Kairos Fellowship Online Campaigner
8 month paid Fellowship
The Spring 2018 Kairos Fellowship Equity Cohort is an eight month paid on-the-job training program for emerging leaders of color in the field of civic technology. Kairos, an ancient Greek word, refers to “the right or opportune moment for action.”
In recent years, we have witnessed inspiring movements for human rights that are calling attention to structural violence, racism, transphobia, and inequality even in the face of violent and repressive attacks against these liberation movements. 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 15 fellows at leading national and state organizations where Fellows will work mostly on issue advocacy campaigns on the federal and state level. Fellows will receive hands on training, mentorship, and an eight-month paid online campaigner apprenticeship—from May 2018 - December 2018.
- Being a strong and proactive leader
- Reading news and social media and providing your analysis of current issues
- 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, 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
- An experienced mentor and up to 14 coaching sessions
- Participation in ongoing trainings and webinars
- Participate in three in person gatherings
- 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.