Nonprofit Capacity-Building Fellow, Third Sector New England

Boston, Mass.
Apr / 15 / 2016

Organizational Description

Third Sector New England (TSNE) builds the leadership and effectiveness of individuals and groups to create a more just and democratic society. We act also to promote wider recognition of community-based organizations as the primary stewards of our core societal values. The ultimate intention of our work is to shift power and influence in our society by actively engaging with our constituents in order to hold responsible the systems that affect our lives.
TSNE provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities. With a staff of dedicated nonprofit professionals, TSNE is an effective fiscal sponsor, convener, consultant and grant-maker, offering a unique blend of capacity-building programs and services focused on strengthening nonprofits for a deeper impact on the communities they serve.

Position Summary

This nine month paid fellowship (September 2016-May 2017) is an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the internal management of a nonprofit capacity-building organization, to learn about the theories underlying capacity-building consulting, and to learn about leadership development for the nonprofit sector. Fellows will also gain an in-depth understanding of the crucial role of organizational development as tool for effective social change. The fellowship is customized to fit both personal learning goals and TSNE’s organizational goals. Fellows will work within a department of TSNE on independent projects and engage in a capacity building project with a TSNE mission aligned organization.
Some potential projects could include:
  • Conducting surveys and interviews in order to evaluate and improve aspects of TSNE’s program offerings;
  • Supporting internal innovation by helping staff members develop plans and execute pilots of new program offerings;
  • Conducting market research to support the expansion of TSNE’s programs;
  • Evaluating internal systems and providing recommendations for improvement;
  • Researching specialty areas within organizational development consulting and developing materials for use by consultants;
  • Supporting development of  TSNE’s Better Nonprofit Management and other training programs;
  • Crafting communications strategies and supporting the development of marketing materials;
  • Conducting independent projects co-developed by the Fellow and TSNE staff;
  • Providing administrative support to a TSNE department.
This fellowship could be a great fit for you if you:
  • Constantly seek out opportunities for learning and growth;
  • Manage your own time effectively, flexibly shifting priorities between multiple projects;
  • Have excellent writing and critical analysis skills;
  • Love taking on new challenges outside of your comfort zone;
  • Enjoy making connections with and supporting your colleagues;
  • Flourish in self-directed learning environments;
  • Are interested in the nexus of social change and organizational development;
  • Are passionate about TSNE’s mission;
  • Have experience working in a social change organization.
Fellows are paid $18.50 per hour and work 30 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Benefits are included.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.
We do accept applications by mail. Send to:
Third Sector New England
NonProfit Center, 7th floor
Attn: HR – 89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
Or by Fax: 617.523.2070
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and veteran or disability status.
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