Please see below.
In "Crashing the Gates" Kos and Jerome talk about how
Conservatives have created a pipeline that supports and trains young
conservative activists to be professional wingers. They hook young
people up with sweet internshps and find them jobs. Meanwhile
progressives have left our young people sitting at home making cold
calls for job listed on Idealist.org
with little mentoring and little institutional support and little
outreach from established organizations. Certainly this is what I've
observed my peers going through and it sucked.
So a while
back DMI applied for a grant so we could do our part and create a
bootcamp for the next generation of progressive policy wonks.
We're hiring a Director to run the program.
Job ad below. Please circulate
Director of DMI Scholars Program
Drum Major Institute, a cutting-edge national think tank, seeks an
exceptional leader who has both a) the vision for how to get more
progressive young people to view public policy as a vehicle for their
activism, and b) the skills to implement our new effort, the DMI
Scholars program. DMI Scholars is both a training and networking
experience that introduces college students to the world of public
policy and then launches them on a public policy career and leadership
The rationale is simple: the success of the
conservative right-wing in this country comes in great part from how
well they have nurtured their young. Many of the policymakers and
influencers that drive the conservative movement today were the young
leaders of yesterday. They were mentored, supported, placed on the
pathway to influence.
Too often, on the left, our young are
agnostic about government and certainly unenthusiastic about the
prospect of working for it. Our most politically conscious young people
are directed towards grassroots activism and direct service. They are
volunteering in record numbers, more than any generation before them.
This is important work. But it is also critical that a diverse group of
talented, progressive young people enter the policymaking sphere to
advance a progressive agenda in this country.
Scholars Program is designed to produce the next generation of
progressive thinkers and leaders. The program will do the following:
Introduce creative, bright, progressive college students, DMI Scholars,
from under-represented populations to the public policy-making process
and specifically to the role and significance of public policy in
advancing a progressive agenda.
• Equip these college
students with an overall understanding of public policy and the basic
skills to enter the public policy world after graduation.
Facilitate networking with progressives currently in the public policy
world, with an emphasis on introducing under-represented populations to
• Leverage DMI's network of progressive
policymakers, institutes, journals, and like-minded organizations
across the country to facilitate the hiring of DMI Scholars.
the position: The Director of DMI Scholars will turn this idea into
reality, working to first develop and solidify the program mission,
then to cultivate partnerships with progressive organizations and
institutions which are potential employers, raise funding, interact
with an Advisory Board, develop the recruitment, application, and
selection processes, develop the core curriculum, manage staff and
logistics, and evaluate the impact of the program.
candidates are strong communicators, in touch with the interests/needs
of college students or recent graduates, supremely organized, creative,
have experience creating something from nothing, and possess an
understanding of the issues at stake and what will motivate the DMI
Scholars' target populations. The Director of DMI Scholars is a leader
who can operate in a high-pressure environment with maturity,
self-direction, and savvy, and who has demonstrated success in uniting
strong ideas with strategic thinking and action to create product.
Director of DMI Scholars also needs to do the nitty-gritty work of
managing a budget, staff, and grant proposals.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate how his/her past experience illustrates the above qualifications.
benefits and vacation package is competitive for an organization of our
size. To apply, please send a cover letter expressing your interest in
THIS SPECIFIC POSITION FOR THIS SPECIFIC ORGANIZATION, resume, and
writing sample to LeeAnn Fletcher at lafle...@drummajorinstitute.org
. No phone calls please.
The more specific your cover letter, the more closely it will be considered.
Applications that do not include the above materials will not be considered.
Please submit materials as soon as possible, we are looking to get someone on board for an early Sept start date.
Drum Major Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly
encourages applications from people of color, persons with
disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.
The DMI Staff