Govern For America (GFA) is hiring an Alumni & Community Engagement Director (Director) to join our team as we prepare to graduate our first cohort in June 2021. The Director is a key member of the GFA team who will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to keep GFA alumni and other members of the GFA community actively supporting our mission. GFA has identified Lead for America (LFA) as a key partner with a shared mission to build the next generation of public sector leaders. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Programs, the Alumni & Community Engagement Director will lead efforts to coordinate alumni engagement efforts with LFA to support our alumni as they continue to grow in their public service careers.
Govern For America Overview
Govern For America is a non-profit startup working to build the next generation of public sector leaders. Through a two-year paid fellowship, we recruit, train, inspire, and empower recent graduates to dismantle systemic inequities, build more inclusive public systems, and create a more effective government. We imagine a world where our most dynamic young leaders see government as an avenue for meaningful change, and our governments reflect the values and diversity of our nation. GFA believes that by engaging America’s top talent, we can better meet the needs of all residents while revitalizing public service as an attractive career path for recent graduates and building a diverse leadership pipeline into government.
The Alumni & Community Engagement Director will be a master networker and relationship-builder, deftly navigating competing priorities to develop broad consensus across all GFA teams, current Fellows and alumni, League of Innovator members, partner universities, and mission-aligned non-profit organizations. Specifically, The Director will work closely with their counterpart at Lead for America to build a robust engagement strategy in support of our shared community and respective missions. The Director will need to manage competing priorities and make data-driven decisions to put people and mission first while delivering within tight deadlines.
The Alumni & Community Engagement Director is responsible for:
- By June 2021, coordinate with Lead for America to design an integrated engagement plan (including activities and communications) for GFA alumni, League of Innovators, and partner organizations to maintain regular interaction
- Develop and manage annual alumni program budget and related funds
- Develop strategy for collecting, distilling, and disseminating learning and best practices for improving government from alumni, League of Innovator members, and partners
- Lead communications with GFA alumni, League of Innovator members, and partners
- Lead collaboration with key partner organizations to optimize existing resources
- Identify and cultivate relationships with potential partner organizations to share resources, cross train members, connect co-located members, and create job opportunities for GFA alumni
- Recruit qualified League of Innovator members and foster high levels of engagement
- Recruit GFA alumni for volunteer opportunities to support GFA’s organizational growth
- Establish university partnerships to offer alumni access to scholarships and discounted continuing education
Data Analysis & Management
- Set up and manage a new alumni management system for launch by June 2021
- Develop a system to track alumni activity and career progression
- Coordinate with the Program team to conduct regular analysis of alumni, LOI, and partner activity data to inform program evaluation and planning decisions
- Coordinate with the Communications team to collect and amplify alumni impact stories and League of Innovator member contributions
- Deliver consistent integrated community-building and leadership and skill-building programming for GFA alumni and partner members – including mentoring, career readiness, and coaching
- Facilitate cross-cohort, geographical, and affinity group networking opportunities among GFA alumni
- At least 5 years of work experience
- Experience providing strategic direction
- Successful record of relationship cultivation and management
- Strong data analysis skills
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Experience managing a budget of at least $30,000
- Resistance capital: experience challenging -isms in the status quo
- Linguistic capital: proven ability to build understanding between different functional roles and lived experience
- Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
- Experience with database management
- Bachelor’s degree
- Experience planning events
- Experience with Alumni Management Systems
- Experience developing or delivering training
- Experience serving as a mentor or career coach
- Graduate level degree
- Experience working in the public sector
- Strong written and digital communication
- Experience with Salesforce
- Experience effectively managing teams
At Govern for America we are committed to supporting leaders and building systems that seek and embrace diversity, foster an environment of inclusion, and pursue equity. We believe that differences in backgrounds, lived experiences, perspectives, and identities contribute to stronger teams and more effective institutions. In our work and the GFA fellow community, we value and seek out diversity across multiple dimensions, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief, disability status, and age.
GFA’s Organizational Values
Staff are guided by and make decisions based on our shared organizational values:
- Equitable & Inclusive Action: We purposefully seek and promote diversity, champion equitable policies and processes, and foster inclusive climates in all our work.
- Bold Leadership: We pursue innovative ideas and partnerships that challenge the status quo and support the communities we serve.
- Transformative Vision: We recognize that our goals are ambitious and the progress we seek will take time, empathy, and compassion for ourselves, our communities, and our country.
- Collaborative Partnership: We actively value, seek input from, and make decisions in the best interest of GFA Fellows, government partners, and the broader GFA community.
- Data-Driven Learning: We use data and evidence to examine our assumptions, learn from different lived experiences, make decisions, and shape our vision.
- Transparent Decisions: We foster a culture of trust by being honest with Fellows and partners about our strategy, plans, and decisions.
- Supportive Community: We are more than a network of mission-aligned leaders. We nurture inter-dependent and supportive bonds among Fellows and partners.
You Belong At GFA If…
- You believe in the value of public service and the power of government as an avenue for meaningful change in our society.
- You are passionate about building a diverse leadership pipeline into government and believe that talented and committed people can strengthen our public institutions to foster inclusion, promote equity, and better serve everyone in our country.
- You are a creative thinker, collaborative problem-solver, and an energetic doer who is committed to doing what it takes to build a transformative new organization
- You are a self-starter and a team player who is excited to join and build a growing, highly motivated, and creative team.
- You are passionate about turning ideas into action and ask compelling questions that help your team focus on what matters most.
Salary and Benefits
We offer a competitive benefits package including:
- Unlimited vacation and sick days with approval from a manager
- Paid time off for all major holidays plus a 1-week holiday in summer and winter
- Medical insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Short term disability
- Opt-in long term disability
- Opt-in retirement saving plan
The salary range for this position is $65,000 – $70,000. This position is based at Govern for America’s headquarters in New York City. Until there is a working and widely available vaccine, the GFA team works from home, so this position will be remote until further notice. Applicants must be able to start work on or before April 5, 2021.
To apply for this position please email a cover letter and resume to Raquel Gonzalez, Vice President of Programs at email@example.com. We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st. Candidates selected to move forward in the process will be invited to complete a brief job simulation. The final stage in the selection process will consist of 1-2 virtual interviews beginning the week of March 15th.