Position Description: 2024-2025 Fellow
Reports to Executive Director of Johnson Service Corps
We’re looking for individuals seeking an opportunity to experience rigorous personal and spiritual growth, directly serve under-resourced people and populations, develop a life-long network of professional mentors, spiritual mentors, supportive friends, and colleagues, and discern their next steps in life.
About Johnson Service Corps
Johnson Service Corps (JSC) is a 10.5 month program for young adults, ages 21 to 28, to live together in intentional community, engage in justice work, and grow professionally, spiritually and personally in Durham, NC. Over the course of the year, our Fellows live together in a shared house in Durham. Fellows serve 32 hours each week at local non-profit partners from mid-August through June. They engage in daily spiritual practice, weekly group therapy and holistic health practices, quarterly spiritual retreats, and intensive professional skills and leadership development training.
JSC has served young adults and local nonprofits in the Triangle since 2000. We have a strong track record of serving marginalized communities, including economically disadvantaged communities, communities of color, women and children, our LGBTQIA community, and immigrants and refugees. Since our inception, we have partnered with many non-profits engaged in community service, organizing, policy advocacy, and social justice, such as the Pauli Murray Center, SECU Family Housing, Code the Dream, Families Moving Forward, L'Arche, Center for Responsible Lending, Habitat for Humanity, Compass Center, and Book Harvest. You can learn more about our 2024-2025 partner organizations here.
This is an opportunity to reflect, grow, and better understand what it means to be a part of a community. Affectionately referred to as a “mini-monastery” experience, this is an opportunity for young adults to listen to their calling and to grow towards their best, strongest, most authentic, and spiritual self. It is an opportunity to support relationships across lines of difference, including race, gender, socioeconomic background, age, religion, and politics.
After a year in JSC, our Fellows have built life-long relationships with each other, with their spiritual mentors, with their professional supervisors, with diverse faith communities, and with the larger Triangle community. Bolstered by these relationships, our alumni have gone on to become amazing, moral leaders in governmental, nonprofit, private, and religious sectors. From lawyers specializing in immigration law, to doctors prioritizing under-served populations, to folks who have simply gone on to be really good neighbors, JSC alumni take the lessons learned from their program year with them.
The ideal candidate for this program is a young adult between the ages of 21-28 who is discerning their next steps in life and who is interested in a year of beloved community deeply engaged in spiritual practice and service. This candidate is someone who:
- Is passionate about justice-centered work and is interested in non-profit organizations. Someone who is service-motivated and determined to advocate for social good.
- Embraces those with different lived experiences and who is eager to live in a positive and healthy community that values self-care, communication, and authenticity. Candidates are willing to engage in both their immediate community with their Fellow housemates as well as the local communities they are a part of.
- Is flexible and eager to grow, personally, professionally, spiritually. A strong candidate is willing to engage in deep self-reflection and is open to interfaith, spiritual practices.
- Strives to develop strong leadership skills and is motivated to embody justice and care in all that they do.
Fellows will be matched with one of our current partner organizations to serve this nonprofit for the 10.5 month program year. For 32 hours each week, Fellows will provide support at their assigned partner organization, allowing them to both better understand the intricacies of non-profit work as well as develop transferable professional skills. Our tentative 2024-2025 partner organizations are listed below, though our nonprofit partnerships evolve and additional nonprofit service opportunities may arise as well:
The Pauli Murray Center:
- The Pauli Murray Center embraces the transformative power of collecting and telling stories and truths as a process that heals these divisions and promotes human rights. Fellows will focus on archival work, administrative support, and facilitating programming that advances the center's key programming areas.
- Book Harvest provides an abundance of books and ongoing literacy support to families and their children from birth and serves as a model for communities committed to ensuring that children are lifelong readers and learners. Fellows will provide administrative and programmatic support.
- Reality Ministries creates opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and a community of respect. Fellows will provide program, event, camp support, and community care.
Habitat for Humanity:
- Habitat for Humanity partners with families to create better, healthier, more financially stable lives through homeownership. Fellows will support current Habitat homeowners and advance the development of new Habitat homes.
- UCAN (Urban Community AgriNomics) and Seeds are environmental and food justice organizations in Durham. UCAN/Seeds is a split program where Fellows dedicate half their time working with both organizations where they will oversee volunteers, assist with marketing and programming, as well as aid in day-to-day garden needs.
Center for Responsible Lending:
- Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth that focuses on fighting consumer predatory lending practices. Fellows will provide administrative, event, and communication support.
- $542 monthly stipend
- Housing, utilities, internet, a household grocery budget
- Group therapy, gym membership, mentorship, retreats, and trainings
- Health insurance coverage
- $1000 completion bonus at the end of the program
Applications will be considered as received and will be accepted until all 6 positions are filled.
Applications must be submitted through the Episcopal Service Corps' application portal, found here: https://episcopalservicecorps.org/apply/ . Applications received by January 31st will receive priority consideration.