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Fellowship: Movement Building & Capacity Strategist

MAP is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for a Leading Edge Fellowship, which demonstrates the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance justice and equity in society. Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations advancing social justice.
In Fall 2023, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs in two-year fellowship positions at partnering organizations. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $66,000 in the first year, and $70,000 in the second, as well as employee benefits from the host organization. ACLS also provides funding and opportunities for professional development. Fellows lead and contribute to projects and initiatives that draw on the skills and capacities honed in the course of earning the humanities PhD, including advanced communication, research, project management, and creative problem solving. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Mellon Foundation.

The application deadline is March 15, 2023 (9:00pm EDT). For more information, please visit:

Position Description 
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) seeks a Movement Building & Capacity Strategist to join our fully remote, U.S.-based team. The Strategist will be a part of the policy team and will work closely with both the LGBTQ program and the Open to All program with supervision by Naomi Goldberg, LGBTQ program director and deputy director. The Strategist will lead our movement building and capacity work.  
The Strategist will lead our existing work in LGBTQ movement capacity research. This includes fielding two existing surveys, cleaning data, analyzing data, and authoring related reports: the National LGBTQ Movement Report and two related, confidential reports, as well as the LGBTQ Community Center Survey Report. In these efforts, the Strategist will work closely with participating organizations and other LGBTQI organizations to ensure that the data collected, and the materials developed, accomplish the goals of improving understanding of the sector, articulating the case for support and resources, and more. To do so will require direct engagement with organizations and funders.  
Responsibilities and Tasks:
  • Lead existing movement building and capacity work by collecting and analyzing data about the LGBTQ movement through our annual and biennial surveys and writing reports and creating relevant materials to help share these findings and to educate funders, organizations, and others about the needs of the movement. 
  • Co-define and lead new research and/or outreach efforts to expand the power and impact of MAP’s movement building work. 
  • Establish new impact measurement and program evaluation metrics for MAP’s Open to All program, focused on substantive efforts toward equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in businesses and the workplace more broadly. 
  • PhD in any field of the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Read more about eligible fields here. 
  • Interest in how understanding movement organizations can help increase their impact.  
  • Ability to analyze basic statistical data and Excel spreadsheets (or willingness to learn) and excellent ability to communicate engagingly about different types of data.  
  • Skill at communicating about policy, data, and research findings to different audiences. 
  • Strong interest in creating usable and visually engaging materials, including presentations. 
  • An entrepreneurial skillset to drive this work forward and find new ways to have an impact. 

  • Expertise in or experience with organizational development, social movement organizations, and/or organizational finances or accounting.  
  • Experience with survey design. 



More about the Movement Advancement Project 
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is an independent, nonprofit think tank, founded in 2006. We power progressive movements. We work to create a thriving, inclusive and equitable America where all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life. Our transformative and rigorous research and communications help people more easily understand—and take action on—the critical issues we face, from LGBTQ equality to voting rights and more. Our work is laser-focused on changing hearts and minds. At a time of deep divisions, our work builds bridges to advance equity and opportunity for all. 

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