Diller Teen Fellowship Program



Diller Teen Fellows program is an immersive leadership program inviting a select group of Jewish 10th and 11th graders from 6 continents and 32 communities to step up, lead their communities, and repair the world.

Each year, over 600 teens – from 32  communities worldwide – North American, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel  spend 12 months engrossed in the Diller Teen Fellows program. Our training features a commitment to hands-on tikkun olam, building a connection to the Jewish people and Israel, and deepening Jewish identity.

The depth of the program, global engagement, and a focus on experiential learning, create an enduring impact on participants and their families, building leaders with the power to change the world.

The SA Zionist Federation is the proud custodian of the Diller Programme in Johannesburg.

For more information about the programme, please contact Ronli Dorfman training@sazf.org


Job Opportunity:

Programme Coordinator for the Diller Teen Fellowship Programme (DTF) in Johannesburg 2018/9 

Job Description

The Diller Teen Fellows is an immersive experiential education programme for 10th- 11th graders designed to inspire and promote leadership among Jewish youth. This International programme began in San Francisco 20 years ago and has since expanded to include 16 international communities, and an equivalent number of 16 Israeli communities.

The programme is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation and is managed by the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) with their partners The South African Jewish Board of Education (SABJE). 

Over the course of the 15-month fellowship, Diller Teen Fellows focus on:

  • Jewish identity development
  • Leadership skills development
  • Israel-Diaspora connections
  • Community service and
  • Tikkun Olam

Coordinators Mission:

To enable and create meaningful educational experiences that will help guide teens in their journey to become independent, thinking and influential people and leaders. 

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Qualification in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Jewish Studies or related field
  • Experience developing and leading programming addressing Jewish identity development, youth leadership development, community service, and Israel education
  • Passionate about empowering teens to explore their Judaism and have a firm understanding of and appreciation for Israel culture.
  • Experience in experiential education, group facilitation, programme development and/or managements
  • Proven success developing personal connections with and mentoring Jewish teens
  • Understanding of and appreciation for Israeli culture, preferably including extended time in Israel and at least a beginning-intermediate understanding of Israeli history, politics, and geography
  • Knowledge of the local Jewish community and prior experience working collaboratively with community professionals (preferred)
  • Strong facilitation, project coordination, education, organization, and communication skills
  • Administrative and management skills including budget management, scheduling, and communications management.
  • Ability to collaborate in an international partnership; and committed to creating and maintaining relationships
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends, including travel to Israel for 3 weeks during the summer as well as additional travel during the year to a variety of conferences and trainings. 

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Develop and lead scheduled workshops and retreats throughout the year in accordance with the Diller mission, vision, and goals (includes but is not limited to logistics, service learning projects, and Israel Education)
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to 20 programme participants, 2 junior counselors, 1 programme intern.
  • Manage the interview and selection process for 20 participants for each upcoming programme year
  • Promote the programme locally in collaboration with other local organizations
  • Design, lead, and supervise, in partnership with Israeli partner Coordinator, seminars in local community and in Israel.
  • Budget management
  • Active participation in national and international professional development
  • Engage parents of participating teens and local programme alumni that help them understand and contribute to the experience of the teens.
  • Work closely with the Programme Supervisor and the SAZF as well as our partners, the SABJE and other organizations to promote the DTF Programme. 

Successful candidates:

  • Should be able to work full time. Offices based at Beyachad in JHB.
  • Should be between the ages of mid 20’s to mid 30’s.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and transport.
  • Minimum 2 year commitment.
  • Availability to work some nights and weekends (workshops and shabbatonim).

Availability to travel throughout the year, including travel to Israel for 3 weeks during the Israeli summer as well as additional travel during the year to a variety of conferences and Diller training seminars (Other than 3 weeks in Israel, there are 3 other trips during the year of plus/ minus 1 week). The travel timetable is predictable and will be communicated well in advance.

Please send all CV’s to Ronli Dorfman training@sazf.org


Closing date for applications is 2 May 2018


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