Sacred Sector Fellow, Alexandria, VA


The Center for Public Justice runs a summer learning cohort for current and recently graduated seminarians called the Sacred Sector Fellowship. We are excited to equip people who are interested in the intersection of faith, justice, organizational leadership and public policy. Fellows selected to participate can choose a local faith-based nonprofit, faith-based community outreach program or congregation for their placement. Features of the program include: 3-month learning intensive and practicum Designed for current or recently-graduated seminarians Placement at a faith-based organization Helps seminarians engage in innovative work in the faith-based sector Equips seminarians to pursue a calling in the faith-based nonprofit sector Fellows are awarded a $5,000 stipend You can find more information on the Sacred Sector website, or go directly to the online application.

Program Description:
Sacred Sector Fellowship equips current or recently graduated seminarians with a framework for understanding how public policy and cultural trends affect faith-based organizations. The Fellowship also provides resources and guidance for those considering a vocation in the faith-based sector. Through a unique learning cohort, seminarians will facilitate organizational growth while learning to value the work faith communities are already doing. Sacred Sector helps seminarians discern their vocational calling and equips them for service inside the church and in the public square. The fellowship begins with a five-day immersive learning experience to explore important topics that uniquely impact faith-based nonprofits. From there, Sacred Sector will partner each fellow with a faith-based nonprofit in the Western US where they will serve as an implementation coach over a period of nine weeks. This will allow participants to gain hands-on experience in developing and applying the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Each Fellow will receive $5000 for their participation in the ten-week program.

Program Curriculum:
Fellows will identify how faith-based organizations can live into their strengths and address areas that could benefit from better mission alignment. They will gain leadership skills for the faith-based nonprofit sector, and will benefit from discussion with a diverse group of peers, together considering how theology informs their work.

At the end of the program, Fellows will be able to: 1. Understand how to proactively respond to public policy contexts that impact the faith-based sector 2. Learn organizational best practices that embody faithful excellence and advance faith-based missions 3. Discover public positioning regarding how faith-based organizations distinctly contribute to society Fellows will learn from the Sacred Sector Toolboxes, which take a deep-dive on topics that include religious staffing, government partnerships, positive engagement in the public square, nondiscrimination laws, advocacy and lobbying, and family-supportive workplaces. Fellows will also benefit from access to Standards for Excellence® resources, which describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising.

Program Requirements:
Attend a one-week intensive training (June 8-12, 2020), participate in weekly virtual sessions throughout the program, and attend final two-day capstone (August 13-14, 2020). Commit 40 hours per week to Sacred Sector Fellowship (June 13-August 14, 2020); This includes on-site work hours at host site placement, completion of Sacred Sector assignments and weekly virtual sessions with Sacred Sector staff. Participate in all Sacred Sector Fellowship activities. Comply with program guidelines and personal conduct standards outlined in Sacred Sector Fellowship Manual. Receive $5000 for participation in ten-week program.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be currently pursuing one of the following degrees, or within 2 years of degree completion: M.Div, D.Div, M.A. in Ministry, Theology, Biblical Studies, or other relevant ministry-related degrees. Preference is given to those pursuing a degree at a seminary. Applicants must be located in or willing to relocate to the Western United States during the program dates (applicant’s academic institution can be located anywhere in North America). High academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher). Demonstrated interest in the faith-based nonprofit sector, missional integrity, and faith-motivated practices. Superior oral and written communication skills; Desire to learn; Commitment to excellence and stewardship of work. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.

NOTE: Individuals who are seeking OPT (Optional Practical Training) status may apply and should alert program staff to unique needs. Women, people of color, applicants with disabilities, and those who identify with other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


The Center for Public Justice
Virginia Creasy
1305 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Phone: 6155210968