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In 2014, WCPI became the home of the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy, first established in 1980 by the Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI). The Fellowships are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. This program is unique—the only graduate level fellowship program on Capitol Hill focused on women.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a professional with Hill experience for this new position. Reporting to the President and Vice President, the Fellowship Director will play a critical role in helping to manage and grow the program. Successful candidates will have a commitment to developing women’s leadership in public policy. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the program, as well as helping to develop future programs for Fellows and Fellowship alumnae.

In conjunction with the President and Vice President, the Fellowship Director will:

  • Coordinate and oversee the annual application process, which includes, but is not limited to, updating, posting, and publicizing application materials, cataloging applicants’ materials, responding to applicant inquiries, scheduling interviews, and other tasks as necessary;
  • Lead recruitment efforts via electronic and in-person outreach to academic institutions, student and academic networks, and other appropriate sources;
  • Provide timely responses to inquiries about the Fellowship program;
  • Facilitate congressional placements for program finalists;
  • Serve as primary contact for Fellows and congressional offices;
  • Plan and coordinate the fellowship orientation calendar, including speakers and venues, and the Monday lunch speakers series;
  • Maintain a database of current and former Fellows;
  • Draft reports for program sponsors, as necessary;
  • Develop fundraising and social media strategies to increase sponsorship and individual donor engagement;
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with the program;
  • Coordinate special events and projects, including, but not limited to, a Fellowship reunion, and the development of a quarterly Fellowship newsletter; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

The position requires:

  • A strong commitment to WCPI’s mission and its efforts to expand the pipeline of women in public policy;
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills, and the confidence to communicate with various high-level stakeholders;
  • Careful attention to detail;
  • Candidates to be self-directed, confident, positive team-players, with a sense of humor;
  • The ability to multi-task several priorities in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Proficiency with social media platforms and Microsoft Office Suite.

Ideal candidates will have at least two years of professional Hill experience; former WCPI/WREI Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply.

WCPI promotes equal opportunity and welcomes qualified applicants of any age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, experience, and political affiliation.

We offer regular working hours and a generous benefits package. No phone calls please!

Qualified candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to fellowships@wcpinst.org; please list “WCPI Fellowship Program Director Position” in the subject line. Interviews will begin immediately for selected candidates.