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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 young 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

Program Managers

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021.
The Program Manager (PM) is a core part of catalyzing community change through our Fellowship program. Through support of our Fellows and Community Partners, program design and implementation, and actively recruiting additional host sites, the PM plays a critical role at every stage of our theory of change. Program Managers have four distinct responsibilities: 1) supporting and coaching our Fellows out in the field, 2) working with our community partners to ensure positive impact, 3) supporting the design and managing the implementation of the fellowship experience throughout the two years and beyond, and 4) ensuring rigorous systems accountability for smooth program operation.

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.

Direct Recruitment Outreach Manager

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021
Responsible for managing the direct outreach strategy (1:1 engagement) of the Lead For America recruitment and selection department.

Director of Development

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 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: April-June 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: April-June 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.

Lead For Kansas

Lead For Kansas: Executive Director

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021
Responsible for leading the vision, strategy, goals, and overall management of Lead For Kansas (LFKS), stewarding relationships with LFKS funders, champions, and LFKS board members, and ensuring LFKS is translating its vision into tangible impact for the communities it serves. To meet LFA’s national aspirations for impacting as many communities as possible, by 2024 it is expected that LFKS will have at least 50 Fellows in each upcoming cohort, 250 Summer Fellows a year (undergraduates), a successful statewide educational program in high schools and colleges, a thriving demonstration community in Dodge City, and a prominent role in thought leadership and policy development regarding building strong communities in Kansas. This role requires living permanently in Kansas, with strong preference for Dodge City or Garden City

Lead For Kansas: Deputy Director

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021
Responsible for managing the implementation and execution of the vision, strategy, goals, and overall success of Lead For Kansas (LFKS), designing, launching, and managing the educational initiatives including high school and college chapters and the Summer Fellows program, spearheading communications and PR strategy, streamlining operations and systems, writing grants and proposals, and leading the recruitment and selection of LFKS Fellows. To meet LFA’s national aspirations for impacting as many communities as possible, by 2024 it is expected that LFKS will have at least 50 Fellows in each upcoming cohort, 250 Summer Fellows a year (undergraduates), a successful statewide educational program in high schools and colleges, a thriving demonstration community in Dodge City, and a prominent role in thought leadership and policy development regarding building strong communities in Kansas. This role requires living permanently in Kansas, with strong preference for Dodge City or Garden City.

Lead For Kansas: Program Manager

Intended hiring timeline: April-June 2021
The Program Manager (PM) is a core part of catalyzing community change through our Fellowship program. Program Managers operate as navigators and advisors to our Fellows and community partners in support of community revitalization. Through conversations with Fellows and Host sites, rigorous program design and implementation, and a practice of bridge-building and values-accountability for both Fellows and hosts, the PM plays a critical role at every stage of our theory of change. Program Managers have four distinct responsibilities: 1) supporting and coaching our Fellows out in the field in both their primary project scopes and broader entrepreneurial community development expectations, 2) working with our community partners to ensure positive impact, 3) supporting the design and managing the implementation of the fellowship experience throughout the two years and beyond, and 4) ensuring rigorous systems accountability for smooth program operation.
 
This role will likely require 20 hours/week, but depending on the size of the first cohort of LFKS Fellows beginning in July 2021, this role may become a full-time position. For the right candidate, a full-time position may also be available.

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