Coordinator, Fellow Recruitment Strategy & Operations 

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Title: Coordinator, Fellow Recruitment Strategy & Operations 

Location:  Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)

Employment Type: Full-Time

Start Date: September 2022

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

About Braven:

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

Learn more about Braven’s impact: 

About The Role:

Braven is looking to hire Coordinator, Fellow Recruitment Strategy & Operations to support our Fellow Recruitment work on the External Affairs Team. Specifically, this person will support the daily operations, data analysis, internal cross-team collaboration, strategy design and execution support, unlocking structural strategies with our college  and university partners, as well as external relationship building support with prospective Braven Fellows across our college and university partner campuses. The person in this role would support Fellow Recruitment across the entire continuum, from the time students enter our pipeline as prospects, through their recruitment experience as Fellows, all the way to the first day of the Braven course. 

Reporting to the Director of Fellow Recruitment & Operations, you will support all things related to daily operations.  Specifically, you will help build and maintain critical infrastructure that will enable Braven to scale by serving more students and achieving greater outcomes. Your most important projects will involve working with key internal stakeholders, to build, manage, and maintain internal systems, such as Salesforce, to improve Braven’s fellow recruitment user experience. Components to this project will include optimizing data tracking systems, testing new tech features, drafting automated emails, and supporting with marketing materials.  Through this body of work, you will develop or strengthen skills in salesforce to help us track our progress to goals around relationship management.

On the structural strategies side, you will collaborate with regional team members to help drive and unlock key structural strategies that will enable us to scale at our college and university partner campuses.  Such include conducting research around unique structural opportunities at our respective partner campuses, drafting solutions-oriented memos, and engaging with cross-collaboration with other internal stakeholders involved in structural opportunities strategy.  In addition, you will provide support with high stakes meeting prep and execution, including helping to build presentations and talking points for use for those meetings.  You will enhance your professional skills in research, project planning, critical thinking and writing while gaining an understanding of how a successful direct service organization approaches university partner relationships. 

On the strategy design and execution support side, you will help inform Braven’s thinking on the best in class strategies that will help us achieve scale at our current campuses, as well as expand to new sites within existing regions or new regions.  For existing sites, this includes managing operations and logistics for much of Braven's current virtual fellow recruitment campaigns, including helping to craft and implement recruitment strategy tactics, testing new pilots, strategizing new campaign strategies aimed at unlocking new sources of prospects, all in service of fueling Braven’s programs and impact. For new sites, this means researching and seeking to deeply understand the unique landscape and context of each potential campus partner, propose meaningful strategies to test, as well as support with their implementation.  In addition, as our current virtual pandemic reality starts to wind down, you will help inform Braven’s transition strategy to in-person recruitment, in partnership with our campus partners.

What You’ll Do:

Your responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting with daily fellow recruitment operations, including team meetings, strategic design and thought-partnership
  • Supporting with in-person recruitment activities on campus, as well as virtually, including tabling, virtual workshops, classroom presentations, phone cultivation, texting, etc.
  • Creating or supporting with drafts of communications, marketing materials, email templates, and guides for fellow recruitment campaigns, planning guides, and recruitment calendars
  • Optimizing the registration process, data collection systems, and tech tools for fellow recruitment campaigns
  • Researching new source of prospect growth, aimed at increasing our pipeline size at our existing campus partners, as well as at our new site expansions
  • Support with drafting fellow recruitment progress memos, briefs or other materials for various audiences including board members and campus partners 
  • Crafting materials in various forms to reflect our shared value partnerships;
  • Supporting other ongoing administrative needs, such as managing the salesforce account, and data hygiene support for regional team members
  • Participating in internal team meetings as well as external calls and providing support when necessary.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Exceptional operational skills 
  • Strong research, data analysis, and writing skills
  • Self starter who can take general direction and produce specific results with personal responsibility, passion for efficiency and attention for detail
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Record of achievement in academics, leadership, and/or employment
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills or instincts
  • Ability to take direction and feedback well, while navigating ambiguity
  • Fast and organized learner with a can-do attitude and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Passionate about our mission to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable community of future leaders


Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in your local hub office (Chicago, Newark or New York City)
  • Ability to travel to our local hubs for recruitment events 1-2 times per semester, as well as team retreats 1-2 times per year
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $42,600 - $53,200 for Chicago and $46,000 - $57,500 for New York and Newark. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process. In addition, this is a non-exempt, full-time, benefits eligible role. 

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Up to match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one the hubs noted above: Chicago, New York City, and Newark. Each teammate can use two flex days of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves two commutes per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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