Spark Fellowships

Make a difference in the lives of young people – and make a living!

Be part of a nationwide team that helps students experience what’s possible for their unique futures.

Candidate Profile and Core Values

Successful candidates will demonstrate personal responsibility, relationship building, communication and project management skills, as well as drive, motivation, high-energy, perseverance and a get-it-done mentality. Candidates will also embody Spark’s Core Values: be a student and a mentor, work with passion and compassion, commit to collaboration and diversity, aim high and true, and trust and respect in all relationships.

Position Overview

The Program Fellow (PF) will support implementation of Spark Mentorships to help middle school students experience what’s possible for their futures and will report to a Program Manager (PM). The Program Fellow is responsible for:

  • leading outreach, enrollment, and support for students, family communications, and program logistics
  • supporting mentorship operations including student transportation, execution of opening and culminating events, and coordinating evaluation efforts
  • regular onsite visits at schools and mentorship workplaces, and collaboration with other Spark staff


  • Expected and recent college or university graduates are welcome to apply
  • Have previous experience motivating and working with students (middle school aged preferred)
  • Be hard-working, accountable, and able to work autonomously
  • Be organized, prepared, and detailed oriented
  • Be comfortable with student behavior management
  • Be comfortable communicating with multiple stakeholders
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly
  • Strong oral and written communication, relationship building and people skills
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided
  • In addition, to be successful as a member of the Spark team in this role, you will:
    • Be a highly-organized self-starter
    • Have a strong desire to impact a fast-growing nonprofit organization
    • Thrive in an entrepreneurial environment, operating with high expectations and exceptional attention to detail
    • Have a proactive personality; no work is ‘beneath’ you and you are eager to serve others, rolling up your sleeves when necessary
    • Demonstrate mature judgment, with a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
    • Have a sense of humor, even under stress
    • Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback, and applying feedback to drive improvement
    • Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results

Core Responsibilities

Program Logistics and Engagement for Spark’s 7th Grade Students

  • Build Relationships
    • Conduct student interviews to create meaningful mentor matches
    • Ensure consistent support of student engagement and safety. Communicate any concerns to the school’s Program Manager.
    • Communicate directly with mentors and families regarding student attendance and behavior in real time.
  • Student Dispatch Support
    • Travel with students on school busses to and from the school and their mentorships and observe student-mentor relationships at mentorship sites.
  • Coordinate and attend Spark events
    • Match Days, Share Your Spark events, etc.
  • Assist in inputting, tracking and analyzing data to ensure delivery of a high-quality, high-impact program.
  • Share stories, videos, and pictures of students and mentors with the Spark Program team for development purposes.

Program Logistics and Administration for Spark’s 8th and 9th Grade Students

  • Support “High School Pathways” sessions
    • Provide input on curriculum and process improvements
  • Liaison with school partners
    • Communicate and coordinate scheduling with school representatives
    • Ensure materials and technology are present and operable for workshops at school sites
    • Record attendance and organize participants at each session
  • Data Collection and Management
    • Gather workshop data via multiple channels (email, phone, in-person)
    • Collect and maintain all evaluation content forms, eligibility and enrollment data
    • Record and share workshop session reviews to help guide classroom management, school support, documentation, etc., best practices

NOTE: Fellows will be aligned in two primary functions (7th grade or 8th and 9th grade work tasks and activities), though duties may overlap and/or be shared among Fellows.

Spark Fellows...

Are passionate about education

Are Education, Social Justice or Social Policy majors, though all majors will be considered

Are expected and recent graduates

Work with Spark for a fellowship that aligns with the academic calendar year

Ideally have classroom experience or experience working with students

Live or work in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia areas

Apply Today

Ten-month Fellowships align with the academic calendar year. Review the job description and email your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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