New York City
Encore Fellows Program

The New York Program covers the New York metro area.

Encore Fellow Application

Submit online Fellow application, with qualifications and resume.

Host Application

Submit online Host application, with description of one or more Fellowship positions.

The New York Program accepts applications for fellow candidates
and nonprofit work hosts year round.

Screening and Selection Process

Encore.org staff screen Fellow applications, assessing qualifications and fit with proposed Fellowship positions. Factors include:

  • Skills, abilities and expertise to advance the work and social impact of the Host Organization
  • Commitment and demonstrated interest in the Fellowship assignment, including prior involvement in nonprofit or community work
  • Adaptability and readiness to make the switch from the private sector to the social impact sector
  • Suitability and strong fit between the fellow’s skills, personal goals and attributes, and the hosts’s mission, culture, organizational structure and staff

Host organizations interview Fellow candidates that have been screened and vetted by the encore.org program staff as a potential fits with Fellowship positions.

Match made by mutual decision of Host and Fellow, with final approval by the local Fellows program staff.

Note: Due to the high number of applications and limited fellowship opportunities, it is a selective process.  Although not all applicants will be contacted, your application will be kept on file for future opportunities.

About Encore Fellows

Fellowships match highly skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social-purpose organizations in need of capacity building. During the Fellowship (typically six to twelve months, half to full-time). Fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work and earn a stipend of $25,000.

Typical functional backgrounds for fellows and the project areas they can contribute to:

  • Marketing/communications  brand management, messaging and public relations
  • Information technology hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation and maintenance
  • Human resources policies  systems and structures, staff development and coaching
  • Legal issues  structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
  • Financial management  accounting, business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
  • Sales/business development  policies and strategies, fundraising and target donor identification
  • Strategic planning scaling, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
  • Operations and performance management planning, coordination and analysis
  • Project/program management  change initiatives, new ventures or expansion
  • Technical specialists specific skills, e.g., engineering, statistics
  • Facilities and construction management including design and project management, facility maintenance and administration

About Host Organizations

Fellows bring a wealth of skills and life experience that can have a lasting impact for hosts. Frequently, a Fellow’s contribution goes beyond the specific work assignment. Many become role models for staff, executive coaches or mentors. Fellows come with  maturity and experience in analytical thinking, management and operations.

The cost for a nonprofit to participate in the New York Encore Fellows Program as a host is typically $35,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $10,000 program participation fee).

NY Host Examples

ASHOKA, DC Center for Employment Opportunities, NY Community Environmental Center, NY Community Resource Exchange, NY The Eagle Academy Foundation, NY Ed Fuel, DC Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., NY Friends of the Children, NY Good Shepherd Services, NY Grameen America, NY Green City Force, NY Immigrant Justice Corps, NY Literacy Inc.

Meet Some Recent New York Fellows

Nancy Gendimenico

The Transition Network, New York City, New York

Encore Fellow 2016

Nancy spent over 35 years as a brand licensing and retail executive. She is using her experience and skills as a marketing and operations coordinator at The Transition Network, an organization for women over 50 in changing life situations leading them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities. Nancy will support implementation of the strategic marketing plan.

Americo Desantis

Single Stop USA, New York, NY

Encore Fellow 2014

Americo DeSantis is a senior business and finance executive with a proven track record of success in several top-tier financial services and Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, Americo has developed high-performing teams, built successful partnerships with business line heads and regulators, and implemented rigorous processes which still stand as his legacies. Americo is now the Senior Finance Fellow at Single Stop USA, an organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals build economic security by offering a “one-stop” program that combines benefits screening and applications with tax preparation, legal assistance, and financial counseling.

Emmy Suydan

You Gotta Believe! New York, New York

Encore Fellow 2016

Emmy has years of human resource and organization development management experience, with in-depth HR experience at Fortune 100 global companies including GE Capital and Citibank, as well as a health-care non-profit organization, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).  She is serving as an Encore Fellow for You Gotta Believe! as an HR manager, reviewing and approving all HR operations and policies. The NYC metro organization focuses on finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in foster care.