Internship American Hebrew Academy Fellowship
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Position Statement for Academy Fellowship Begins: August 1, 2015
Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, on a 100 acre wooded campus, the Academy offers our academically motivated students, who come from 26 states and 31 countries, the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education while exploring and strengthening their Jewish identity.
With an average class size of twelve, Academy students are taught by an esteemed faculty most of whom have advanced degrees in their field (67% hold Masters Degrees/31% hold Doctorates or Rabbinic Ordination). Technology is central to every student’s experience at the Academy. Each classroom is equipped with Smart Boards and each student receives a business-quality tablet computer. The Academy’s customized classroom design is unique and facilitates the Socratic teaching pedagogy.
Approximately ninety percent of our students live on campus, while the other ten percent are day students.
The Academy is committed to providing an outstanding Jewish education to all our students, from beginners to experienced learners. Jewish Studies and Hebrew language instruction comprise 20% of our students’ academic schedule. Students take foundational courses in traditional texts (Tanakh, Mishnah, etc.), Jewish history and Jewish thought, taught by our consortium of scholars and rabbis representing many streams of Judaism. Advanced topics are introduced as students progress and choose among courses and perspectives they find most engaging.
Our residential campus includes 16 dormitories, each with a 2,400 square foot Houseparent apartment and a one bedroom efficiency apartment for a House Fellow. Each residence dormitory houses 18-22 students including a senior honor student prefect (Madrich/Madricha). An Associate Houseparent also assists in the management of each student house.
The American Hebrew Academy seeks enthusiastic and highly motivated recent college graduates from all Jewish backgrounds for its Fellowship program to serve talented Jewish high school teens in a boarding school setting through the development and application of career related skills.
The American Hebrew Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice “Chico” Sabbah, z”l and his wife Zmira who dreamed of developing a first of its kind Jewish community in which Jewish teenagers from around the world and from all Jewish denominations and backgrounds could come together and live in a serene environment to enrich their knowledge of Jewish culture, history and religious practice, both traditional and modern while preparing for admission to college and university and future positions of leadership in the community.
In 1999 the first foundational steps were made with the purchase of 100 wooded acres and lake frontage in Greensboro, North Carolina. By early spring 1999, Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green was commissioned to create the master plan for the campus and building designs for every building the Academy would eventually need for the immediate future and for years to come.
On September 10, 2001, the Academy opened its gates to 77 pioneering (“Chalutzim”) students. Today, the Academy is a thriving Jewish educational institution whose graduates have all gone on to continue their education at the finest colleges and universities in the United States, Israel and around the world.
Religious and Spiritual Life on Campus
The American Hebrew Academy seeks to create a community rich with Jewish tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Pluralism at the Academy supports different paths to a fully Jewish life. Each student should share in an active effort to engage in Jewish tradition – intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually – so as to find ever developing and expanding ways to integrate his/her Jewish heritage into their lives. Our goal at the Academy is to provide academic enrichment and Jewish Life programming that allows students to explore and find the Jewish path that is most fulfilling to them. The mission of the Academy is to graduate Global Jewish leaders who our proud of their heritage and who seek to strengthen the future of the Jewish people around the world.
Residential Life on Campus
Residential students live on campus in a house that has a Houseparent, a Fellow, a House Associate, and a Madrich/Madricha (honored student of the senior class). Students usually live two per room and 18 to 22 per house. Laundry facilities, lounge area and bistro are available in each house.
During non-school hours, students are provided with a rich array of athletic, theatrical, club, youth group and Tikkun Olam activities. Each weekday evening Z’man Limud (Study Time) is observed between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM, after which students have free time before “in-house” time and house meetings are called.
The Academy operates as a community 24/7, ten months out of the year including Shabbat and most Jewish holidays (excluding Peseach). As a boarding school our students’ learning extends well beyond the classroom. It is why we say, “At the American Hebrew Academy – High School Can Mean So Much More!” An Academy education encompasses formal classroom work in general and Jewish studies, informal student life, engaging Jewish life programs – communal and religious, sports, theater and a wide range of leadership, Tikkun Olam and community activities.
Campus facilities include a 22-acre lake with boathouse, dock, kayaks and sailboats, an 88,000 square foot athletic center with exercise room, racquetball court, rock-climbing wall, eight-lane competition indoor swimming pool, basketball arena, and snack bar. The campus has eight tennis courts, three soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, a soccer stadium, and composite rubberized 400 meter track.
Position Within the Organization
The Fellowship is a ten month position reporting to the Dean of Students, and is mainly comprised of three components: Residential Life, Professional Rotations, and Make it Your Own. Highlights are below:
The Fellows’ primary responsibility is the care and keeping of our students before, after, and sometimes during school hours. As part of each residential House’s 3-person adult team, the Fellows serve to ensure the physical, social, academic, and emotional well-being of all students on campus. Two weeknights and every third weekend, Fellows are on-duty for their House; in addition to being on campus and generally available to students during this time, on-duty entails:
- delivering mail and fulfilling other minor tasks for the House
- supervising recreational areas on campus
- monitoring the nightly two-hour evening study period in their House
- supporting students socially
- managing in-house (curfew) and ensuring that students maintain healthy sleep habits
- general availability to students for guidance and mentorship
Outside of the residential responsibilities, Fellows focus on three main aspects of Student Life on a rotating basis over the course of the year. The rotations are Campus Life, Jewish Life, and Programming.
Programming: Under the Director of Student Programming, Fellows on this Rotation work with students on the Programming Committee to create and direct social events and activities, on and off campus. Examples include: school dances, Spirit Week, movie screenings, local sporting events, bowling nights, other local events.
Campus Life: Campus Life Rotation Fellows work with the Dean of Students on school-wide events and educational programming. Campus Life responsibilities include tracking House standings, designing activities that focus on students’ academic and personal development, and composing a monthly newsletter for parents and families of current students.
Jewish Life: The America Hebrew Academy is a diverse Jewish community open to Jews of all backgrounds. Having a representative team of Fellows from many different backgrounds and of diverse Jewish identities is crucial to the religious and spiritual environment of the campus. Under the direction of the Dean of Jewish Life, Fellows in this Rotation help Houses and student groups prepare for Shabbat each week, assist minyan leaders in setting up Shabbat and weekday prayer services, and create engaging programming around Jewish themes and holidays. Jewish Life also oversees the Academy’s tikkun olam, or community service, requirement expected of all American Hebrew Academy students. One Fellow may be chosen as the Dedicated Jewish Life Fellow, in which he/she will work exclusively on the Jewish Life Rotation for the entire school year.
The Fellowship is geared towards young adults on the cusp of their respective professional careers. Fellows are therefore highly encouraged to take part in other areas of the school, from a role in Administration to a role in the classroom and anything in-between. There are countless opportunities on campus for professional development. With the Dean of Students, each Fellow will design an individual Make-It-Your-Own component based on his or her specific interests, strengths, and goals; it is an entirely personalized professional experience, to which Fellows may dedicate anywhere from 2 to 15 hours per week. Some past and current Fellowships have included:
- Assistant-coaching in the Academy’s Athletics program
- Observing or participating as a Teacher’s Assistant in one (or more) of the Academy’s academic departments
- Developing and running an extracurricular program (i.e. a cappella & leadership training)
- Assisting in Theater productions or other after-school clubs and activities
- Contributing to the Academy’s social media communications
- Assisting Admissions to reach outlying Jewish communities and prospective students
- Assisting the Jewish Studies department and minyan leaders to develop innovative methods by which to make Judaism and Jewish identity engaging and meaningful for students
- Inventing anything which you are willing to take the initiative to start
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Experience related to Jewish youth, informal education, camping and/or Hillel; experience in teen programming in a residential setting is highly desirable.
- Energetic with excellent oral and written English communication skills, ability to use computer, and fluency with Microsoft Office.
- Ability to exercise critical human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective relations with students, staff, and community.
- Self-motivated and independent.
- Must be extremely accurate and detail-oriented and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Acute ability to attend to minor (and major) details.
- Superb interpersonal skills, excellent writing skills, and facility in receiving and responding to a high volume of email communication.
Salary and Benefits
Academy Fellows receive training, a private one-bedroom efficiency apartment, food service, a generous stipend ($1000/month), and full health benefits. Typically, Fellowship placements are one academic year assignments beginning each August. A select number of Fellows may be offered to return for a second year with additional pay.
Statement of Employment Policy
Discrimination based on an individual’s sex (including gender or pregnancy), race, color, national origin, veteran status, age, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected status is strictly prohibited at the American Hebrew Academy.
The Academy provides equal employment opportunities for individuals regardless of religion in most positions with the Academy. However, the Academy is committed to the growth and teaching of Jewish values, traditions and practices of the Jewish faith to the students enrolled. Thus, while the Academy employs many who are not Jewish, even persons who are not Jewish will be expected to demonstrate and promote Jewish values, traditions and beliefs where necessary to meet the requirements of their positions. There are certain positions at the Academy that require the individual employed to be Jewish in accordance with Jewish law. The Academy reserves the right to determine which positions will be held exclusively by Jewish employees to best meet the mission of the school.
How to ApplyPlease apply here: www.americanhebrewacademy.org/fellowship. For inquiries about the Fellowship, please contact Dave Press, Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in the Academy's Fellowship program. For more information about the Academy, please visit www.AmericanHebrewAcademy.org
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