Possible Return to San Francisco or Boston offices in 2022
Applications are accepted until November 1
FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that enables local government to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. Typically FUSE Fellows have on average 15-20 years of professional experience and are uniquely qualified for their individual projects as well as the program as a whole. FUSE fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issues areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment.
In the coming months, FUSE will be launching an equitable recovery initiative in response to COVID-19 and its economic consequences, as well as the nation’s current reckoning around racial, social, and economic justice. Working with cities and counties throughout the country, FUSE will be placing Executive Fellows who can work on structural and system changes that will reduce disparities and accelerate economic recovery by focusing on issues that will have the greatest long-term impact for local residents. Focus areas include living wage jobs, affordable housing, access to healthcare, education/childcare, and justice reform.
The Programs Associate position is a high-impact opportunity for an entry-level professional with a strong interest in local government to have a lasting impact on the communities served by FUSE.
The Programs Associate will have a chance to develop project management, operations, and stakeholder management skills under the direct supervision of the Director of Fellowships.
1. Assist with the design and delivery of FUSE workshops, learning sessions, innovation labs and other convenings for fellows and government partners.
Working in support of the Director of Fellowships, the Program Associate is responsible for:
- Developing project plans for workshops and convenings and supporting end-to-end project management.
- Serving as the technology lead on webinars and virtual meetings, bringing in new practices and innovations as appropriate.
- Supporting the development and refinement of self-guided learning materials through editing videos, podcasts, toolkits and other multimedia materials.
- Coordinating the executive coaching program through tracking coach-fellow assignments, progress and invoice management.
- Developing agendas, facilitation guides, session content, speaker prep, and other materials or tools that may be needed to deliver workshops, webinars, and other fellow or government partner convenings.
2. Coordinate professional development opportunities for fellows and government partners to accelerate their impact and effectiveness.
Through the course of over 150 fellowships, FUSE has identified certain types of learning opportunities that help fellows and government partners accelerate system-levels change. The Program Associate is responsible for assisting the Director of Fellowships to effectively deploy these opportunities which range from one-on-one executive coaching for fellows to a webinar-based learning series with guest experts, alums, and peers. Topics are delivered to support the arch of the fellowship year and include: race and equity, human centered design, change management, leveraging your strengths, and more. Under the guidance from the Director of Fellowships, this includes:
- Supporting coordination with executive coaches, guest speakers, and government partners to deliver these professional development opportunities.
- Assisting with developing curricula and participant engagement approaches and adapting methodologies and content to FUSE context.
- Coordinating professional development opportunities for fellows and government partners to accelerate their impact and effectiveness.
- Improving both existing approaches and devising and deploying new ones that support the creation of strong bonds among FUSE fellows.
- Devising and implementing strategies and systems for encouraging fellows to work directly together as thought partners and resources for each other, leveraging the collective experience in their cohort and the FUSE community.
- Supporting fellows with identifying and connecting with post-fellowship career options.
3. Ensure effective project management and cross-team collaboration.
The Program Associate is responsible for supporting the Director of Fellowships with end-to-end project management of all programming for the FUSE fellowship and ensuring that business processes are working efficiently. This includes:
- Providing Fellows with the highest level of customer service while assisting with questions, reimbursements, scheduling, and event preparation throughout the year.
- Contributing to effective meeting management both for the Program Team as well as meetings with external partners and vendors.
- Assisting with developing and maintaining budgets.
- Effectively supporting scheduling of stakeholder meetings.
- Developing contracts for vendors and vendor management.
- Creating best practice policies as needed to help keep the Program Team operating efficiently and optimally.
- Passion for FUSE’s mission and demonstrated commitment to related issue areas such as civic innovation, urban renewal, cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership development.
- Comfort working in fast-paced and resource-constrained environment.
- Outstanding organizational and project management skills with strong attention to detail and ability to follow up and follow through to meet aggressive deadlines.
- Strong analytical skills with the ability to clearly convey complex topics to internal audiences.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to develop relationships with a diverse array of internal and external stakeholders.
- Ability to work on a small team always maintaining a focus on the organization’s needs and strategic priorities.
- Previous experience in an administrative role preferred.
- Previous experience with CMS, data visualization software, and video conferencing platforms preferred.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.