FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that enables local government to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. FUSE fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issue areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment.
Over the course of the year of service, FUSE provides its fellows with ongoing leadership training, executive coaching, and various opportunities for peer-to-peer support from other fellows, alumni, and leaders across our partner cities. Each fellow works closely with a wide array of diverse stakeholders to plan, coordinate and drive progress toward ambitious impact goals related to their specific project. FUSE is also increasingly focused on distilling and articulating the innovations developed by our fellows as part of their projects in order to communicate those insights broadly and help inspire leaders in other cities to reimagine the ways in which their governments can successfully address local challenges.
Since FUSE was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area five years ago, this unique program has grown quickly in response to mounting demand from cities across the country. The current cohort includes 30 projects in governments both throughout California (Sacramento, Vallejo, San Francisco, San José, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles) and nationwide (Seattle, Pittsburgh and New Orleans). The response from prospective fellows has been equally robust, as FUSE received more than 1,000 applications this summer from private sector executives seeking to serve in this prestigious program. Over the coming five years, FUSE will continue to expand toward placing 100 fellows annually across 25 cities and widely communicating the impact of our work. This rapid growth is being generously supported by a coalition of foundations including the Omidyar Network, James Irvine Foundation and Kresge Foundation.
As FUSE continues to develop and scale its program at an ambitious pace, the organization is seeking to hire an experienced professional to serve as its first Director of Development in order to help expand and diversify the general funding support that makes our work possible. In particular, the Director of Development will enable FUSE to cultivate long-term strategic partnerships with a small group of high-net-worth individuals and corporations through dedicated relationship management and a series of event-based investment opportunities. Through this outreach, along with some efforts to secure grants from local foundations, the Director will help raise essential operating funds and secure the final $2M of FUSE’s current $5M growth capital campaign to advance the goals of the 2016-2021 strategic plan.
The Director will work closely with the CEO and FUSE’s Board members to develop a major donor program and cultivate relationships with individual investors and corporate partners, particularly those located throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. These efforts may include one-on-one meetings as well as helping to organize small events, house parties, and dinner conversations that convene prospective investors with organizational leaders and local government officials to discuss FUSE’s broader strategic role in addressing key current issues. The Director of Development will also lead efforts to plan and execute FUSE’s first major annual event, currently planned for 150 people in late September although it is envisioned that this event will continue to grow in subsequent years.
With fundraising efforts to date having been led primarily by the CEO, the Director of Development will lead efforts to design and implement a system for engaging more deeply with an increasingly large number of major supporters in order to continue FUSE’s growth along an ambitious trajectory. This position will collaborate closely with the CEO and COO along with the organization’s entire staff, board, advisors, fellows, alumni, and current funders.
Please go to goo.gl/8PoeAe to submit your resume and thoughtful cover letter to Christin Whitener at Edgility Consulting.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this leadership position.?