The Spring 2018 Kairos Fellowship Equity Cohort is a full-time paid eight-month fellowship for emerging civic tech and online organizers of color. If you are a field organizer, writer, media-maker who wants to learn more about online organizing and tech skills, this is the program for you!
The deadline to apply is February 2, 2018. The Fellowship runs from May 7-December 2018.
Kairos, an ancient Greek word, refers to “the right or opportune moment for action.” (You don’t need to upload your resume in order to apply.)
Civic technology and online campaigning have fundamentally changed how we organize. Yet our online tools are not equally accessible to everyone. Problems like algorithmic bias, lack of security, and online harassment plague our online tools and organizing practices, and many of these tools were not built with people of color in mind.
The Kairos Fellowship is designed to address the racial and gender disparity that exists within civic technology and organizing by pairing robust recruitment with a training and mentorship program to develop a new network of tech-savvy leaders of color.
Kairos will match and place up to 15 fellows with leading national and state organizations where Fellows will work mostly on issue advocacy campaigns. Upon completion of the eight-month program, you may be offered a permanent position with the organization.
- Strong and proactive leader
- Proactively finding, developing, leading, and contributing to campaigns
- Writing a lot and creating compelling, well sourced content that motivates members and constituents to take action
- Developing creative campaign strategies and tactics
- Learning and utilizing the full range of tools—including, but not limited to, email, petitions, call alerts, mobile to mobile, and database—and keep learning as new tools come into existence
- Participating in the culture and team spirit of the organization you are placed with
The Fellowship Provides
- Bootcamp-style digital trainings led by expert campaigners of color
- An experienced mentor and up to 14 coaching sessions
- Participation in ongoing in person trainings and webinars
- Connection to a wide network of talented campaigners and digital leaders
- Peer support through the Kairos Fellowship cohort
- Strong leadership skills and a willingness to follow and support others is a must
- Movement builder
- Quick thinking, strategic, and imaginative
- Problem solving and solution oriented
- Self-motivated and rigorous
- Preference for candidates with two or more years organizing experience
Candidates must possess deep ties to communities of color, a passion for social justice, a commitment to disrupting anti-blackness and structural violence of all forms, a proven practice of upholding the values of principled struggle, and a love for the internet and its vast potential for building progressive power and increasing civic engagement.
The deadline to apply is February 2. Don’t wait to apply! We review applications on a rolling basis.
Please note that some of the placements are virtual and others are location based. We are thrilled about your interest in Kairos and look forward to receiving your application soon.