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Fellowship: Designing STEM Equity (Remote)

We are looking for an emerging leader who demonstrates sustained personal and professional engagement with underrepresented and underserved youth, programs and communities. The Fellowship will enable a future leader to spend 18 months working full-time creating solutions and supporting existing Diversity & Inclusion efforts at FIRST. If you’re ready to join a team that’s passionate about leveling the playing field all youth in STEM and leveraging the right skillsets to make it a reality, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The fellowship position is full-time, can be performed remotely and will report to the FIRST Diversity and Inclusion Manager.

Note: Included in the application is a requirement to submit your visual narrative.  


The world’s #1 child-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education outcomes and the development of 21st Century life skills. Over the past 25 years, millions of young people from across the globe have completed FIRST programs, changing the world by becoming the new generation of innovators, problem-solvers, and technology leaders. This legacy and opportunity is as strong and dynamic as ever. FIRST creates the people who will change the world—today and tomorrow.


An ambitious and eager lover of kindness and good in the world. Your heart beats a bit faster when you know that you are making a difference in peoples’ lives. You are optimistic and driven and do your best work when advancing a meaningful mission. You want to tackle social justice challenges and see real impact from your work. You thrive in a fast-paced creative environment, even when under pressure. You love to learn and have a healthy appetite for experimentation. You’d like to gain expertise in equity literacy, anti-deficit frameworks and human-centered design. You like working with smart people and being part of a team. You think it would be awesome to connect and design with individuals and communities firsthand including other STEM equity experts in the field. You have a great sense of humor and you love to work hard and have fun.

We're a match if:

  • You have applied your skills to real-world problems. You have insights about challenges communities face and have worked on the ground with a nonprofit or social enterprise.
  • You are able to demonstrate key components of innovation and design processes, and you can easily switch from macro to micro thinking.
  • You take an active role in continually learning and increasing your knowledge and credentials. You realize that you often pass through failure on your way to success.
  • You are an excellent communicator with great instincts about how to synthesize and tell a captivating story, build a deep rapport, and give honest feedback.
  • You are used to working across sectors, industries and disciplines and are comfortable embedded in and leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Your core values align with FIRST values:
    • Achievers: We achieve great things so that our youth can achieve even more.
    • Allies: We value and respect each other and our FIRST community. We believe that fostering diversity and inclusion is both the right thing to do and makes us more effective overall.
    • Innovators: We emulate the creative problem solving demonstrated by our participants. We aren’t satisfied with the status quo, believe in continuous improvement and enjoy finding creative, out of the box solutions to big challenges.
    • Team Players: We recognize that teamwork and collaboration are essential to our success. We go the extra mile to support our colleagues and community.


  • Minimum of five years of professional full-time work experience; or, an advanced academic or professional degree in STEM fields or STEM education, public administration/policy, youth development, equity/diversity/inclusion or related fields, plus three years of work experience.
  • Experience with work at home project management/remote communication/accountability using Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, Skype for Business, or similar tools; and/or willing to relocate to the Southern NH/Boston area. Occasional travel may be required.

The Support

The Fellowship comes with a $50,000 annual stipend via a bi-weekly payment schedule, and the Fellow is eligible for the FIRST full-time employee benefits package, subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of each benefit. The Fellow will work a full-time schedule for 18 months—from January 2018 through June 2019—and will receive eligible holiday, vacation and other paid time off. During the Fellow’s time with FIRST, he/she agrees not to engage in any employment or business activities outside of FIRST that will interfere with the Fellow’s work or conflict with the mission of FIRST.


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