Education Fellow (KF)

About the Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private foundations in the United States and the only one focused exclusively on expanding opportunities for people with low income in American Cities. With a $3.8 billion endowment and a staff of over 100 employees, the foundation deploys grants and social investments across arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting systems. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

About the Position

The Higher Education Fellow will support the Education Program in advancing its goal of helping more low-income and students of color enter and succeed in undergraduate education. The Fellow will gain experience and insight into institutional philanthropy, higher education policy and advocacy, research and strategies to incorporate equity firmly in higher education work. This position provides a valuable career development opportunity for an emerging higher education or philanthropy professional.

The fellowship is a two-year appointment and is open to those who have completed a minimum of master’s level training in a field related to higher education access and success, such as higher education administration, higher education public policy or student affairs. We are most interested in candidates whose work experience and education has included coursework or activities related to access and success, public policy, community colleges, minority-serving institutions, urban education, and who have a demonstrated commitment to racial equity.  Relocation assistance may be available for this position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead at least one priority project during the term of the fellowship, on a topic to be jointly determined.
  • Assist with the team’s review of grant requests and management of its portfolio of grants.
  • Analyze reports from grantees to identify key lessons that should be highlighted, shared and applied to our future strategies.
  • Conduct background research and analysis to support team strategy and program development; this includes keeping abreast of new developments and published research in relevant fields.
  • Analyze data from various sources to identify patterns, trends and insights to inform our strategies.
  • Prepare key materials for internal and external presentations and meetings, supported by relevant research.
  • Develop clear, concise written communications (including memos, briefs and grant recommendations) for a range of audiences.
  • Contribute to the development of the team’s strategic learning and evaluation infrastructure, practices and activities.
  • Participate in travel to conferences, convenings and site visits as needed.


  • Minimum of master’s degree in a field relevant to higher education access and success.
  • At least two years relevant work experience.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within and across Kresge program teams.
  • A learning orientation that enables one to recognize patterns, identify key lessons and develop creative solutions.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and flexibility with shifting priorities.
  • A self-starter who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong work ethic.

To Apply

To apply, please visit this linkThe Application Deadline for this position is April 30, 2019

Kresge is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics.



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