Repair the World is dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. We enable people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage.

Through our signature program, Repair the World Communities, we’re diving deep in cities throughout the country. Repair the World Detroit launched in the fall of 2013 to tackle pressing local needs by mobilizing communities to volunteer. Our team staff, and full time fellows partner with organizations throughout the city and the suburbs to recruit and train the volunteers needed to address education and food justice needs in Detroit. Repair the World’s collaborative community storefront space at 2701 Bagley Avenue is a hub for service, social justice initiatives, and community gathering.

Repair the World Detroit is proud to serve thousands of Jewish teens, and their families throughout Metro Detroit. Our signature teen program, PeerCorps Detroit, engages Jewish teens in social change around education and food justice through a peer-to-peer leadership model where teens grades 6-12 commit to ongoing service and learning in the city.

PeerCorps was launched in DetroitRepair in 2013. In the summer of 2018, PeerCorps expanded toPittsburgh Repair.

Position Overview

Repair the World is seeking a full time employee to be our Teen Program Associate who will build on existing programming to engage b’nai mitzvah aged teens as well as 16-18 year olds in cohorts of service. This position is fulltime and reports to the Executive Director of Repair the World Detroit. The Teen Program Associate will have significant interaction with community-based service organizations, Jewish community partners and directly with Jewish teens and families interested in volunteering.

The successful candidate will be a flexible self-starter who excels at building relationships with teens, parents, and key community stakeholders; has a proven ability to plan, and facilitate programming and manage projects; can get teens excited about service and Jewish learning; and is passionate about Judaism, service, and social justice.

Position Responsibilities

PeerCorps Detroit (85% of portfolio)

  • Facilitate recruitment, selection, training, and ongoing learning of PeerCorps participants
  • Coordinate and support logistics for all PeerCorps service sites
  • Hold all administrative needs, including marketing, communications, transportation, data, budget and program calendar
  • Manage relationships with Repair the World Detroit PeerCorps fellows, parents, service sites, and other key stakeholders
  • Work closely with ED to continuously assess programming, plan strategically, and vision for growth

Other Repair the World Teen Programming (15% of portfolio)

  • Collaborate with Repair the World Detroit staff and fellows to include teens in ongoing programming
  • Build strong relationships with Detroit and Metro Detroit Jewish teen organizations
  • Serve as a primary teen programmer for Repair the World Detroit, working with teen groups who reach out to Repair the World
  • Plan and facilitate teen alternative breaks
  • Contribute to Repair National teen building work, including national partnerships with teen engagement organizations  


Core Competencies

  • Strong ability to connect with Jewish teens, parents, and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Excellent facilitator of programming, Jewish service learning, and group- based reflection for teens
  • Training and experience in education, especially informal and experiential
  • Sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power and privilege and ability to discuss these issues with diverse groups in ways that empower and open people to learning
  • Familiarity and comfort with Detroit’s Jewish communal landscape, in the city and the suburbs
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to volunteerism and service best practices
  • Ability to apply lessons learned in real time, and to course-correct accordingly
  • Inexhaustible enthusiasm and energy, flexibility, good humor, and eagerness to work in a startup environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively
  • Quick and effective problem solving
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and Shabbat

Required Experience

  • Direct teen management
  • Leading and developing service projects and teen events
  • 1-3 years of professional experience preferably in Detroit’s Jewish and/or justice or teen community

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience managing team members
  • Understanding of data management and CRM
  • Ability to work during evenings and weekends on a regular basis

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume here. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The position is expected to begin April 1, 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.


Our starting salary for this role is $36,000 if you have 1-2 years of relevant experience. If you have more than that, let’s talk. Generous benefits package includes paid time off for service (in addition to vacation and holidays), medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, and more.

Application process

The process for the hired applicant process will include:

  • Submission of Cover Letter and Resume
  • Applicants moved forward will have a first round screening interview with a Repair the World Detroit staff member.
  • Applicants that move forward from a first round interview with have a second round interview
  • Applicants moved to the final round will be asked to speak with the Repair the World City Director and a member of the Repair the World Detroit Board
  • Professional references will be requested before the final interview