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'19 Fellows Travis Ghirdharie, Lorenzo Johnson, Trevaughn Latimer, Alfredo Dominguez, and John Cooper
Lead For America is about to begin a period of tremendous growth. From the organization’s founding in late 2018, we have placed 100+ Fellows in 24 states, raised several million dollars from public, private, and philanthropic partners, and are now operating 5+ state and regional affiliates. By the end of 2021, we expect to grow from 16 full-time employees to 25, which will put us in position to significantly expand our fellowship and education programs, while also investing in deep place-making work in "demonstration cities" to build comprehensive talent and civic education strategies in distressed communities.
We are looking for team members who are excited about being a part of this growth and helping shape a nationwide movement that will be enlisting thousands of leaders every year. We are seeking people who will see this role as a path to leadership development and professional growth. The right team additions will feel energized and excited by enormous responsibility and opportunities for creative autonomy and must be disciplined, self-motivated, highly organized, and have excellent oral and written skills.

Recently, to embody our values and best serve communities struggling with Brain Drain, we relocated our headquarters to Dodge City, Kansas (to learn more about our planned work in Dodge City, see here). Because we hope that all of our staff members will be actively involved in community building efforts, for most roles we are prioritizing hires for people who are willing to live and work in Dodge City, or are able to spend a significant amount of time there each month, after the pandemic is over. We understand that not everyone can relocate and still welcome applications from those applying to work from anywhere in the country (also, note that positions that allow or require working outside of Dodge City will note that in the below descriptions).
We'd love to have you join us. See below for open positions and feel free to reach out to matthew.miller@lead4america.org with any questions!

Open Positions

Recruitment and Selection Manager

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021

Responsible for crafting and driving the recruitment and selection efforts for LFA’s Fellowship programs and assisting with broader recruitment efforts organization wide.

Director of Development

Intended hiring timeline: July-August 2021.

Responsible for managing Lead For America’s fundraising strategy and execution alongside the CEO. This individual will take a leadership role in every aspect of development: strategy, pitching, relationship building, grant writing, and gift stewardship. The Development Director will be the primary lead on discrete philanthropic opportunities up to $300k/year (with an expected annual fundraising goal of $1.5m+), and the primary supporter of the CEO on larger philanthropic opportunities. Lead For America is seeking a hard-working, experienced development professional who is excited by the challenge of growing Lead For America’s philanthropic resources exponentially in the coming years. Strong performance will lead to promotion opportunities.
This individual may reside at the national headquarters in Dodge City, or to be near philanthropic partner clusters, may choose to reside in Washington DC, New York City, or the Bay Area.

Director of Education Initiatives

Intended hiring timeline: July-September 2021.

Responsible for the growth and success of the LFA college chapter system, the launch, growth, and success of the LFA high school chapter system, and new educational initiatives. Currently, LFA has eight college chapters nationwide and plans to launch dozens of high school chapters in Kansas as part of a fall 2021 pilot. For more on the college chapter model, see here. For more on the high school chapter model, see here.

Vice President of Expansion

The VP of Expansion is responsible for leading work relating to scaling Lead For America’s affiliates, demonstration cities, and other new initiatives. Working closely with the CEO, COO, and CPO, the VP of National Expansion will lead business development strategy and execution, marketing, and development of strategic partnerships to increase scale, and manage the growing network of affiliate and demonstration city entrepreneurs. The VP of Expansion will significantly increase the reach of Lead For America and multiply our impact.
This individual ideally will reside at the national headquarters in Dodge City, but given personal circumstances may have the choice to reside in a place of strategic national importance, including Washington DC, New York City, or the Bay Area.

Director of Communications

Intended hiring timeline: July-August 2021.

Responsible for the stewarding of key philanthropic relationships alongside the CEO, and responsible for the effective communication of Lead For America’s vision and stories.
This individual ideally will reside at the national headquarters in Dodge City, but given personal circumstances may have the choice to reside in a place of strategic national importance, including Washington DC, New York City, or the Bay Area.

Chief Program Officer

Intended hiring timeline: July-August 2021.

Responsible for the leadership of all aspects of Lead For America programming, including the fellowship programs, education initiatives for high schoolers and college students, LFA affiliates and demonstration cities, and any new initiatives.
The Chief Program Officer oversees all aspects of programmatic success, including program design, strategy, execution, and programs team management, to ensure Lead For America’s mission and vision become reality.
To be present with the rest of the chief executives of the organization, we will strongly lean toward candidates who can relocate to Dodge City in the short to medium term, but are open to discussing alternative arrangements in special circumstances.


Intended hiring timeline: July-August 2021.

We are looking for an experienced Financial Controller to undertake the following aspects of financial management: accounting, grant and compliance reporting, grant budgeting, and the development and management of internal control policies and procedures. Controller responsibilities will also include financial risk management.

Director of Data & Technology

Intended hiring timeline: July-August 2021.

Responsible for the design, development, and management of LFA’s data and technology infrastructure, to include overseeing the collection, analysis, and visualization of all impact and management data, and the streamlining, automation, and management of all technological systems. Over time, LFA anticipates that the responsibilities of this role will be split between two or more full-time staff.
Lead for America is an equal opportunity employer. Lead for America will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any fellow or employee or applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Lead For America is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact info@lead4america.org.