The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program is an intensive, 11-month leadership development program for emerging professionals and recent graduates interested in the social impact sector. Residents are selected from a highly competitive pool to provide support to Boston and San Francisco organizations that enhances the organizations' service to their constituents.
Throughout the program, Residents receive rigorous training and exclusive, one-on-one mentorship from a diverse selection of leaders involved the the social impact sector, including mangement consultants and nonprofit professionals.
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Program Dates and Locations
2013 - 2014 Residents in Social Enterprise will serve Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – July 31, 2014, in the Boston Area or San Francisco Bay Area (20-25 Residents in each cohort).
Each program consists of a full-time capacity building project, intensive training and support.
Capacity Building Project
Residents are placed at our host sites, which vary in their area of focus--from addressing environmental or human and health services issues, to engaging in education or community and economic development. Past projects have included developing performance measures, researching partnership opportunities, supporting effective technology use, building volunteer engagement, and designing new marketing strategies and materials for programs.
New Sector develops a "project scope" with the host site before Residents arrive to ensure a structured, challenging experience. Through their efforts on specific capacity-building initiatives, Residents experience the daily operations of their host sites, apply the New Sector training they receive and leave a lasting impact while developing a holistic understanding of community, service, and building a socially responsible career.
While no two New Sector experiences are the same, all offer unique opportunities and challenges. Specific responsibilities vary based on project and placement, but a typical Resident’s duties may include:
- Plan and manage projects to address a host site's key capacity-related opportunities and challenges
- Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis
- Generate practical, creative, and action-oriented insights and recommendations for a host site
- Create and give presentations and provide other deliverables to ensure host site satisfaction
- Work with host site staff members to implement recommendations
- Recruit and manage volunteers for service events
- Assist in daily host site operations
- Effectively communicate and manage relationships with all stakeholders in the New Sector model
Residents experience New Sector's Social Change Leadership Curriculum, which is designed to
- increase Residents’ ability to provide quality service,
- provide professional and community development knowledge and skills,
- create a dynamic "esprit de corps" by providing insight into the communities they serve and the power of national service, and
- inspire commitment to a lifetime of service through exposure to role models, theories of change, and concepts of leadership.
Our training program combines the best from nonprofit management, business, and civic engagement curricula. Residents learn financial modeling from business professors, mission-based decision making from local nonprofit leaders, and have conversations about long-term engagement in service with AmeriCorps alumni.
Residents engage in an intensive Kickoff Training at the start of the program, attend Biweekly Trainings, and reflect on their service and professional development during monthly, full-day workshops.
Each Resident is matched one-on-one with a Mentor, who is typically a management consultant or non-profit leader by profession. Consultants from the following firms have volunteered to be Mentors in previous cohorts:
- Bain & Company
- The Boston Consulting Group
- The Bridgespan Group
- McKinsey & Company
- Oliver Wyman.
These mentors provide instruction, concrete feedback and support to improve Residents’ project management skills, persuasive communication, analytical analysis and professional skills.
In addition to exclusive support that Residents receive from Mentors, Residents also meet bi-weekly with small-group Learning Teams of 4-6 Residents to collaborate, problem solve, and provide one another support as each Residents serves on her or his capacity-building project.
New Sector Program Staff is also available to provide individual support to Residents as-needed throughout their programs.
- Be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Have earned or expect to earn an undergraduate degree by the program start date
- Not have served more than three State and National AmeriCorps program terms (limit: two Education Awards)
There is no "typical" Resident; New Sector consciously seeks individuals of differing perspectives and backgrounds and with various career goals. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:
- Passion for and experience in achieving social change
- High level of self-motivation and a proven ability to deliver excellent results, demonstrated by a record of strong academic, extracurricular, professional, and personal accomplishment
- Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
- Ability to adapt and remain flexible in the face of various challenges and opportunities
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
- Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
- Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
- Desire to proactively take on responsibility within the New Sector organization and network
Compensation and Benefits
Residents receive a stipend and benefits totaling roughly $30,000 in value, along with a certificate of completion of New Sector's training curriculum. Compensation includes:
- Living stipend of $19,000
- Health-care coverage with no financial contribution from the Resident
An end-of-year $5,550 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, distributed upon successful completion of the program and good for outstanding loans or future educational expenses at any accredited institution in the United States.
- *Pending AmeriCorps funding.
Important Application Date
We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis