Fellowship Program Manager (India)


Bangalore, India


IDEAL Start Date

March 2016


Application deadline

February 19, 2016

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IDEX Accelerator & Global Fellows Program is looking for an exceptional individual to join our team to support our Global Fellowship Program in India. The IDEX Fellowship, which is in its 6th year, is on a mission to create the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world. Since 2010, IDEX has welcomed over 250 fellows across the world to India to work alongside IDEX’s social enterprise partners- learning how to run and grow socially-focused enterprises.

Position Summary

Passion, intrapreneurial spirit, and grit are just a few of the things that IDEX team members have in common. Ideal candidates will have a blend of private sector and non-profit experience, an eagerness to work within a start-up environment in Bangalore and a long-term commitment to the development of the social enterprise sector in India. 

The India Fellows Manager’s primary responsibility will be to manage a cohort of approximately 15-25 fellows per fellowship cycle (every six months). The India Fellows Manager position is a full-time role, based in Bangalore. S/he will report to the Country Director and support the entire IDEX team in executing program goals. Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Fellow Community Leadership

  • Manage, coach and mentor a cohort of 15-25 fellows (twice per year) for six-months in a matrix environment, supporting their success and challenges in working within geographically dispersed social enterprises. 
  • Build integration and collaboration across fellowship cohort; be a mentor, resource and coach to fellows. 
  • Oversee professional development/capacity building workshops and coordinate with local resident mentors to facilitate capacity building workshops.  
  • Provide oversight and guidance for the semi-annual 5-day field orientation and monthly capacity building sessions including venue selection, lodging, coordination, planning and partnership outreach.

Fellow Coaching

  • Give feedback – Continuously provide verbal feedback, periodically conduct 1-on-1’s with Fellows, and provide written evaluations over the course of their six-month fellowship cycle. 
  • Guide Fellows through IDEX’s curriculum content, spending additional time outside of training sessions to help all Fellows understand difficult concepts. 
  • Be a connector – Develop a list of local activities for the Fellow community, and connect Fellows to local individuals, networks, or opportunities that contribute to their leadership development and/or their social impact work. 
  • Conduct periodic one-on-one sessions with fellows during the fellowship cycle. 
  • Conduct periodic one-on-one sessions with enterprise hosts to monitor fellows progress at the enterprise. 
  • Monitor the Fellow’s progress, enterprise work environment and discuss fellowship goals and program deliverables. 
  • Review and provide constructive feedback to fellows on program deliverables and fellowship work-plans. 
  • Ensure that all Fellows are completing their curriculum assigned work correctly and on time. 
  • Enforce program policies – Monitor Fellows closely to ensure they are complying with policies around attendance and participation, enforcing these policies accordingly. 
  • Facilitate Professional Development Plans to fellows who exhibit program deficiencies. 

Partnership Development

  • Foster a sense of community and connection among a diverse group of fellows, staff, enterprise partners, resident mentors, local alumni and professional networks through in-person and online activities.
  • Identify local subject area experts to serve as resident mentors around areas of Social Innovation, Advocacy & Outreach, Resource Mobilization and Impact Measurement. 
  • Develop and evaluate a pipeline of prospect socially focused enterprises to host fellows. This includes reviewing applications and conducting phone interviews to determine partnership alignments and fellow placement details.  

Program Administration

  • Work with U.S. and India teams to lead semi-annual fellow and enterprise recruitment and matching. 
  • Oversee fellow placement matching and coordinate partnership contracts with enterprise partners. 
  • Working closely with the Country Director to supervise the day-to-day fellowship operations and logistics of running the program, including monitoring the program budget and executing all seminar/event logistics. 
  • Oversee monthly invoice payments (account payables and account receivables). 
  • Act as liaison between fellows and landlords regarding housing issues/requests/repairs, etc. 

Candidate Requirements

  • Willingness to commit at minimum of 2 years to this role; 
  • At least 5 years’ work experience in a related field; 
  • A graduate/master’s degree in a related field; 
  • Experience in group facilitation/training; 
  • Prior work experience in a fast-paced environment and/or start-up organization;
  • Familiarity and exposure to the field of social enterprise; 
  • Strong verbal & written communications skills, and comfort representing the India Program externally; 
  • High Interest in peer-to-peer learning and/or leadership development;
  • Exceptional cross-cultural leadership and facilitation skills for a diverse groups of adult/professional learners; ability to connect with people across lines of difference;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively • Ability to give constructive feedback effectively, and willingness to have difficult, courageous conversations in the service of helping others grow and reach the next level; 
  • Self-awareness, strong listening skills, and empathy; 
  • Grit, resilience, and the ability to persevere amidst challenges and ambiguity; 
  • Ability to contribute to high-level, strategic discussions around curriculum and program operations; 
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to achieve targets independently and under pressure;
  • Entrepreneurial and imaginative, eager to find ways to architect IDEX’s programs to deepen the experience for IDEX Fellows, to grow the scope and reach of our programs, and to evolve our curriculum and engagement model so that we are truly ready to scale our program.

Please Note

This is not a fellowship position. This position is only open to Indian citizens as we are unable to sponsor those who need work visas at this time or provide relocation fees to Bangalore, India. 

Application Process

Please apply online using the link belowThe application deadline is February 19th. Please note that only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. For questions, please contact idex-india@idexfellows.com.