The Children and Family Fellowship seeks highly qualified individuals who have made a difference in improving the life circumstances of America’s children and families, the communities in which they live or the systems that serve them.
The candidates we are looking for have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the social sector, with increasing levels of responsibility serving children and families (for example, directors, deputies, program managers, department heads and executives). They have a strong record of achievement and career advancement, with sights on even higher levels of effectiveness and influence. Candidates have demonstrated a commitment to assisting underserved communities, reducing racial disparities and managing a diverse workforce. They understand the value of having client populations reflected in the diversity of employee populations and how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and language affect service delivery, policy, practice, advocacy and leadership decisions.
To be eligible for the Children and Family Fellowship, an applicant must:
Strong candidates demonstrate a variety of leadership qualities and show evidence of even greater leadership potential. They have a vision for change and the drive to improve outcomes. They are capable of promoting collaboration and cooperation across disciplines and among diverse groups and of managing and institutionalizing change. They innovate, take and manage risks, listen and learn, inspire others and persevere, often against great odds. They have significant influence and the opportunity to immediately apply the concepts learned through the Fellowship within their organizations. The Fellowship seeks people who can translate their beliefs into action, think strategically, get things done and measure the difference they are making for children and families.
Ambitious Career Goals
The Fellowship wants leaders who are ready for significant professional challenges and expanded leadership roles — in major community-building initiatives and in public systems. They should not simply aspire to the next rung on the organizational ladder. They have ambitious career goals and want increasing responsibility for leading system reforms and community change efforts that improve outcomes for large numbers of children and families.
At a Pivotal Point in Careers
The Casey Fellowship is not for everyone. We seek the right people, but also people at the right moment in their careers. Fellows must be prepared to participate in the program — committing the time and energy to take full advantage of the Fellowship opportunity while balancing the demands of their current positions.
To be a successful candidate, we ask that Fellowship candidates: