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Butler Koshland Fellowships is searching for an emerging leader to serve as a fellow to Esta Soler, President and Founder of Futures Without Violence.

About Futures Without Violence

For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women, children and families around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994,Futures Without Violence has established an International Center for Leadership and Action on the Main Post of the Presidio that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, inspire new leadership among our nation’s youth, stand with survivors, and continue working toward more peaceful homes and communities throughout the world. Learn more

About Butler Koshland Fellowships

Butler Koshland Fellowships is a unique program designed to pass on public service leadership skills and legacy. Our model is simple and personal—we ask extraordinary leaders to mentor an emerging leader. Each mentor and fellow pair work closely together on a project for one year, during which time we fund the fellow’s salary. The fellow is also integrated into and supported by a community of Butler Koshland fellows and mentors—past, current, and future—doing important work for the common good.  To learn more about Butler Koshland Fellowships, please visit our website: 


Beginning in January 2014, the fellow would work under the direction and guidance of Esta Soler as a Butler Koshland Fellow. In this role, the fellow will support the executive-level goals of Futures Without Violence. The fellow will experience the array of duties and responsibilities required to successfully lead a nonprofit organization in today’s world. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to participate at the management level of a major nonprofit organization during an especially exciting period of expansion and possibility.

Representative projects and learning opportunities may include:

Development: The development team at Futures Without Violence has worked hard to cultivate relationships with foundations and individual donors. While very successful, Futures Without Violence believes that it could further identify and activate even more like-minded individuals who would welcome the opportunity to contribute to such an important cause. As part of this initiative, the fellow will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from a team of expert fundraisers while working closely with Esta to expand their donor base by devising strategy around major donor fundraising from individuals.

Policy: Futures Without Violence has been at the forefront of major legislative action and change around issues of violence against women. Through an active advocacy team in Washington, DC, Futures Without Violence maintains strong relationships with legislative offices and federal government agencies. The fellow will contribute to Esta’s knowledge of key legislative action by:

  • Drafting policy and organizational documents for legislative visits,
  • Participating in DC-based events such as legislative hearings and policy briefings,
  • Monitoring federal policy, and
  • Outreaching to partner organizations.

Communications: In order to share Futures Without Violence’s mission of creating a future free of violence for all with new audiences while also deepening its relationship with current stakeholders, the fellow will participate in social media strategy and content production. The fellow will support an effective and creative organizational use of social media by: exploring outlets such as LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+; developing and executing strategies to maximize online presence; and streamlining processes for sharing organizational updates. The fellow will work with the communications team to find relevant and newsworthy gender-based violence content to utilize across social media platforms, while also helping to build and organize the database of images used to accompany social media and website content.


Candidates should have at least 3 years of related work experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Relevant experience could include: experience in communications and marketing such as academic or work experience in a communications, community outreach, media or public affairs position; experience with social media as a tool for communications, stakeholder development, feedback, and business goals; experience in public and nonprofit administration such as academic or work experience in public administration, program management, business development and analysis, or nonprofit management; academic or work experience in related fields related to the position such as public policy or public health.

Because the duties of the fellow involve strong communication and analytical skills, this position requires someone with a diverse set of abilities and personality traits, including: intellectual agility, friendliness, ability to interface with diplomacy and congeniality while facing multiple deadlines, excellent writing abilities, good presentation and verbal communication skills, ability to maintain calm in public settings, acumen for research, sense of humor, and cultural sensitivity. Applicants also must be adept at organizing both their own work and the work of others, have practical experience in making things happen, and know when to be appropriately discreet with confidential information.


The application deadline is November 13, 2013. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with final candidates selected in late November for interviews to be held in early December. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications and interest in this fellowship along with a writing sample of no more than 10 pages. Please be sure to detail any technical skills you may have. We encourage applicants to also include relevant, short samples of their previous work—written reports, links to web-based publications, podcasts, ad copy, pitch letters, press releases, videos, and any other materials demonstrating communication skills are welcome.

Please send all application materials via email to the attention of Butler Koshland Fellowships’ Executive Director, Kate Brumage, at [email protected] with the subject line “Soler Fellowship.” Only those chosen to interview will be contacted.  Do not contact Esta Soler or Futures Without Violence directly.

The fellow will work from the San Francisco office of Futures Without Violence, located in The Presidio. Fellow compensation will be $48,000 per year plus employer provided health and other benefits. The fellow will work a standard 40-hour work-week and should be available to travel and attend evening programs as needed.

Butler Koshland Fellowships is open to all applicants.  Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.