Director of Fellowships

January 15, 2022

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FUSE Corps

FUSE is seeking a Director of Fellowships who will play an important role in helping FUSE deliver on its commitment to more effectively address pressing challenges in communities through its fellowship model. The Director of Fellowships will lead the organization’s efforts to expand programming, training, and tools for fellows and government partners.

LOCATION

FUSE Corps is currently a fully virtual organization and this position can be based remotely from anywhere in the United States.

ORGANIZATION

FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to freeing our country from social and economic barriers to opportunities that have been perpetuated by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism. We partner with local governments and communities to more effectively address pressing challenges by placing experienced professionals in city and county agencies. These FUSE Executive Fellows lead strategic projects that are designed to accelerate progress and advance racial equity.

Each fellow is selected through a dedicated executive search to ensure they have the competencies needed to achieve the goals of their specific project over the course of at least one-year of full-time work as FUSE employees. FUSE Executive Fellows are experienced professionals who are representative of, and deeply connected to, the communities they serve. We provide our fellows and local partners with training, coaching, networking, and professional support to ensure that they are able to achieve their greatest potential for impact. Since 2012, FUSE has led over 250 projects in 40 cities and counties across 18 states, improving the lives of more than 20 million people.

Our program is focused on issues such as workforce development, affordable housing, public health, educational access, criminal justice reform, and climate resilience. FUSE works to break down barriers between governments and the people they serve. We foster public-private partnerships, use human-centered design to engage the community in policymaking, and create more equitable outcomes. We encourage sustainable culture change within government agencies with a particular focus on making data-driven and results-based decisions. We also utilize storytelling to share the insights from our work so that we can inspire civic leaders to think and act differently in their pursuit of systemic change. For more info: www.fusecorps.org

OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Director of Fellowships will play an important role in helping FUSE deliver on its commitment to more effectively address pressing challenges in communities through its fellowship model. The Director of Fellowships will lead the organization’s efforts to expand programming, training, and tools for fellows and government partners. Specifically, the Director of Fellowships will lead and manage all support to fellows in the field and their government partners, including the convenings and workshops delivered by FUSE to reinforce the efforts of the fellows in their project work. Ensuring the success of our fellows and their host agencies will be the highest priority of this role. The Director of Fellowships will work alongside an existing Program Manager and Program Associate as well as several Alums-in-Residence to help ensure the success of these efforts.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

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 Fellowships 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 will include designing curriculum and learning objectives for fellows and government partners both internally and through partnerships with subject matter experts; and delivering workshops where appropriate.

  • Managing vendors and institutional partnerships related to FUSE’s race and equity capacity building.
  • Oversee continual improvement of capacity building efforts.
  • Systematically tap fellows’ expertise and the lessons learned emerging from fellowships and convert them into tools that other fellows and government partners can utilize.

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 75 fellows in the field at one time. This will include:

  • End-to-end project management of all programming for the FUSE fellowship. This includes overseeing both the content development and execution of logistics involved with programming and convenings; working closely with executive coaches, guest speakers, and government partners to deliver professional development opportunities; and developing curricula and participant engagement approaches and adapting methodologies and content to the FUSE context.
  • Directly providing fellows project-based coaching on topics like navigating organizational dynamics, strategic planning, local government context, change management, and project planning and delivery; and, facilitating project check-ins with government partners and fellows to ensure that projects stay on track to achieve their stated goals and/or adapt appropriately in response to constantly changing local priorities.
  • Developing tools, templates, and diagnostic frameworks to support fellows in executing on their projects.
  • Developing learning objectives for first and second year fellows, and ensuring programming aligns to meet outlined objectives.
  • Ensuring that all support available to fellows through FUSE and its partners is seamlessly integrated and well executed, including the executive coaching program, innovation labs, and learning series. This will require developing and implementing project management plans and systems to ensure the timely execution of responsibilities; effectively managing FUSE staff and alums involved in various tasks and projects; and managing contractors and vendors.
  • Overseeing continual improvement of capacity building efforts across all functions, including identifying new areas of support for fellows to accelerate fellow impact.

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. This will include:

  • Overseeing fellow orientations and mid-year retreats; designing and delivering workshops for fellows and government partners; serving as the lead facilitator at FUSE orientation, fellow retreats, and workshops with partners on topics like rapid prototyping, journey mapping, process mapping, strategic visioning. This may include collaborating with FUSE staff to develop agendas, facilitation guides, session content, speaker prep, and continuous learning and improvement.
  • Collaborating with strategic partners and FUSE staff to deliver innovation labs for fellows and their government partners.
  • Orchestrating opportunities for fellows and institutional partners to lead virtual learning sessions for their peers on a specific topic of interest.
  • Promoting and elevating fellowship projects’ successes and learnings. This will involve working closely with other teams to institute project monitoring and evaluation systems; as well as ensuring learnings are used to improve programming.
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing between civic leaders in the FUSE network, as well as identifying and building partnerships with new institutions and associations that will enrich the FUSE community; and/or supporting fellows and government partners to present at conferences or other convenings on the work undertaken with FUSE.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 10 years related work experience (e.g., civic innovation, urban renewal, cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership development). The ideal candidate would have experience in local government and/or public sector consulting. Experience in designing and managing successful programs as well as training and facilitation is also important.
  • Experience with developing and/or using racial equity tools and methods to address public policy and social sector challenges is strongly preferred.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to develop relationships with a diverse array of fellows, staff, alums, and professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This includes having strong executive presence and ability to coach and engage others at the executive level.
  • Strong management and supervisory skills, as you will manage a program manager, program associate, as well as multiple contractor and vendor relationships.
  • Well-developed political acumen and influencing skills for working with senior government officials including mayors and agency heads and providing sound advice to fellows on navigating complex environments.
  • Superior leadership and project management skills, with the ability to create vision, promote innovation, drive progress, maintain strong attention to detail, and support others to take ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to clearly convey complex topics to multiple audiences through various presentation formats including large in-person workshops and webinars.
  • Ability to work on a small team, in a fast-paced environment, and within resource constraints, while always maintaining a focus on the organization’s needs and strategic priorities.
  • Ability to become an integral member of a virtual national team, contributing positively to the advancement of a strong organizational culture.
  • Passion around FUSE’s mission and program model; a commitment to advancing racial equity; and a belief in the importance of cross-sector collaboration, civic innovation, and community engagement.

FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.

 

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FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.
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