Forward Cities Inclusive Innovation Fellow

Website Forward Cities

To help member cities accelerate inclusive economic development in its communities, Forward Cities
strives to place a dedicated, full-time “Inclusive Innovation Fellow” in Pittsburgh for two years of service.

The Fellow will serve as the central project manager for the “Forward Cities Community Innovation
Accelerator” – a structured strategic planning, investment, and implementation process including:

  • Organizing and supporting the local cross-sector Innovation Council such as identifying potential members, coordinating meetings, and supporting action items emerging from meetings;
  • Coordinating local partners to support systems mapping, strategic planning, and implementation
  • Serving as lead project manager for all deliverables including research briefs, strategic plans, and investment ready projects;
  • Cultivating and managing a local volunteer and intern team to strengthen capacity;
  • Helping those teams receiving investments deliver on critical implementation milestones;
  • Developing progress reports for the Innovation Council and key local and national stakeholders;
  • Identifying and amplifying stories emerging from the work in partnership with local and national
    media partners;
  • Building awareness and support for the work among local and regional partners and stakeholders;
  • Serving as a liaison with the national Forward Cities team and actively engaging with Forward
    Cities Fellows in other cities to maximize opportunities for shared learning and collaboration; and
  • Leading as an entrepreneur and addressing additional needs and opportunities as they arise
    consistent with the mission of advancing inclusive innovation and economic development locally
    and regionally.

The ideal Fellow is:

  • Local to, or deeply familiar with the community and is able to engender trust;
  • Familiar with the local innovation economy and its important contributors;
  • A strong and trusted facilitator, especially across diverse constituencies;
  • A well organized project manager with demonstrated experiences;
  • A strong verbal communicator and exceptional writer;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit;
  • A strategic thinker; and
  • Organized, has attention to detail, and effectively manages time.

Professional & Academic Qualifications:

  • The Fellow should have at least five years of work experience – ideally in project management and community facilitation
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required and relevant post-graduate is helpful

Time Commitment & Reporting Authority:

  • This is a two-year long fellowship with the potential to stay engaged in the implementation of the work post-fellowship;
  • The Fellow will be a full-time Forward Cities employee and report to the Forward Cities national team with dotted line accountability to the local Innovation Council;
  • The Fellow will be housed at an appropriate Pittsburgh-based community organization.

Professional Development Support: The Fellow will be part of a cohort of at least four other Fellows
that are doing similar work in other Forward Cities member cities. As part of the cohort, the Fellow will

  • Training and ongoing professional development support from the Forward Cities national team;
  • Access to key stakeholders and decision-makers within the city to help support success of work;
  • A robust network of peers, partners, and supporters locally, regionally, and nationally dedicated
    to the work of inclusive innovation and economic development in under-connected communities.

Compensation: $75,000 with full employment benefits

To apply: Please submit a professional cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references
to Deadline for applications is October 26, 2018.

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