In the summer of 2017, the Presidential Precinct will for the fourth time host 25 next-generation African leaders, all between the ages of 25 and 35, who were selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s highly competitive six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Over the last three years of the Fellowship, The Presidential Precinct has hosted 75 leaders from 35 African countries. Throughout the Fellowship’s six weeks, these 25 young African leaders will engage in international dialogue, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving at all six of the Precinct’s partnership institutions. Past Mandela Washington Fellows have been award winning journalists, highly touted professors, youth organizers, government leaders, and human rights activists.

In conjunction with the Mandela Washington Fellowship, one temporary position is still available for the summer of 2017. Applications must include a cover letter and a resume. The Presidential Precinct is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Summer Program Fellow

The Summer Program Fellowship is a full time, temporary, paid position. The Mandela Washington Fellows will be three weeks in residence at The University of Virginia, one week at Montpelier, and two weeks at William & Mary. Precinct Summer Program Fellows will live with the 25 young African leaders during this six-week program to provide them with a full range of support, as well as attend academic, cultural, and networking sessions designed and implemented by the Precinct and its partner institutions. Summer Program Fellows will also support various aspects of program logistics, including transportation. Summer Program Fellows will receive a $5,500 stipend for the full extent of the program in addition to housing, food, and transportation for the six-week period.

Primary Responsibilities
• Serve as a senior-level Resident Assistant for the Mandela Washington Fellows.
• Provide daily transportation for the Fellows in passenger vans rented by The Presidential Precinct.
• Help design and implement an orientation session for the Fellows upon their arrival in Charlottesville.
• Assist Precinct staff in soliciting ongoing formal and informal feedback from the Mandela Washington Fellows about their program experience and identify ways that the experience can be modified in response to feedback and to meet emerging needs.
• Serve as an important source of information and insight for the Mandela Washington Fellows about American society and culture, and also about things to do and places to go in their free time.
• Provide support for implementation of the non-academic components of the program, including team building activities, community service, site visits, networking, and social and cultural activities.
• Help drive program-related content online through the Presidential Precinct Network.
• Ensure that the Fellows make smooth transitions between each component of their daily program, from meals to academic sessions to outside site and cultural visits to evening events, and smooth transitions between the three main residential sites (e.g., The University of Virginia, Montpelier, and William & Mary).
• Troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise during the program.
• Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications
The Presidential Precinct welcomes candidates who by summer 2017 will have been awarded their undergraduate degree, as well as postgraduate, postdoctoral, faculty, and professional applicants.

• Age 25 years or older by mid-June 2017 (the minimum age requirement for driving 15-passenger vans rented through commercial car rental agencies).
• Experience coordinating or managing complex projects.
• Proven cross-cultural communication skills.
• Excellent customer service and organizational skills, including the ability to multitask.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, both in person and by phone, with high professionalism.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to solve problems, work independently, and exercise good judgment.
• Strong computer skills, including Excel.
• Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Experience with financial management and budgeting preferred.
• Experience with and interest in educational development, international exchanges, or continuing education programs preferred.
• International study, work, or living experience preferred.

Reporting: The Summer Program Fellows will report to The Presidential Precinct’s Director of Programs.

Term: The Mandela Washington Fellows will be with The Presidential Precinct from June 16, 2017 to July 31, 2017. The Summer Program Fellows must be available full time during these dates to assist with coordinating daily activities. The Summer Program Fellows will start work with the Precinct sometime between May 30, 2017 and the week of June 12, 2017, with the exact start date to be negotiated. The Precinct shall not be responsible to the Summer Program Fellows for any taxes, employment benefits or other prerequisites beyond the contract sums due under the contract agreement.

Contact: Nancy Hopkins, Director of Programs, nhopkins@presidentialprecinct.org.