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Program Associate, Fellows Program

Location: Washington, DC

Department: New America Fellows Program

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About the Fellows Program

The New America Fellows Program brings on thinkers—journalists, producers, practitioners, and scholars—whose work enhances the public conversation about the most pressing issues of our day.

In an age where journalism is dominated by the 24-7 news cycle and academia is becoming ever more esoteric, our fellowships provide opportunities for talented individuals who need support to pursue more ambitious endeavors. Books. Films. Photo essays. Longform storytelling. Policy projects. Work that gets to broad audiences and changes the way we think. Voices that represent the diverse backgrounds and ideologies of the American community.

About the Position:

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, flexible individual capable of managing the day-to-day operations and long-term goals of the program and working with a broad range of projects with our diverse group of Fellows.

Intellectual agility and strong organizational, research, and communications skills are essential, as is a commitment to helping these talented groups of individuals better their projects and create a community that is greater than the sum of its parts.


  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the program including communicating with and fielding questions from Fellows, staff, partners, and potential candidates; running programming for Fellows and staff; maintaining records and institutional knowledge of the program, etc.
  • Maintain the program website and the monthly newsletter to include content published by our Fellows. 
  • Support the program director to develop, schedule, and run regular internal programming for our Fellows including professional development sessions, workshops, retreats, and staff-wide events.
  • In collaboration with the director, work with Fellows and staff at New America on developing, framing, and producing public events with Fellows including book talks, panel conversations, documentary screenings, and happy hours.
  • Support the outreach, recruitment, and logistics for our annual Fellows Program application process as needed by the program director.
  • Work with Fellows to move their projects forward by connecting them to our network of agents and editors; facilitating mentorship relationships with current and former Fellows, New America staff, and others in our community, etc.
  • Assist the program director with fundraising and grants for the Fellows Program which includes writing and managing grants.
  • Involve yourself with the New America community more broadly by participating in staff meetings and cross-program initiatives and by serving as an ambassador and advocate for the Fellows Program as needed.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Minimum 5-years policy, research, journalism, publishing, and/or event management experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work and manage time in order to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the craft, ethics, and production of narrative nonfiction (books, long-form magazine articles, documentaries, etc.).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to complete assignments and solve problems with minimal supervision.
  • Interest in working on teams and contributing to the broader life of the institution.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals including journalists, academics, and funders.
  • Strong interest in the mission of New America and the Fellows Program.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a writing sample no longer than five pages by COB (5 pm EST) Friday, January 5, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive. Excellent benefits package includes health care, vision and dental coverage, a retirement plan, generous Paid Time Off, and parental leave.

No phone calls/emails please.

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