Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fellowship at Jewish Funds for Justice

Grantmaking Fellowship:

Working at the intersection of grantmaking, community organizing and Jewish tradition.

About JFSJ:

The Jewish Funds for Justice ( is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. JFSJ helps people in the United States achieve social and economic security and opportunity by investing in healthy neighborhoods, vibrant Jewish communities and skillful leaders. Our holistic approach to social change includes grantmaking and loans, service learning, leadership development, organizing, education, and advocacy.

Fellowship Description:

The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position. JFSJ is offering two committed individuals the opportunity to participate fully as members of the grantmaking team overseeing our internal portfolios and managed projects. This is a working fellowship with a strong learning component. Responsibilities will include roughly one-third program coordination, one-third administrative work and one-third learning, reflecting, researching and writing. The Fellowship will train and develop emerging leaders exploring a career in economic justice and philanthropy who are enthusiastic about working at the intersection of Jewish values, community organizing, leadership and grantmaking. The fellowship start date is Monday, July 14, 2008, though some flexibility is available.


· Interest in a career in grantmaking with a commitment to justice work.

· Interest in exploring social justice work with a Jewish and faith lens.

· Extraordinary writing and communication skills.

· An attention to detail and a capacity to manage multiple projects.

· Ability to function comfortably in a fast-paced work environment.

· Common sense, ability to work well with others and a sense of humor.

Leadership Development Content of Fellowship (subject to change):

The Fellowship has a structured learning component that will include intensive leadership development training, study of Jewish text and tradition and engagement with community organizers, grantmakers and Jewish thought leaders. Examples of this may include:

· Monthly learning and reflection with prominent thought leaders.

· Attendance at national conferences and training on grantmaking, social justice and Judaism

· Weekly check-in and reflection and full participation in staff training, strategy and planning work.

· Field engagement with community organizers, grantmakers and Jewish thought leaders.


The salary is $38k for each of the first and second years with the opportunity for a cost of living increase for the second year; potential third year available upon mutual agreement of Fellow and JFSJ. Full benefits package includes vacation and healthcare benefits, as per JFSJ policy.


It is a policy of Jewish Funds for Justice to prohibit discrimination against any of its employees on the basis of, but not limited to, race, sex, age, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability or any other category protected by law.

Evaluation and Selection:

A selection committee of JFSJ board and staff will interview six finalists for the Fellowship. *All candidates must be available to be in New York on June 18-19 for interviews with the selection committee.

How to Apply:

Find the fellowship application at Email your application and resume with your name in the subject line to no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 1, 2008.

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