In partnership with Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation and in honor of the legacy of TI’s founders, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) established the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas TI Founders Leadership Fellows program. The program’s purpose is to develop and nurture capable nonprofit sector professionals on a continuing basis.
The UWMD TI Founders Leadership Fellows program represents a key component of the learning process for college juniors and seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with an interest in a career in the nonprofit sector. (Recent graduates must have received degrees within the six months prior to the Fellowship.) Fellows will gain hands-on experience working at UWMD under the direction of department supervisors, who will provide guidance and supervision to prepare Fellows for professional responsibilities in nonprofit organizations.
The TI Founders Leadership Fellows program provides the opportunity for Fellows to gain an in-depth and well-rounded perspective on work in the nonprofit sector and foster an understanding of the conceptualization, planning and teamwork involved. Fellows will be supervised by one or more experienced UWMD staff members. Fellowships will be one year in duration , 20 hours per week and will include a $15,000 stipend for the year. Fellows may work on an individual project or on a combination of projects in various areas of United Way operations, including:
Fellows will be assigned to a project or projects according to their future goals, education and work experience. These young leaders will gain experience in best practices and learn to plan and execute projects to support the United Way’s priorities. For example, a Fellow interested in Resource Development and Volunteer Engagement might help further the goals of Unite for Change, a United Way program that features large-scale, volunteer engagement projects. A Fellow interested in Community Impact might assist with the execution of a United Way program such as Healthy Zone Schools, Summer Meals, Future Focus Camp or Pathways to Work, or by assisting in the management of United Way’s Community Impact Grants process. A Fellow could also choose to further develop his or her knowledge and experience in brand development and digital marketing, or in a particular aspect of fundraising, such as annual giving, major gifts or development services. Fellows will attend weekly meetings led by United Way staff. Informal discussions about careers in the nonprofit sector will be scheduled throughout the duration of Fellowships. Fellows will also be able to participate in professional development opportunities through United Way’s relationships with a range of organizations, including community service providers, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, United Way Worldwide and corporate partners and through a $500 professional development stipend.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ATTRIBUTES
Must be a college junior, college senior, college graduate student or recent college graduate (within the six months prior to the Fellowship).
Organized and detail-oriented
Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet and knowledge of Social Media
Takes initiative, self-starting, flexible
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to work with deadlines
Strong people skills