Advertised Summary Job Description: Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a fellowship program working to build just and equitable communities in the United States and South Africa.
Based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, AFRE's fellowship brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies for addressing, dismantling, and transforming the power structures that exist to subjugate black people. The program aspires to build a dynamic and enduring network of transnational, cross-sectoral leaders dedicated to creating the institutions, narratives, and policies that advance racial equity and justice in both countries. AFRE launched its inaugural group of fellows in 2017, with the second cohort beginning in February 2019.
Key Responsibilities Reporting to the Program Director, the Associate Program Director will serve as the primary liaison to Fellows on fellowship supports, with responsibility for the individual development of current and alumni fellows, as well as the execution of key program, operating, and evaluation goals. Specifically, the Associate Program Director will lead in these opportunities and challenges:
Lead the US-based Fellow recruitment and selection process. Work with the Executive Director and Program Director and AFRE-SA staff to devise selection goals and objectives. Oversee and drive the selection process, including recruitment outreach, communication, review of applications, and collaborative decision-making. Serve as the point person for inquiries and requests for fellowship information.
Coach fellows and connect them with resources and supports. Develop individualized growth plans with each Fellow, including one-on-one coaching to identify areas of need, opportunity, and interest. Assist Fellows in creating meaningful and achievable personal goals for the year and help build a supportive network of allies and collaborators around each Fellow.
Collect and facilitate the use of Fellow data for supporting program growth. Design and implement methods for collecting program data that can be used for the continued development and improvement of the program. Prepare reports with key recommendations to present to AFRE leadership and Governing Board. Assist the Executive Director and Program Director with staying abreast of internal trends, dynamics, and key emerging issues within each cohort.
Develop and cultivate the Fellow alumni network and community-building activities. Support the development of a strong and active alumni program that fosters a deep connection to and continued support of AFRE. Collaborate with AFRE staff and alumni to plan and execute meaningful events and programs throughout the year. Facilitate opportunities for alumni and current Fellows to connect, learn from each other, and strengthen the impact of the AFRE network in transformation around the world.
Contribute to operational components as needed. Given the small size of AFRE's staff, step in and assist with programmatic and operational tasks when necessary.
**This position is based in New York City and will require some international travel.**
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. 5 years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: To lead in this area, the ideal Associate Program Director will have at least five years of experience in managing fellowship or leadership development programs, and a keen understanding of the personal and professional process of transformation that fellows experience throughout the fellowship period. They will possess the ability to listen deeply, to ask questions that lead to meaningful insights, and to help Fellows craft and fine-tune their plans. They will have a strong grounding in and knowledge of social justice work, particularly as it relates to anti-black oppression.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience coaching and successful experience in individual case management for professional growth. In addition to a capacity for high-level strategic thinking, the successful candidate will bring excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking. S/he/they will have a high level of emotional maturity, high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively in a consensus-driven team environment with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds ? including internationally. Above all, s/he/they will have a deep commitment to transforming the scale, impact, and quality of efforts to advance racial and social equity.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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