Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship

The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship is a year-long professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to five years of work experience. In addition to being matched with a full-time, year-long position at a New Sector partner organization (host site), Fellows participate in professional development trainings, peer learning teams, mentoring, and career coaching sessions to support their short-term goals and long-term career advancement.

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“New Sector’s program was by far one of the best professional decisions I’ve made. I learned much more about what it means to be an effective mission-driven professional than I could have by just taking an entry-level job. I also became close with the inspiring and smart people in my cohort. We continue to actively support each other through New Sector’s alumni network.”
- C. Nikole Saulsberry, Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellow 2010-11, San Francisco

The RISE Fellowship includes the following elements, which you can read more about in our Fellowships Overview page:

  • Training – Fellows meet regularly throughout their terms for training on topics ranging from career planning to negotiations, project management to finance, communication to interviewing skills, and more. Trainers include academic, business, and social sector leaders; experienced career coaches; management consultants; and many others.
  • Employment at mission-driven partner organization – Our host site partners are organizations focused on advancing human potential, alleviating poverty, closing the achievement gap, engaging in environmental issues, working toward healthier futures, and more. Fellows work full-time for their host organizations, participate in New Sector’s professional development program, and receive continued support after the fellowship through the New Sector alumni network.
  • Mentorship – Through one-on-one relationships between Fellows and professionals who volunteer to serve as mentors, Fellows gain individual support for their role, their career planning, or other areas aligned with their individual goals. Fellows are encouraged to be proactive with their mentors and meet weekly or bi-weekly in person or by phone (typically outside of regular work hours).
  • Coaching Coaching, both structured and as-needed, provides Fellows with support for job-related challenges, career development, and personal growth. Coaching is offered by mentors, peer learning teams, and as needed one-on-one meetings with New Sector staff.

Short-term investment, long-term career advancement

We view our fellowships as a short-term investment into our Fellows’ long-term career advancement. The fellowship period is focused on making a significant impact on a partner organization (host site) as well as career planning, personal reflection, skill building, mentoring relationships, networking, and other forms of professional development.

New Sector matches each RISE Fellow with a year-long job as full-time employee of a host site, high quality professional development, and lifelong access to the New Sector network. New Sector believes that our on-the-job experiences, training, and mentoring have positive, measurable long-term effects on job growth, career opportunities, and financial compensation. Fellows significantly increase their value to their employer (and future employers) through their fellowship experience. Fellows are encouraged to renegotiate their compensation levels at the end of the RISE fellowship year.

New Sector offers potential RISE Fellows two different tracks through the RISE program:

  • Career Track – The RISE career track is New Sector’s flagship RISE Fellowship track and the core year-long program for early career professionals that New Sector has been running since 2007. It offers Fellows a one year on-ramp to a mission-driven career through job placement and professional development. Fellows apply to work in a one year position at a New Sector partner organization (host site) and participate in New Sector’s professional development program, including training, mentoring, peer learning teams, and individual coaching sessions. While participating in the RISE program, Fellows are hired as full-time employees of their host organization and receive a fellowship stipend and health benefits.
  • Professional Development Track – The RISE professional development track is for applicants who are already employed full-time by a mission-driven organization. Fellows apply to participate in New Sector’s professional development program, including the training, mentoring, peer learning teams, and individual coaching sessions. Fellows must complete a formal application and screening process before they can be accepted into the RISE professional development track.

Both tracks are highly competitive due the small size of our programs. We encourage potential Fellows to re-apply if they are not accepted the first time they apply.

New Sector’s network of partner organizations (host sites) provides potential Fellows with access to roles and opportunities in a wide array of focus areas and functions. The typical New Sector RISE Fellow interview and selection process is intensive and involves multiple steps. These steps vary based upon the hiring preferences of our partner organizations (host sites), but typically include the following:

  • Interview with New Sector alum: At the request of our partner organizations, many RISE Fellowship candidates complete a screening interview with a New Sector program alum. 
  • Interview with New Sector staff: A New Sector staff member interviews each potential Fellow. This ensures that potential Fellows are a good fit for the RISE program model and helps New Sector pair selected Fellows with appropriate mentors.
  • Interview(s) with host sites: Host site organizations select New Sector candidates to interview based on their experiences and career interests. Potential RISE Fellows typically participate in multiple interviews at host sites, as determined by the host site. Each host site extends a job offer to the candidate they believe is the best fit for their role.
  • Match and get hired: Once all parties agree the job is a good fit for the Fellow, the host site officially hires the Fellow through their standard employee onboarding process. A fellowship stipend and health benefits are provided by the host site. Minimum fellowship stipends for our placements are based on location.
  • Train and work: Fellows participate in New Sector kick off training and ongoing professional development sessions throughout the RISE Fellowship to build upon their work experiences at host sites.
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“New Sector’s program was by far one of the best professional decisions I’ve made. I learned much more about what it means to be an effective mission-driven professional than I could have by just taking an entry-level job. I also became close with the inspiring and smart people in my cohort. We continue to actively support each other through New Sector’s alumni network.”
- C. Nikole Saulsberry, RISE Fellow 2010-11, San Francisco

PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATIONS

 

Details for upcoming New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship program cycles are as follows:

  • Upcoming program dates and locations: Our next RISE program will launch in January 2018 in the Twin Cities.
    • Candidates will interview and match with potential host sites in the fall of 2017 and early 2018
    • RISE Fellowship training starts Friday 1/26/18
    • Trainings will run monthly on the 2nd Friday of each month after kickoff (2/9/18, 3/9/18, 4/13/18, 5/11/18, 6/8/18, 7/13/18, 8/10/18, 9/14/18, 10/12/18, 11/9/18, 12/14/18)
  • Future program and training geographies: We expect to run future RISE cohorts in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to stay tuned for RISE Fellowship updates and information.
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“New Sector’s program was by far one of the best professional decisions I’ve made. I learned much more about what it means to be an effective mission-driven professional than I could have by just taking an entry-level job. I also became close with the inspiring and smart people in my cohort. We continue to actively support each other through New Sector’s alumni network.”
- C. Nikole Saulsberry, RISE Fellow 2010-11, San Francisco

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Interview Questions

  • What do you look for in candidates?
    • In general, we look for candidates with a diverse range of academic, professional, and life experiences, to build well­-matched and mutually­ supportive cohorts. Each of the early career professionals in our programs demonstrates commitment, focus, interest in professional development, interpersonal skills, professional achievement, leadership experience, and career goals aligned with our focus on changing lives, organizations, and the world. Our participants have backgrounds in everything from business to political science, biology to psychology, and beyond.
    • More specifically, we look for candidates who have relevant experiences and qualifications that match our partner organizations’ (host sites’) job requirements for each RISE fellowship role. See partner organization job descriptions for details.
  • Can I still apply if it is past the deadline?
    • Yes, we review applications until all cohorts are full.
  • I have more than five years of postgraduate experience, can I still apply?
    • Yes, you are welcome to apply. While our programs are tailored for individuals with fewer than five years of post­ college work experience, we have had candidates that have more experience that are still an ideal fit for the program.
  • Are interviews case-­based as they are at many consulting firms?
    • Not usually. New Sector interviews ask candidates to thoughtfully reflect on their skills, interests, and past experiences. We also ask candidates to consider opportunities and challenges they have encountered and to clearly describe these in an organized, coherent manner.
    • Host sites hiring for specific consulting-type or analytical roles may use cases as part of their interview process. If invited to interview with a host site for a role of this nature, please feel free to professionally ask the hiring manager what to expect in the interview process.
  • What is asked of the references I listed in my application?
    • References receive an electronic form asking for general feedback on the applicant. They are asked to rate skill areas such as communication and professionalism.

Training, Mentorship, Learning Team, and Support Questions

  • What do we learn in the training sessions?
    • Fellows participate in New Sector’s Social Impact Leadership Curriculum, which is designed to (1) increase their ability to make a significant impact on their host sites, (2) provide professional development, (3) foster networking, peer learning, and support, and (4) inspire commitment to a lifetime of impact through exposure to role models, diverse career paths, and concepts of leadership.
  • Who are mentors and what do they do?
    • Each Fellow is matched with a mentor who provides support throughout the program. Mentors are typically consulting, business, and nonprofit professionals. Mentors are a great resource for feedback on deliverables, thought partnership on finalizing a workplan, instruction in technical skills such as Excel or PowerPoint, or general career advice and professional development. Discussions typically take place in­ person or via phone or email.
  • Can I choose my mentor?
    • Program staff match each Fellow with a mentor based on survey answers about goals and desired characteristics.
  • What are learning teams?
    • New Sector believes the strength of our programs rests in our Fellows. Cohorts are designed to build upon one another’s skills and experiences, and colleagues support and challenge one another throughout the program. To enable the cohort model to flourish, Fellows participate in bi-weekly learning team meeting of small groups of Fellows. These meetings provide a support network and a more intimate forum for sharing knowledge, ideas, success, and challenges.
  • What is New Sector’s commitment to diversity?
    • Our cohorts reflect diversity of identity and experience in order to (1) facilitate meaningful learning, (2) reflect the needs of the populations we serve, and (3) support the development of a diverse mission-driven talent pipeline.

Host Site and Placement Questions

  • What type of host sites does New Sector work with? New Sector partners with mission-driven organizations that focus on a variety of issues, including:
    • Advancing human potential
    • Alleviating poverty
    • Closing the achievement gap
    • Engaging in environmental issues
    • Working toward healthier futures
    • Supporting veterans affairs
  • What are some typical Fellow job placements? Roles are dependent on the needs of our partner organizations and vary from year-to-year. Some common past roles include:
    • Data and Analysis – Fellows complete research and analysis, data collection and management, and modeling and forecasting
    • Development/Fundraising – Fellows contribute to planning or executing fundraising initiatives, leaving templates or tools for future use
    • Marketing and Communications – Fellows support marketing and communications initiatives, including writing, editing, and social media
    • Performance Measurement – Fellows enable stronger, result-based programs and services by developing measurement tools and/or feedback processes
    • Product, Program, or Service Development – Fellows design and/or pilot new products, programs, or services
    • Strategy and Planning – Fellows support organizational planning, team strategy development and implementation, and change management efforts
    • Technology Effectiveness – Fellows support service delivery by researching, recommending, and/or project managing the implementation of technology systems

New Sector has launched the application process for the 2018 RISE Fellowship program in the Twin Cities. This cohort will kickoff in January 2018.

Career Track – Apply now for open 2018 RISE Fellowship positions in the Twin Cities. 

  • Application Process
    • Our application process is highly competitive and has multiple steps:
      1. New Sector online application and Host Site job application process
      2. Round 1 interview with Host Site
      3. Round 2 interview with New Sector staff
      4. Reference checks
  • Online Application
    • Our online application asks for:
      • Demographic information and program preferences
      • Upload of written materials (resume) in PDF or Word formats
      • Contact information for two professional or academic references (no friends or family please)

Professional Development Track – Apply here if you are already employed full-time by a mission-driven organization and want to join our 2018 RISE Fellowship program in the Twin Cities. 

  • Application Process
    • Our application process is highly competitive and has multiple steps:
      1. New Sector online application
      2. Interview with New Sector staff and alumni
      3. Reference checks
  • Online Application
    • Our online application asks for:
      • Demographic information and program preferences
      • Upload of written materials (resume, a writing sample with answers to three short essay questions) in PDF or Word formats
      • Contact information for two professional or academic references (no friends or family please)
  • Writing Sample
    • In addition to preparing a resume, we ask you to submit answers to three short essay questions. Please answer the three following questions in 300 words per question or less (900 words total), and include all three answers in a single document and upload using the button on the application.
      1. Please tell us why you are committed to mission-driven work and how the New Sector program would enhance that commitment.
      2. Please tell us about an accomplishment of which you are particularly proud.
      3. In addition to each Fellow learning from the New Sector experience, we know that each Fellow also adds to the professional development of his/her colleagues in the cohort. Please tell us about the role you would play in supporting peer learning within your cohort. Fellows’ impact on their peers’ learning often stems from their unique experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives.

While you can save your progress in the online application, we recommend you prepare your written materials offline before starting the application. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedInTwitter, and Instagram to stay tuned for future RISE Fellowship updates and information.

Qualifications and Eligibility

  • Demonstrated commitment to mission-driven work
  • High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
  • Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
  • Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
  • 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 project management, analytical, and/or research 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
  • Clear commitment to growth and focus on professional development goals

Release of Information

To facilitate Fellow selection and matching, New Sector may share candidates’ resumes and other application materials with potential host sites, mentors, and others involved in the interview and matching process. If candidates have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us. Please no calls.

New Sector Alliance actively seeks to build fellowship programs enrolling individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, representing a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, secular preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. Further, we encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program; New Sector can provide reasonable accommodations for those individuals upon request. For additional assistance please contact us.