Alaska Fellows Program position description
Outer Coast Development & Communications Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site — Sitka, Juneau, and Anchorage — is unique and remarkable. At the Sitka site, fellows live in a house together as a cohort of 8.
Fellows receive housing, a monthly living stipend of $1000, and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while the Anchorage and Sitka programs will run nine months (September-May).
For other questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Term: Start of September 2021 through end of May 2022.
Employer: Outer Coast
Contact: Frank Eccher (email@example.com)
Title: Outer Coast Development & Communications Fellow
Outer Coast is a new postsecondary institution in Sitka, Alaska. We offer a transformative, community-based, and student-governed education for students from across Alaska and around the world and are on the path to becoming a two-year college.
Our mission is to teach and inspire young people to create virtuous change in the world and in their own lives through academics, service & labor, and self-governance.
Outer Coast seeks to serve a student body that is national and international in breadth and diverse in many ways, including racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identities, and socioeconomic status. Outer Coast emphasizes reaching students from across Alaska, particularly Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans, as well as other high-potential students from backgrounds underrepresented and underserved in American higher education.
What does ‘Development & Communications’ mean?
Development means securing the financial resources that an organization needs to operate day-to-day and grow sustainably into the future.
Working in development involves strategically communicating the message, mission, and impact of Outer Coast to different audiences and stakeholders. This work helps secure donations and build a broad network of relationships and partnerships for the organization as a whole. Examples of development work include: writing grant applications, pitching to a promising charitable foundation, or creating impact reports and student profiles for individual donors.
Unique Value of this Role:
Development work is the engine of all nonprofits. This fellowship offers on-the-ground development and communications experience that is widely applicable across the nonprofit sector and beyond. You will also gain valuable and practical financial knowledge and skills, such as learning accounting and donor management software, and the backend processes of nonprofit administration.
The Development & Communications Fellow will be a primary collaborator on the Outer Coast team and will work directly with the Development Lead (responsibilities can be found here).
The fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assist and further all aspects of Outer Coast work relating to development, communications, and administration, including day-to-day aspects of the 2021-2022 Outer Coast Year program
Build out the body of content we use to describe Outer Coast by:
Drafting original language tailored to specific stakeholders
Editing existing documents
Writing structured grant reports
Creating profiles for newsletters + other communications with partners
Help to manage and streamline workflows, systems, and routines for the development team
Work closely with the Executive Director and assist in all aspects of the ED’s relationship building with donors
Keep financial data clean and organized
Track and log financial expenditures, prepare financial documentation, and lead our accounting work
Write and coordinate an annual request for contributions
Research and prepare briefs on a range of topics (e.g. granting organizations, high-capacity donors, taxation process, etc.)
Contribute to discussions and worksessions on all topics pertaining to the 2021-2022 Year program, the 2022 Summer Seminar, and the college creation process
Meet and speak with experts, collaborators, and community members about issues related to development and administration of the college
Work closely with fellow Outer Coast Build Team members
This position provides a tremendous learning opportunity as well as the chance to have an impact on the DNA of Outer Coast. Outer Coast fellow positions are uniquely immersive and fast-paced and require a high level of commitment. This position changes from week to week and involves a great deal of self-directed work, guided by daily check-ins with fellow Build Team members. Candidates should be willing to work on occasional evenings and weekends.
Individuals interested in this position should read through the Outer Coast website, letters from the Summer Seminar Student Bodies, and these media articles (New York Times, KCAW Raven Radio, KFSX Radio, Inside Higher Ed, the Sitka Sentinel, and the Economist) and request a copy of the Outer Coast College Blueprint, to get a sense of Outer Coast’s ’s origins.
Mission-aligned with Outer Coast and its goals
Self-motivated and directed
Passionate about creating change in American higher education
Responsive to feedback and constructive criticism
Eager to work on a small and highly collaborative team
Experience working with young people in an educational setting, particularly high school and/or college-aged students
Willing to work on occasional evenings and weekends
Demonstrated knowledge or experience in Alaska Native cultures, languages, values, and traditions
We especially encourage applications from Alaskans and Alaska Natives, as well as other identities representative of the students we seek to serve.
Application Materials: In a single PDF, please include the following:
Statement of purpose of no more than 2 pages
Three references to be contacted
Submit materials to: Please email your application to Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Frank (email@example.com) with the subject “Name of Applicant: Outer Coast AFP D&C Application”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final deadline for applications is March 14, 2021.
When submitting your applications, please also copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Information: If you have questions about this position, please email Frank at email@example.com or Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org, who is currently serving in this role.