Fellowship Associate Position Opening

people for the american way foundation

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversity leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their leadership over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year fellowship for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create change now on their campuses and in their communities. The 2014 fellowship class is comprised of 150 fellows from 127 campuses in 39 states and is the next generation of YP4’s growing network of over 1,500 alumni across the nation.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Fellowship Program Manager.



  • Execute the recruitment, application, and selection process of emerging young leaders for the core Fellowship program.
  • Create dynamic university and community relationships that lead to finding diverse emerging leaders
  • Develop and manage strong relationships with professors, administrators and campus activists at state universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s), Tribal Colleges, and community colleges.
  • Conduct regular communication with Fellowship program nominees, nominators, prospects, and applicants.
  • Work with the Alumni Programs Coordinator to motivate and equip the YP4 alumni community to be champions and recruiters for the Fellowship program.
  • Develop and deploy a team of volunteer alumni and community nominators and recruiters
  • Lead on the selection materials and process for the Fellowship class recruitment of a selection committee and coordination of phone interviews with applicants.
  • Assure that all fellows have a stellar orientation and understand expectations of the program.
  • Support and maintain substantive relationships with prospective and current fellows through regular communication including in-person meetings, phone calls, and e-mail exchanges and provide support and coaching for fellows as they apply for the program and, once accepted, engage in individualized leadership development activities and plan and execute sustainable, community-driven projects.
  • Assist with training logistics such as meals, housing, and travel.



  • 1-3 years related experience including grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development work.
  • Previous experience with cultivating and growing diverse talent pools of young people desirable
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the unique challenges of cultivating diverse emerging leaders
  • Ability to execute recruitment plans in university, college, and community settings
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and present in a usable format.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part as a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and to work additional hours when needed.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community and a commitment to the issues of Young People For and People For the American Way Foundation.

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources, People For the American Way Foundation, 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Email hr@pfaw.org with subject: Fellowship Associate.

 People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer