Bridging & Democracy Fellow at AmeriCorps

Bridging & Democracy Fellow at AmeriCorps (Special Assistant for Bridging & Democracy at AmeriCorps)

LOCATION: Department of the Chief Executive Officer – Immediate Office

The Special Assistant for Bridging & Democracy executes upon AmeriCorps’ bridge building and civic engagement strategy through research and outreach to other  organizations consistent with AmeriCorps’ strategic initiatives, goals, and objectives. In collaboration with the Partnerships Team, including the Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, the incumbent will drive the development and execution of a plan to engage and expand the universe of potential bridging and democracy partners, develop plans for collaboration with philanthropic, corporate, academic, and other federal entities, and support agency efforts to strengthen civic
engagement, and bridge building activities. This will include supporting the agency’s United We Serve campaign and its commitments to create or support a bridging and civic engagement training pilot project.
The Fellow will report to the Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, who will provide thought leadership to guide plans and serve as the Special Assistant’s day-to-day supervisor.


  • Collaborates with agency leadership to steward and cultivate relationships with philanthropic, nonprofit, academic, and corporate organizations and with other federal agencies, building a strategic plan for increasing outcomes in bridge building, civic engagement, and common identity across AmeriCorps’ programs. Examples of opportunities include:
    • Identifying external philanthropic or corporate partners that could providing funding for these initiatives or for programs that aim to increase civic engagement as an impact
    • Supporting the development of asynchronous civics and bridge building training that can be made available to all AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers
    • Strategizing and implementing ways to increase common identity among all AmeriCorps members
    • Building a database of examples of effective programs that have high quality civics or bridge building training for AmeriCorps members
  • Supports the United We Serve campaign to raise awareness about national service, develop and pilot trainings for AmeriCorps members to bridge divides and foster civic engagement, and work with the Office of Research and Evaluation to find new opportunities to study the impacts and cost-effectiveness of national service and volunteerism;
  • Represents AmeriCorps in conversations and at convenings;
    Manages day-to-day relationships with relevant organizations and stakeholders on behalf of AmeriCorps, including but not limited to:

    • Scheduling conversations between organizations and appropriate AmeriCorps leadership;
    • Tracking communication and leading follow ups as necessary;
    • Translating conversations into action plans, and working with personnel across the agency to execute those plans.
  • Develops local and national partnerships and initiates individual and organizational partnership leads on behalf of AmeriCorps.
  • Creates and owns the outreach strategy necessary to achieve these outcomes
  • Supports partnerships within government to help achieve strategies and objectives associated with AmeriCorps’ Strategic Plan goal to unite Americans by bringing them together in service and United We Stand commitments and partnerships.

The ideal candidate for this role is an intrapreneurial and collaborative problem solver passionate about bridgebuilding. This person must be highly self-motivated, organized and excel at implementation of priorities.

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background investigation/security clearance and verification that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by DoD required.
  • Military selective service registration by the date of appointment as a STEM Next Opportunity Fund Fellow required (applicable only to males born after December 31, 1959).
  • Bachelor’s degree required, although a graduate degree is strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in bridge building and/or civic engagement related roles required
  • Previous experience building relationships across diverse groups of stakeholders required.
  • Previous experience working in the Federal Government preferred.
  • Previous experience with research and evaluation preferred.

All Fellows are required to pass a background check and security clearance as required by their Federal Agency.

To Apply: Please submit a written application here – by February 27th, 2022 at 5pm PT.

Salary and Benefits:
The Salary Range for this position is $115,000-$165,000. STEM Next provides paid time off, sick leave and 13 federal holidays. STEM Next provides a comprehensive set of benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401(k) Retirement Plan, and Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account.

STEM Next Opportunity Fund is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.

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