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ENCORE FELLOWSHIPS ON THE EAST COAST

The Encore Fellowships program was originally launched in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Encore.org. Recognizing the need for talent to address critical issues transcends geographic boundaries, the East Coast expansion of the program was successfully launched in 2011 with eleven Fellows in New York and Washington D.C.

Three years later, the 2013 Encore Fellows in New York City and DC are building capacity at their Work Hosts and efforts are now underway to match the 2014 Encore Fellows. New programs are also being planned for Boston, Cleveland and Florida. Strategic support for the expansion on the East Coast has been provided by the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and the Robin Hood Foundation.

The New York and DC Encore Fellows are similar to the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows: successful, skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers in the for-profit sector looking to make a significant impact in social-purpose organizations. The Fellow typically works 12 months half time in an embedded role, although the schedule is flexible and established based on the mutual agreement between the fellow and work host. Given a limited number of Fellowships available and the large number of applicants, the application and selection process is competitive for both Fellow and Work Host applicants.

New York 2013 Fellows Cohort
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New York 2012 Fellows Cohort
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New York 2011 Fellows Cohort
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While earning a stipend, Encore Fellows provide a high value-to-cost ratio for work hosts by bringing experienced, affordable talent to a specific assignment matched to the fellow’s skills and interests. Their deep and broad skills can be deployed in many ways, and their value frequently goes beyond the specific work assignment. Many become role models for other staff members and evolve into executive coaches and mentors in the organization. Their background and years of experience bring analytical thinking and maturity that strengthen their work host’s ability to reach a new level of performance. Nonprofits apply by invitation from the program’s foundation and corporate sponsors or Encore.org.

Meet the New York and DC Encore Fellows - bios and pictures of the fellows from various programs, including the New York/Washington DC cohorts.


AN ENCORE FELLOW'S STORY
Read "My Experience as an Encore Fellow", by Louisa Hellegers. After completing her fellowship and writing her story, Louisa joined her nonprofit New York City Work Host as Director of Organizational Development. Now she's the Program Director for the New York Encore Fellows Program.
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THE STORY OF AN ENCORE FELLOW FROM GOLDMAN SACHS
After a long career at Goldman Sachs, Jack Kelly decided to join the New York City Housing Authority and make an impact as an Encore Fellow.
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2013 New York Encore Fellows Program speaker panel, featuring Marci Alboher, Encore.org Vice President and author of the Encore Career Handbook, and 2011 Encore Fellow Alumni Michael Weitzner and Beth Kempner

NEW YORK APPLICATION PROCESS

The application window for the 2014 program is now open.

  • Fellow candidates may submit an online application and resume to be considered for the 2014 program year.
  • Work hosts interview fellow candidates who have been screened and vetted by the Encore.org program staff.
  • 2014 mutual matching decisions will begin as early as June and conclude in the fall.

ENCORE FELLOWS VIDEOS

Watch fellows, nonprofit directors
and program sponsors talk about
the pilot Encore Fellowships
program that took place in
Silicon Valley in 2009.

Video length – 6:16

See all Encore Fellow videos

IS AN ENCORE FELLOWSHIP RIGHT FOR ME?

Making the transition to an encore career in the social-purpose sector can be a significant undertaking. Fellowships provide a valuable bridge where participants learn about nonprofits, foundations and social institutions while making significant contributions using the skills and knowledge they already have. The fellowship experience also offers opportunities to establish personal networks in the new sector and to learn firsthand about job and career options.

Given a limited number of Fellowships available and the large number of applicants, the application and selection process is competitive for both Fellow and Work Host applicants.

Click here to begin the application process to become an Encore Fellow

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, brand management, messaging and public relations
  • Information technology, most aspects of hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation and maintenance
  • Human resources policies, systems and structures, staff development and coaching
  • Legal issues, such as structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
  • Financial management, including accounting, business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
  • Sales/business development, policies and strategies, fundraising initiatives and target donor identification
  • Strategic planning, scaling initiatives, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
  • Operations and performance management planning, coordination and analysis
  • Project/program management for change initiatives, a new venture or expansion
  • Technical specialists in specific skill areas such as engineering and statistics
  • Facilities and Construction Management including design and project management, facility maintenance and administration

HOW DO I APPLY TO THE NEW YORK ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM?

If you are interested in either becoming an Encore Fellow or hosting one in your social-purpose organization in New York or Washington, D.C., we invite you to register with us and fill out our online application.

  • Begin the application process to become an Encore Fellow Click here
  • Click here to begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization.
  • Learn more about Encore Fellowships and Encore Careers, and for general inquiries regarding Encore Fellowships, visit our public website at Encore.org/Fellowships

NY/DC ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

Fellows
Click on the link below to apply to the 2014 program. Click here

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Work Hosts
Begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization.

Apply to Host an Encore Fellow

A SAMPLING OF NEW YORK CITY AND WASHINGTON DC NONPROFITS PARTICIPATING IN THE ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM 2011-2014

ASHOKA, DC
Center for Employment Opportunities, NY
Community Environmental Center, NY
Community Resource Exchange, NY
The Eagle Academy Foundation, NY
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., NY
Friends of the Children NY, NY
Grameen America, NY
Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, NY
New York City Housing Authority, NY
Ocean Conservancy, DC
Sustainable South Bronx, NY
The Family Center, NY
Turnaround for Children, NY
Women in Need, Inc., NY
The New York Women's Foundation, NY