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What Sort of Work Do Encore Fellows Do?
Encore Fellows bring a wide variety of highly transferable skills that can have a huge impact in the organizations that host them. Typical functional backgrounds for fellows and the project areas they relate to include:
- Marketing/communications: messaging, collateral, public relations and brand management
- Information technology: hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation, support and maintenance
- Human resources policies: systems and structures, staff development and coaching
- Legal: structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
- Financial management business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
- Sales/business development: policies and strategies, fundraising initiatives and target donor identification
- Strategic plans: scaling initiatives, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
- Operations and performance management: planning, coordination and analysis
- Project/program management: operations, initiatives, a new venture or expansion
- Technical specialists: specific skill areas such as engineering and statistics
- Facilities and Construction Management: design and project management, facility maintenance and administration
Work Host Criteria and Responsibilities
Work hosts, typically nonprofit, education or public agencies, create and manage impactful Encore Fellow assignments. Below are the key criteria of an effective Work Host:
- High-impact work: A work host identifies a role or assignment for the fellow that advances its mission and responds to high-priority organizational needs. A matched Work Host and Fellow agree to a “Statement of Work” which clearly defines the roles, expectations, and milestones and aligns with the fellow’s skills and abilities. This document guides the definition of the work and outcomes throughout the Fellowship, but also allows for flexibility to incorporate new opportunities and learning during the course of the Fellowship.
- Leadership and commitment: The work host integrates the fellow into its leadership team, provides strong sponsorship from its executive director, ensures organizational buy-in, and commits the personnel and resources to support the success of the assignment.
- Fellow selection and support: The work host actively participates in the fellow selection process to ensure a good fit and provides management and support throughout the fellowship.
- Structure and flexibility: Together the work host and fellow determine a work schedule that ensures the fellow has time to achieve results for the nonprofit and develop meaningful experience in the social sector. The ideal fellowship is approximately 1,000 hours, lasting one year on a part-time basis, with flexibility to accommodate the needs and circumstances of the fellow and the work host.
- Financial engagement: The work host contributes a significant portion of the Fellowship cost, reinforcing the value of the Fellowship to the work host and the Fellow. This contribution may be part or all of the fellow’s stipend and a program fee. The full cost of a fellowship ranges between $25,000 and $45,000 for 1,000 hours, based on geography. This cost is a fraction of the equivalent market value of the work performed. Encore Fellowships are a very affordable source of experienced talent to your organization. A limited number of sponsorships are available
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What Are the Next Steps to Host an Encore Fellow?
The first step is to find an Encore Fellowships program which fits your needs. Each program has a director who is able to provide information about the focus, scope and terms of their program. Each program follows a common application process, which involves describing your organization, fellowship position(s), and why your organization and the position are a good fit for an Encore Fellowship. Most programs accept Work Host applications year-round; note that some programs limit work host applications to an invitation-only basis.
Once your organization is accepted into a program, you will work with the Program Director to describe your needs in more detail and conduct the matching process to identify a fellow.
Each program may have a range of funding models. Work hosts typically pay some or all of the fellow’s stipend and a modest program participation fee. The cost is a fraction of the equivalent market value of the work performed, so under any of the funding scenarios, Encore Fellowships are a very affordable source of experienced talent to your organization. A limited number of fellows have sponsorship from a former employer or other organization.
If a match is made, you and your fellow will work together to further define the objectives and scope of the project. You will be responsible for providing space, equipment, a proper orientation and to sponsor the fellow’s work. In addition to what you provide, the Encore Fellows Program Director offers opportunities for your fellow to interact with other fellows and ways for them to learn more broadly about the sector and social-purpose work.
How Do I Find and Apply to an Encore Fellowships Program?
Consult our Program Directory for a list of our Fellowships programs.