Location: Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA
FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments to help urban communities thrive. With offices in Boston and San Francisco, we work with cities and counties throughout the country on issues such as economic and workforce development, income inequality, housing, healthcare, justice reform, public safety, climate resilience, education, transportation, and infrastructure. Our approach is based on an executive fellowship program designed to provide local government with the additional leadership capacity to accelerate civic innovation and cross-sector collaboration. We closely collaborate with government partners to design yearlong projects that have clear and ambitious deliverables. We then conduct a national executive search for each unique position in order to recruit experienced professionals with the potential to achieve transformational impact in those roles. During fellowship year, FUSE helps fellows drive impact through in-person and virtual programming and project support. By the end of the fellowship, FUSE Executive Fellows help governments to better serve communities by helping to craft public policy, roll out new initiatives, and improve existing services. FUSE also engages in publishing, storytelling, and knowledge sharing efforts in order to help inspire a much broader community of civic leaders.
During the past five years, FUSE has grown 10X in terms of fellowships placed annually, government partners, geographic distribution, alumni, staff, and operating budget. FUSE has placed more than 150 fellows in 20 cities. The average FUSE Executive Fellow has a graduate degree and more than 20 years of professional experience, often at the senior levels of Fortune 500 companies, and they are now dedicated to making a permanent shift toward an impact-oriented career. The FUSE program model prioritizes diversity and inclusion, with cohorts that average 60% professionals of color, 55% women, and 30% immigrants. After their fellowship year, more than 50% of alumni have continued to work in civic leadership, and 90% of our partner government agencies have returned each year with requests to host additional fellows.
If you are passionate about 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. Reporting to the Vice President of Programs and Communications, you will play a lead role in scaling and managing the fellowship program.
Key responsibilities include:
1. Lead and Manage Support to Fellows in the Field
The Director of Fellowships will lead the organization’s efforts to provide upwards of 75-100 fellows in the field the project-based support needed to have a high impact fellowship. This will take the form of:
- 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. This may involve developing mechanisms to help fellows apply a racial equity lens to projects; human centered design techniques; or, stakeholder management practices.
- Ensuring that all support available to fellows through FUSE and 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.
2. Facilitate Convenings
The Director of Fellowships will seek out and curate opportunities for in-person and virtual convenings that accelerate the impact of fellows’ work. This may include:
- Providing strategic direction on fellow orientations and mid-year retreats; designing and delivering workshops for fellows and government partners in areas of expertise; serving as a lead facilitator at FUSE orientation, fellow retreats, and workshops with partners on topics like rapid prototyping, journey mapping, process mapping, strategic visioning;
- Orchestrating opportunities for fellows to lead virtual learning session for their peers on a specific topic of interest; or bringing together thought leaders in their network to speak with their fellow peers (either virtually or in person);
- 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.
3. Build Community
During the course of a fellowship, the Director of Fellowships plays a critical role in spurring community building across individual cohorts of fellows. This function will become increasingly important as the number of fellows in a given cohort grows and FUSE moves to a model with multiple cohorts starting per year.
This will involve:
- Improving both existing approaches and devising and deploying new ones that support the creation of strong bonds among FUSE fellows;
- Devising and implementing strategies and systems for encouraging fellows to work directly together as thought partners and resources for each other, leveraging the collective experience in their cohort and the FUSE community;
- Supporting fellows with identifying and connecting with post-fellowship career options through: curating and sharing job opportunities; providing guidance around navigating government hiring; developing relationships with employers looking for leaders with FUSE Executive Fellow profiles; and providing resources to fellows on social impact career pathways. Close coordination FUSE’s alumni engagement function will be necessary in execution of this responsibility.
- Minimum of 15 years related working experience (e.g. civic innovation, urban renewal, cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership and talent development). This ideally includes 3-5 years of local government experience and/or public sector consulting. A proven track record of designing and managing successful programs is also essential.
- 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.
- 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 analytical, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to clearly convey complex topics to multiple audiences through various presentation formats.
- Superior leadership and project management skills, with the ability to create vision, promote innovation, drive progress, maintain strong attention to detail, and support others 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
- Passion for FUSE’s mission to enable local governments to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities.
- Willingness to travel up to 25% of the time.
Please apply through the link below.
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.