Downloadable PDF of Job Description: FINAL_Dir of Core Fellowship Prog.pdf

Title: Director of Core Fellowship Programs 

Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000

Job Status: Exempt 

FTE Status: Full time 

Location: The role is primarily remote, with regular team and all-staff meetings taking place virtually. Some travel to in-person retreats and staff gatherings is part of this role.

Application Link: https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application 

Position Summary 

The Environmental Leadership Program is seeking a Director of Core Fellowship Programs to build on ELP’s 20-year history of supporting visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. Core Programs comprises seven regional Fellowship offerings and a virtual National Fellowship. The Director will have a unique opportunity to help develop and implement a comprehensive review and iterative, equity-centering update of ELP’s Core Fellowship programs.


ELP is a mission-driven nonprofit organization working to center equity as we serve our communities. Since 2000 we have trained over 1,400 environmental and social change leaders through our national and regional Fellowship programs. ELP aims to catalyze organizational, and systems change through providing individuals with support, frameworks and approaches, and a community of practice to work collaboratively across issues, sectors, and identities. (For more, visit www.elpnet.org) In the rapidly shifting context of our world, we recognize the need to adapt our programming to meet the evolving needs of our participants. ELP also recognizes the need to assess where we still maintain dominant-culture patterns of operation and make shifts to equity-centered practices.


The key responsibilities and tasks of this role are: 

Team management  

  • Lead and build a strong team founded on collaboration and staff growth. 
  • Foster strong, clear communication across the team and between Core Programs and other ELP program teams and executive leadership.  
  • Assess needs and capacity of Core Program team, oversee development of new roles and evolving responsibilities, hire new team members, and secure the engagement of qualified contracted support. Oversee regular performance evaluation and support team development, growth, and advancement.  

Collaboration with ELP Leadership Team 

  • With the Executive Director and other program Directors, set organization-wide strategy and participate in long-term planning, and annual budgeting processes. Work together to respond to arising needs and changing context.

Program Operations:  

  • Manage creation and implementation of annual program calendar, including scheduling and staffing, outreach and selection, and all program retreats.
  • Ensure facilitation and staffing capacity to meet programming needs.
  • Manage retreat logistics, including contract processes with retreat center partners, staffing, and other key elements. 
  • Maintain and improve systems for evaluation of retreats and programs. 
  • Lead and model a consistent culture of building strong positive relationships with incoming and current ELP Fellows, fostering a sense of community and welcoming them into the ELP Network of more than 1400 Senior Fellows. 
  • Provide collaborative leadership to review the strengths of the program and update the content to ensure we are offering a program that is responsive, relevant, and accessible within the evolving environmental movement.

Financial management and administration 

  • Coordinate with ELP’s accounting team to secure and process payments; regularly review program financial reports; work with Executive Director and accounting team to establish and maintain clear systems for effectively managing the program budget and finances.  
  • With ELP’s Development Manager, create the fundraising strategy for the program, and participate in developing grant reports and new proposals for Core Programs funding. 
  • Participate with ELP team members in current work to develop our values-driven strategic foundation, and the internal systems to support operationalizing our values and centering justice and racial equity in every aspect of our programming. 


Qualified candidates should possess at least 3 years of program management experience including familiarity with budgeting and program financial operations.


Candidates for the position should be/have:  

  • Passionate about ELP’s mission to support and develop leadership for a just and sustainable future. 
  • Experience leading, collaborating with, and supporting productive staff teams.
  • Skillful in building and fostering community relationships. 
  • Experience operating a program budget, and experience (or strong interest) in collaborative grant writing to support mission-driven program advancement. 
  • Committed to anti-racist work personally and at an organizational level and ideally with lived experience within the systems, barriers and inequities that impact historically excluded communities, especially communities of color. 
  • Skilled and experienced in planning, delegation, and facilitation.  
  • Comfortable using cloud-based collaborative software: Microsoft Office products, Google Docs, Dropbox, Email Marketing, etc. 
  • Familiar with using a CRM tool such as Salesforce to track and manage constituent data. 
  • Able to show a history of working well with staff, including supporting their growth and development through shared leadership and decision-making. 
  • Familiar with a variety of organizational and leadership models/structures, including models that share leadership within or outside hierarchical structures. 

Applications will be accepted until our final candidate is identified, and we will begin scheduling interviews the first week in October. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter and salary requirements through our online application at
https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the intended start date of the position by November 15.

ELP pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) contribution, professional development funds, health and wellness days, and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Director-level role with a salary range starting at $75,000.  

ELP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. ELP’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, volunteerism, internships and other terms and conditions of employment or voluntary service shall not be based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. 

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as individuals from other underrepresented and historically marginalized communities. We recognize the lived experiences and leadership of these individuals as being fundamentally relevant to ELP’s work in advancing our mission. Non-traditional candidates are also welcomed and encouraged to apply.