In 2014, the 50CAN Education Advocacy Fellowship will launch to identify, select and train local leaders to build a roadmap leading towards the creation of a CAN in their community

Selected fellows will participate in a yearlong program consisting of one-on-one mentoring with an existing executive director and the Senior Vice President of States, site visits and classroom-based learning. The curriculum covers leadership development, campaign planning, policy and research, communications, relationship fundraising, management and organizational growth.

Once the yearlong fellowship is complete, fellows will have the opportunity to apply to become the founding executive director of a CAN in their state or district. Applications close April 1, 2014.

The ideal fellow will possess the following attributes:

  • Professional experience: Diverse professional experiences including upward momentum in their career and proven leadership abilities.
  • Diversity: A wide range of experiences demonstrating the ability to collaborate with multiple groups.
  • Communication skills: Skill communicating across multiple mediums, from public speaking to twitter, and ability to convey messages with passion and clarity.
  • Problem solver: A demonstrated record of problem solving and evidence that they are able to work through even the toughest of setbacks.
  • Mission alignment: Goals that align to our five policy principles: start earlier, expand choices, aim higher, cultivate talent and reach everyone.
  • Relationships: Ability to easily work with donors, board members, partners and 50CAN staff including deep and meaningful relationships with a diverse portfolio of investors.

Local Sponsor

Successful candidates will be plugged into a local network and come with developed relationships to key stakeholders in the region. For this reason, we require all candidates to apply with a local sponsor to demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to their region. Sponsorship comes in the form of a letter of recommendation with stated interest in joining the board of the CAN if it is created. Sponsors can be anyone of standing within the community, such as business leaders, philanthropists, civic leaders, religious leaders or educational leaders.


  • Annual salary of $90,000
  • Full benefits package, including 5 percent 401(k) match and health insurance.
  • Training, mentoring and support to build local infrastructure.
  • Opportunity to launch and lead a new CAN as the founding executive director.
  • Support services provided by 50CAN national team and staff.


  • Applications accepted beginning March 2014.
  • Fellows chosen by June 2014.
  • Orientation begins August 25, 2014.
  • Fellow graduation August 2015.


Please contact Marley Schneier at with questions.