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Program Director, Women Veterans Leadership and Public Policy Fellowship, P/T, New York City

SWAN Leadership and Public Policy Fellowship Program:

The Fellowship will place special emphasis on gaining experience crafting and speaking about public policy that promotes women’s equality and influence within the larger national security landscape. Fellows will be given highly specialized media training in getting one’s message out over print, television, radio, blogs and social media, as well as actual media exposure to media outlets, supervised experience researching and developing expertise in one or more of SWAN’s issue areas (integration of women in combat assignments, military sexual violence, domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, etc.) or other issue areas promoting women’s equality, and in-depth experience advocating with policy makers at the local and federal level.

Fellows will also be exposed to unique presentations by women who hold elected office at the highest levels, shape media conversations, and influence national security decision-making, including other women veterans. Fellows will be advocates for change within the New York City area and beyond, giving specialized SWAN trainings to other stakeholders (VA Hospitals, Vet Centers, mental health providers, universities, etc.) on issues relevant to women veterans. The program will be rooted in New York City. It will begin as a pilot program upon which a larger national Fellowship program will be based. The program will build upon experience that SWAN has gained in organizing the women veterans’ community since 2009.

Program Goal:

SWAN’s goal is to establish a fellowship for women veterans in the next year. SWAN’s Fellowship in Leadership and Public Policy would provide training and experience to women veterans who want to shape and take part in national security policy conversations. Through this Fellowship, SWAN aims to directly increase the number of women veterans impacting national security policy at the highest levels. NYC has a depth of women veterans who can become the agents of that change; they need to be developed as leaders. We want to jump start that process. Our goal is to recruit, accept, train and closely supervise five fellows during the first year; depending upon funding, we anticipate doubling that number in the second year. The Fellowship will run for a full year, and will inform the next round of Fellowships.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, establish and build a sustainable Fellowship program to be attended by women veterans in NYC with the purpose of fostering their ability to act in the future as leaders speaking to policy matters pertaining to national security and the military and veterans community
  • Establish credentials and experience requirements for women veteran candidates
  • Create a formalized training plan for potential fellows to include training in the following skills: television, print, radio and online media, social media, op-ed writing, research and policy writing, local and national policy advocacy
  • Supervising and mentoring Fellows, including encouraging future leadership roles.
  • Outreach training to NYC policy makers and stakeholders
  • Coordinate outreach to potential Fellows, beginning with contacting and coordinating with likely sources of relevant women veterans who will be eligible for the Fellowship in NYC (such as NYC college and university campuses, reserve sites and military bases)
  • Recruit, evaluate, and accept potential candidates
  • Develop meaningful metrics of success, effective measurement and process for improvement of program

Qualifications:

  • A woman veteran enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an undergraduate or graduate degree program (ideally Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or another related field) OR equivalent experience
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Enormous initiative; ability to work with limited supervision
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Ability to speak confidently in public and to represent SWAN and the Fellowship to high-level stakeholders, including donors
  • Exceptional maturity and judgment; capacity to mentor and guide others
  • Familiarity with and passion for cultivating women’s full potential
  • Desire to see women veterans in the highest echelons of national security leadership
  • Familiarity with and passion for policy issues pertaining to the military and veterans community
  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook), Microsoft Office and Google apps proficient.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including women’s rights, anti-racism and LGBTQ equality
  • Enthusiasm for taking risks, thinking outside the box and making change

The Senior Fellowship Director will report to the Executive Director and will be expected to work at least 20 hours per week. Successful applicants will be comfortable with a flexible and fast-paced work environment. This position is paid on a part-time basis, but a transition to a paid F/T staff position may become available in the future.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to jobs@servicewomen.org with “Fellowship Program Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Internships

SWAN Communications Intern – Washington DC & NYC

SWAN is a veterans-founded and veterans-led organization leading a national effort of transformation within the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. We are dedicated to securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault, and reforming veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families. The Communications Intern will play a key role in helping the department execute its strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations. This is a great opportunity for somebody looking to get hands-on experience in a fast-paced communications office. The intern will learn how to spread messages across all media channels – digital and traditional – and gain exposure to media-monitoring, rapid response and media relations strategies. In addition to media exposure this intern will have an opportunity support the development of a multi-year comprehensive outreach strategy. This position is unpaid, and will be a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week for the semester.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn how to craft messaging specific to military/veterans issues and policies.
  • Shadow staffers and spokespeople through press appearances (i.e. television, radio, etc.).
  • Monitor key media outlets to gain understanding and share pertinent clips with staff.
  • Learn protocols for crisis communications strategy.

Qualifications:

  • Computer proficiency, including MS Office Suite and Google Apps, as well as social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Excellent communication (written, graphic, verbal, etc). Please provide a writing sample in your cover letter and resume upload.
  • Flexibility, dedication to mission, and a sense of humor – we are a rapidly growing organization, and one that is presented with many unique, interesting and exciting opportunities on a regular basis.
  • Familiarity with policy, legislation and military culture a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards degree in related field (Communications, PR, etc).

Please send a brief cover letter expressing your interest for this position, your resume and a writing sample to jobs@servicewomen.org with the subject line “Communications Intern”. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY Service Women’s Actions Network follows an Equal Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, different abilities, marital status, age, height, weight, or veteran status.

SWAN Development Intern

SWAN is a veterans-founded and veterans-led organization leading a national effort of transformational change within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. We are dedicated to securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault, and to reforming veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.

The Development Intern will gain insight into corporate, individual, foundation and special event fundraising all done with a focus on raising necessary funds to fulfill mission activities. This position is unpaid, and will be a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week for summer term.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Have the opportunity to learn about the fundraising process, from individual donors, institutional partners, major US foundations and major corporations.
  • Research grant opportunities, prospective foundations and individual donors.
  • Assist in the drafting of: proposals, reports, donor cultivation letters, thank you letters, and other donor communications.
  • Planning and production of fundraising events as well as assist with scheduling for development travel.
  • Learn critical fundraising, marketing and administrative skills applicable in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, while contributing to meaningful social change.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently within a small team environment.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Personal qualities such as sensitivity, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Office Suite and Google Apps.
  • Salesforce, database management and/or mail merge platforms experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with policy, legislation and military culture a plus.
  • Working towards, or have obtained a bachelors degree. Related field a plus.

Please send a brief cover letter expressing your interest for this position and your resume to jobs@servicewomen.org, with the subject line “Development Intern”.  No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY Service Women’s Actions Network follows an Equal Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, different abilities, marital status, age, height, weight, or veteran status.