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Graduate Fellow

About the Foundation:

Trellis Foundation is a public charitable organization focused on improving educational attainment for low- to moderate-income students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary credential or degree.

About the position:

The Graduate Fellow will support the projects, grant review and thought leadership of the Foundation. The Fellow will be exposed to various areas of the grantmaking program, including proposal reviews, analysis of critical issues, writing case studies, outcomes development and tracking, and reports on grant implementation. A major responsibility will be assisting in monitoring grantee projects and writing progress reports.

Preference will be given to students in a graduate program at an HBCU in Texas.

Starting Pay and Hours:

$20 Per Hour for 15-20 hours per week.

Location and Assignment:

This is a non-exempt position primarily based remotely. The fellow may be required to visit our offices in Round Rock, Texas, as often as once a month. If travel is required to our offices, the Foundation will cover the expenses but travel time will not be included in the fellow’s hours. We will accept applicants outside of Texas; we anticipate the position would be fully remote through 2020 and possibly through 2021 as well.

Start date and term length are flexible but are expected to include the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, with a preferred start date of August 1, 2020.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The position incumbent is expected to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities of the position with reasonable accommodation.

  • Assist in monitoring performance of active grant projects, including email and phone correspondence, synthesizing information and data, and writing summary reports.
  • Assist with the grant selection process, including editing application forms for online posting, conducting initial reviews of Letters of Inquiry and applications, compiling scores, drafting write-ups for management review, and assisting with preparation of materials for Board review.
  • Assist Foundation team in revising processes, procedures and portfolio outcomes – in response to the foundation’s strategic plan – as we implement a new grants management software.
  • Synthesize findings or outcomes from closed grant projects, and make recommendations for dissemination of knowledge, practices and policies for external audiences.
  • Organize and schedule video conferences and webinars, prepare and disseminate materials, conduct evaluative surveys, summarize and report results.
  • Assist with maintaining an up-to-date database, capturing grant project activities, requirements, and contacts.
  • Conduct research that informs the foundation’s understanding of its grantmaking processes or informs grantmaking policies or strategies for the future.
  • Other administrative, research, and analysis duties as necessary.

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program. Applicant will be in the second year of their program (master’s level) or second year or beyond (doctorate level).


  • Excellent written communication skills, with a proficiency in both academic research and in writing practitioner briefs.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Analytical skills—ability to recognize central themes and key take-aways. Ability to expand from micro-view to macro and vice versa.
  • Strong research, data reporting, (i.e. written analysis and summarizing findings).
  • Client/customer service and collaboration.
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Strong time management skills in meeting deadlines.
  • Proficient in utilizing common office software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat).


  • Creative, proactive, and resourceful.
  • Effectively coordinate concurrent functions and priorities.
  • Knowledge of issues facing postsecondary students.
  • Knowledge of evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit operations and grant writing skills.

Physical and Mental Demands:

  • Occasionally must move about when working inside the office.
  • Repetitive motion. Regularly operates a computer, phone, and general office equipment.
  • Regularly required to handle, feel, grasp objects and reach across a work area.
  • Regularly communicates with customers and other employees and on the phone, virtually or in person. Regularly converses with internal and external contacts.
  • Visual acuity. Regularly must have close visual acuity to read scripts, view and enter information into computer and software systems, and utilize other materials.
  • Mental focus. Requires worker to maintain focus and exchange detailed and accurate information through oral and written communication.

Work Environment:

  • Work may be conducted remotely or in an office.
  • Office environment is climate controlled with no substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation. We are also an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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