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Director of FELLOWSHIPS (Full Time)

Location: New York City
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed by April 19, 2018. Applicants encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Compensation: We endeavor to provide a competitive compensation package that matches the talent required to execute the role.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Fellowships will assume primary responsibility for the full scope of The Public Voices Fellowship portfolio, both public impact and financial sustainability. The Director of Fellowships will lead a small team to manage and grow the portfolio. The Public Voices Fellowship is our highest-impact initiative to change who writes history. Together with a dozen powerful institutional partners, including Yale, Northwestern, and the Ford Foundation (and nine others), we have had extraordinary success accelerating the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices at the highest levels in their fields, including overwhelmingly women and people of color. One moving example is Carol Anderson, whose book "White Rage" is galvanizing a new understanding around race; her book stems from work that she did as an OpEd project fellow - and she is only one of over a thousand fellows.  This role is an extraordinary opportunity for a strong, experienced, passionate person who believes in the power of words and stories to change our lives, and to change the world, and who wishes to work at the nexus of media, social justice, entrepreneurism and thought leadership.

WHO ARE YOU?

You are an experienced, committed leader who has at least 8 years experience guiding teams and programs to successful outcomes--including both meaningful social impact, and also financial sustainability and growth. You have a proven track record owning significant programs in full, and are able to confidently take responsibility for a major portfolio and its outcomes (and all processes and people needed to get them).  You love people, love ideas, and are inspired by seeing people come to life. You are entrepreneurial in nature, and a fan of the apprenticeship model (there is no handbook for the territory we are moving into) - and you are excited by and driven by the potential to chart the path forward. You are an ambitious optimist with a love of people, who finds joy in working among a small but mighty and growing team--and you are excited by the chance to be a key player in driving that growth.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership (across the organization):

  • As a member of our senior team, the Director of Fellowships works closely to strategize with core senior staff to address myriad strategic challenges and opportunities that come up, at intersection of our respective areas of leadership (for example hiring, business development, partnerships, facilitation, and more). And can only be realized at the highest level if we think and work together.
  • Director of Fellowships will cultivate personal relationships with existing and new partners and will become the go-to arbiter for all matters relating to the Public Voices Fellowship.
  • This person will travel to meet key partners onsite at campuses and foundations throughout the year (up to 30% of time traveling throughout the United States).
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.

Senior Program Management:

Portfolio Management:

  • You are responsible for the overall success (including social impact and client renewal) of the entire Public Voices Fellowship portfolio. You will be responsible for strategy,  communication with the partner/client, and documenting and conveying the story of the cohort and its impact for posterity, both to the OEP and the client/partner.
  • Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by the programs in the portfolio.
  • You will be responsible for the successful onboarding of new fellowship partners once they have contracted by business development and been handed off to you.
  • Above all, you are also responsible for ensuring the consistency and integrity of the OEP brand and curriculum across multiple programs, clients, and years.
  • When directly managing fellowships yourself, you are the lead on decisions regarding operational aspects, including logistics, communications, and impact reporting.

Team Management and Development:

  • Design and update systems to evaluate and ensure excellence of all people and processes under your management; and will design objective performance measurements across all sites, to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
  • Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling effective oversight of individual and organization performance standards.
  • Design meaningful and accountable tracking and reporting tools, and report weekly and monthly to the CEO and senior team with radical candor on health and performance of the fellowship portfolio.
  • Recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of program managers under your direct management. Guide team of hard-working, motivated, quirky, brilliant, fun individuals to manage a portfolio of programs that are changing the world.


QUALIFICATIONS:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with team management experience to grow and further develop a proven program. The successful candidate will lead programs, partner with the CEO and work collaboratively with a high-performance management team.

Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum of a BA
  • Because a large percentage of our current portfolio is with academic institutions and foundations, understanding our value proposition to either of ecosystems is to your advantage
  • At least 8 years experience in mission-driven leadership, with a minimum of three in a team management role
  • Demonstrated success growing a portfolio of programs through your direct leadership, and experience developing and evaluating program models
  • Demonstrated ability to own programs from start to finish
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships and bring in revenue
  • Demonstrated experience managing team members across a wide range of professional and organizational experience -- “managing up and down”
  • A keen eye for spotting opportunities and areas for improvement -- and acting on them (bringing the team along)
  • Proficient in technology as a management reporting tool; experience working with Salesforce is preferred.
  • Social media savvy -- with an ability to connect and communicate about the value and impact of the Fellowship Programs online in a powerful, authentic, and ongoing way (Facebook & Twitter will be key)
  • Experience in (or desire to work in) a lean, fast, inventive, entrepreneurial environment that follows the apprenticeship model in which you learn by doing.
  • “No job is too big or too small” attitude
  • Experience having worked in a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group with superb communication
  • Exposure to, or understanding of, experiential (as opposed to instructional) modes of learning
  • Love of people and a sincere desire to be of help; warm authentic communication style
  • A clear, unambiguous alignment with OpEd Project mission and values. Familiarity with OpEd Project programs and curriculum, ideally having already experienced our core program.

TO APPLY

If this role excites you, and you have the leadership, experience, and passion for this role, send us a CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, please let us know how your leadership will advance this marquee portfolio. Given that this is our highest impact program, one that involves many moving parts, people, and processes and driving them toward successful outcomes, both social and financial, in your letter tell us about your proven track record or background experience that makes clear why you would be not only capable, but the best leader for this role.

Inclusion is an organizational value, and we are seeking a diverse pool of qualified applicants. We encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming folks.

We are recruiting for this role in our New York City headquarters. We endeavor to provide a competitive compensation package that matches the talent required to execute the role.

Email jobs@theopedproject.org and put Director of Fellowships in the subject line. Applications are due by April 19, 2018.  We encourage you to apply as soon as you can.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Hired candidates will be invited to participate in a day-long OpEd Project seminar in New York City.


Program Manager

(Full Time)

Location: New York City or Bay Area
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants encouraged to apply as soon as possible, to ensure open positions remain.
Compensation: Competitive level salary with excellent benefits

ABOUT THE ROLE
Our team of program associates and program managers is the connective tissue that grounds and guides our team of working journalists, facilitators, and thought leaders across the nation. We are recruiting highly organized, very personable, and execution-oriented superstars to join us as we continue to grow. This position is deeply essential to our organization, and offers real responsibility and rapid opportunity for promotion for someone who excels. Social vision, accountability to results, ability to work as part of a fast-moving team, and an ongoing commitment to and investment in our mission is key.

Program managers work with program associates and other senior staff to run our day-long public programs and 3-12 month Public Voices fellowship programs from start to finish, bringing together an exciting ecosystem of professional journalists, scholars, activists and community leaders. With support, managers will be responsible for the success, excellence and growth of a portfolio of programs, including public programs offered in major US cities and fellowship programs that run in partnership with leading universities and foundations. Program managers guide and support the facilitator teams that deliver the programming in each program, to create a transformational experience for every participant. They support our journalist facilitators, liaise with our partners within universities and foundations, foster regional partnerships around our public programs in the cities they oversee, and help build relationships that create moving experiences within our community and our team.

This is an amazing position for a person who wishes to have a career in social change or be a social entrepreneur. A stellar candidate will have the opportunity to join a small but rapidly growing social venture with real and meaningful responsibility, and will be able to see their impact in concrete and moving ways. This is also an amazing position for someone who wants to develop a career at the nexus of media, social justice, entrepreneurism, women's rights and thought leadership.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Event and Project Management
• Manage all people, place, financial and training-related logistics for 10 day-long public programs each year
• Manage all people, place and training-related logistics for 3-5 Public Voices fellowship programs each year
• Support teams of best-in-class journalist facilitators as they deliver programming at our day-long public programs (Write to Change the World) and Public Voices Fellowship programs
• Track progress and document impact and stories of transformation from your programs
• Join and occasionally lead weekly and monthly planning and reporting calls

Business Development
• Develop partnerships and outreach relationships to help fill 10 day-long public programs each year. Some of these programs will be in new cities where no relationships exist, and some will be in cities where some relationships already exist
• Oversee and grow communities of underrepresented thought leaders in cities in your portfolio
• Create meaningful partnerships within communities around our programs, that lead to growth and action
• Drive demand and amplify impact of programs under your management via social media
• Support, evaluate, and coordinate the efforts of journalists on your program teams
• Passionately represent OpEd Project at events, conferences and talks

QUALIFICATIONS


• Minimum of a B.A.
• Proven track record of making things happen (for example, managing or better yet launching a project or event with multiple moving parts and people, that required you to drive demand, interact with customers, speakers, and clients, and handle logistics and operations).
• Resourceful, "no excuses" attitude (able to see what needs to happen, finds a way to make it happen)
• 3-5 years of prior work experience, preferably in a job with significant project management
• Strong analytic skills (ability to assess and translate information into next steps)
• Nimble and driven – can identify problems and solutions quickly
• Excellent judgment – knows when to act and when to consult + seek permission before acting
• Extremely organized, impeccable attention to detail
• Superior communication skills (written/verbal)
• Warm, personable communication style
• "No job is too big or too small" attitude
• Desire to be pushed, to grow/stretch rapidly
• Tech-savvy
• Prior experience supervising direct reports and indirect reports preferred

TO APPLY
If you are execution-minded, entrepreneurial, organized, warm and personable, and if you have a hankering to be a change-maker in the world, then we invite you to submit a resume and a short letter telling us why our work resonates with you and why you think you would rock this job. Email jobs@theopedproject.org and put Program Manager in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as you can. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Hired candidates will be invited to participate in a day-long OpEd Project seminar in New York City.


Program Associate

(Full Time)

Location: New York City or Bay Area

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants encouraged to apply as soon as possible, to ensure open positions remain.

Compensation: Competitive entry level salary with excellent benefits    

ABOUT THE ROLE
Our team of program associates and program managers is the connective tissue that grounds and guides our team of working journalists, facilitators, and thought leaders across the nation.  We are recruiting highly organized, very personable, and execution-oriented superstars to join us as we continue to grow.  This position is entry-level but is deeply essential to our organization, and offers real responsibility and rapid opportunity for promotion for someone who excels.  Social vision, accountability to results, ability to work as part of a fast-moving team, and an ongoing commitment to and investment in our mission is key.

Program associates work with program managers (more experienced) and other senior staff to run our day-long public programs and 3-12 month Public Voices fellowship programs from start to finish, bringing together an exciting ecosystem of professional journalists, scholars, activists and community leaders.  With manager support, associates will be responsible for the success, excellence and growth of a portfolio of programs, including public programs offered in major US cities and fellowship programs that run in partnership with leading universities and foundations.  Program associates guide and support the facilitator teams that deliver the programming in each program, to create a transformational experience for every participant. They support our journalist facilitators, liaise with our partners within universities and foundations, foster regional partnerships around our public programs in the cities they oversee, and help build relationships that create moving experiences within our community and our team.

This is an amazing position for a person who wishes to have a career in social change or be a social entrepreneur. A stellar candidate will have the opportunity to join a small but rapidly growing social venture with real and meaningful responsibility, and will be able to see their impact in concrete and moving ways.  This is also an amazing position for someone who wants to develop a career at the nexus of media, social justice, entrepreneurism, women's rights and thought leadership. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Event and Project Management
•    Manage all people, place, financial and training-related logistics for 10 day-long public programs each year
•    Manage all people, place, financial and training-related logistics for 3-5 Public Voices fellowship programs each year
•    Support teams of best-in-class journalist facilitators as they provide the programming at the day-long public programs and Public Voices fellowship programs
•    Track progress and document impact and stories of transformation from your programs
•    Join and occasionally lead weekly and monthly planning and reporting calls

Business Development
•    Develop partnerships and outreach relationships to help fill 10 day-long public programs each year. Some of these programs will be in new cities where no relationships exist, and some will be in cities where some relationships already exist
•    Oversee and grow communities of underrepresented thought leaders in cities in your portfolio
•    Create meaningful partnerships within communities around our programs, that lead to growth and action
•    Drive demand and amplify impact of programs under your management via social media
•    Support, evaluate, and coordinate the efforts of journalists on your program teams
•    Passionately represent OpEd Project at events, conferences and talks

QUALIFICATIONS
•    Minimum of a B.A.
•    Proven track record of making things happen (for example, managing or better yet launching a project or event with multiple moving parts and people, that required you to drive demand, interact with customers, speakers, and clients, and handle logistics and operations).
•    Resourceful, "no excuses" attitude (able to see what needs to happen, finds a way to make it happen)
•    1-3 years of prior work experience, preferably in a job with significant project management
•    Strong analytic skills (ability to assess and translate information into next steps) 
•    Nimble and driven – can identify problems and solutions quickly
•    Excellent judgment – knows when to act and when to consult + seek permission before acting
•    Extremely organized, impeccable attention to detail  
•    Superior communication skills (written/verbal)
•    Warm, personable communication style  
•    "No job is too big or too small" attitude
•    Desire to be pushed, to grow/stretch rapidly
•    Tech-savvy

TO APPLY
If you are execution-minded, entrepreneurial, organized, warm and personable, and if you have a hankering to be a change-maker in the world, then we invite you to submit a resume and a short letter telling us why our work resonates with you and why you think you would rock this job.  Email jobs@theopedproject.org and put Program Associate in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as you can. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Hired candidates will be invited to participate in a day-long OpEd Project seminar in New York City.

 

Fellowship Leader

(Part Time)

Location: Any major U.S. city

Application Deadline:  CLOSED. We recruit once a year for this position, although you may apply any time.

Compensation: $2000+/month for PT facilitators (Senior Facilitators may be paid additional). 

As we continue to grow, The OpEd Project continuously builds our team of Facilitators and Fellowship Leaders. We are predominantly working journalists and thought leaders with a track record of high-impact writing, extensive commentary experience, a gift for transformational facilitation and coaching (or the willingness to learn, through our intensive training process), and a deep commitment to forging a more inclusive world. This part-time role is equal parts work and passion. For most of us, the role compliments our more traditional work as a journalist, writer, or teacher (we may have a column or book in the works, or may be teaching at a journalism school, for example). We are a tight-knit team of twenty-five and growing, working with 100s of partners nationwide, to broaden the demographics of voice and change history.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

Those who are selected to join our team will receive intensive training in The OpEd Project method of transformational facilitation. After completing our extensive training and certification process, our Senior Facilitators are assigned to lead OpEd Project programs around the nation and the world, including especially our prestigious Public Voices Fellowships embedded in leading institutions such as Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Ford Foundation, etc. These programs and fellowships are based on The OpEd Project's widely-acclaimed curriculum and methods, designed to accelerate the ideas and public impact of underrepresented thinkers (including women), and to trigger meaningful change on a personal and collective level. Senior Facilitators and Fellowship leaders work in teams of three to mentor, train, and transform a cadre of exceptional thinkers into public intellectuals over the course of a year. We have a stunningly successful model. A short video of one of our Public Voices fellowships is here.  

Our Facilitator and Fellowship Leader positions are highly rewarding with a lot of flexibility. Facilitators and Fellowship Leaders can be located in any major U.S. city.  Travel to fellowship sites is required four times a year, for 1-2 days, and travel to our annual national 3-day team leadership retreat is required for facilitators who wish to lead at the senior facilitator level. Facilitators participate in weekly and monthly calls with OpEd Project teams across the nation, and forge relationships with approximately 10 high-level mentees with whom they communicate virtually and regularly throughout the year, on a weekly or sometimes daily basis.  Facilitators must manage time and expectations accordingly, while always being responsive to deadlines. Basic contracts are part-time (recommended 10-15 hours/week, although actual hours may ebb and flow). Senior team members may take on more extensive contracts, and may be invited to lead short (one-day or multi-day) programs across the U.S., as well as internationally, for additional compensation. Accountability to results, ability to work as part of a tightly-focused and fast-moving team, and an ongoing commitment to and investment in our mission is key. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Facilitators and Fellowship Leaders have the opportunity to: 

  • Train in and (once certified) deliver The OpEd Project's transformational, game-based "Mattering" curriculum, including: how to understand knowledge in the most purposeful context, think in new and bigger ways, address opposition and change minds, shift conversation, think and write with clarity and resonance, accelerate cross-pollination, forge a legacy of impact that ripples out over generations, etc. 
  • Create relationships with some of the world's most brilliant minds – including awarded professors at some of the country's most prestigious universities, key figures at think tanks, foundations, and nonprofits, as well as grassroots organizers and entrepreneurs   
  • Coach these thought leaders in re-conceptualizing the value of their own knowledge to others, coming up with and framing ideas of public value and relevance
  • Edit op-eds on a range of topics, from climate change to technology and culture 
  • Pitch op-eds, when appropriate, to media outlets with whom The OpEd Project has relationships, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TED, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post, etc. 

 

QUALITIES

  • Extensive and superb commentary experience (editor, columnist, etc.)
  • Track record of high-impact writing/editing in vetted outlets with large audiences
  • Ability to work in a time-sensitive environment, on deadline, with compassion and reliability
  • Passion for the world of ideas and journalism as it is evolving, including new technologies 
  • Superlative interpersonal/professional communication skills (verbal/written)
  • Ability to create meaningful relationships across fields, with scholars, activists, editors
  • Experience in OpEd Project transformational facilitation method (or willingness to learn)
  • Superb questioning, listening and analytic skills (able to rapidly compare, contrast, and translate to action) - and a willingness to constantly improve these skills
  • Love of people and a sincere desire to be of help; warm, authentic communication style
  • Clear, unambiguous alignment with The OpEd Project mission, vision, culture and values.

  

COMPENSATION

Following an intensive training and certification process in our methodology, Facilitators and Fellowship Leaders will be compensated a competitive honorarium starting at $2K/month for a basic contract (about 1/4 time), and increasing with time and experience. Top facilitators may scale up (working 1/2 time or more), and may also be offered the opportunity to lead short (day-long or multi-day) programs in the U.S. and internationally, on an as-needed basis, for additional compensation.

 
TO APPLY

If you are excited by the above description and love seeing people wake up to the power of their own knowledge, send a short note telling us why our work resonates with you, what you think you can bring to our team, and why you believe you would be outstanding in this role. Email jobs@theopedproject.org, attach a CV or bio, and put "Facilitator" in the subject line. We typically recruit facilitators once a year, however you may apply at any time. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who are already familiar with The OpEd Project method and curriculum are given preference (therefore, if you have not already experienced our core "Write to Change the World" workshop, we recommend signing up for one in a city near you as your next step).  Finalists must be able to attend an OpEd Project workshop and orientation with our team as a prerequisite for further consideration.