Fellow, Research + Evaluation
The Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET)
$20 per hour if not connected to coursework or practicum; course credit if connected to practicum experience
20 hours per week
September 1, 2022
August 14, 2022
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and responses to the following questions in lieu of a cover letter. We will accept responses shared in a written, visual, video, or audio form.
Please submit your application materials in pdf form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Fellow, Research + Evaluation | [Your Name]”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of Sunday, August 14th.
If selected, after the written application, there will be two interviews: (1) individual interview and (2) panel interview. More information and interview questions will be provided ahead of time.
Please note this is a semester-long position with a flexible end date of sometime within December.
The Mission for this Position
The primary program you’ll be focused on at VCET is the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP). VAPLP is a four-month experiential learning & training program that provides community leaders and organizers the knowledge, skills, and connections they need to strengthen their work in advancing equity & social justice in Virginia. Participants who attend the program engage in four weekend-long trainings, each with its own area of focus: power & values, storytelling, organizing, and grassroots fundraising.
VAPLP is wrapping up its eighth cohort and seventh year. Meanwhile, VCET is about to embark on a multi-month strategic planning process. The Fellow will work alongside and with supervision from the Leadership Development Manager in evaluating the program to prepare recommendations for its strategic direction. Through alumni and table partner surveys and focus groups, we hope this fellowship project can inform how the program evolves. This person must be highly organized, self-directed, and are able to understand and communicate technical concepts across minimal data fluency. This role is unique in that you’re building a product start to end that supports both the organization’s growth and your own professional portfolio.
This position is a great fit for someone who is a curious problem-solver and data-lover just as much as they are human-centered and is driven by a sense of purpose to create a more equitable and just Virginia.
Through research and evaluation, you will provide an answer and recommendations to the question, “Where does VAPLP evolve to and how do we get there?” Through participant experience surveys, stakeholder needs assessments, and a landscape review of leadership development programs in the state and national progressive ecosystems, you’ll gather and analyze evidence to inform the program’s next steps through a written + visual report.
The Fellow, Research + Evaluation is responsible for conducting and designing robust evaluation activities alongside the Leadership Development Manager that identify program needs and opportunities. You will support the tactical work of collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data insights to inform program strategy + growth.
Your Starting Point
VAPLP is a highly structured program that we are continually iterating on; you may be starting the evaluation process from scratch but you won’t be doing it all on your own. We are in a period of evolution and transformation, so we are not rigidly wedded to our “how” – we are looking for someone who is both eager to understand its history and current iteration and to push the quality of our work far beyond its current state. In the best case scenario, VAPLP will look different because of your contributions and our collaborative focus on creating the best experience possible for the leaders we work with.
VAPLP is a leadership development program that provides equitable support for emerging leaders in the progressive ecosystem who may not have had access to tailored mentorship, growth, and learning, in particular BIPOC and women/femme communities. The program is more than just traditional leadership development though. It is about envisioning a new, more liberatory way of living and working – not just fixing broken systems and bad practices. VAPLP is designed for leaders who are deeply committed to redesigning culture within progressive institutions and larger systems rather than merely satisfying a line on the resume.
Other Juicy and Relevant Stuff
Since 2008, VCET has been committed to building progressive power in Virginia that prioritizes economic, social, environmental, gender, and especially racial justice. VCET envisions a multi-racial democracy, where the full diversity of our Commonwealth is included, actively participating and represented.
VCET is guided by a key organizational strategy: fostering collective action around a common agenda. This creates the directional north star to build the large, sustained coalition needed to tackle challenges such as the 2020 Census, dismantling systemic white supremacy through strategic policy reform, and ensuring every voter has fair and free access to the ballot box. VCET is a statewide organization that serves a broad network of 46 partners across the Commonwealth with a concentration in Northern Virginia, greater Richmond, and the tidewater region (which includes Newport News, Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach). The work includes cultivating a diverse and progressive leadership pipeline in Virginia, driving collaboration through equitable and inclusive relationships, and growing shared capacity and resources for the progressive movement infrastructure in the Commonwealth.
Our way of working is highly collaborative. You will work especially close with the Leadership Development Manager on all aspects of this position. You will also be closely supported in your goals and growth. If you find it difficult to openly and constantly explore and improve upon your areas of growth and reflect on equity & social justice (as a concept) and the manifestations of white supremacy (as a practice), this is not a good fit for you. Positional hierarchy and the “I have more experience doing X” argument hold no water here. Rooted in liberatory praxis, experiential learning, and critical reflection & dialogue, we aim to live out our values. The best ideas with the most rigorous justification come to the top – let your advocacy come through. If you are already stellar at what you do and want to continue your journey of growth with other smart people, this may be the place for you. Most importantly, we deeply care about the people we serve and work with. Relationships are the core of what we do, how we do, and who we are. From that, we believe that we are at our best when we can express our authentic selves.
VCET is a nonpartisan, 501c3 organization dedicated to fostering greater civic engagement in Virginia that values equity and challenges historical inequity. We are an equal opportunity employer and are deeply committed to building an organization that works towards a more just society. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, religion, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran other protected classes. We value diversity in lived experiences and perspectives; and we strive to build a workplace where everyone has an equally powerful voice. Applicants from minoritized groups (BIPOC, women/femmes, queer and trans folx, disabled folx, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. Research shows that people from minoritized groups apply to jobs only if they meet every single qualification. We encourage you to break that statistic and apply; no one meets every qualification. Our team values empathy & authenticity and is deeply interdependent – we believe it’s not just what we do but how we do. This position requires access to a computer and the internet. If you do not have a computer or access to internet, it will not affect your candidacy and we will provide necessary tools and equipment upon hiring.