemakers Intern, Jewish Equity Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)-JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

REPORTS TO:  Director, Changemakers Program Experience & Growth, with additional support from Jewish Federations' JEDI Initiative  

 

The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) consist of 146 Jewish Federations and dozens of Network communities which collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually to support flourishing Jewish life and the needs of the Jewish people in their home communities and around the world. The Jewish Federation system, among the top 10 charities on the continent, leads the largest network of volunteer and professional leaders who build and sustain Jewish communities that are healthy, safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive, educated and engaged, involved in the broader community, and deeply connected to Israel and the global Jewish people.

 

The Jewish Federations of North America is seeking an intern for Spring 2022 who wants to be at the forefront of creating a culture of belonging where all young Jews of diverse backgrounds can find a place in leadership and Jewish life. This internship will work to engage with and support Jewish Changemakers Summer 2022 Fellowship while learning to incorporate our Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) framework.  

 

Shortly after the murder of George Floyd, Jewish Federations made a critical investment and commitment for advancing social justice and equity in the Jewish community and in broader society with the founding of Jewish Federation’s initiative of Jewish equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). JEDI supports the Jewish communal ecosystem by creating a culture of belonging for all Jews and their loved ones through education, engagement and empowerment programs. 

 

About The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship (Changemakers) is a new initiative to develop Jewish leaders in their early 20’s (Gen Z). First piloted in the summer 2020, Changemakers begins as a three-week intensive online experience rooted in Jewish values, career and professional advancement, the global Jewish community, and activism around pivotal social issues.  With more than 1700 young adults having completed the Changemakers curriculum since the 2020 launch, JFNA and its partners seek to engage these emerging leaders more deeply and to inspire their ongoing involvement in the Jewish community. 

 

Created and led by JFNA, Changemakers represents the collective effort of 30+ global Jewish organizations that partner together in recruitment, session facilitation, and ongoing engagement.  Through leveraging these organizational relationships, participants become aware of the many opportunities and pathways across the global Jewish community to sustain their connection.  Changemakers are envisioned as the next generation of Jewish leaders in the long term. Changemakers also realizes that many of the future leaders of our Jewish and non-Jewish community will be people of color. As America becomes more socially diverse, so does the American Jewish Community. According to the most recent PEW study, nearly 20% of all American Jews identify as non-European and 10% identify as Sephardi and/or Mizrachi and 8% identify as Black, Asian, or Latin American, while 17% live in a household where at least one other member is a Person of Color (PoC).  This number nearly doubles for people under the age of thirty. The Changemakers Fellowship is committed to creating a culture of belonging for a diversity of Jewish youth and to ensure they are represented in youth leadership development.  

 

The Changemakers target audience includes a broad range of young adults, from those deeply involved in the Jewish community, to those leading in their professional fields, civic, or campus organizations with minimal connection to Jewish life.  Changemakers attracts young people with the ability and desire to make a difference in the world – the future CEO’s, law partners, nonprofit executives, and humanitarians most likely to rise to positions of influence in the Jewish community, who distinguish themselves through their compelling sense of purpose, values, and vision.   

 

In Summer 2022, Changemakers will continue our cohort but with a special focus on recruiting JOC. As part of this program, JFNA will actively recruit JOC participants and create JOC-specific electives (in addition to the general Jewish Changemakers curriculum). JFNA will also provide a JEDI coach to the Cohort to guide their experience and help them dive deeper, process, and challenge elements related to Jewish diversity, multiculturalism, and racial justice. JFNA will follow up with the program participants to explore the possibilities for future engagement.  

 

Position Summary 

The Jewish Federations of North America is seeking an intern for Spring/Summer 2022 (7-12 hours a week, ideally from March-September 2022) who wants to pursue interests in recruiting and engaging young adults, particularly JOCs) in leadership and Jewish life. This internship will support the planning, recruitment, execution, and evaluation of the Changemakers Summer 2022 Cohort as well as create a culture of welcoming for all Jews, with particular JEDI informed values and recruitment to respond to the diversified and intersecting needs of the following identity groups: 

 

  1. RACE + ETHNICITY  
  2. GENDER  
  3. LGBTQ+ 
  4. FAITH & RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION/OBSERVANCE 
  5. DISABILITIES 

 

Primary Responsibilities  

In conjunction and under the supervision of the Director, Program Experience and Growth, and in partnership with the Program Director, Community and Jewish Life, responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Recruit Cohort participants for the summer 2022 Changemakers intensive by partnering with the Changemakers, Marketing, and JEDI (Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) teams and building relationships with other organizations serving Jewish Young adults inclusive of the five identity groups listed above. 
  • Support Cohort participants through their application process.   
  • Research speakers and content contributors representative of the five JEDI identity groups to include in Changemakers programming.  
  • Meet regularly with the Program Director, Community and Jewish Life, and JEDI for regular updates and feedback.   
  • General Changemakers internship responsibilities, such as:  
    • Create content for the back-end of Changemakers website and manage back-end.  
    • Manage Changemakers general information inbox.  
    • Produce Zoom sessions for Changemakers program, ensuring speakers have what they need, and correct resources/videos are shared.  
    • Track program participation.  
    • Support Director, Program Experience in work related to the program including reports, speaker contracts and invoices, and overall support.  

  

Qualifications  

  • Demonstrate interest and preferably some experience working with one or more of the five identity groups. 
  • Prior experience with Changemakers is valued by not required 
  • Strong organizational skills  
  • Collaborative, strong team player  
  • Excellent written communication skills  
  • Proficient with Zoom  
  • Proficient with Google and Microsoft Office suite [Text Wrapping Break]

 

Remote work – may be located anywhere in the United States.  

Please submit a resume and cover letter, with “Jewish Changemakers Intern, Jewish Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)in the subject to info@jewishchangemakers.org 

 

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.