The Children and Family Fellowship® seeks talented, accomplished and ambitious professionals from across the country who want to strengthen public and nonprofit systems in ways that make those systems more effective, efficient, equitable and reliable. The Foundation seeks people who strive for excellence and for measurable, equitable results, who want to accelerate their professional and personal development and make a greater difference.
To be eligible for the Children and Family Fellowship, an applicant must:
- have ten years or more professional work experience in fields that serve children and families (excluding volunteer time and unpaid internships);
- hold a position with significant management responsibility (for example program managers, deputies, department heads, directors, executives) or have held such a position recently;
- be working in the United States on domestic issues;
- have work experience in roles of increasing responsibility;
- be able to attend ALL Fellowship seminars and activities during the Fellowship term of April 2022 through January 2024;
- not be involved in another fellowship program during the Children and Family Fellowship period, April 2022 through January 2024;
- not be seeking public office during the Children and Family Fellowship period, April 2022 through January 2024;
- not be currently seeking employment at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and
- not be an immediate family member of a board member or senior leader of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
A Leadership Profile
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 equitable 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 within their organizations and can 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, youth and families.
Among the key commitments we seek for a successful Fellowship candidate are:
- Candidates embrace the use of data to improve programs, services and the systems in which they operate and to achieve results. They are interested in employing evidence-based practice. They recognize that collaborative leadership and partnerships are essential to achieving results. They act with urgency and are committed to producing equitable results that can be monitored and measured.
- Candidates understand that to achieve equitable opportunities for all children requires addressing deeply entrenched systemic and structural inequities. They do not shy away from hard conversations around race and are willing to examine their own biases and mental models. They work to implement highly impactful targeted and universal strategies to close disparities and use influence and policy to address structural barriers to all children achieving their potential.
- Candidates understand that the hard work of changing the culture of organizations and systems in order to achieve results often requires strategies to change deeply held attitudes, habits and values. They have the will to adapt by building new organizational norms and culture that establish the achievement of equitable results at the heart of the work.
- Candidates recognize that their role is to support families and young adults in realizing the aspirations they have for themselves and their children, and that services and supports to families are most effective when the family is a full partner in decisions about the family. Candidates understand the need to be proximate to populations on whose behalf they work.
- Candidates are open to self-reflection as part of personal growth. They are willing to explore their blind spots, test assumptions, receive feedback and connect their personal journey and history to their leadership.
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 systems and community change efforts that improve outcomes for large numbers of children, youth 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.