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Annie E. Casey Foundation: Children and Family Fellowship

Deadline: August 20, 2021

The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks nominations and applications for its Children and Family Fellowship, an intensive executive leadership program, now in its third decade. The Fellowship develops the potential of leaders in public, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations working to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. The Fellowship explicitly strives to increase the pool of diverse, visionary leaders with the confidence and competence to lead and sustain major system reforms and community change initiatives. The 21-month Fellowship program brings together leaders from varied professional backgrounds, geographic regions and racial and ethnic groups.

While balancing the demands of their current positions, Fellows participate in a series of leadership opportunities, including executive seminars, peer consultations and individual coaching to provide real-time application and learning. Participation in the program will also include traveling to nine seminars at the Casey Foundation in Baltimore and around the country (conditions permitting).

Each Fellow will be expected to identify a measurable change that he or she plans to achieve by the end of the Fellowship term. For the 2022-2024 Fellowship, known as Class 12, Fellows will be asked to connect their work to the result “All youth ages 16-24 in the United States have bright futures,” and will work to strengthen their contribution to this result. This work takes place primarily “back home” between seminars, and is reported on and refined during the seminars. The Fellows are expected to apply all of the tools and competencies that the Fellowship provides them to reach this result. They will also enlist trusted colleagues in their home organization to partner with them throughout the Fellowship term. The Fellows will receive two visits from Fellowship faculty to help guide and support them.

As Fellows will bring the tools and skills of the Fellowship back home to their organizations and enlist colleagues and stakeholders in achieving accelerated results. To this end, Fellows must have the support of their organizations to participate in the Fellowship, as well as an organizational interest in integrating an equitable results orientation to its work. Fellows will identify a key Results Partner who will serve as a “back home” partner. This individual will have the opportunity to participate in Fellowship activities in order to build their own competency. The Fellow will be accelerating an actual piece of work during the Fellowship term, and is expected to receive coaching from their organization’s faculty and peers. The opportunity works best when the Fellow’s supervisor is an open and willing thought partner to the Fellow between seminars. The supervisor should be mindful of placing demands on the Fellow’s time while they are participating in seminars.

Note: The deadline to nominate individuals for the Fellowship is August 20, 2021; the deadline to apply for the Fellowship is September 10, 2021.

Amount: The program will fund the cost of tuition of Fellowship, as well as all program-related expenses, including:

  • Travel to and from Fellowship activities
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Materials

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • have ten years or more professional work experience in fields that serve children and families (excluding volunteer time and unpaid internships);
  • hold a position with significant management responsibility (for example program managers, deputies, department heads, directors, executives) or have held such a position recently;
  • be working in the United States on domestic issues;
  • have work experience in roles of increasing responsibility;
  • be able to attend ALL Fellowship seminars and activities during the Fellowship term of April 2022 through January 2024;
  • not be involved in another fellowship program during the Children and Family Fellowship period;
  • not be seeking public office during the Children and Family Fellowship period;
  • not be currently seeking employment at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and
  • not be an immediate family member of a board member or senior leader of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Link: https://www.aecf.org/blog/nominations-and-application-open-for-20222024-casey-children-and-family-fel 

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