The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York (CCNY) is hiring a Fellowships and Public Service Program Coordinator to support a range of fellowship, partnership, and mentoring programs. These programs provide academic and professional development opportunities for students, preparing them for successful careers in public service and social justice with government agencies or nonprofit organizations. Our goal in creating these programs is to prepare students to acquire power in the ranks of organizations where their predecessors have historically lacked it.
We currently have six active public service fellowships for undergraduates, including the Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service; the Climate Policy Fellows Program; the Edward I. Koch Fellowship in Public Service; the NBCU Academy Fellows Program; the Racial Justice Fellows Program; and a new Mixner Fellowship, which supports students focused on LGBTQ+ advocacy. All of the undergraduate fellowships enable students to pursue paid internships, providing valuable work experience and networking opportunities during their college careers. Many of the internships come through partnerships that the Colin Powell School has cultivated with our public service partners.
Beyond the fellowships, we offer a Semester in DC Program; an Honors Program in Legal Studies; and mentoring opportunities, including through the Student Success Guide program. The Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship supports Masters and PhD students with research and community-based projects. All of the programs broaden our students’ exposure to new experiences, ideas, and career paths.
The Program Coordinator will play a critical role in the recruitment of students for these opportunities and the administration of these programs. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in an educational, government, or nonprofit setting and a strong commitment to public service.
About the Colin Powell School:
The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership includes all of the social science at CCNY, as well as most of the core leadership development and public service programs of the College. Graduating the most CCNY students annually, the Colin Powell School promotes the values of service and engagement. CCNY serves one of the most diverse student populations in the nation. Eighty percent of our students are people of color. More than half are immigrants. More than seventy percent of our students are first-generation college students.
Core responsibilities of the position will include:
- Serving as the primary recruiter for Colin Powell School fellowship, professional development, and mentoring opportunities that are largely focused on but not limited to public service. Recruitment strategies might include emails to faculty, staff, and students; info sessions; class and club visits; social media posts; and flyers.
- Meeting with students one-on-one to discuss opportunities in depth and answer questions.
- Leading the application review process. Compiling and helping to review applications for various opportunities such as fellowships, the Semester in DC program, and the Student Success Guide Program.
- Scheduling and helping to conduct interviews with select applicants to these programs.
- Maintaining records for fellows and other program participants. Collecting and organizing onboarding documents such as tax forms, photos, bios, and agreements.
- Tracking payments of scholarships and stipends.
- Updating the alumni fellowship database. Helping to organize networking events for alumni.
- Creating community-building events for fellows and fellowship alumni. Working with current fellows and alumni to organize activities.
- Maintaining social media accounts.
- Tracking progress; assisting with data collection and program evaluation.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree with 2 or more years of experience, ideally in an educational, government, or nonprofit setting.
- Demonstrated commitment to public service.
- Demonstrated commitment to equity based on race, gender and class; ability to connect with people from historically marginalized identities.
- Ability to communicate effectively — including with students, faculty, staff, and alumni — in person and through emails, video/phone calls, and other means.
- Strong self-starter with a track record of working on projects with minimal supervision.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, with ability to handle multiple projects at once.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
- Flexible, positive attitude and someone who brings joy to their work.
This position is supported by the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY. The Program Coordinator will report to Debbie Cheng, Director of Fellowships and Public Service Partnerships.
In order to be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to ColinPowellSchoolJobs@gmail.com by October 11, 2021. Be sure to put “Fellowships and Public Service Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
The Colin Powell School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to equity and inclusion and strongly value the experiences of historically marginalized people and encourage them to apply. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.