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Civic Learning Lead (Remote Work Option)

As the civic learning lead, you will work closely with our board and president at the very center of the national conversation about civic learning, supporting young people to be better citizens and networking with civic leaders to ensure a resilient constitutional democracy.

In an age of fracture and distrust, we must fundamentally rethink the ways we prepare young people with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and capacities to be successful citizens in our democracy. By its very nature, civic learning must be cross-partisan work, designed to encourage understanding and trust. Collaboration will not always be easy, but it is the only way forward. To be successful, we must all set aside our personal agendas and build a new system of civic learning designed to produce citizens who are well-informed, productively engaged in working for the common good, and hopeful about our democracy. Your work will demand an exceptional display of civic skills and courage – you will build social trust and model the very skills and disposition that we want others to emulate and teach. You will be serving as a neutral arbiter, developing sustained funding support from a partnership of high-impact donors across the ideological spectrum who commit to doing this work collaboratively.

Working here, you will focus on building a “field” of civic learning: taking a leadership role in narrative building, supporting a robust research agenda, helping to scale effective programming, supporting policy development, and actively recruiting major players (and funders) from adjacent spaces, all being done alongside and with major players who share overlapping goals. We are actively developing a civic learning platform where people can come to learn about the work and a communications strategy that allows funders and local grasstops and grassroots constituencies to coordinate on major initiatives. We are part of a leadership group developing and supporting a multi-pronged approach to legislation at the federal, state, and local levels. And we are doing work on the ground – building our own “operating muscle,” learning from direct services delivery, building credibility, and filling gaps we’ve identified. (Our Civic Spring Project is one example; you may also want to review our analysis of the civic learning ecosystem.)

See the full job description here (PDF).

To Apply

Simply email your resume to Bob Corlett at [email protected] with “WWF – Civic Learning Lead #2020-2587 CW” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


Communications Lead 

In this momentous time, with health, political, and social pandemics surging, the Institute for Citizens & Scholars is expanding our mission and rebuilding how we develop citizens in our country. Building upon our 75-year legacy, you will lead our communication strategies which focus on building bridges across the political spectrum, increasing awareness of our work, protecting our reputation, and ensuring alignment of communication deliverables with our current and rapidly growing portfolio of work. Through different programs, Citizens & Scholars and our partners are tackling critical national issues. We are leveraging the “fierce urgency of now” to bring together the nation’s most respected progressive and conservative funders who view issues from different vantage points — that difference is our strength.

As the communications lead, you will report to the president, lead a team of two, and be supported by external resources as needed. Ultimately you will ensure consistent, cohesive, inclusive, and effective messaging. As the communications lead, you will have the opportunity to manage all aspects of our integrated communications and marketing strategy, grassroots engagement, including earned media and pitching major news outlets, government relations, strategy and branding initiatives, and more. Your effectiveness will flow from your ability to listen, synthesize, and centralize communication so that we portray credible and compelling messages to key audiences. The impact of your success will be transformative.

See the full job description here (link).

To Apply

Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at [email protected] with “C&S – Communications Lead  #2020-2592 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The Institute for Citizens & Scholars

This new identity reflects the organization’s twin commitments: to strengthen American education and to rebuild a flourishing civil society. Citizens & Scholars is the new name of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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