The Children’s Movement Equity Fellowship

Applications Due: January 31, 2023 at midnight
Program Dates: June 20th – August 10th
Format: Virtual (must reside in California during program)
Submit Resume and Cover Letter Here  

Children Now is a nonpartisan whole-child research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education, and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a unique network of more than 5,000 parent, youth, business, labor, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more about Children Now’s core organizational values.

About the Opportunity

Current community\junior college, undergraduate, and graduate school students are invited to apply to be a Children’s Movement Equity Fellow (learn more from 2022 Fellows here). Fellows will support the growth of The Children’s Movement by recruiting groups statewide to join our Pro-Kid network and engaging current members to advocate for kids by supporting legislative, regulatory, and state budget advocacy efforts.

Fellows will gain experience in network development through data-driven on-line recruitment and engagement in policy campaigns, while also learning about how The Children’s Movement supports statewide advocacy. Fellows are given opportunities to attend meetings with and learn from policy experts about various children’s issues such as health, education, and child welfare. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in developing their network with leading child policy experts and learning about public policymaking, outreach, advocacy, communications, and nonprofit organizations.

Fellows will work remotely for approximately 30 hours per week from 9am to 5pm (including lunch break) for 8 weeks (June 20th through August 10th) and will be paid $18 per hour. Applicants are required to reside in California during the duration of the program. 

Examples of Activities

  • Develop tailored messaging and conduct outreach to groups across the state to join The Children’s Movement to advance state policy for kids, primarily through online research, email, and phone outreach. 
  • Engage with policy leaders on key issues via meetings/hearings, public testimony, written comments, etc.  
  • Mobilize existing Children’s Movement members, via phone and email, to support advocacy campaigns. 
  • Conduct list-building and maintenance using Excel, Airtable, Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, and/or other platforms to help manage member data and generate new prospective Children’s Movement members. 

The Fellows will work closely with The Children’s Movement team, but will manage their projects independently, exercising good judgment, organizational expertise, problem-solving skills, and time management.

About You

Desired Skills and Experience
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student (community college, junior college, 4-year college/university, or graduate program) with the ability to work from California during program.
  • Candidates most likely to get the most out of the fellowship are those who are studying in areas of Public Health, Education, Public Policy/Administration, Political Science, Social Work, Communications, or a related field.
  • Interest or experience in systems change with a focus on race equity.
  • Interest or experience in children’s advocacy, policy change, communications, coalition and network building, community organizing, and/or outreach.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytic, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

How To Apply

Applications due January 31, 2023

Please submit your resume and cover letter (no more than 1 page) describing your interest and experience through the online application form here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 31st, 2023, and final candidates will be notified by February 17th.

Children Now is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to staff diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please consider reading our Solidarity Statement for Racial Equity and Justice here as well as our Anti-Racist Policy vision here. Children Now values diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing our work and views diversity as including differences in race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, veteran status, job skills, education, and geographic location and any other category protected by law. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. 

Interested in Learning More?

Chat with our Program Leads at our informal information session on January 11th from 12:00 pm – 12:30pm. Register here.

Children Now COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. Thus, Children Now has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy covering all employees. To be compliant with this policy, all new staff members shall be required to provide proof of their vaccine status at the start of their employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and approved.