Fellowship Openings

These are FUSE fellowship projects for 2018-2019. Fellows are retained as independent contractors of FUSE Corps and are paid an annual stipend of $90,000 through monthly installments. This commitment begins on September 24, 2018, and ends September 20, 2019. 

The FUSE fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Cleveland, OH

Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Underserved Neighborhoods (CLOSED)

To support Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, which aims to boost the city's economy, the City of Cleveland will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow who will build a self-sustaining business development program that helps small business owners in four selected neighborhoods attract much-needed private investment. Full Job Description

East Palo Alto, CA

Unlocking New Solutions to Reducing Traffic for Improved Mobility (CLOSED)

In response to resident concerns about untenable traffic and gridlock, the City of East Palo Alto has commissioned outside consultants to complete a mobility study of traffic and parking conditions with the ultimate goal of improving access to local roadways for city residents. To support this work, East Palo Alto will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will oversee the progress of the mobility study as well as facilitate engagement with internal and external stakeholders, to share the results of the study and build consensus around implementing its recommendations. Full Job Description

East Palo Alto, CA

Designing a Plan for a New City Hall to Build Civic Pride (CLOSED)

East Palo Alto’s lack of a City Hall not only has symbolic implications for identity and civic pride but also presents a liability as some 90 percent of civic staff, including critical public safety staff, work from leased space resulting in avoidable boundaries and silos between offices. In order to develop plans for a new City Hall East Palo Alto will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will collaborate with city staff on an assessment of current municipal facilities, identifying the site of a City Hall and raising the funds for the construction of a new building. Full Job Description

Indianapolis, IN

Spurring Community-Oriented Redevelopment in Indianapolis’s Far Eastside (CLOSED)

In Indianapolis’s Far Eastside, a strong group of community organizations are aligned in the interest of improving quality of life. FUSE Corps will partner with the Mayor’s Office to host an executive-level fellow who will take the lead on helping galvanize action among these dedicated community members to lay the groundwork for redevelopment and quality of life improvements in this dynamic neighborhood. Full Job Description

Long Beach, CA

Creating an Integrated Service Delivery Model to Improve Public Health

The City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow who will help the City get closer to its goal of solving one of the biggest urban challenges in the country: a more efficient and responsive health care system! Leverage expertise in business and systems analysis and exceptional project management skills to improve synergy between 30 programs and create a blueprint for the Health Department that will position Long Beach to be more efficient and responsive to the community. Full Job Description

Long Beach, CA

Developing a Roadmap of Programs to Expand Affordable Housing

To help alleviate the affordable housing shortage in Long Beach, the city will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow with a background in policy analysis and program management who will evaluate and prioritize revenue-generating initiatives, and can build consensus around them across a spectrum of city agencies and stakeholders, and spearhead their implementation. Full Job Description

Long Beach, CA

Investing in Economic Inclusion to Unlock Broad-Based Growth (CLOSED)

To help the City of Long Beach draw from the untapped economic energy of its aspiring minority and women entrepreneurs, a FUSE executive fellow will create a strategic action plan, identify community-based partners and potential funding sources, supervise the implementation of initial projects, and plan a strategy for their viability going forward. Full Job Description

Long Beach, CA

Mobilizing Local Efforts to Maximize Participation in the U.S. Census (CLOSED)

The City of Long Beach has made maximum participation in the next US Census, set for the spring 2020, a top priority. Federal funding, which is calibrated based on census results, is vital to the services provided by the city, which has a majority minority population. To support this work, the Long Beach City Manager’s Office will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will build on efforts to date to formulate a comprehensive and effective outreach plan and spearhead its implementation to achieve the most accurate census possible. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Building Infrastructure and Capacity for L.A.’s Next Wave of Tourism (CLOSED)

As part of its goal to increase tourism to Los Angeles and in preparation for an influx of visitors for the 2028 Summer Olympics, the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow both to expand the L.A. Convention Center and develop a 10-year strategic plan for city tourism focused on improved infrastructure and capacity building. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Developing Library Leadership to Strengthen Community Services

The Los Angeles Public Library seeks to build a sustainable pipeline of leaders who can champion the changing roles of librarians and reach out to deepen its connection with the community. The library is partnering with a FUSE executive fellow to develop a robust leadership development program, supervise a pilot implementation of the program, and plan a strategy for its viability going forward. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Launching a Housing Finance Agency to Fund Expanded Housing in Los Angeles

To help reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing, the City of Los Angeles is creating a Housing Finance Agency to develop its own capabilities to fund expanded housing. The city will partner with a FUSE executive fellow who will help clear legislative hurdles, devise a business plan, secure first-stage funding and launch the Los Angeles Housing Finance Agency. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Advancing a Behavioral Economics Approach to Child Support Compliance

As part of its effort to better serve its customers, LA County’s Child Support Services Department (CSSD) will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow, to advance a behavioral economics approach to child support compliance that focuses on revising communications and staff processes to align with behavioral economics principles. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Developing a Roadmap for the Future of Neighborhood Parks

In September 2018, Los Angeles County will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow for one year. This expert project manager with a background in public-private partnerships will develop an outreach and education model to help low-income communities win grants for new parks from the Regional Parks and Open Space District; build consensus for a pilot project and start its implementation. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Building a Community-Focused Approach to Re-Entry (CLOSED)

The Los Angeles County Probation Department, the largest in the nation, is working to reduce the painful toll of recidivism by creating a network of community re-entry centers to facilitate probationer reintegration. To support this work, the County will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will work with the Department to create a strategy to replicate these centers; and develop a plan to employ past justice-involved individuals to guide those currently in the system, known as credible messengers. The fellow will also plan a one-day re-entry conference. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Establishing Strategic and Collaborative Approaches to Improve Juvenile Justice Outcomes (CLOSED)

The Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Department, the nation’s largest, is working to divert young people from the criminal justice system and developing community-based alternatives. To support this work, the County will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will work with the Department to devise and implement an updated strategic plan, focusing on program alignment, increased community collaboration and improved communications with public and private stakeholders. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Deploying Predictive Analytics to Better Serve Families in the Child Support System (CLOSED)

As part of its effort to better serve parents and children, CSSD will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow to augment its predictive analytics model for child support compliance to better specify the type of service or enforcement intervention needed as well as anticipate the complexity of the case. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Designing a Strategic Marketing Function for Health Services

To help Los Angeles County Department of Health Services communicate more effectively to current and prospective patients, a FUSE Fellow will lead a rebranding initiative that will position and a strategic marketing function that will continue to support its efforts to attract patients to its world-class healthcare facilities. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Developing a New Framework for Addressing Countywide Housing and Economic Challenges

In LA County, poverty and homelessness are increasingly serious challenges demanding stepped-up efforts to find new solutions. To help the County assist its most underprivileged residents, the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority (CDC) will partner with a FUSE fellow to create a new Division of Strategic Partnership Initiatives and launch new initiatives focusing on homelessness, workforce development, and women- and minority-owned small businesses. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Identifying Sources of Revenue to Reinvest in Parks and Services (CLOSED)

Parks play an outsized role in the physical and mental health of communities and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation seeks to fund an expansion of this role. To support this goal, it will partner with a FUSE fellow to develop a strategic business plan that implements new models for raising revenue and ensures the access of vulnerable populations to its facilities and services. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Establishing a Human-Centered Design Approach to Workforce Services (CLOSED)

As part of a restorative justice approach to crime prevention, Los Angeles County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow to establish a human-centered design approach to workforce services. The fellow will be tasked with creating an HCD framework that enhances employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated customers, can be adapted to program delivery for other customer groups, and enables an integrated services delivery system to be used by L.A. County Workforce Development and America’s Job Centers of California staff. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Improving Access to Social Services to Reduce Recidivism

In September, 2018, Los Angeles County Probation Department will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive fellow for one year. This expert project manager with a record of accomplishment and knowledge of best practices in corrections will work to create a more tightly coordinated and effective package of services to improve the integration of parolees into local communities. Full Job Description

Los Angeles, CA

Utilizing Strategic Marketing to Connect and Serve the Community (CLOSED)

L.A. County is working to communicate its programs and services to a large and diverse array of stakeholders, including disconnected youth, the elderly, people experiencing homelessness and the formerly incarcerated. To help expand and modernize its marketing and communications function to build awareness, the county is partnering with a FUSE executive fellow to develop a comprehensive strategy that will strengthen and refine the agency’s brand and employ targeted outreach for its core programs. Full Job Description

Minneapolis, MN

Transforming Transportation Technology for Communities

The Minneapolis Department of Public Works will partner with a FUSE executive fellow to maximize the transformative potential of modern technologies such as ride-sharing and self-driving cars, and create new opportunities for the city to enhance safety, equity and sustainability. Together, the FUSE Fellow and DPW will plan for and leverage these advances to ensure that resources are deployed strategically to improve the safety of all street users, focusing on equity, addressing barriers that limit mobility, and building climate resilience. Full Job Description

Oakland, CA

Building Inclusive Economic Development

As part of the City Oakland’s 2018-2012 Economic Development Strategy, the Department of Economic & Workforce Development and FUSE Corps are seeking an experienced management consultant professional who can design and launch an inclusive economic strategic plan for the International Boulevard Corridor that informs, guides, and tracks business and real estate development, public and private investments, and community interests—and that benefits lower-income residents and business owners of color. Full Job Description

Oakland, CA

Ensuring College Affordability for All Oakland Students through Federal Financial Aid (CLOSED)

The city of Oakland has an ambitious goal to triple the number of college graduates from Oakland public schools by 2025. To achieve this goal, it must effectively address the systemic barriers that prevent families from accessing federal aid dollars. Full Job Description

Oakland, CA

Designing Systems for Seamless Permitting to Build New Housing

Oakland is a rapidly growing city that is experiencing an unprecedented infusion of investment in the building sector. The Oakland Planning and Building Department is tasked with performing reviews of new projects, approving building permits, and enforcing building codes to ensure safety. In order to keep pace with the construction boom, the Department is working to improve and streamline its processes so it can better serve developers and residents. Full Job Description

Philadelphia, PA

Leveraging Vacant Properties to Revitalize Neighborhoods (CLOSED)

The City of Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development (DPD) seeks to develop a systematic approach to vacant parcel development that balances economic growth with equitable development in a way that benefits Philadelphia as a whole. To support this work, the City will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level Fellow for one year who will work closely with relevant agencies and internal governing bodies to move away from parcel-by-parcel decision-making and towards a comprehensive strategy for addressing vacancies in Philadelphia. Full Job Description

Philadelphia, PA

Prioritizing Social Services Over Incarceration to Serve the Most Vulnerable (CLOSED)

By leveraging a host of current city initiatives and advances in data sharing, Philadelphia is poised to meaningfully integrate the services provided across city agencies to reduce rates of incarceration and recidivism. To support this work, the city will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will work with key stakeholders to create a more coordinated approach to providing social services to the formerly incarcerated. Full Job Description

Pittsburgh, PA

Piloting Community Policing Strategies to Build Safer Communities (CLOSED)

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has the opportunity to pilot a targeted community-policing strategy that, if successful, could be adapted and applied across the city, with the potential to make significant reductions in crime and rebuild relationships with local communities. To support this work, the City of Pittsburgh will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will manage the pilot and engage partner organization and neighborhoods residents around its implementation. Full Job Description

City & County of San Francisco

Advancing a Human-Centered, Holistic System of Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

In a decentralized and fragmented national healthcare system, high-needs patients such as those experiencing homelessness are often subject to disjointed, costly and inefficient care. The city and county of San Francisco will partner with a FUSE executive fellow to identify technology and service delivery improvements that will create a more human-centered, holistic and, ultimately, effective system of care for this vulnerable patient group. Full Job Description

San Jose, CA

Designing a Citywide Wi-Fi Strategy to Close the Digital Divide (CLOSED)

In San Jose, where more than 95,000 people lack access to a reliable internet connection, the city is partnering with a FUSE fellow to help bridge the digital divide by developing a creative strategy to procure cost-effective wi-fi solutions in and around schools, in underserved neighborhoods, and in every home.  Full Job Description

San Jose, CA

Establishing Community Based Clean Energy Programs to Fight Climate Change (CLOSED)

To help San Jose offer its residents and businesses more renewable-energy options at competitive rates, a FUSE executive fellow will take the lead in creating an approved clean-energy plan, which will ultimately create clean-energy jobs, generate revenue for the community, and lower energy rates. Full Job Description

St. Louis, MO

Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to Advance Social Justice

The City of St. Louis is working to improve criminal justice-related data collection and analysis in order to address the many challenges and opportunities in advancing social justice. To support this work, the St. Louis Department of Public Safety will partner with FUSE to host an executive-level fellow who will analyze data from multiple entities, create data-sharing dashboards, and work toward researching and instituting a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in order to advance a better criminal justice system. Full Job Description

St. Louis, MO

Building a Diverse Police Force to Restore Community Trust

With a commitment to promote equality, restore community trust, and improve employment opportunities for young men and women of color, the City of St. Louis will embark on a bold new initiative to create a more diverse and culturally competent police force. To support this work, the City of St. Louis will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow who will take the lead in launching an intensive recruitment program that results in a more diverse, well-trained, and unbiased police force committed to building a stronger, safer, more resilient and unified city. Full Job Description

St. Louis, MO

Creating a More Equitable Process for Determining Bail

To reduce the amount of time people spend in jail awaiting trial, the St. Louis Department of Public Safety and The Bail Project are working to initiate pre-trial detention reform that reduces bail rates, thereby significantly lowering the number of people in the city’s two jails, and ensuring that those awaiting trial make court appearances, and eliminate unnecessary barriers for reentry, recovery, or reintegration to society post-conviction or acquittal. To support this work, SLDPS will partner with FUSE to host an executive-level fellow who will develop a toolkit of bail/bond alternatives that provide the greatest benefit to the community. Full Job Description

St. Paul, MN

Building a Transportation System for the Future

Ride-sharing, automated or “self-driving” cars, and other technologies are transforming how people and goods travel and, in turn, how cities are developing, designing and building modern transportation systems. The city of St. Paul will partner with a FUSE fellow to develop a plan that leverages these new and emerging technologies to enhance mobility and opportunity for residents, increase the safety of roadways, ease the flow of commercial goods, and reduce the environmental impact of municipal transport systems. Full Job Description

Washington, DC

Convening U.S. Cities to Create a Framework for Community-Oriented Violent Crime Reduction (CLOSED)

Washington D.C. is working to create a Safer, Stronger Cities Pilot Program, a network of cities that will supplement traditional law enforcement with non-violent intervention, strong government-community relations, and a focus on high risk populations. The FUSE executive fellow will help establish the coalition of cities that will create evidence-based practices and a new framework for violent-crime reduction through non-law enforcement-based, compassionate interventions.  Full Job Description

Washington, DC

Fostering Excellent Customer Service in Local Government (CLOSED)

The District of Columbia has developed a multi-faceted plan to improve customer care services across city agencies so that residents will experience a more customer-focused, solutions-oriented city government. FUSE Corps will partner with the District’s Office of the City Administrator to help lay the foundation for implementing this plan and to begin creating a new digital customer care experience. Full Job Description

Washington, DC

Improving Management of Public Assets to Better Serve the Community

As the second-largest real estate owner in Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia government is building a portfolio framework to monitor and manage its $11.4 billion worth of real estate assets. FUSE Corps will partner with the District’s Department of General Services to help implement this framework and put in place processes that can ensure comprehensive asset-management to best serve the District community. Full Job Description

Washington, DC

Reforming Behavioral Healthcare Services for Justice-Involved Residents (CLOSED)

The District of Columbia government has been tasked with working to better provide and oversee a continuum of behavioral health and other services for justice-involved individuals from pre-arrest to post-incarceration. To help in implementing this directive, FUSE Corps will partner with the District’s Department of Behavioral Health to host an executive-level fellow who will help shape the new Forensic Services Division into a unit with a cohesive structure, proactive stakeholder engagement, and dedication to best practices. Full Job Description

Washington, DC

Supporting Resident Entrepreneurs to Drive Inclusive Economic Opportunity (CLOSED)

With a commitment to provide transparency and streamline government processes for resident entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved communities in particular, the District of Columbia will partner with FUSE Corps to host for one year an executive-level fellow who will take the lead establishing programs that create new pathways, while promoting inclusive economic opportunity and stimulating growth. Full Job Description