Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Innovation Award Nomination
This award will recognize Hillel(s) that demonstrate excellence through an initiative or methodology that refreshes, reinvents or revolutionizes the way that Hillel creates the relationships, communities and experiences that help students to engage in a process of Jewish self-authorship, and/or that help staff improve the impact of their work by encouraging reasonable and calculated risk taking, exploration, and curiosity.
In short, the Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Innovation Award places its emphasis not only on innovative
, but equally on the innovative
put in place to realize such initiatives or methodologies.
These initiatives or methodologies could include innovations in the following areas, but are no means limited to those listed below:
• Management/Staff Processes/Hillel Culture
• Jewish Learning
• Community Organizing/Community-Building (on and outside of campus)
• Politics: Israel Advocacy and Social Justice
• Service &
• Technology and Social Media
• Student Leadership
• Alumni Engagement
• Development Strategy
The selection committee will utilize the following criteria to assess innovation:
Demonstrated a combination of the following:
• Considered situations and problems from novel and diverse perspectives; addressed challenges in an innovative manner
• Developed imaginative ideas to drive the initiative forward; came up with creative, new ways of doing things
• Produced a wide range of suggestions when presented with a problem or challenge
• Questioned existing assumptions and beliefs; encouraged people to think or alternative ways of doing things
• Considered constraints that limited innovation; worked within constraints to create novel approaches; found ways to make the most out of existing resources; separated critical requirements from nice-to-haves to create workable solutions
• Converted ideas from general concepts into action plans; swiftly moved from ideas to implementation
• Viewed ideas and suggestions from a pragmatic, user-oriented perspective; effectively determined if ideas would work in operation.
*The winning campus will receive a $5,000 award to advance the continued planning and execution of their innovative strategy.
We have crafted these questions to ensure that each nomination includes a concise yet well-rounded description of the meaningful initiative implemented at your campus(es). Use supporting documentation to elaborate upon your answers, and please keep your total narrative within a 750-word limit.
If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, we encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All nominations are due by Monday, November 7, 2016.
Name of Applicant
(Position) Job Title
Name of Hillel or Campus
1. Please describe the goals and subject matter of the strategy or initiative you are describing. Please explain how this strategy and its execution are refreshing, reinventing or revolutionizing your work?
2. How was this strategy created? Who was involved in this process? Did you consider alternatives? How did you ultimately decide on your chosen path?
3. What challenges or constraints did you encounter throughout the ideation and implementation process? How did you address these?
4. Please visually depict your action plan, process and timeline from ideation to implementation.
5. Please describe the user-experience. (User-experience, or UX, refers to a person's entire experience using a particular product, system or service. A UX can include intentional use of space, sensory stimulation, atmosphere, workflow, etc.)
6. Please describe how this methodology or initiative influenced your overall work and/or work culture?
You may submit supporting documents, videos, evaluations. It is not required.
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Please let us know if you are applying for any other awards (check all those that apply).
The Richard M. Joel Professional Exemplar of Excellence Award
The Great Place to Work Award
The Joseph Meyerhoff Award for Jewish Educational Vision
The Innovation in Fundraising Award
The Israel Education and Engagement Award
The Award for Strengthening the Global Hillel Movement
The Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award
The People's Choice Award: The Campus Partnership Award
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