The program is designed to provide students, recent graduates and motivated individuals seeking career development with an opportunity for involvement with the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women (Friends) and as well as an opportunity for increased understanding of the policies and initiatives underway to advance the status of women in San Francisco. The Fellowship Program lasts from six months to one year. The Friends Board will screen interested applicants to determine academic or personal interest in the issues, relevant experience and career development goals.
Currently, all positions are filled.
Meet current and past Friends Fellows here.
About the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women
Founded in 1976, the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women (Friends) is a private, non-profit organization founded and operated to raise awareness of and funding for the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women. The mission of the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women (Commission and Department) is to ensure equal treatment of women and girls in San Francisco and foster their socioeconomic, political and educational advancement through policies, legislation and programs especially for women and girls in need. The Friends raise funds for activities not funded by the City and support Commission and Department events and initiatives. Together, both work to increase public awareness of issues affecting the lives of women and girls.
All Positions Currently Filled: Friends Fellow
Commitment of 6 months required. Preference for a Fellow who is available for the full year fellowship.
One day a week, including participation at the Friends Board meetings every 2nd Wednesday of each month. Fellows are expected to devote eight hours a week. Work schedule (one day a week or flex hours) to be determined upon engagement.
Summary of Position
The Friends Fellow will assist the Friends with Board management, event organization, logistics and planning over the course of one year. The Friends Fellow will gain an increased understanding of the policies and initiatives underway to advance the status of women in San Francisco.
The Friends Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in Friends, Commission and Department events, as well as attend a variety of Community Partner events in the Bay Area relating to women’s issues. The Friends Fellow will also have mentoring or job shadowing opportunities with business and community leaders.
Duties may include
- Learning the association management processes of the Friends.
- Preparing materials and taking minutes for monthly Friends Board meetings and two retreats annually.
- Preparing eblasts/newsletters to promote and announce the events sponsored by the Friends, its grantees, and its reciprocal organizations.
- Researching and identifying potential grant opportunities for the Friends.
- Updating the Friends website and its functional modules, online documents and general organization.
- Maintaining and expanding Friends membership and contacts databases bi-weekly.
- Organizing and planning of initiatives and events for the Friends, including the annual signature CEDAW Awards Luncheon, Women’s History Month and Conversations with Exceptional Women series.
- Providing assistance with marketing and social media communications of Friends projects
- Providing phone / email supprt and other logistical, research or outreach tasks, as needed.
- Attending events representing the Friends, as needed.
The Friends will provide the fellow with a monthly stipend paid out on a quarterly basis after submission of a summary of work. Fellows do not qualify for any benefits, nor will the Friends deduct any taxes from fellow’s stipend. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to determine their tax obligations and file income tax reports as required.
Applicants for the fellowship must be eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in women’s issues. Previous experience with project management, event planning, fundraising and/or logistics considered an asset. Experience with MS Word, Excel, website, database and newsletter programs. Social media, administrative and organizational skill sets are highly preferred.
How to apply
Send a cover letter and resume indicating your interest in the fellowship and your availability via e-mail to Friends Board at womenSF@friendscosw.org. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received until position is filled.