The Program Associate will help innovate and implement solutions to support FUSE Executive Fellowship initiatives. With a passion for designing “thought” architecture, our Program Associate is an integral part of the Program team.
LOCATION: FUSE is a fully virtual organization and this position can be based remotely from anywhere in the United States.
FUSE is a national nonprofit working to expand social and economic opportunities, particularly for communities that have been limited by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism. FUSE partners with local governments and communities to more effectively address pressing challenges by placing experienced professionals within city and county agencies. These FUSE Executive Fellows lead strategic projects designed to advance racial equity and accelerate systems change. Since 2012, FUSE has led over 250 projects in 40 governments across 20 states, impacting the lives of 25 million people.
When designing each fellowship project, FUSE works closely with government partners and local stakeholders to define a scope of work that will achieve substantive progress toward regional priorities. FUSE then conducts an individualized search for each project to ensure that the selected candidate has at least 15 years of professional experience, the required competencies for the role, and deep connections to the communities being served. They are data-driven and results-oriented and able to effectively manage complex projects by developing actionable roadmaps and monitoring progress to completion.
Executive Fellows are hired as FUSE employees and embedded in government agencies for at least one year of full-time work. Throughout their fellowships, they receive training, coaching, and professional support from FUSE to help achieve their project goals. FUSE Executive Fellows bring diverse perspectives and new approaches to their projects. They build strong relationships with diverse arrays of stakeholders, foster alignment within and across various layers of government, and build partnerships between governments and communities.
For more information: https://www.fusecorps.org
The Program Associate position is a high-impact opportunity for an entry-to mid level professional with a strong interest in local government to have a lasting impact on the communities served by FUSE. The Program Associate will have a chance to develop project management, operations, and stakeholder management skills under the direct supervision of the Director of Fellowships.
A successful candidate in this role will connect ideas together and move them from concepts to initiation to full execution. They will generate innovative and sustainable support so that Executive Fellows have a seamless experience throughout their Fellowship allowing for effective change in the communities they are supporting. Our Program Associate is an integral part of the Fellowship journey and their responsibilities are grounded by the Executive Fellows overall lifecycle and impact in the communities we serve.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES – Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following.
Working in support of the Director of Fellowships, the Program Associate will be responsible for:
- Assisting with the design and delivery of FUSE workshops, learning sessions, innovation labs and other convenings for Executive Fellows and government partners.
- Producing internal communication strategies and bi-weekly newsletters to support Executive Fellows and partners of the organization.
- Ensuring that important internal and external information has been provided to Executive Fellows in a timely manner.
- Developing project plans for workshops and convenings and supporting end-to-end project management.
- Facilitating 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.
- Guiding the Program Team calendar to secure priorities, timely planning and execution, and resolve time conflicts, in addition to effectively supporting scheduling of stakeholder meetings
- 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.
Learning topics are delivered to Executive Fellows and government partners support the arch of the fellowship year. These topics include race and equity, human-centered design, change management, leveraging your strengths, and more. Under the guidance of the Director of Fellowships, the Program Associate will be responsible for:
- 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 Executive 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 Executive Fellows.
- Devising and implementing strategies and systems for encouraging Executive Fellows to work directly together as thought partners and resources for each other, leveraging the collective experience in their cohort and the FUSE community.
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.The Program Associate will be responsible for:
- Providing Executive Fellows with the highest level of customer service while assisting with questions, and event preparation throughout the year.
- Serving as a liaison for Executive Fellows to connect them to appropriate departments and partnerships within FUSE which includes Operations and Finance, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, and Partnerships.
- Contributing to effective meeting management both for the Program Team as well as meetings with external partners and vendors.
- Assisting with reviewing and accounting for items within the budgets and alerting the team when projected spend is to exceed budget.
- Assisting with minor contract-review and following-up with contract execution 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 a collaborative, fast-paced and resource-constrained environment.
- Background in digital facilitation of virtual platforms including but not limited to Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, Slack, Webex, etc.
- 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.
- Previous experience in an administrative role preferred.
- Previous experience with contact management (CMS) and data visualization software is strongly preferred.
- Inherent drive for initiative and research to proactively develop solutions for program enhancement.
- Ability to travel as needed to support facilitation of convenings with the Program Team.
TO APPLY: Please submit an application and cover letter at https://www.fusecorps.org/job/program-associate/ by clicking on the associated job description. The cover letter should explain your motivation to join FUSE and how you anticipate leveraging your experience in this role.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.