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The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship

Museum of the City of New York
Working Time
Full Time

Unique Opportunity to Provide both Direct Service to Children/Youth and Work on Special Projects: 

The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship program is a two-year Fellowship program for recent college graduates designed to train future leaders in the education and youth development field and to strengthen high-quality youth-serving organizations. The Fellows will work within established youth development and educational organizations providing both direct service to youth as well as initiating new projects, research, or programs that may involve public policy, organizational replication or sustainability efforts, or other new initiatives to strengthen the host organization. At the same time, it is the Foundation’s hope that the Fellows receive experiences, training, and mentorship that launch them on successful careers as leaders in the youth development and educational field.

Characteristics of the Ideal FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow: 

While each Fellowship position has been tailored to meet the specific needs of each host organization, we believe the ideal candidates for all positions will be:
Future leaders in the education and youth development field
Dynamic, driven, recent college graduates looking for a challenging, multi-faceted position at a leading non-profit organization in Boston, New York City or Philadelphia
Able to contribute to and benefit from ongoing training and leadership development opportunities facilitated by the Fellowship program
Interested in simultaneously balancing “on the ground” direct service work with “behind the scenes” capacity-building projects, both of which will have a profound impact on the host organization’s work

Training and Informal Mentorship Provided by FAO Schwarz Family Foundation: 

The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows will benefit from having a mentor from the Foundation and from participating in two training and reflection retreats a year. These training opportunities, which consist of four-day fall and spring sessions, will be a signature effort of the Fellowship and will be designed to ensure that FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows across several leading organizations can share their experiences and expertise and benefit from discussions with leading youth development professionals and experts in organizational development, policy, and education. The training sessions will rotate among the three cities in which the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows work: Boston, New York City and Philadelphia.

Cohort of Nine FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows in Boston, NYC and Philadelphia: 
Five 2017-2019 FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows will be hired to join the four 2016-2018 Fellows to form a nine-person FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows cohort, who will participate in formal training retreats and informal communications throughout the year.

The 2017-2019 host organizations will be announced on February 15, 2017 on the Fellowship website

Salary, Start Date, and How to Apply: 

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows receive a salary consisting of $29,000 salary for the first year, $30,000 salary for the second year, and $1,000 bonus at the end of the Fellowship plus value of health-care benefits (around $11,000). Interested graduating college seniors or college graduates who have been out of college for one year should email a resume and cover note to the host organization(s). Candidates may apply directly to more than one host organization. While each host organization may have a different target start date, all FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellows are expected to begin their service on or before September 5, 2017.

Overview of FAO Schwarz Family Foundation: The FAO Schwarz Family Foundation is a modest-sized foundation established by descendants of the FAO Schwarz toy store’s founders and former owners. For more information visit:

Summary of MCNY Fellowship Position:

DIRECT SERVICE: Fellow will teach at least one group of children per day, ranging from pre-K to 12th grade, using the Museum’s exhibitions and collections in hands-on lessons that provide New York City’s most at-risk children with content-rich activities. In the summer, the Fellow will teach groups from summer camps, homeless shelters and community centers as well as assist in training the Center’s summer interns.

PROJECT WORK: Fellow will coordinate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives through creating and implementing STEM programs and field trips that connect to exhibitions and STEM standards. In addition, the Fellow with assist with the creation,implementation, and marketing of Family and Community Engagement Programs for the Center.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Franny Kent, Director of the Frederick. A. O. Schwarz Education Center at the Museum of the City of New York at Please submit all materials via email and list FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship application in the subject line.

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