UpStart empowers leaders to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish Life. 

UpStart was founded fifteen years ago with a sole focus: to accelerate the success of social entrepreneurs fueling a renaissance in Jewish life. Since then, we have invested in 132 ventures and their leaders, while cultivating an ecosystem of institutional leaders and funders committed to Jewish community change. We are excited to be actively implementing a new strategic plan that will put social entrepreneurs at the center of everything we do. Our vision is that Jewish communities will be thriving hubs of innovation, building a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future.

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Senior Director, Philanthropy

UpStart strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

UpStart’s vision is that Jewish communities will be thriving hubs of innovation, building a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future. As such, we aspire to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that models this future, embodying and driving toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Statistics show that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of people need to see themselves in almost 100% of requirements in a job posting to apply. We welcome you to apply if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications.

UpStart is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UpStart will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Sydney Hirsch at for assistance.

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. For questions or concerns about our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, please contact Whitney Weathers at

The best way to ensure that your submission is fairly considered is by completing your application using the link provided.  Please do not contact individual staff or board members who may be in your social media or other networks in lieu of applying. For questions about the position, please reach out to Sydney Hirsch. For questions about what it’s like to work at UpStart, please refer to our culture deck!

If you have any questions regarding employment at UpStart, please email and put “Careers” in the subject line.

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Learn about our benefits and culture.

In addition to a competitive salary, UpStart currently offers the following benefits: 

  • A comprehensive benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Life, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • 16-weeks of paid parental leave with no waiting period.
  • FSA and Commuter Benefit accounts.
  • Employer sponsored 401K with employer match.
  • Flexible discretionary paid time off.
  • Annual $1,500 professional development stipend.
  • Annual $250 wellness stipend.
  • $300 office setup stipend and provided Mac.
  • Monthly $50 cell phone stipend.
  • Meeting-Free Fridays.
  • 3:00pm local close-of-business on Fridays.
  • Days off for all work-prohibitive Jewish holidays, in addition to secular US holidays.
  • A one-month paid sabbatical per every five years of employment.
  • A great remote-first work culture! Check out our culture deck, here.