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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 that struggle to attract and retain talent, we relocated our headquarters to Dodge City, Kansas (to learn more about our planned work in Dodge City, see here). Dodge City is a community with so much to offer — incredible diversity as an immigrant and refugee town, welcoming people, and forward-thinking collaborative leadership. We are a remote first team and will prioritize hiring the best people we can, but we encourage folks joining the team to consider relocating to Dodge City, whether now or in the medium to long term, to help us contribute to the vibrancy of the community. Those who relocate to Dodge City will receive assistance finding housing and being connected to like-minded individuals in the community. Those who join the team but do not relocate will be asked to make 2-3 regular trips to Dodge City and will be invited to participate in an extended site visit so we can show why we and so many other teammates have fallen in love with it!
We'd love to have you join us. See below for open positions and feel free to reach out to jacquita.smith@lead4america.org with any questions!

Open Positions


Intended hiring timeline: November - December 2021.

Responsible for the following aspects of financial management: accounting, grant and compliance reporting, grant budgeting, and the development and management of internal control policies and procedures.

Director of Development

Intended hiring timeline: November - December 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.

Recruitment & Selection Manager

Intended hiring timeline: November - December 2021.

Responsible for managing the communications & direct outreach strategy (1:1 engagement) of the National Lead For America recruitment and selection department.

Director of Communications

Intended hiring timeline: November - December 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.

Vice President of Operations

Intended hiring timeline: November - December 2021.

Responsible for the leadership of Lead For America‘s operations and administration outside of finance. The VP of HR and Administration oversees human resources, hiring, on-boarding, systems management, compliance, performance management, compensation management, contracts management external evaluations, staff learning and development, and staff policies

Director of Community Partnerships

Intended hiring timeline: November - December 2021.

Responsible for co-developing, shaping, and executing LFA’s strategy to build meaningful relationships with community partners to include local and tribal government officials and association members, civic organizations, and social entrepreneurs. Collaborate with hosting organizations and Fellows to co-develop compelling project scopes to ensure Fellows are positioned to lead real and lasting positive impact in their communities. Manage a community partnerships team to achieve these objectives.
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.