The Rainier Valley Corps Emerging Leaders of Color Fellowship Program
Our Fellowship program identifies a cohort of talented leaders of color, gives them a two-year full-time, paid placement at host grassroots organizations in Rainier Valley led by communities of color, and provides ongoing professional development training. The curriculum involves five key areas: nonprofit management (see below for details), adaptive and collective leadership, advocacy and policy, community organizing, and cultural dynamics. Embedded within the curriculum are discussions on systemic racism, power, privilege, and intersectionality.
Fellows will work in the offices of a Rainier Valley Community Based Organization. Each Fellow, depending on their host organization, may focus on the following area(s):
- Operations (Finance, Human Resources, IT, Office Management, Legal//Risk)
- Fundraising and Fund Development (Grant writing, Donor Cultivation, Campaign Giving, Fundraising Events)
- Program (Direct Services, After school, Employment, Immigration clinics, etc.)
- Advocacy & Policy (Understanding of Advocacy issues, Policy Analysis, Communication, Strategy)
- Community Organizing (Community Outreach and Engagement, Communications, Mobilization, Events)
Additionally, Fellows will participate in RVC’s professional development activities. Fellows will help prepare, facilitate, and actively engage in:
- Monthly Training sessions and other professional development trainings
- Brown bag lunches and other roundtable events
- Collective Project
- Professional development and team building retreats
- Monthly Mentor-Mentee Check-ins
RVC selected ten RVC Fellows for the inaugural cohort.
RVC FELLOWSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must meet the following minimum standards of eligibility:
- Have at least 4 years of dedicated years of work, academic, and/or volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector.
- Culturally and linguistically reflect the community in which they will be working.
- Demonstrate passion for community work and social justice, and intent to stay and advance in the nonprofit field.
- Be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
- Be prepared to work full-time (37.5+ hours per week) at a CBO Partner organization from August 2017 to August 2019.
- A criminal history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being selected as a Fellow. However, some CBO positions may not be open to applicants with certain kinds of criminal record. Applicants should expect to consent to a criminal background report as part of the interview and selection process.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS PROVIDED BY RAINIER VALLEY CORPS
- Living stipend of $17/hr
- Health, Dental, Vision, Short/Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance.
- 23 days of paid time off and 11 paid holidays.
- Monthly Professional Development Training, Conferences, and Additional Professional Development Funding
- Fellows will be matched with a career nonprofit professional to get guidance and support.
- Fellows will also gain access to an expansive network of nonprofit and advocacy leaders.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION TIMELINE & PROCESS
|Early Application Timeline||Date|
|January 19th from 4-6pm at Ethiopian Community in Seattle
February 9 & 23, 2017
|Application Deadline||February 28, 2017|
|Application Materials Review and Interviews||March-April 2017|
|Fellows Selected||April 15, 2017|
|Regular Application Timeline||Date|
|Info Sessions||March-April 2017|
|Application Deadline||May 1, 2017|
|Application Materials Review and Interviews||May 15-June 15, 2017|
|Fellows Selected||July 1, 2017|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who is eligible to apply? Eligible candidates will be high-potential leaders with a demonstrated commitment to the Rainier Valley community and a career in social justice. The program seeks to diversify the leadership pipeline in the philanthropic sector; candidates will come from communities that are underrepresented in philanthropy, particularly communities of color.
Is this a paid fellowship? Yes. This is a full-time employment fellowship. Compensation and benefits will be provided by the RVC and will not vary between organizations.
Am I eligible to become a fellow if I am not from the Rainier Valley? Yes. Candidates from outside the Rainier Valley are welcome to apply. However, applicants will need to demonstrate a connection and commitment to the community in this region.
What is the length of the fellowship? The fellowship length is two years.
Will I be guaranteed a job at my host foundation or another foundation after the fellowship? No, but we are committed to providing all of the professional development support we can to each fellow. This will include post-fellowship job search support and resources.
Do I need prior experience working with a non-profit organization? No. Our hope is to increase the number of people of color that have professional experience running a non-profit. This would be a great professional introduction to the world of social justice and community organizations.
What if I am not selected? Can I apply again? Yes. We anticipate having more qualified candidates than we do spots to fill.
Will help be available for me when I apply to this fellowship? We are happy to answer questions about the program before you submit an application. However, to maintain a level playing field for all applicants, we will not be able to review your application prior to submission.
Questions? Please contact our program staff, at Rainier Valley Corps, (206) 436-9536, [email protected].