The FUSE Fellowship is an opportunity to develop and implement unique solutions to a community’s most pressing challenges. For 12 months, FUSE Fellows work within local government to bring innovative approaches to a specific project. Each fellowship is designed to leverage private-sector experience to deliver results that have lasting impact.
FUSE Fellows are placed at the executive level of local government working with senior leaders of departments and agencies. Prospective responsibilities may include thorough data analytics and research, developing enhanced operations and financial models, building change management and strategic planning processes, and/or building broad coalitions to support project implementation efforts.
Previous FUSE Fellows have tackled a range of community challenges on topics including public safety, education technology, workforce development and sustainability. Examples of FUSE Fellows work include designing a strategy for community access to Wi-Fi in San Jose, criminal justice reform in St. Louis, Los Angeles county and Washington DC, and implementing a strategy to support Los Angeles County’s Immigrants.
FUSE Fellows receive ample learning opportunities throughout their fellowship drawing from the best practices of leading for-profit, public and social sector organizations. They also receive hands-on support from a host champion within the local government, as well as an executive coach and the larger FUSE community of staff, alumni and advisors.
- 15+ years of professional experience, particularly in the private sector
- Progressive success in challenging roles with substantial management responsibilities
- Track record of collaboration, team-building and facilitative leadership
- Excellent stakeholder management skills
- Superior critical thinking and analytical skills
- Ability to synthesize information into clear and concise recommendations
- Entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated success creating novel solutions to complex problems
- Flexibility, adaptability, and persistence
- Inclusivity and sensitivity to cultural differences
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in making public presentations
- Demonstrated passion for public service, civic innovation and/or cross-sector collaboration
General applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications for spring projects are now open. Recruitment for the Spring 2020 cohort will occur from January through March. The Spring 2020 cohort begins April 27, 2020 and ends April 26, 2021. Applicants are asked to submit only one application in order to be considered for all available projects.