Founded in 2014, The Surge Institute inspires and increases the trajectory of emerging education leaders of color so they may bring new ideas, perspectives, and solutions that positively impact the communities of color that make up our urban schools. The Surge Fellowship, the flagship program of The Surge Institute, is a one-year cohort-based fellowship program designed for these leaders. The vision of the Fellowship is to dramatically change the face of leadership in education reform by training, supporting, connecting, and elevating high-capacity African-American and Latino leaders across organizations seeking to dramatically improve education options and outcomes for low-income children. Fellows are exposed to role models who help them realize Surge’s four objectives: to dream big, focus inward, know the landscape, and make an impact.
As we support our third Chicago fellowship cohort and recognize a rising demand in other cities, Surge is growing and seeking new talent to support its evolution, ensure impact, and maintain a commitment to excellence in execution. Surge’s growth includes an expansion of the current Chicago program and extension into Oakland, CA, a community rich with homegrown talent and commitment to amazing outcomes for students, families, and community.
The founding Executive Director, Oakland will be chiefly responsible for all aspects of successful execution of the Oakland Surge Fellowship program. This includes being the chief brand ambassador for Surge in the Bay Area – building and maintaining relationships with partners and funders – while ensuring delivery of a high-quality Fellowship program. A successful Executive Director will be passionate about closing the opportunity gap for underserved students of color, driven by concrete outcomes and results, obsessive about details and organization, and exceptional in building lasting partnerships with Fellows, partners, connectors, and funders throughout the region.