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Director of FELLOWSHIPS (Full Time)

LOCATION: New York City

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a desire to fill this position by August 1, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure open positions remain.  

DESCRIPTION:

About The OpEd Project

The OpEd Project is a social venture and leadership organization, founded to change who writes history. We are a community of journalists, thought leaders and change agents who actively share knowledge, resources and connections across color, creed, class, sexuality, gender, ability and beyond. Through our nationally recognized curriculum, our team of journalist mentors, and through a portfolio of programs in partnership with leading institutions across the nation and the globe, we accelerate the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, including women of all backgrounds. We have been covered by most major media. We have stunning results.

We believe:

  • The story we tell becomes the world we live in.

  • The world becomes more intelligent when it is more inclusive.

  • The best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and to change the world.

Over the past few years, we have experienced significant growth.  As we grow, we are seeking to build our core leadership team, in anticipation of a bold new chapter. We will continue to expand our core Write to Change the World workshops in cities across the nation (and the globe), and we are also seeking to organize and coordinate our flagship Public Voices Fellowship initiative into a powerful new force to change cultural narrative on a large scale, with permanent and undeniable impact.   

Director of Fellowships

We are seeking a proven, committed leader with bold vision and a steady hand to join our leadership team and play a key role in bringing our organization into its next phase. The Director of Fellowships will take stewardship of our Public Voices Fellowship portfolio, our highest-impact initiative to change who writes history, launched seven years ago. Through this initiative, and working 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 of all backgrounds. 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.  

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Fellowships will assume responsibility for the full scope and success of The Public Voices Fellowship portfolio, including social impact and financial growth. The Director of Fellowships will lead a team of program managers to oversee and grow a rapidly growing portfolio of fellowships currently valued at 1.4 million dollars (over half of our organizational budget), spread over 12 fellowship programs. The Director of Fellowships will develop and grow our team of program managers, and will also directly manage several fellowships.  

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, visionary leader who wants to play a role in changing our cultural narrative, and in changing who writes history, in concrete and significant ways.

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 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:

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with our CEO and senior team, chart a vision for the next chapter of The OpEd Project’s fellowship portfolio that will lead to dramatic and meaningful growth of the portfolio over the next two years.

  • Build partnerships at a wide range of institutions and organizations, to grow our fellowship work beyond its current portfolio.

  • Cultivate and inspire a culture of innovation and creativity that results in new ideas, new initiatives, and new and more powerful outcomes.

  • In collaboration with our CEO and senior team, strategize around myriad challenges and opportunities that arise at the intersection of our respective areas of leadership, beyond the fellowship portfolio (i.e., curriculum and facilitation, business development, public workshops, team building, etc)

  • Travel to meet key partners at campuses and foundations across the nation (about 20-30% of time traveling)

Portfolio Management

  • Oversee and grow a portfolio of fellowships currently valued at 1.4 million dollars, spread over 12 fellowship programs which are hosted by partner institutions such as Yale, Northwestern and the Ford Foundation.

  • Drive the success (including social impact and financial growth) of the fellowship portfolio from top to bottom, guiding all people and processes to successful outcomes

  • Design (or improve) and implement systems, processes, and tools to support the success of the portfolio, and our team of program managers and journalist facilitators (typically long-term 1099 contractors, who lead our fellowships and mentor our fellows)

  • Cultivate high-level relationships with our partners, as the trusted “go-to” leader for all matters relating to the Public Voices Fellowship portfolio

  • Onboard new fellowship partners, when our business development team brings in new fellowship contracts and hands relationships off to you.

  • Design meaningful and accountable tracking and reporting tools, and report weekly and monthly to the CEO and senior team with radical candor on the performance of the fellowship portfolio.

  • Ensure the consistency and integrity of the OEP brand and curriculum, and consistent high-quality outcomes, across multiple fellowships, partners, and years.

  • Become the de facto storyteller of the fellowship initiative, able to cite fellows’ concrete results, tell stories of public impact and personal transformation, and make a compelling case for our historical need and future expansion

Organizational Management and Team Leadership

  • Lead a team of 4-6 hard-working, motivated, quirky, brilliant, fun individuals to manage and grow a portfolio of programs that are changing the world.

  • Recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of new program managers who will eventually come under your direct management.

  • Develop systems and tools to support, evaluate, and constantly improve our teams of journalist facilitators (1099 contractors who lead our fellowships)

  • Design and update systems to evaluate and ensure excellence of all team members and processes under your management

  • Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling effective oversight of individual and organization performance standards.

  • When directly managing fellowships yourself, you will be the lead on decisions regarding operational aspects, including strategy, logistics, communications, and impact reporting, as well as supporting and guiding the journalist facilitators attached to your fellowships.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Deep alignment with The OpEd Project mission and vision

  • 8-10 years of relevant work experience in a mission-driven leadership role, with a minimum of three years in a team management role (building successful teams)

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee a large portfolio that involves managing many moving parts, people, and processes, and driving them toward successful outcomes through your direct leadership

  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders across an organization, and successfully managing team members across a wide range of professional and organizational experience (“managing up and down”)

  • Proven ability to manage high-profile relationships tied to revenue

  • A keen eye for spotting and implementing opportunities for improvement

  • Proficient in technology as a management reporting tool; experience working with Salesforce is strongly 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, often with no training manual

  • Superb communication skills (written, verbal, and more) – the person in this role will be a compelling storyteller of social impact

  • Familiarity with OpEd Project programs and curriculum, ideally having already experienced our core program

  • A commitment to run programs from the bottom up, taking ownership of all aspects of the program and willing to do all kinds of tasks

  • Warm authentic and deeply collaborative communication style

  • Given that many of our partnerships are with universities, inside knowledge of or experience working in academic leadership is a plus

WHAT WE OFFER:

The OpEd Project is committed to creating an equitable workplace grounded in feminist and anti-racist principles. We offer competitive salaries, at or above the mean and median level, benchmarked against similarly sized social ventures and nonprofit organizations. We provide generous benefits including three weeks vacation, flexible work structure, subsidized health insurance, professional development opportunities, a retirement savings plan, and more.

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.

This position is based in New York City. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that matches the talent required to execute the role.

TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter telling us why you are passionate about this work and how your leadership will advance this marquee fellowship portfolio to its next chapter. In your letter, we invite you to tell us about your proven track record or background that makes clear why you would be not only capable, but the best leader for this role.

You can submit your application at this link. Applications are rolling, 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. You can submit your application at this link. 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.  You can submit your application at this link. 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 periodically for this position and will announce specific deadlines as they come up, although you may apply any time. (By applying, you will automatically be notified when the next recruitment round begins).

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 and extensive commentary experience, a gift for coaching and facilitation, a deep desire to learn and practice The OpEd Project’s nationally-acclaimed curriculum and method, and a 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 (clear and unambiguous desire to learn and continue learning every year )

  • 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, please send us a short cover letter 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. Please also send us your CV with relevant links to published commentary. You can submit your application and video at this link

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 an in-person audition with our team as a prerequisite for further consideration.