Goldman Bridge Fellow (1 year Fellowship)

Posted by: American Jewish Committee

Miami, FL, US

Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the United States and around the globe, and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.

Cooperation among faith and ethnic groups is a vital ingredient to maintaining the strong, vibrant, democratic fabric of this country. A new generation of young leaders will determine the future of the democracy. This Fellowship is an effort on the part of the Jewish community to focus on building the skills and inspiration needed to engage in that work- within the Jewish community and as a catalyzing force outside of it.

AJC has engaged in groundbreaking interfaith and interethnic work since its founding in 1906 and this work continues to be a primary pillar of AJC’s mission. ACCESS, AJC’s new generation program, has also made advances in building bridges with other ethnic and religious communities to ensure the Jewish community remains a strong player in supporting and strengthening the basis of American pluralism in the future. In recent years, ACCESS Global has developed a strategic focus on Latino-American and Muslim-Jewish engagement and bridge building both domestically and internationally.

The AJC Goldman Bridge Fellowship is designed to significantly enhance ACCEE’s intergroup work among an emerging leadership cohort. Fellows will be expected to:

  • Help build, work with and manage ACCESS Miami’s Steering Committee
  • Ensure leadership development of members including the implementation of strategies to broaden the base of ACCESS donors and to deepen the contributions of those already giving philanthropically
  • Plan and develop programmatic content for AJC ACCESS Miami’s Shepard Board Fellowship. The Shepard Board Foundation Fellowship is dedicated to the development of a new generation of leaders, who will need the know-how to engage complex global challenges that are already shaping the Jewish community’s future.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with AJC ACCESS Global, both staff and lay, to implement and coordinate global programmatic campaigns, coordinate with other ACCESS regions, particularly other Fellow cities, to broaden/deepen impact of work
  • Create programs and initiatives and work with Miami Regional Office to build the base of ACCESS members who can lead and participate in ACCESS’ bridge building work including intergroup outreach and out global diplomacy work
  • Strengthen the relationship with existing religious and ethnic partners, with a special focus on younger leaders of these communities, and identify new ones
  • Consider dialogue strategies and implement the most effective one(s) locally
  • Develop and expand joint advocacy opportunities with partners
  • Work with Regional Office on local programming, fundraising and advocacy efforts
  • Sense of Humor

The ideal candidate will have a passion for making a difference in our world. The candidate will be committed to working hard and have demonstrated his or her ability to take initiative and follow-through. The candidate will also be a team player, highly organized and be a thoughtful and articulate communicator both orally and in writing. And finally, the candidate will have a strong interest in community building within the Jewish community and between Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Experience working in intergroup relations highly valued and experience with Muslim and Latino communities a plus.

Fellows will engage in professional development workshops alongside their ACCESS peers at annual conferences and programs. The Fellows will also be in frequent contact with ACCESS Global for one-on-one support, and will take part in monthly calls with each other for idea sharing and support.

Location: Miami will host one fellow. Fellows do not need to currently live in Miami to apply for the Fellowship

Duration: The fellowship is intended to last one year.

Stipend: Fellows will receive a $41,200/year stipend

Religious Affiliation: While it is not necessary to adhere to any specific religious practice, a strong, demonstrated interest in Judaism and the Jewish community is a requirement.

Application Schedule: Applications must be received by Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Applications must include all of the materials listed below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

  • Letter explaining your interest in this position and prior outreach to ethnic and religious communities and/or young leadership within the Jewish community
  • Resume
  • One writing sample of 500 words or less
  • Contact information for 2 references

AJC’s Goldman Bridge Fellowship is made possible by a generous grant from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.

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