Program Development Fellowship

Position Summary

About the Social Impact Leadership Accelerator

The Social Impact Leadership Accelerator is a 6-month team-based training and project development course for social impact leaders who are looking for tools, structure, and support to turn their big ideas into a sustainable project. Through interactive training sessions with other teams across Asia and the US, independent team tasks, and individualized coaching, team members learn how to:

  • Collaborate effectively as a team
  • Identify their target community and project goals
  • Develop impact-driven programs with effective evaluation plans
  • Communicate their value to community stakeholders and funders

The Accelerator is part of VIA’s larger vision of an interconnected global community of project teams, startups, and nonprofit organizations all working towards positive social impact.

Our Vision for the Program Development Fellows’ Role

Fellows are a critical part of our vision of an interconnected ecosystem of changemakers. The Fellowship is an opportunity to develop professional recruitment, team mentorship, sustainable project design support, and virtual facilitation skills. Fellows practice these skills as they support teams from Asia and the US who are developing social impact projects that address a need in their local communities and thereby contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Skills Fellows Develop

  • Mentorship – Develop mentoring relationships with team leaders; integrate into teams to give feedback, share resources, and connect to new networks
  • Facilitation – Learn how to facilitate interactive virtual sessions with both individual teams and the entire cohort
  • Project Management – Learn useful tools like Program Logic Models and needfinding tools; help ensure that teams achieve their project development milestones
  • Cross-Cultural Skills – Learn about social impact initiatives in a new cultural context
  • Team Development – Learn how to support teams through conflict and work alongside a dynamic group of Fellows and VIA staff
  • Sustainability – Learn how to think critically about the three pillars of sustainability (people, planet, profit) in the context of social impact initiatives
  • Virtual Work Skills – Learn how to build relationships in a virtual and distributed environment; Help teams manage time effectively when accommodating different time zones and work styles; use tools for effective remote work (Slack, content & community building platforms, etc.)
  • Recruitment – Learn how to assess applicants to ensure a strong and diverse cohort



  • Serve as a Fellow for 1-2 accelerator teams
  • Attend and facilitate meetings with the program leadership team approximately 2-3 times per month. Calls with the full cohort are pre-scheduled, and all other meetings are scheduled as best suits participants, Fellows, and staff schedules. Calls may occur before, during, or after regular business hours in order to accommodate time zones across the US and Asia.
  • For training purposes, complete a “crash course” of the accelerator to learn how to effectively use the social impact project development tools and strategies in advance of program launch
  • Participate in recruitment of accelerator teams including reviewing applications, participating in group interviews, and contributing to final selection of teams
  • Moderate and help teams design their culminating Speaker Series events to highlight the teams’ social impact project
  • Provide written feedback to teams’ submissions on the online community building platform
  • Contribute to VIA’s research efforts by providing reflections on participant learning outcomes and content delivery methods
  • Design and facilitate the post-program celebration call to recognize participants for their successful completion of the accelerator program
  • Communicate with participants and VIA staff in a timely manner via relevant online platforms
  • There may be additional opportunities to practice relevant skills within the VIA community if Fellows have interest and availability – for example, by supporting VIA conferences & events, grant review, curriculum design, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful Fellows:

  • Are flexible and willing to support the Fellow team and participants with unexpected changes
  • Have strong organizational skills; ability to work independently and in a team
  • Are able to serve as an effective bridge between program participants and VIA staff
  • Have an interest in training and supporting future social impact leaders
  • Have a strong interest in and/or experience working with social issues/social entrepreneurship in Asia or the US
  • Are fluent in English and comfortable with supporting English language learners. Non-native English speakers are welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • Are strong oral and written communicators, especially in cross-cultural contexts
  • Have experience acting as an advisor, mentor, coach, or group leader
  • Have access to a computer, webcam, speaker, microphone, and high-speed internet access that enables you to communicate with others via video call. VIA does not supply or reimburse Fellows for these items.

Location: This is a 100% remote position that can be done from anywhere in the world as long as you can be available for all training, program planning sessions, and all-cohort calls; have a good internet connection, and are able to use the US version of Zoom.

Fellowship Timeline

All dates are in US Time

  • Fellowship Application Period
    • January 10, 2022 – Application deadline
    • January 11-14 – Interviews with Program Director
    • January 17 – Applicants notified of results
    • January 19 – Deadline for successful candidates to confirm participation
  • Fellow Training & Accelerator Preparations
    • January 21 – Program facilitation team kick-off call
    • February 18 – Training call 1
    • February 25 – Training call 2
  • Accelerator Team Application Timeline
    • December 6, 2021 – Priority application deadline
      • December 7-10 – Team interviews
      • December 13 – Teams notified of results
      • December 17 – Deadline for successful teams to confirm participation
    • January 17, 2022 – Final application deadline
      • January 18-21 – Team interviews
      • January 24 – Teams notified of results
      • January 31 – Deadline for successful teams to confirm participation
  • All-Cohort Sessions
    Fellows must be available to participate in these calls:

    • Intensive Calls (All in US CA time)
      • March 4, 6pm-8pm PST
      • March 11, 6pm-8pm PST
      • March 18, 7pm-9pm PST
      • March 25, 7pm-9pm PST
      • April 1, 7pm-9pm PST
      • April 8, 7pm-9pm PST
      • April 15, 7pm-9pm PST
      • April 22, 7pm-9pm PST
    • Monthly All-Cohort Calls (All in US CA time)
      • May 20, 7pm-9pm PST
      • June 24, 7pm-9pm PST
      • July 22, 7pm-9pm PST
      • Aug 19, 7pm-9pm PST
    • Speaker Series: Sept 2-Sept 10 (evening US time, exact times TBD)

Equal Opportunity Statement

VIA is committed to providing an inclusive work and learning environment for applicants, participants, fellows, volunteers, contractors, and employees. VIA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression (including sex stereotyping), transgender status, age, religion or religious creed (including religious observances, practices, dress and grooming standards), physical, intellectual or mental disability, medical condition, family care or medical leave status, genetic information, AIDS/HIV status, marital or domestic partnership status, military service, veteran or military status, military caregiver status, status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking, weight, height, criminal history (including arrests and records of conviction), political affiliation, position in a labor dispute, application or participation in a public assistance program, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local laws. Discrimination based on the perception of someone being in a protected class or affiliating with someone in a protected class is also unlawful.

How to Apply: Click the blue APPLY button and fill out the application form by January 10, 2022 for priority consideration.