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UpStart’s Change Accelerator equips the Jewish community’s boldest leaders with the tools and skills they need to meet the challenge of the current moment – and beyond.

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Below, find everything you need to know about the Change Accelerator Application, including:

About The Change Accelerator
Application Details
Program Dates
Criteria for Selection
FAQs

UpStart’s Change Accelerator equips intrapreneurs – the bold leaders making meaningful change within our community’s Jewish institutions – with a set of lifelong skills, tools, and mindsets to adapt to any challenge. This 9-month program will draw on the frameworks of design thinking and adaptive leadership as participants learn to think like an entrepreneur, gaining a new understanding of how to think strategically, change course quickly, and create bold solutions to any challenge they face.

The 9 month Change Accelerator includes:

  • Training: Learning that will draw on the framework of Adaptive Design to help participants address identified challenges
  • Cohort Learning: Facilitated connections to a supportive cohort who will process, brainstorm, and navigate challenges together
  • Funding: Opportunity to apply for R&D grants for experimentation

 

I now see myself as having a high level of expertise in my field, and this is possible because of my ability to evolve through learning and unlearning ...which I gained from the Change Accelerator.

 

APPLICATION DETAILS

Your application will include the following components:

  • Demographic Information Form
  • Change Accelerator Application
  • Leadership Consent Forms – Your application requires multiple Consent Forms, to be signed by the leadership of your organization. You will be prompted to send a Leadership Consent Form to your Direct Supervisor, your Executive Director/CEO, and the Chairperson of your Board of Directors. If your Direct Supervisor and your Executive Director/CEO are the same person you will only need to submit two Consent Forms. If you are interested in receiving sample language that will help you talk about this program, please reach out to us at institutions@upstartlab.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. In an effort to ensure equity, notifications about interviews will be sent to all applicants on November 10. Interviews will be scheduled based on availability, not on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on October 26, 2021.

Please note all questions in the application are required and all short answer questions have word limits. Some questions also request materials to be uploaded; file type restrictions are noted on the application for each file upload field.

UpStart is committed to deepening an investment in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) as lived values, both internally and externally. In an effort to ensure an equitable and inclusive application process, this application includes a section of demographic and accessibility questions to get a more holistic picture of applicants and to best design an experience that meets the needs of its participants.

For technical support with the application platform, please contact Survey Monkey Apply’s technical support. Support requests are typically addressed between 9:00am – 5:00pm EST. Questions about application content should be sent to institutions@upstartlab.org. FAQs can be found below.

Please note that you are able to save drafts of your application and return to it later.

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

Applications are open. Please reach out to institutions@upstartlab.org if you have any questions about the application content or the selection process.

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PROGRAM DATES

 

 

Participants in the Change Accelerator will be from all time zones. All synchronous programming will take place during the weeks listed below in the window of 12 pm – 5 pm ET and will always be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible, specific cohort gathering times will be determined based on the needs of the individual groups.

Learning time: Approximately 30 total hours of learning time (2/3 synchronous, 1/3 asynchronous)

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

 

All applications will be read by reviewers who will be participating in an implicit bias training in service of a more equitable process. Applicants will be rated on a scale of 1 to 4 in each category based on whether they meet the criteria as listed above, using the following guidance for scoring:

  • 4 = There is evidence of all sub-bullets
  • 3 = There is evidence of more than 1 sub-bullet
  • 2 = There is evidence of 1 sub-bullet
  • 1 = There is no evidence of any sub-bullets

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Who is this program for?
UpStart strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive future. We strongly encourage applications and participation from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of all faiths, BIPOC, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, Jews of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring our programming is representative of the full diversity of our community and that our content is accessible and inclusive for all. If you have any accessibility questions or concerns during any point of the application process or beyond, please reach out to us at institutions@upstartlab.org for more information and support.

The Change Accelerator is a program for intrapraneurs – individuals working within an established organization. We highly recommend that applicants match all three items on the following eligibility list when applying to the program:

  • Currently employed at a Jewish organization with at least 5 employees
  • Has been at their organization for at least 6 months at the time of application
  • Is able to commit approximately 30 hours over 9 months to this program

Do I need to be at my organization for the duration of the program?
The work that you will be doing in the Change Accelerator will be directly applicable to your job. We also recognize that we are living in unpredictable times and your continued participation in the program will not be impacted by an involuntary change in employment status.

Is there a fee to participate?
Thanks to generous partnership and support from institutional funders we are able to offer this opportunity at no cost to participants.

Can I apply if I live in Canada or Israel (or somewhere else outside the U.S.)?
You can apply as long as your work serves a North American community. Your physical location does not matter as long as the audience you serve is in North America.

What is the time commitment for this program?
The program is a 9-month commitment. There will be both synchronous time (learning together) and asynchronous time (work outside full cohort gatherings). Estimated time breakdown:

  • Synchronous time: Approximately 20 Hours
  • Asynchronous time: Approximately 10 Hours

Participants in the Change Accelerator will be from all time zones. All synchronous programming will take place during the weeks listed below in the window of 12 pm – 5 pm ET and will always be on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In an attempt to accommodate as many schedules as possible, specific cohort gathering times will be determined based on the needs of the individual groups.

Orientation: Week of January 31, 2022
Unit 1: Week of 2/28 and 3/7
Unit 2: Week of 4/25 and 5/2
Unit 3: Week of 5/30 and 6/6
Unit 4: Week of 9/12 and 9/19
Commencement: Week of 10/24

What happens if I am unable to attend one of the gatherings?
We believe that coming together as a cohort to learn is one of the most valuable components of the program and we encourage you to participate in all synchronous gatherings. We also get that life happens! Our policy is that participants may miss up to one synchronous learning moment and will be asked to connect with their facilitator to catch up.

Do I need to be in one of UpStart’s hub cities?
We are once again excited to offer the Change Accelerator nationally.All programming will be conducted virtually so you can be located anywhere.

What are the expectations around organizational size?
Much of the work you will be doing in the Change Accelerator involves other people. Participants need to be working within a team, which may include full or part-time staff members, board members etc. The minimum suggested size is 5 staff members. There is no maximum organization size.

Do I need a computer, wifi, video camera, or other technology to be able to participate?
A computer with a camera and reliable Internet connection are critical tools to be able to fully participate in the program. However, these should not be a barrier to your application and we are committed to meeting your needs. Please email us at institutions@upstartlab.org if there are specific accommodations we can support you with.

I have a disability, what accommodations will there be for me?
UpStart strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive future. We strongly encourage applications and participation from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds. If accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to request any accommodations you need, and our team will work with you to ensure an optimal learning experience for your specific needs.

Can more than one person from an organization be in the program?
We encourage anyone who is eligible and interested to apply. This year, we will be conducting several cohorts concurrently. Participants from the same organization may or may not be in the same cohort if all are accepted.

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