2024 Skinner Leadership Fellow

The Skinner Leadership Institute and Values Partnerships (VPI) are looking to hire a fellow for 2024.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample for review by December 15, 2023. References may be requested after the initial interview.

Send application materials and/or questions to

2024 Skinner Leadership Fellow Position Summary:

The 2024 Skinner Leadership Fellow will serve at the intersection of the Skinner Leadership Institute and Values Partnerships. In this role, they will work in collegial partnership with the senior impact strategists and leadership at Values Partnerships and Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner to advance issues of justice, voting rights, democracy and more.

At Values Partnerships, the fellow will join a team of strategists, applying their skills to a range of administrative and substantive tasks for clients in the corporate, non-profit, faith, advocacy, and entertainment spaces. The fellow will assist with drafting, editing, and preparing written content as well as performing various outreach and client follow-up tasks.They may be asked to complete other tasks as they arise. The fellow will also be included in regular staff meetings and occasional client meetings.

The fellow provides administrative and communications support for Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, and also serves as a project manager and liaison to clergy and community leaders who will participate in a project and campaigns during the course of the fellowship.

Key Responsibilities include:

Meetings, Events, and Conference Calls

The Fellow will participate in meetings, events, and conference calls related to the contract. They will take notes and relay information to key partners, including Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner and Values Partnerships team. They will also track progress on key deliverables.

Written Communications

The Fellow will be involved in writing and drafting invitations, memos, newsletters, and other content as needed for the contract. They will also incorporate edits and suggestions from key stakeholders.

Working with Clergy and Community Leaders

The Fellow will work closely with clergy and community leaders to recruit, invite, and facilitate their participation in a variety of meetings, projects and campaigns. They will work closely with Dr. Williams-Skinner and Values Partnerships to communicate in a way that respects and values the time and gifts of these trusted partners.

Assistance with Planning and Execution of Events and Activations

The Fellow will work closely with Dr. Williams-Skinner and Values Partnerships to plan, lead, and execute events, meetings, and campaigns.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program and maintaining student status throughout the program OR recently completed a Bachelor’s degree and are returning to education on a full-time basis upon completing the internship.
  • Interest in or experience with working with clergy and faith leaders; seminary/divinity school experience is preferred but not required.
  • Previous experience and/or interest in digital communications, social media, business consulting, advocacy, or community building preferred.
  • Previous experience and/or interest in justice, advocacy, and political campaigns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite of programs and Mac OS.
  • Ability to easily work with internet applications (i.e. Mailchimp, Zoom, social media, etc.).

About the Skinner Leadership Institute: 

The Skinner Leadership Institute was founded in 1992, by Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, and her late husband, the Reverend Tom Skinner. Skinner Leadership partners with several organizations, including Values Partnerships and the Ad Council to assist with advocacy and public policy training of leaders across the nation. They develop customized programs and campaigns for corporate, non-profit, and faith-based organizations to advocate for justice and democracy.

Dr. Williams-Skinner is a trusted advisor, public policy strategist, faith and community leader, author, lecturer, and mentor. She created and coordinated a ten-state nonpartisan, multi-racial, interfaith, and multi-generation voter justice campaign called Faiths United to Save Democracy to make voting easier for vulnerable populations. She is also co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network.

About Values Partnerships:

Values Partnerships is the country's largest Black-owned social impact agency. We develop creative engagement campaigns for diverse sectors and audiences. We provide strategic advice on complex issues. And we market and produce films and television programs with meaning and value.

We help a range of companies, organizations and brands tackle tough challenges related to race and culture; form trust-based partnerships with community leaders; and launch campaigns that have an impact on our clients and the world around us. You can find out more about our work and the clients we serve at

Additional Details:

The fellow will be expected to work at least 20 hours/week at a rate of $20/hour. The fellow’s schedule will be set in conjunction with educational and other personal responsibilities with a preference for a weekly cadence that has some flexibility for occasional large events and meetings.

Housing will not be provided. The position for 2024 will be remote. It is preferred that applicants be located in the eastern time zone.

Applicant must also have the following in their workspace:

  • Access to a computer;
  • A strong wireless or wired internet connection; and
  • A mobile phone or landline that can be used during working hours.

Stipends will be remitted monthly on the 20th of each month.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample for review by December 15, 2023. References may be requested after the initial interview.

Send application materials and/or questions to

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