Mayor Kenney's Office: Fall Early Education Fellowship

Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity
Jim Kenney, Mayor
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor
(215) 687-4546 -office


Fellowship Opportunities: Early Education

Job Description:

The Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is looking for three or more Early Education Policy Fellows for Fall 2016.

The Early Education Policy Fellows will join our team at an exciting time, as Philadelphia plans to offer city-funded pre-K for the first time in January, 2017. The Early Education Policy Fellows will provide support for a citywide communications and parental engagement campaign and strategies to expand high-quality early childhood education for children from birth to five, beginning with those who are most vulnerable.

These positions are ideal for senior level undergraduate students and graduate students who are interested in any of the following fields: education, child development, civic engagement, collective impact, political science, public policy, urban studies and communications. Depending on their assignments fellows will learn about municipal operations, politics, public service, public relations, community organizing, policy development, program management and teamwork.

We are looking for fellows to work part time (12-15 hours/week) in our office, beginning in early September and who will continue until the end of the fall semester in mid-December 2016. It is also possible to design fellowships for the full academic year.

Positions Available:

Parental Engagement Fellow (1 or more)

This position will support a citywide communications and engagement campaign that aims to educate and inform hard-to-reach parents about how to find and pay for high quality early childhood education. Fellows will work on the launch of a citywide call center and be largely responsible for organizing trusted messenger trainings with community leaders who work most often with children and families. Responsibilities will involve outreach and partnership building, lesson planning, resource development, and conducting several trainings a month. For more information, see

A Running Start Engagement Fellow (1 or more)

Fellows will staff two or more working groups and projects related to A Running Start Philadelphia, a citywide plan that seeks to strengthen local systems to support children from birth to five. A Running Start is organized as a collective impact project that unites public, private and nonprofit agencies in working toward shared goals to increase access to and the supply of highly-quality early learning opportunities; strengthen the early childhood workforce; and align supports for children from birth to five with those for K-3. For more information, see

A Running Start Research and Policy Fellow (1 or more)

Research and Policy Fellows will help develop data dashboards, collect and interpret data related to A Running Start’s goals and strategies. They will research and write about educational and municipal best practices and participate in one or more cross-agency task forces to improve city services to early learning stakeholders. It may be possible to design a research project related to the Fellow’s particular interests and the needs of this office. For more information, see

Job Location:
1234 Market Street, 16th Floor

Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO)
CEO is responsible for organizing and implementing and implementing Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, the City’s coordinated anti-poverty plan.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for Fellowship positions, please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest to Kitt Disston at and Ariana Zeno at

The position is unpaid.

CEO seeks students who are organized, hardworking, self-motivated, and very strong writers to help support this work. We are looking for ‘team players’ with an enthusiasm for learning new skills while utilizing existing professional talents to assist with our operations. Knowledge of Philadelphia’s early education landscape and experience working with Philadelphia’s low-income and hard-to-reach communities is a plus.

Job Requirements:

1. Candidate must be a multi-tasker who can think independently, creatively and quickly. A detail-oriented work style in this fast-paced environment is a must.
2. Candidate must be practiced in taking initiative and a proactive problem-solver.
3. Candidate must have excellent writing, research and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
4. Candidate must be comfortable working in a variety of settings and possess a professional demeanor and a good sense of humor.
5. Candidates with communications, social media, data analysis , graphic design, and web development experience are encouraged to apply.
6. Students in graduate school programs preferred.
7. Bilingual candidates (English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Kitt Disston
Early Learning Coordinator
City of Philadelphia

Ariana Zeno
Director of Parental Engagement
City of Philadelphia