City Scholars Foundation

Graduate Associate

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Working tirelessly on the front lines in high-poverty, under-resourced urban communities, nonprofit CEOs   need more than a heart for helping low-income youth to keep the lights on and the doors open.    

That’s why, at City Scholars®Foundation, we're on a mission to educate and empower nonprofit CEOs to lead well with limited resources, as they help thousands of low-income youth stay in school, out of trouble and on track to a brighter future.  

If you are an exceptional graduate student (current or incoming) who aspires to leadership in the nonprofit or philanthropic sector, we invite you to submit your application for our highly selective GRADUATE ASSOCIATE apprenticeship.   

As a GRADUATE ASSOCIATE, you’ll grow professionally and personally through your contributions to and involvement with a diverse portfolio of meetings, events, projects and campaigns for the Foundation and our signature investment, the City Scholars®Fellowship.    

As a high-impact leadership learning community launched in 2007, our City Scholars®Fellowship partners with executive volunteers to help nonprofit CEOsdistinguished as City Scholars®Foundation Fellows, build essential business and leadership skills, confidence and connections to grow after-school and school-based nonprofits from survival to success to significance.  

Together, as a diverse yet extraordinarily collaborative CEO network, our Foundation Fellows currently lead   17 education nonprofits that collectively help each year more than 46,000 predominantly low-income youth throughout the five-county Greater Los Angeles region achieve against the odds in school and in life.       Learn more at  


As a GRADUATE ASSOCIATE, you’ll work part-time during office hours, Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Academic Year: 15 – 20 hours/week; Summer: 24 – 32 hours/week).  Our office is closed on Fridays to promote healthy work-life balance.  Fellowship sessions and executive volunteer meetings are held on Wednesdays, so you must be available to work that day (until 3:30/4:00 p.m.)

You’ll learn the “business of nonprofit” and gain an appreciation for the challenges of executive leadership, through your participation with Fellowship convenings and your contributions to:   

  • Fellowship Selection, Development & Event Logistics
  • IMPACT Evaluation & Strategic Communications 
  • Campaign Development & Administration
  • Executive Volunteer Engagement
  • Business Operations


You’ll interact extensively with our City Scholars® Foundation Fellows, Corporate & Foundation PARTNERS and our TEAM City Scholars®executive volunteers.  Day-to-day, you’ll report directly to our Founder & President/CEO (a salaried board officer) and partner closely with our Foundation Coordinator and one other Graduate Associate in our Downtown Los Angeles office.  


  • wholeheartedly embraces our mission, can think BIG while implementing with excellence day-to-day; and, is confident interacting with and enjoys supporting high-impact corporate and community leaders. 
  • has earned a BA or BS degree, is currently enrolled in or preparing to attend an accredited graduate program in nonprofit management, public administration, education, communications or business; and, has a proven track record of success in program/project/event coordination.
  • is creative, resourceful, highly-organized, tech savvy and highly proficient with Microsoft Office.  Proficiency with SurveyMonkey, SalesForce (or other CRM), WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, Quickbooks and various social media is a major plus. 
  • has excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the proven ability to successfully and simultaneously manage multiple priorities and projects from conception to completion with minimal supervision.
  • excels working independently and collaboratively, is flexible and excited to learn, has strong analytical and problem-solving skills; is committed to getting details right; and, is as comfortable interacting with executives as he/she is picking up lunch for a meeting or water from the drugstore, if necessary.
  • is able to lift 20 pounds, if necessary for event set-up (required); and, possesses a valid driver’s license and ownership of or access to reliable and appropriately registered transportation (required). 


Nothing in this position description restricts the Foundation's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of this position at any time.

EDUCATIONAL STIPEND:  $15/hour plus a parking or public transportation reimbursement of up to $5/day. 

This position is classified as part-time, temporary, hourly and non-exempt.  Preference is given to applicants who can commit to the calendar or academic year.  Start date is flexible.  


To apply

To be considered, please submit (1) your professional resume and (2) a thoughtful cover lettersharing a. how our mission speaks to you personally, b. how your professional profile and passion (i.e. education, experience, achievements, aspirations, etc.) match our ideal GRADUATE ASSOCIATE profile AND c. why this opportunity represents the best “next step” for you professionally. 

Mail or email BOTH application documents to:  City Scholars® Foundation, 611 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1109,

Los Angeles, CA  90017, [email protected],(213) 627-1792.  IF SENT VIA E-MAIL, ATTACHMENTS MUST BE FORWARDED AS PDF FILES.   Incomplete applications or those with .doc or .docx file attachments will not be reviewed.  Given the volume of applications, only those applicants selected for the interview process will be contacted.