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APPLICATION OPENS: November 20, 2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications to the 2024-2025 cohort of the OU Executive Fellowship are reviewed on a rolling basis after March 15, 2024.

DECISION DATE BY: May 6, 2024 

Position Title: OU Executive Fellow

Location: This position is based in Downtown NYC and requires some weekend and evening hours.

Employment Type: Full time, benefits eligible.

Employment Dates: September 3, 2024 – June 20, 2025.

(30+ hours per week plus fellowship requirements.)

Salary: $40,000 on an annualized basis plus benefits package

The Role:

The Orthodox Union helps, inspires, and serves tens of thousands of individuals in the Orthodox and broader Jewish community through its broad array of programs and community-based initiatives.  The Executive Fellowship will enable highly talented and idealistic Orthodox college graduates to develop critical leadership skills and experience while playing a substantive role in the OU’s communal mission.   The Fellowship is designed to encourage and enable lifelong leadership, activism and service of the Jewish people, whatever an individual’s ultimate career path will be.  Fellows will be part of a select cohort that will receive specialized training, professional development, and mentorship as they engage in critical work for the Jewish community.  We anticipate the development of a unique cohort of alumni of the program that support each other’s efforts and continue to play important Jewish communal roles, whether in a professional or lay capacity.


Fellows are required to be based in the New York tristate area, while also serving as representatives of OU programs and ambassadors for the Jewish community in their local areas, but will be required to attend in-person training and cohort-building.


About the OU

The Orthodox Union (ou.org), founded in 1898, supports the Orthodox Jewish community around the world through Jewish teen outreach, Kosher certification, Orthodox Synagogues, social action, public policy and community development programs.


Application Process

Please ensure that you have uploaded ALL the documents and answered ALL the questions before submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact fellowship@ou.org with any questions about the OU Executive Fellowship Program or application process. We look forward to hearing from you!



Please be prepared to submit the following materials with your application:

  1. A resume highlighting your relevant academic, extracurricular, and/or professional experience.
  2. A brief statement of interest (350 words or fewer) explaining why you are interested in serving as an OU Executive Fellow.
  3. Essay questions – please choose one of the prompts below and write a short essay, no more than 500 words in length:
    • Identify an issue or problem in the broader Jewish community. What are the key challenges? What steps could the Jewish community take to address this issue in a productive way?
    • Who do you consider as a Jewish role model outside of your family and why?

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    • Institutional Advancement
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    Subject to bona fide job qualifications to the extent permitted by applicable law, the Orthodox Union affords equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and/or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law where applicable. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies, procedures relating to recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, employee compensation, termination and all other conditions of employment. I understand that neither the completion of this application nor any other part of my consideration for employment establishes any obligation for The Orthodox Union to hire me. If I am hired, I understand that employment is at will and that either The Orthodox Union or I can terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, with or without cause and without prior notice, subject to applicable law. I understand that no representative of The Orthodox Union has the authority to make any assurance to the contrary. I attest with my signature below that I have given to The Orthodox Union true and complete information on this application. No requested information has been concealed. I authorize The Orthodox Union to contact references provided for employment reference checks. If any information I have provided is untrue, or if I have concealed material information, I understand that this will constitute cause for the denial of employment or immediate dismissal.
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