The Director of Programs & Evaluation will build and maintain systems and programs to assess and increase the impact of FUSE Executive Fellows and alumni in their work throughout the country.
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.
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FUSE’s Program team provides support to Executive Fellows and their government hosts throughout the fellowship year to help maximize the impact of their work in advancing racial equity and systems change. The Program team also continues to provide resources to FUSE alumni as they continue in their careers after the fellowship. This work includes among other things regular project check-ins with current fellows and government hosts to assess progress and offer tools for support; organizing and facilitating a wide variety of training and learning opportunities for fellows and alums (e.g., fellow orientation, regular webinars, executive coaching); and convening fellows, alums and government hosts for knowledge exchange opportunities. Additionally, the Program team is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the fellowship program overall as well as the impact of each project in order to better leverage the learnings and successes of fellows’ work across projects and cities. Each year FUSE launches about 60 new projects spread over three cohorts (spring, summer, fall).
To accomplish this work, the Program team is managed by a Vice President and includes the Director of Fellowships, who oversees the training and support of Executive Fellows in doing their project work during their fellowship year; and the Director of Programs & Evaluation, whose primary responsibility will be the assessment of the fellowship program’s effectiveness and the impact resulting from each project, and who will also manage alumni services and select program collaborations to further elevate FUSE’s impact. The Program team also includes four Alumni-in-Residence, who support Executive Fellows through regular one-on-one interactions and also contribute to overall Program services; and a Program Manager, a Senior Associate and an Associate who provide vital support to all these efforts.
Reporting directly to the Vice President, the Director of Programs & Evaluation will oversee the continued enhancement, additional design and ongoing maintenance of evaluation tools and strategies that collect, track and analyze timely and relevant data about the fellowship program and its projects. This evaluation is currently done primarily through surveys, one-on-one interviews and focus groups. The Director will further be responsible for translating the complex data and evaluation outcomes into actionable metrics and sharing findings with both internal and external audiences. The information collected in the evaluation process will help inform project and program design and continuous improvement, and will also inform the Director as they undertake collaborations with other organizations to support and lift up the work of Executive Fellows and alums.
The Director will be expected to model FUSE’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of this work and, as is the expectation of all FUSE staff, to directly engage in the organization’s internal diversity, equity and inclusion work.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:
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Please submit an application and cover letter at www.fusecorps.org/about/fuse-jobs/ 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.