Program Coordinator, Diller Teen Fellows

Reports to Senior Program Manager for Teen Initiatives


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a philanthropic catalyst, connecting Bay Area Jews – of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives – to the power we have as a community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address the pressing issues facing our community and develop innovative strategies that result in a deep and lasting impact.

Our vision is a vibrant, connected, and enduring Jewish community that is a force for good locally, in Israel, and around the world. Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values of kehilla (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

The Federation seeks highly motivated individuals with a variety of skill sets to build the next generation of Federation engagement. We are especially interested in forward-thinking, collaborative, and open-minded candidates who are willing to take risks, possess a high level of integrity, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.


The Diller Teen Fellows is an immersive experiential education program for 11th graders designed to inspire and promote Jewish engagement and leadership among Jewish youth. This international program began in San Francisco 20 years ago and has since expanded to include 32 communities across North and South America, South Africa, Australia, Europe, and Israel. The program is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and the Federation.


Over the course of the 12-month program, Diller Teen Fellows focus on:

  • Jewish identity development
  • Leadership skills development Israel exploration and connection
  • Community service and tikkun olam

Each year, 20 Bay Area teens are selected to participate in the program in parallel with 20 Diller Teen Fellows in the Upper Galilee. The two groups participate in a curriculum which includes:

  • 13 Sunday workshops
  • 3-weekend retreats/Shabbatonim
  • A ten-day Bay Area visit by 20 Israeli teens from the Upper Galilee to learn about the local Jewish community
  • A 3-week Israel Summer Seminar bringing North American and Israeli teens together for an intensive and immersive experience


This is a temporary position covering a leave of absence, approximately mid-October to mid-January. The Diller Coordinator will resume the role in January and need to have specific logistical items in place and programmatic elements completed for return.

The Program Coordinator, Diller Teen Fellows serves as the primary facilitator, educator, mentor, and guide to the 20 teens in each Diller cohort as they participate in a year of Jewish and general identity exploration, reflection on their leadership gifts and growth areas, their relationship to the Jewish community and Israel, and their feelings for and engagement in tikkun olam. The Coordinator interacts with participating teens through full-group workshops and Shabbatonim, as well as in small group and 1:1 meetings with each teen. All this work is focused on relationship development and mentoring.

The Coordinator’s primary role is to help each teen explore relationships to Jewish life and community, as well as deepening their relationship to and facility serving in leader and follower roles. Coordinators also focus significant energy and time on helping teens recognize and make the most of their inherent gifts, embrace their areas for growth. Coordinators also guide teens towards gaining new insight and skills.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, elements of this position (travel and in-person meetings) may be subject to change and/or will follow the health and safety guidelines established by state and local public health departments. There will be a high need for flexibility and consideration to innovative approaches in engaging teens and families.


  • In conjunction with the senior program manager, guide, educate, coach, and mentor 20 program participants, a supporting staff member, and 2 Junior Counselors to make the most of their experience as individuals, as a cohort, as partners with 20 Upper Galilee teens, and as members of the larger Diller Teen Fellows community
  • Lead scheduled workshops and retreats during the leave of absence period (approximately 4-5 workshops and 1-weekend retreat), based on Diller provided content, adapted to meet the unique needs of the local program participants. Much of the materials will be provided, with room for adaption and development where appropriate.
  • Facilitate already existing, and develop new experiential learning content (as needed) to help teens explore and expand their Jewish identity and engagement, leadership consciousness and capacity, understanding of and relationship to Israel, and tikkun olam/community service
  • Oversee all logistics related to workshops, retreats, travel planning, etc. during a leave of absence period. This includes emphasis on logistical planning for a 10-day visit from the Israeli teen cohort, to occur in April, and planning for the summer 2022 Israel trip experience.
  • Responsible for the health and safety of teen participants and staff during workshops and weekend retreats in conjunction with Diller and Federation Leadership.
  • Collaborate with the Upper Galilee Coordinator to ensure both groups are working in parallel and partnership
  • Participate in ongoing in-person and virtual professional development programming, as required
  • In partnership with Senior Program Manager, work with parents to help them understand and contribute to their teens’ experience
  • Manage expenses to ensure they fit into the program budget, as guided by Senior Program Manager


  • Leadership and development of experiential education or programming for teens, in areas including Jewish identity, youth leadership, community service, and Israel education
  • Track record of success in direct engagement and mentoring of teens
  • Availability for domestic travel and weekend retreats


  • BA required, preferred in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Jewish Studies, or related field


  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Jewish issues and educational skills, and ability to utilize for successful engagement of teens, parents/adults, and partner agency professionals
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with accuracy, attention to detail, and confidentiality
  • Team player with the capacity to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment and across departments
  • Flexibility and interest in working cross-culturally
  • Working knowledge of Jewish community and tradition, and Bay Area/North American Jewish life
  • Understanding of and appreciation for Israeli culture, and basic Hebrew knowledge
  • Administrative and logistics planning and execution skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Google Drive knowledge and skills
  • BA required, preferred in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Jewish Studies, or related field

Compensation range: $10,800-$11,520


Please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter. All applications and inquiries will receive a response and will be kept strictly confidential.

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to building an organizational culture that advances diversity, equity, racial justice, and belonging. Read Our Commitment to Diversity to learn more.