The Fellowship Experience 

The Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year leadership training program that develops today's young professionals into tomorrow's leaders. A full-time, salaried position in Colorado Springs, the program is designed to bring together highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and develop them into effective leaders for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Fellowship seeks to develop professional skills and educate Fellows in the role of philanthropy, while also offering direct management experience.

The First Year

The core work experience of the Fellows is to staff and manage the Foundation's programs, from Awards for Excellence to the Regional Partnerships. The first year of the Fellowship is dedicated to skill-building, nonprofit sector education and exploring frameworks of leadership. More importantly, 1st Year Fellows experience rapid personal and professional growth in the supportive environment of the Foundation.

 

First Year Themes

Self- Awareness- uses reflection and feedback to gain insight into individual strengths and are of focus to address developmental needs

Communication- the ability to establish shared understanding with others by speaking, writing, listening clearly and consistently

Influence- the power to persuade others to gain their cooperation and commitment

Learning Agility-the capacity to seek out diverse experiences and apply lessons to new challenges; quickly absorb information and process it

Professional Conduct- sets a personal example of poise, professionalism and presence

Difference Diversity and Inclusion- recognize and respond positively to individual and group differences in the workplace and beyond

Professional Skills

  • Time management and office project management 
  • Public speaking
  • Business writing
  • Professionalism
  • Hiring and competency-based research and grant writing
  • Special events organization and management

The Second Year

In their second year, Fellows put their skills and self-understanding into practice, enhancing their experience through increased responsibility, supervision and delegation to 1st Year Fellows and Interns. They become directors of the Foundation's regional activities and various programs. A number of 2nd Year Fellows have the opportuntity to explore community development and gain additional experience through externships with local organizations. 2nd Year Fellows also utlize internal career preparation workshops and the Foundation and Fellowship alumni networks to springboard into their future career paths. 

Coaching and Developingprovide guidance and support to help others learn and grow

Probem Solving-bring fresh solutions to difficult problems

Delegation- tap others talent and energy to get things done

Giving and Recieving Feedback- provide individuals with objective information they can use for maintaining and improving their effectiveness

Influence- the power to persuade others to gain their cooperation and commitment

Conflict Resolution- produce positive outcomes by addressing conflict quickly and fairly

Tolerating Ambiguity- thrives in unclear situations

Difference Diversity and Inclusion- recognize and respond positively to individual and group differences in the workplace and beyond