New Sector’s fellowship programs bring together cohorts of highly-motivated, skilled early career professionals to pursue their commitment to working in the social sector.  Fellows serve full-time building a nonprofit organization’s capacity and participate in training, mentoring, and coaching activities.  We currently offer fellowship programs in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas.  More information on our fellowship programs can be found here.

New Sector Alliance’s mission is to strengthen the social sector by enriching its talent pipeline. Our vision is a social sector that engages and cultivates talent to effectively meet community needs.

These core values guide our work:

  • Connectedness: We believe in the value of each individual’s experience, and in the importance of networks and relationships among individuals.
  • Commitment to Growth: We believe in the value of learning and improvement as lifelong, constantly evolving processes.
  • Partnership for Accountability: We believe in results driven by mutual investment and mutual responsibility.
  • Solutions-Focus: We believe in investing in targeted tools that create added value.
  • Orientation to Opportunity: We believe that open, optimistic perspectives provide greater chances to make a positive impact in the world.
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“I have been consistently impressed with the outstanding professional attitude each New Sector Fellow has expressed. I think there is a clear emphasis on professional soft skills that you see with each Fellow.”
- - Sara Holt, Director of Capacity Building, Year Up
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The social sector is facing a significant talent problem. Current estimates are that 80,000 new senior managers will be needed every year to meet our communities’ growing needs. Simultaneously, 45% of young nonprofit professionals seek to leave the social sector for reasons such as: difficulty finding meaningful opportunities, fragmented and unclear pathways, and limited professional development, which deepens the talent deficit issue by reducing the natural leadership pipeline.

To address the talent deficit, New Sector is working toward training 1,000 early career professionals each year, providing the experiences, knowledge, and skills that strengthen their potential to flourish and lead. Since 2006, we have recruited and trained over 650 Fellows who have pursued long-term careers to improve education, workforce development, human services, and much more.

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“I have been consistently impressed with the outstanding professional attitude each New Sector Fellow has expressed. I think there is a clear emphasis on professional soft skills that you see with each Fellow.”
- Sara Holt, Director of Capacity Building, Year Up

Our fellowships employ a four-pronged model of professional development:

  • Training through our Social Impact Leadership Curriculumprovides high quality, comprehensive professional development in management competencies, communication skills, and more
  • Project-based experiential learningenables Fellows to make a meaningful impact through substantive roles and gain marketable experiences and skills
  • One-on-one mentoringsupports in-program success and skills for navigating career management
  • Coaching from peers and staffoffers individualized support focused on building the skills and trajectories for meaningful careers

Across all aspects of our programs, we are committed to supporting Fellows’ knowledge, skills, and experiences in ways that enhance their long-term positive social impact.  We believe Fellows’ professional development is strengthened within an environment that inclusively values, celebrates and elevates the voices and perspectives of all members. In order to create this environment, we make the following commitments for interactions with Fellows, Staff, Volunteers, and our broader community:

  • We actively listen to and consider perspectives from stakeholders with varied roles and backgrounds, understanding that the exchange of ideas enhances solutions.
  • We create space for individual reflection and collective conversation, recognizing that we can each maximize our positive impact on the world if we better understand our own and others’ identities, perspectives, and motivations.
  • We integrate varied approaches, entry points and tools for access into our programs, so that every community member can effectively share, listen and learn

New Sector Fellows are the next generation of social sector leaders.

Through our fellowship programs, early career professionals gain the skills and experiences that propel them toward long-term, successful careers in the social sector.

Congratulations to the 170 Fellows who completed New Sector programs in 2015! And thank you to the hundreds of professionals who volunteered over 2,500 hours last year to serve as Mentors and Trainers to Fellows.

Please consider a contribution to support and expand New Sector’s work!  Click here to make an online donation today.