Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
Outer Coast Program Design & Recruitment 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 Program Design & Recruitment 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 is ‘Program Design’?
Program design refers to the decision-making process involved in crafting each aspect of educational programming at Outer Coast.
Designing programs involves reaching and selecting the right students, staff, and faculty to animate the mission of Outer Coast and building the programmatic structures necessary to set them up for success. Examples of program design work include: collaborating with the Student Body to refine the student admissions process, interviewing faculty applicants, or researching and implementing new pedagogical tools in the Outer Coast classroom.
Unique value of this role
The Program Design & Recruitment fellowship offers a unique opportunity to dream big about the possibilities of innovative education. In addition to being part of an exciting and flourishing educational environment, you will gain a wide breadth of practical skills in program development — such as database management, communications, and research — applicable across a variety of educational contexts and professional sectors.
The Program Design & Recruitment Fellow Fellow will be a primary collaborator on the Outer Coast team and will work directly with the Director of Programs & Operations and Programs and Operations Manager. The Program Design and Recruitment and Fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assist and work with the Director of Programs & Operations and the Programs and Operations Manager on all aspects of the project relating to educational programming, including program design, faculty hiring, student recruitment and admissions, institutional authorization and accreditation, and other program logistics, with a particular focus on the Outer Coast Year 2022–23
Support the day-to-day operations of the Outer Coast Year 2021–22, including frequent collaboration with Student Body committees
Research and share findings on a range of topics (aligned organizations in Alaska, financial aid, accreditation protocols, non-traditional models of higher education, etc.)
Participate in discussions and worksessions on all topics pertaining to student programming and the college creation process
Draft a variety of documentation (agreements, Board of Trustees documents, proposals)
Coordinate communications with constituencies and collaborators
Meet and speak with experts, collaborators, and community members about issues related to the eventual operation of the college
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 & Programs meetings with fellow project staff. 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 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
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.
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 Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tasha (email@example.com) with the subject “Name of Applicant: Outer Coast AFP P&R 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.
If you have questions about this position, please email Frank at email@example.com or Tasha at firstname.lastname@example.org, who is currently serving in this role.