The Associate will provide administrative and operational support to ensure that FUSE is able to pursue its mission with a robust executive fellowship project pipeline. Working in close partnership with various team members across the organization, the Associate will help ensure that FUSE is able to meet its goals for each executive fellowship cohort by assisting in scope building, contracting, and relationship maintenance of our government partners and national civic organizations.
LOCATION: FUSE is a fully virtual organization and this position can be based remotely from anywhere in the United States.
FUSE is a national nonprofit working to expand social and economic opportunities, particularly for communities that have been limited by a history of systemic and institutionalized racism. FUSE partners with local governments and communities to more effectively address pressing challenges by placing experienced professionals within city and county agencies. These FUSE Executive Fellows lead strategic projects designed to advance racial equity and accelerate systems change. Since 2012, FUSE has led over 250 projects in 40 governments across 20 states, impacting the lives of 25 million people.
When designing each fellowship project, FUSE works closely with government partners and local stakeholders to define a scope of work that will achieve substantive progress toward regional priorities. FUSE then conducts an individualized search for each project to ensure that the selected candidate has at least 15 years of professional experience, the required competencies for the role, and deep connections to the communities being served. They are data-driven and results-oriented and able to effectively manage complex projects by developing actionable roadmaps and monitoring progress to completion.
Executive Fellows are hired as FUSE employees and embedded in government agencies for at least one year of full-time work. Throughout their fellowships, they receive training, coaching, and professional support from FUSE to help achieve their project goals. FUSE Executive Fellows bring diverse perspectives and new approaches to their projects. They build strong relationships with diverse arrays of stakeholders, foster alignment within and across various layers of government, and build partnerships between governments and communities.
For more information: https://www.fuse.org/
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Associate will provide administrative and operational support to ensure that FUSE is able to pursue its mission with a robust executive fellowship project pipeline. Working in close partnership with various team members across the organization, the Associate will help ensure that FUSE is able to meet its goals for each executive fellowship cohort by assisting in scope building, contracting, and relationship maintenance of our government partners and national civic organizations. This position is an opportunity for a professional with a strong interest in local government and community development to develop skills and experience around municipal policy, racial equity, government relations, and contracting.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES – Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:
Partnerships Team Coordination
- Project coordination in support of the Partnerships team including meeting scheduling, note taking, and sales process tracking.
- Coordinating all existing master contracts and execution of individual placement agreements with government partners including administrative tasks and process improvement recommendations as well as assisting Directors with department level invoicing and contracts as needed.
- Designing and logistically executing the scoping process for all fellowship projects in partnership with Directors, including the management of a portfolio of contract writers.
- Creating new reports, dashboards and improving data management to serve the team and recommend improvements to Directors.
- Coordinating with the philanthropy team on deadlines related to grant application submissions and reporting.
- Collaborating with members of the broader FUSE team in the achievement of organization-wide goals.
- Leading and improving the Partnerships team’s operations, including data management within our client-relationship management software (Salesforce), optimizing technology usage, process improvement, and scheduling.
- Conducting key strategic initiative research and summarizing findings on city and county partnership prospects, government leaders, corporations, and foundations.
- Staying apprised of news within our current and prospective partner cities by summarizing and synthesizing current events, elections and political news, Mayors’ State of the City addresses, and publicized city initiatives in-line with the Partnerships team’s work.
- Briefing Partnerships team members with key context and information on potential new partners to ensure team members are fully prepared in advance of meetings.
- Assisting with Vice President and Directors’ preparation for participation in virtual convenings and national conferences where FUSE team members are invited to present on the impacts of our work.
- Support data input and management in Salesforce, including creating and updating records, email tracking, report generation, report generation and refinement.
- Provide administrative and scheduling support as needed to help ensure that the team is able to meet with current and prospective government partners on a regular basis.
- Partner with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to maintain the health of the database by regularly reviewing the use of fields and data, as well as removing duplicate records.
- Manage the Partnerships team calendars to ensure that FUSE meets all of its government partnerships deadlines.
- Coordinate with the Finance & Operations team to report and reconcile all invoicing.
- Passion around FUSE’s mission, the pursuit of racial equity, and the future of American cities.
- 1-3 years of experience with nonprofits, public policy, local government, business development, sales, fundraising, and/or partnership development.
- Strong organizational skills managing multiple, concurrent projects with high attention to detail.
- Proficiency with data input and management, and the use of customer relationship management (CRM) platforms. Salesforce experience is a plus.
- Proactive and self-motivated problem-solver able to work in a deadline-driven environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to develop effective working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues within a small and collaborative team.
- Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Please submit an application and cover letter at https://fuse.org/careers-with-fuse/ by clicking on the associated job description. The cover letter should explain your motivation to join FUSE and how you anticipate leveraging your experience in this role.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.