FUSE Corps Contract Writer
FUSE Corps is a national nonprofit that enables local government to more effectively address the most pressing challenges facing urban communities. In pursuit of this mission, FUSE runs an executive-level fellowship program in civic innovation that is focused on accelerating cross-sector collaboration and community-based problem solving. FUSE partners with city leaders to identify key strategic challenges and then recruits entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector who spend a year working in local government to address those challenges. FUSE fellows are uniquely positioned to achieve transformative impact across issues areas such as education, health, social services, economic development, public safety, and the environment.
FUSE fellows average 15-20 years of professional experience, predominantly as private-sector leaders in major corporations and global management consulting firms, and generally with graduate degrees such as MBAs.
Since FUSE was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area five years ago, this unique program has grown quickly in response to mounting demand from cities across the country. The 2017-2018 cohort, which began in September 2017, includes 35 projects in governments both in California (San Francisco, Stockton, San José, Fremont, Long Beach, Los Angeles) and across the country (Denver, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.). The response from prospective fellows has been equally robust making the application process extremely competitive among private-sector executives seeking to serve in this prestigious program. FUSE plans to continue to expand toward placing 100 fellows annually across 25 cities and widely communicating the impact of their work. This rapid growth is being generously supported by a coalition of foundations including the Omidyar Network, James Irvine Foundation and Kresge Foundation.
FUSE is seeking several contract writers who can individually develop compelling, succinct and thoughtfully written project descriptions that clearly articulate the context, goals and deliverables of each project. These project descriptions will be developed after a scoping interview is conducted by a FUSE staff member and the government partner (conducted via teleconference and transcribed). The contract writer’s role is to take the information resulting from the call and additional documents provided by the host agency, conduct additional research about that particular issue in the community, and produce a draft two to three-page project description. Each project description is unique and customized to the particular aspects of the role, however, over 50 templates exist from prior projects that can be used as models for language and structure.
In order to revise a draft and put it through the appropriate internal review process and return it to the host agency no more than one week after we scope the project, contract writers will be asked to turn around the first draft within 48 hours. The document is a crucial component of our partnership development process and a launch pad for our recruitment process. It will eventually be used by the fellow as a guiding document as he or she embarks on the fellowship year.
We have found that developing these project descriptions take an average of 8 hours per project. FUSE is offering a flat rate fee of $1200 per description to all writers.
The development of project descriptions for the next cohort begins in January 2018 and will continue through June 2018 with the greatest volume of activity occurring during the months of March, April, May and June 2018. FUSE will need to complete approximately 50 project descriptions during this time. We are in the process of hiring a small team of contract writers who will divide the work, potentially leaving the opportunity to take on assignments based on preferences around issue area, geography, or time availability.
Going forward, FUSE will be launching cohorts every six months and will have an ongoing need for contract writers throughout the year. We are interested in developing a long-term relationship with select contract writers for ongoing work.
Interested applicants should email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and be prepared to complete a written exercise.
- Synthesize a 60-minute conference call between FUSE staff and city government agency leaders (can join live or listen to recording) and a written transcript to extrapolate key project insights as well as review supporting documents.
- Spend one to two hours conducting background research to help the project “come alive,” including telling the story of the fellowship’s impact on the community.
- Articulate the role description of the fellow as well as key deliverables and success factors.
- Accurately capture information about project stakeholders, including names, titles and affiliation.
- Adapt an established list of qualifications to customize the requirements for each unique role.
- Utilize a standardized project description template provided by FUSE for consistency in format across all work products.
- Respond to all written and verbal requests made by the Director of Strategic Partnerships in a timely manner.
- When needed, provide a revised draft based on feedback from the Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Passion for FUSE’s mission and a commitment to related issue areas.
- Understanding of local government and/or issues facing cities and the ability to relate progress on issues to direct community impact.
- At least 10 years of experience in journalism, technical writing, copy writing, policy analysis, publishing, philanthropy or communications, ideally including effective story telling around topic areas that are relevant to FUSE’s work.
- Ability to clearly convey complex topics in written form.
- Ability to work quickly and independently at the direction of a manager to perform tasks on schedule and to a very high standard on the first draft.
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.