Director of Fellowships
Job Details
Corporate HeadQuarters - Washington, DC
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$115,700.00 - $120,000.00 Salary/year
Position Overview

The Director, Fellowships leads a cross-functional team with primary responsibility for sponsorship fundraising, relationship management and program administration for the Design-Your-Own fellowship program. Reporting to the Vice President of Fellowships, the Director is a senior member within the Fellowships Unit and plays a central role in ensuring continuous growth and enhancement of Equal Justice Works fellowships, and in increasing Equal Justice Works’ influence in facilitating public interest careers. The Fellowships Unit runs Equal Justice Works’ two post-graduate legal fellowship programs and Fellow alumni programs.

The Director holds a leadership role in achieving multi-year sponsorship revenue targets of around $10 million annually and delivering high quality programming for about 150 Fellows each year.  The Director works collaboratively with Fellowship Unit directors and across the organization, acting as a key advisor to the Unit VP in setting the vision, strategy and goals on all matters related to sponsor stewardship and fulfillment and DYO fellowship programming.  The position works collaboratively with the DYO team to define annual goals and workplans for prospecting, lead generation, account management, fellowship program development and more.  Working closely with the Institutional Advancement Unit, the position also maintains an individual portfolio of high value program sponsors.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Leads a high performing team in the creation, implementation and achievement of program growth strategies and fundraising plans, with primary focus on law firms and corporate sponsors
  • Provides technical expertise integral to the Unit’s vision, strategy and goals, and serves as a thought leader and partner to the VP    
  • Oversees the Design-Your-Own fellowship program in close coordination with Fellowship Unit directors and program staff to ensure an integrated program strategy and operational alignment
  • Stewards and grows an individual portfolio comprised of high-value program sponsor prospects and active supporters  
  • Assists VP in the development of the Unit budget, ensures adequate tracking of program revenue and expense; and prepares regular reports on sponsor engagement and program metrics to the VP
  • Supports the professional development, coaching, and mentoring of DYO team
  • Represents Equal Justice Works externally, engaging with key stakeholders to elevate program profile and secure funding resources
  • Works closely and strategically with the Institutional Advancement Unit team 
  • Serves on the Strategic Management Team and works collaboratively across the organization to achieve the strategic plan
  • Undertakes special projects and other duties as assigned

Direct Reports:

Senior/Portfolio Managers and Program Manager


Direct Reports:

Senior/Portfolio Managers and Program Manager

Experience and Qualifications:    

  • JD degree, with for-profit/non-profit legal sector experience strongly preferred, but not required  
  • 8-10 years of directly-related progressive professional experience, with demonstrated success in fundraising and relationship management (corporate fundraising, corporate social impact, and/or corporate partnerships/sales experience highly desired, family foundations and individual donors a plus)
  • Skill and experience in leading and managing diverse teams, and in supervising and developing staff
  • Exceptional ability to adapt to changing circumstances, prioritize opportunities, and think strategically and creatively to manage both programmatic and fundraising aspects of the role
  • Accomplished in delivering presentations and public speaking, with strong relationship management/account management skills
  • Growth mindset with a strong sense of accountability for achieving results
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain relationships with various stakeholders
  • Committed to working collaboratively, transparently and in partnership with Unit staff, Unit Directors and across the organization
  • Experience with customer relationship management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of civil engagement, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Ability and willingness to travel, approximately up to 30% during peak periods, unless precluded by safety and public health considerations.

Currently virtual. Anticipated return to the typical office environment in 2022.


A cover letter and resume are required to apply for this role. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered