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Ruskay Fellows

Fellowships to New York Individuals in
Eligible Regions to Develop Leadership Skills

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Fellowships to New York individuals working in eligible regions for leadership skills development. The fellowship is designed to help fellows inspire others, develop strategies for impact, and enhance their ability to understand trends in the Jewish community. Eligible applicants work in Jewish nonprofits in New York City, Long Island, or Westchester. Through intensive retreats, individual coaching, monthly seminars, personal leadership assessments, and ongoing peer support from a network of diverse colleagues, the Ruskay Institute provides essential tools, sharpens vision, and expands leadership capacity.

The Ruskay Institute curriculum is designed around three pillars:

  • Leading with Purpose: Developing and Articulating a Vision to Inspire Others
  • Leading Through Influence: Strategies for Impact
  • Leading with a Nuanced Understanding of Jewish Communal Context

Program features:

  • Transformative learning experiences with expert faculty
  • Leadership assessments
  • Professional coaching
  • Engagement with outstanding leaders
  • Time for reflection and practice
  • A network of diverse colleagues
  • Strategies and tools to inspire collaboration, creativity, and authentic leadership

Program schedule:

  • Welcome reception and orientation (Orientation September 15, 2020)
  • Two intensive overnight retreats (October 25 – 29, 2020, and June 2 – 4, 2021)
  • Eight single-day learning sessions in Manhattan
  • Opportunities for communication and practice between sessions
  • Six coaching sessions

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GrantWatch ID#: 159488

Term of Contract:

Program orientation takes place September 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible candidates are professionals who have a total of no fewer than four years and no more than nine years of full-time work experience in the Jewish nonprofit sector.

Ruskay Fellows are:
- Employed full-time in a Jewish nonprofit in New York City, Long Island, or Westchester
- Dedicated to working on behalf of the Jewish community
- Able to show a track record of accomplishment and a desire for continued growth
- Ready to participate fully in an intensive group experience

Pre-Application Information:

The Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership has a three-stage selection process that includes nomination, application, and interview. After each stage, candidates will be notified whether they are invited to proceed to the next stage.

Any professional who meets the eligibility criteria may seek a nomination from a supervisor, mentor, colleague, executive director, or lay leader. Nominations are due by Friday, February 7, 2020.

A select number of nominees will be invited to complete an application by March 11, 2020. Selected applicants will be invited to interview in April - May 2020.

Fellowships will be announced by June 2020.

The program is almost fully subsidized. Sponsoring agencies pay a fee of $1,000 per Ruskay Fellow. If the fee will affect your agency’s ability to participate, please contact the Program Manager to explore an alternate arrangement. Finalists need to submit a letter of support signed by their supervisor and executive director.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Online application (by invitation only):

Penina Grossberg, Program Manager

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USA: New York City;   New York: Westchester and Long Island

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