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Jim Joseph Foundation – Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a seven-year, seven-million–dollar program of the Jim Joseph Foundation housed at BBYO. The Program seeks to increase the capacity and commitment of talented, early-career Jewish professionals to build a career in Jewish communal institutions.

BBYO professionals participating in the program receive an MBA with a focus on nonprofit management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a certificate in informal Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a mentor in the Jewish communal sector, and career supports from the Center for Leadership Initiatives. In turn, these professionals commit to continue working in the Jewish community for at least two years after completing the Program.

At the outset of the Program, The Foundation engaged Informing Change to design and execute a formative evaluation to provide process and benchmark data on PDI’s initial implementation. This work set the stage for the more outcomes-focused, longitudinal phase of the evaluation which is ongoing. Given broad interest in learning from the development and implementation of the PDI model, Informing Change’s work is also focused on identifying key lessons supporting the development of young professionals that can be useful to program stakeholders, other funders and the broader Jewish community.