JFCS New Leaders Fellowship

The JFCS Fellowship Program will return in September 2021 when we can once again meet in person! In the meantime, to learn more about leadership opportunities at JFCS, please email [email protected]  

JFCS offers an inspiring and rigorous educational experience to emerging Jewish leaders in the Bay Area. The JFCS New Leaders Fellowship provides accomplished young adults a unique training program in nonprofit governance through the lens of JFCS’ mission and expertise as a human service agency.

During the nine-month program, Fellows grapple with critical issues facing the Jewish and wider community and dive into key tenets of nonprofit management, while building critical skills and a collaborative community of peers.

The Fellowship meets one evening per month from September – May. Each meeting is a learning session led by a faculty of distinguished scholars and thought leaders to explore:

  • Steering a successful nonprofit for maximum impact
  • Creating change through advocacy, community engagement, and philanthropy
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence and personal leadership styles into effective action
  • Understanding community and identity needs through a Jewish lens with scholars from the Shalom Hartman Institute

JFCS Fellows have access to influential community leaders, opportunities to meet face to face with legislators, and exposure to JFCS fundraising, advocacy and community events.

Upon completion of the program, graduated Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in leadership opportunities through JFCS committees and special initiatives, as well as continued learning and networking within our Fellowship Alumni Network.

Apply for the JFCS New Leaders Fellowship

JFCS seeks emerging leaders who are innovative, impact-driven, and committed to improving the lives of individuals and families in our community.

Eligible New Leaders Fellowship candidates:

  • Are 25 – 40 years old and live in the San Francisco Bay Area (evening meetings take place in San Francisco)
  • Possess past leadership experience (at work, school, or in their communities)
  • Have a track record of innovation, strategy and impact, with room to grow
  • Have an interest in exploring what it means to be in a leadership position in the nonprofit sector, create impact through advocacy, and a desire for connection with Jewish communal life

Participant Expectations:

  • Commitment to attend monthly meetings and (1) day-long retreat, completion of pre-reading assignments, and attendance at other Fellowship and JFCS events, to the best of one’s ability.

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview. 

Applications for 2019-20 are now closed. 

Know a potential candidate? Nominate someone else for next year’s Fellowship >

With any questions, please contact Alissa Steiner at [email protected]

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