Director of Fellowships

Director of Fellowships

Currently Remote

Possible Return to San Francisco Bay Area or Boston offices in 2022

Applications are accepted until November 1


FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that runs an executive fellowship program designed to provide local government with additional leadership capacity to tackle their most pressing challenges. Right now, cities and counties across America are facing simultaneous crises across economic, political, health, and social systems in large part exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. History has shown that local governments are capable of repairing and rebuilding after crises, however, these actions have often fallen short of ensuring recoveries are inclusive. This current crisis provides a unique moment of opportunity for local governments to address the structural inequities that permeate their core institutions.

As a mission driven nonprofit, FUSE Corps is dedicated to supporting our city and county partners in all aspects of COVID-19 response and recovery, ensuring they emerge as more resilient and equitable places for all residents. Currently, FUSE Fellows are on the frontlines of local government, helping to mobilize a wide array of emergency response strategies. In partnership with our host agencies, FUSE Fellows are restructuring hospital operations to manage COVID-19 infected patients; supporting small businesses; conducting community engagement programs with vulnerable populations, such as seniors, the homeless, and immigrants; overhauling programming and operations to run on a virtual basis; and supporting justice-related needs of those trapped in the suspended legal system – among other initiatives.

Through our work with local governments, national philanthropic partners, and high-profile supporters like recording artist John Legend, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for systemic change. The social and economic disruptions that we are currently experiencing represent a narrow window for action in which we can truly reimagine and rebuild cities. With the right leaders in the right roles at the right time, we can forge a more economically just and racially inclusive nation. The responsibility for answering this call has fallen largely on local leaders. Even while managing unprecedented challenges, our boldest local leaders have started to imagine new solutions to old problems. They are presenting promising initiatives that can be scaled and replicated, but only if they can first be piloted, proven, evaluated, and shared broadly.

We need a new form of leadership in local government to accelerate creative problem solving. Our cities and counties need experienced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented professionals who have deep credibility in their communities. Such leaders can dispel longstanding mistrust and break down barriers between government and the public that they serve. They can use human-centered design approaches to engage community members in policymaking. They can advance participatory democracy and empowering communities to develop. They can build new public-private partnerships. Our cities and counties will serve as laboratories to create solutions that can lift-up our entire country in one of our greatest hours of need.

FUSE will place executive-level leaders across government agencies to help accelerate systems change. They will focus on the fundamental equity considerations inherent in core issue areas such as:



If you are passionate about advancing racial equity, empowering others to be change agents, and committed to helping communities thrive, this is an incredible opportunity to work with both dynamic fellows and government leaders to support them in accelerating systems-level change.  The Director of Fellowships will lead the organization’s efforts to expand programming, training, and tools for fellows and government partners. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs and Communications and will be vital in helping FUSE deliver on its commitment to advancing racial equity through its fellowship model. 



1. Develop and Manage Racial Equity Curriculum for Fellows and Government Partners

FUSE is in the process of expanding the programmatic offerings for fellows and government partners aimed at equipping them to tackle systemic racism through fellowship work. The Director of Fellowship will play a leadership role in developing FUSE’s approach to capacity building and work with internal and external partners to deliver programmatic offerings. This may take the form of:

2. Lead and Manage Support to Fellows in the Field

The Director of Fellowships will lead the organization’s efforts to provide the project-based support needed to have a high impact fellowship to upwards of 60 fellows in the field at one time. This may take the form of:

3. Oversee and Facilitate Convenings and Workshops

FUSE delivers carefully curated programming to support fellows’ transition into local government and navigate the challenges and opportunities of the fellowship year. Similarly, it supports government partners to maximize the talents and dedicated focus of their FUSE Executive Fellow. The Director of Fellowships is responsible for:



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.

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