Engagement Fellowship 

Mission Statement

YW Boston works to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YW Boston is at the vanguard of thought leadership on issues at the intersection of race and gender, helping organizations create more inclusive environments where women, people of color, and in particular, women of color can succeed.  

YW Boston invests in our internal culture, including our own racial equity practices. We seek candidates that thrive in adaptive organizations, are comfortable working amidst organizational change, and are excited about helping YW Boston deepen its impact in Boston. 

YW Boston’s Values are:

TRANSFORMATIONAL SOCIAL CHANGE: Commitment to dismantling systems of oppression  

  • COLLABORATION: Working together, we multiply our contribution  
  • COURAGE: Bold, purposeful action  
  • LIBERATION: Amplify diverse voices toward freedom for all  
  • PEOPLE: Success is dependent on our team members’ well being  
  • SHARED LEADERSHIP: Working in service to our mission and to one another 

General Statement of Duties

YW Boston centers women of color as the direct beneficiaries of its work. However, none of our current programs work solely with women of color. Thus, we lack adequate avenues to hear directly from women of color regarding their work and lived experiences. It is imperative that our work be informed by the experiences of women of color and people of color with marginalized gender identities. The fellow will research and recommend a strategy and work collaboratively with other members of YW Boston to implement their strategy. 

The Fellow will report to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

Position Outcomes

The successful Fellow will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Research best practices for engaging people of color with marginalized gender identities

  • Complete an analysis of existing assets

  • Develop and present a strategic engagement plan

Key Responsibilities

  • Research engagement trends and best practices   
  • Identify existing partners and resources that can be leveraged  
  • Identify new partnership opportunities  
  • Communicate across teams to ensure fundraising, evaluation, programmatic, and engagement needs are addressed by strategic engagement plan  
  • Regularly solicit feedback from key stakeholders  
  • Draft an implementation plan   
  • Lead implementation efforts  

Specific qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to YW Boston’s mission to promote racial, gender and social equity 
  • Ability to develop and present a strategic engagement plan 
  • Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders, including staff, board, volunteers, community leaders, and partner organizations 
  • Excellent people management skills; empathy and enthusiasm when building and maintaining professional relationships; comfort proactively building relationships   
  • Experience collaborating and connecting with women of color and people of color with other marginalized gender identities 
  • Understanding of ways systemic inequities negatively impact women of color and other people of color with marginalized gender identities, limiting their full inclusion in institutions in Boston 
  • Openness to learning and willingness to give and receive feedback 
  • Fluency in English and another language is desirable 
  • Knowledge of Greater Boston’s communities and community-based organizations is desirable 
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar is a plus 
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and travel to Boston

Additional Organization Responsibilities

  • Adhere to organization policies and procedures for maintaining organizational culture and transparency, including use of regularly scheduled progress meetings with Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Team meetings, scheduling, e-mail and other communications platforms. 
  • Positively represent the organization in all interactions with the public. 
  • Support YW Boston fund development through participation in education, outreach, cultivation and stewardship efforts 
  • Participate in organization events and perform additional tasks assigned by the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and/or President & CEO 

Salary and Benefits

This is a part-time, hourly position, up to 24 hours a week. The hourly rate is up to $36. Compensation is based on the overall number of years of experience as well as relevant experience to the position. Salary scales are set according to an explicit compensation policy, and relevant market data is analyzed when setting ranges for each role. This position is funded for 12 months and is not benefits eligible, except for sick time. 

How to apply

YW Boston is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. At this time, YW Boston is not able to offer employment VISA sponsorships. 

YW Boston strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that people from structurally marginalized groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications, despite the reality that applicants rarely ever meet 100% of the qualifications. If this position aligns with your experience and interests, please apply! 

Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter and a resume to jobs@ywboston.org. Please place the subject title “Engagement Fellowship” in the headline of your email. No phone calls, please.