Community Wealth Builders Fellowship
The Fellow will collaborate with Community Wealth Builders’ Project Director to help catalyze and/or support community wealth building across Baltimore City. Community wealth building is a systems approach to economic development that creates an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally--rooted and broadly--held ownership. Unlike traditional economic development strategies that funnel resources to support large or national businesses, often creating poor quality jobs for locals while benefiting corporate owners in other regions, community wealth building puts residents and communities first, valuing equity, inclusion, and sustainability.
Selected Fellows will work with the Director to develop an individual scope of work that matches the Fellow’s interests, expertise, and availability. We are seeking to engage Fellows with a range of skills and interests, including qualitative and quantitative research, community engagement, legal analysis, writing, social media, design, business development, marketing, financing, and policy advocacy.
Potential assignments include:
- Developing and disseminating materials/tools to help educate Baltimoreans about community wealth building models and strategies
- Identifying and growing initiatives to support local entrepreneurs and nascent businesses
- Developing resources and tools to facilitate local purchasing
- Developing strategies and materials that could be used to advocate for policies and initiatives that nurture community wealth building
- Assessing key challenges facing locally‐owned businesses
- Mapping the ecosystem around community wealth building models and strategies, and identifying key gaps
- Establishing and tracking indicators to help assess Community Wealth Builders’ impact
- Researching policies and practices in other cities aimed to strengthen neighborhood economies
- Creating communication tools to promote this work
Qualifications and Requirements
- Ability to work independently
- Interest in community economic development and in supporting and strengthening Baltimore
- businesses and neighborhoods
- Passion for social justice
- Patience, compassion, and sensitivity to diverse populations
Flexible duration and hours, schedule can be set once desired applicant is selected
Submit current resume and brief cover letter to Stephanie Geller at firstname.lastname@example.org.