The Fountain House Executive Fellowship

Posted on June 7, 2010
For anyone, anywhere who aspires to be a clubhouse director
The Fountain House Executive Fellowship
Fountain House New York announces an Executive Fellowship for individuals who aspire to be clubhouse directors. The program will integrate state of the art management techniques with the ideals of Fountain House and its approach to practice.  The Fellowship is open to anyone who aspires to be a clubhouse director, including applicants from outside the United States.* The Fellowship duration is ten months starting in September 2010. Prior clubhouse experience is recommended but not required. Fellowship salaries will range between 40,000 - 50,000 USD commensurate with applicant’s degree and experience.
*Note: Fountain House is currently applying for J-1 visa under which foreign applicants would be eligible to enter the United States for this program.
  • Minimum three years experience working in a clubhouse or related nonprofit experience
  • Masters Degree or matriculation in a Masters Degree program, or related degree if foreign applicant
  • English fluency
  • Additionally, foreign applicants will require a visa.
Program Description:
The Fellowship is an immersion program where participants integrate contemporary nonprofit management techniques within the practice principles of Fountain House. Each Fellow will be assigned to an experienced unit leader who will serve as their mentor and will be handed responsibilities for staff, budget management, and one inter-unit activity. Fellows will be expected to complete a series of assignments under the supervision of senior Fountain House staff related to typical management skills of supervision, Board development, external relations, grant development, etc. While carrying out these assignments, Fellows will be expected to focus on such issues as: 
  • fostering initiative and charisma in staff
  • practicing distributive budgeting techniques
  • demonstrating motivational inspiration in both writing and speaking
  • fostering a collaborative style of leadership
  • initiating advocacy in the community on behalf of the membership in partnership with allied agencies.
Additionally Fellows will participate in retreats at High Point, a rural farm in northern New Jersey; sit on the Council, a professional advisory committee to the Fountain House Board of Directors; and attend the annual Fountain House Leadership Seminar scheduled for January 2011. The Fountain House Office of Human Resource will assist with employment placement upon completion of the Fellowship.  A preventive health plan will be offered for those attending in need of health coverage.
  • Personal Information Sheet (Download PDF)
  • Written statement of intent (see below)
  • Resume with complete work history including salary and educational attainments
  • Three letters of reference from people who know the candidate’s work and educational background. We recommend one letter be from a clubhouse director or mental health official. 
  • Graduate transcript including verification of the Master Degree
 Statement of Intent:
Candidates must submit a written statement (maximum 5 pages) of what he or she wishes to gain from an executive fellowship experience at Fountain House that addresses the following issues:
a.       We are interested in how the candidate understands their role as a clubhouse director. What do they want to achieve as a director? What do they see as their management style and how will that facilitate achieving these outcomes. How have past educational and work experiences prepared the candidate to become a clubhouse director? How do they expect to allocate their responsibilities internally and externally when they eventually assume the job as director?
b.      What does the candidate expect to derive from the year’s experience at Fountain House? Are there any special aspects of the job of director that the candidate wants to specialize in or learn while in the Fellowship. What does the candidate personally bring that Fountain House should consider in determining who is selected to be a Fountain House Fellow?  
c.       We want to assess the depth of the candidate’s understanding of the Fountain House model. How does the candidate understand the application of social practices at Fountain House in supporting member recovery? Has the candidate published or made public presentations on these or related issues?
Applications are due by July 16, 2010. Announcement of the Fellowship appointments will be made on August 6, 2010. For more information or inquires, interested applicants can contact:
Alan Doyle, Ed. D.
Director of Education
Fountain House, Inc.
425 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
Tel.: 212 582 0340 ext. 303


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