Program Fellowships

Beacon Hill Friends House has been awarded a grant from the Thomas H. & Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund to support the creation of two part-time volunteer Program Fellow positions! Fellows will live at the house as members of the residential community and will work with BHFH staff and committees to help further expand and deepen our programs and events.

 

Google Doc Version of the information below.

 

Learn more and apply below. (Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled). 

 

 

Beacon Hill Friends House Program Fellowships Position Description

 

Beacon Hill Friends House (BHFH), a Quaker center and residential community based in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, is excited to offer two half-time volunteer Program Fellow positions for a year-long commitment.  

 

BHFH program fellows will reside at the Friends House (and receive room & board) and work side-by-side with our small team of talented staff to help support our public programs and events that cultivate community, nurture spiritual deepening, and empower collective action. You’ll have the opportunity to help us coordinate, manage, and facilitate a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid events, in addition to gaining experience in other skills and core competencies related to working for a Quaker organization and intentional community. 

 

Focus areas of the program fellowships may include Spiritual Deepening and Quaker Action. The focus area(s) of each fellow’s position may depend on what each fellow brings to the position and the needs of BHFH. If you’re particularly interested in one focus area, please indicate so in your application.

 

This role involves a commitment to an average of 20 hours/week (including some evening and weekend time) of the program fellowship responsibilities outlined below, in addition to the expectations for cooperative community involvement of all House residents (see more under “Benefits” below). Fellows can hold outside, part-time jobs, or be full-time students, in addition to this commitment. 

 

Expected Time Range: September 2021 (may be able to start sooner) through Summer 2022

 

Responsibilities 

  • Assist the Program Director in coordination of in-person, online, and hybrid public events, including managing event registration, publicity, technology, and graphic identity 
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate public events, including facilitating or “tech hosting” for hybrid events 
  • Organize volunteers to support events 

 

  • Support outreach and publicity of BHFH programs and events
  • Meet with and attend events of other mission-aligned organizations on behalf of BHFH to connect with potential collaborators/partners 
  • Occasionally write content for our bi-weekly email digest that helps articulate the experience and values of Friends House programs to our audience
  • Assist the Program Director in the creation of print and digital content that advertises and communicates about our programs 

 

  • Serve on Friends House committees that support the spiritual and community life of the house community.
  • Serving in the ways listed above are expected in your work time; you will also have residential duties outside of work time.

 

  • Attend weekly program planning meetings with the Program Director 
  • Have periodic supervision/mentorship meetings with the Program Director and/or Executive Director, and attend other staff meetings as appropriate
  • Work alongside BHFH staff members in other ways to support the general well-being and health of the organization
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the Program Director 

 

Benefits

 

These two program fellowships are unpaid, volunteer positions. We are open to working with fellows to accommodate any requirements that may allow them to receive funding or course credit from a university or other entity.

  • This role is a residential volunteer position, meaning that the Program Fellows will live at the Friends House as members of the residential community. Fellows will receive room and board (which includes a fully stocked kitchen, 5 dinners per week, utilities, and household supplies) free of charge. 
  • Receive up to 5 nights’ free use of a Friends House guest room per year, and may book further nights at half the cost of the public rate.

 

  • Attend trainings that build your skills in event facilitation, leadership, Quaker practices, or other opportunities as relevant 

 

As part of the residential community, program fellows will also be subject to the resident responsibilities outlined in the BHFH Resident Handbook, including attending bi-weekly House Meeting, attending on average at least 3 out of 5 weekly House Dinners, and performing weekly dish crew and chores. Interested candidates who have questions about the residential arrangement are encouraged to contact program@bhfh.org.

 

About Beacon Hill Friends House

 

Beacon Hill Friends House is an independent Quaker nonprofit organization that provides accessible opportunities for spiritual deepening, personal growth, and collective action — grounded in the values, principles, and practices of the Religious Society of Friends. Based in a large historic house in downtown Boston, Mass., it hosts frequent online and in-person events, and is home to an ever-changing 20-resident intentional community (of Friends and others) and to Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (NEYM). 

Qualifications

  • You are interested in adult educational programming that helps participants engage with spirituality and social/spirit-led action. 
  • You are a Quaker and/or understand Quaker values and practices.
  • You are teachable, open-hearted, and okay with not getting things right the first time. 
  • You are creative. You’re able to anticipate and define problems, brainstorm solutions, propose or decide on a course of action, and follow through. You can think on your feet and respond to unexpected challenges with confidence. 
  • You can write clearly and persuasively, and manage multiple projects. 
  • You are accountable. You show up on time, respect goals and deadlines. 
  • You are organized. You can work independently. 

 

Desired Skills

  • You have experience facilitating events — for an on-campus club at your university, Quaker meetings, community groups, spiritual congregations, etc.
  • You think like an organizer. You look for opportunities to get others involved, and you think beyond yourself and your role. 
  • You can write well, in ways that make people want to attend an event, or keep reading a blog post. 
  • You are adaptable. You can adapt to changes and complex/challenging situations.