Jobs, Fellowships & Internships

MDC values diversity as a core asset and source of strength. Our diverse staff reflects our beliefs, values and passions, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives and a wide range of skills and talent that well serve our clients.


Current Job Openings

MDC is seeking a Program Director for MDC’s talent development and economic mobility initiatives. MDC receives support from national and regional partners in private philanthropy, business, and government. Our vision is a South where all people thrive.

The primary focus of this work is leading the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM), a regional network of cities focused on improving the talent development system for low-income youth and young adults by engaging with cross-sector teams of postsecondary and K-12 educators, community members, policy makers, government, local philanthropy, and business.  NSEM alumni cities include Athens GA, Chattanooga TN, Greenville SC, Jacksonville FL, Little Rock AR, Savannah GA, and Spartanburg SC.

MDC seeks to expand NSEM into a larger network of communities to create better policy and more equitable talent development systems leading in Southern cities. We are building a learning and action network of communities that seek to strengthen pathways to postsecondary credentials and living-wage work to advance upward mobility for economically stranded young people.

In addition, the Program Director will guide and support a portfolio of regional, state, and local projects aimed at strengthening talent development systems. These include emerging work in North Carolina and regionally with state human services agencies.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Lead NSEM strategy, network development and implementation. MDC plans to expand NSEM to an additional 4-6 cities over the next year.
  • Translate overall NSEM strategy into a plan of activities for sites with milestones.
  • Capture lessons from NSEM and related talent development initiatives, to design and implement the next iteration of this work.
  • Working closely with MDC’s Director of Learning and Impact and Director of Communications, identify knowledge and insights that should be shared with NSEM and wider audiences
  • Build relationships with community leaders, academics, nonprofits, public sector agencies, employers, and leaders in the field.
  • Contribute to the fundraising strategy to support this body of work.
  • Supervise and collaborate with program staff and consultants
  • Be informed about trends, practices, and innovations in talent development and economic mobility

Desired Qualifications

This position may be remote, with a preference that it be based out of MDC’s offices. As health conditions improve, the Director will be expected to join periodic in-person team and staff meetings as well as convenings with NSEM sites. The Director should have at least 8-10 years of relevant experience, including direct work with multi-site peer learning networks, and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: K-12 education, youth development, postsecondary education, and/or workforce development. The program director will report to the Senior Program Director, Talent Development & Economic Mobility. In addition, candidates must have:

  • A deep understanding of, and commitment to, equity, including racial equity, and applied experience
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with a broad range of cross-sector partners
  • Ability to travel as health conditions improve
  • Excellent management and team leadership skills that fit with MDC’s culture of team-based project staffing and inclusive decision-making
  • Results-driven orientation, with capacity to forecast, plan and deliver in a timely fashion
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Strong self-awareness and empathy, with the capacity to build authentic relationships
  • An understanding of the American South
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field; a relevant graduate degree is a plus
  • Excellent writing, oral communication, and analytical skills
  • Strong facilitator and virtual meeting design skills

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000.

Work Environment and COVID-19: MDC is adopting a long-term hybrid in-person and remote work policy. Dedicated to its employee health and safety, MDC will continue to make decisions in accordance with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. Effective January 1, 2022, all MDC employees whose duties require that they work indoors with others, excluding work done exclusively from the employee’s home, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

To Apply

MDC staff currently are working remotely, please be sure to send the application package electronically through JazzHR rather than by regular mail. Application materials should include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated start date in September. If you require assistance with your application, please email [email protected].

Apply here via JazzHR.

MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Further, MDC values candidates with lived experience relevant to our mission.  Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

Thank you for your interest!

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Fellowships

Each year, MDC recruits a talented, passionate recent college graduate to work for one full year as a paid staff member. The Autry Fellow works on a range of projects addressing pressing issues that contribute to inequity in the South.

The ideal Autry Fellow is deeply committed to advancing social equity and access and is eager to support the mission of MDC—equipping Southern leaders, institutions, and communities with tools to improve economic mobility and advance equity.  MDC believes that each Autry Fellow has something unique and fresh to bring to MDC’s work. In turn, MDC provides Fellows with an experience that will enhance their understanding of social change and help further them on their individual path to promoting equity.

The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. He led MDC for 32 years with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change.

Please read the full description of the Autry Fellowship at www.mdcinc.org/autry-fellowship.

Application Overview

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE AUTRY FELLOWSHIP, YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH JAZZ HR HERE.

We recommend reading the essay and short answer questions below, preparing and editing your responses in a separate document and copying them onto the online platform once you are ready to submit. Please note that the online application does not save progress.

Instructions and Guidelines

This information will assist the selection committee in choosing one person to serve as a Fellow for one year to work at MDC in Durham, North Carolina. THIS APPLICATION CLOSES AT 11:59 PM EST ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2023. MDC staff will notify all candidates of their status within four weeks, and choose the Fellow immediately following an interview day in mid-February. The Fellowship will begin in the summer of 2022, with the start date to be negotiated.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION: The application consists of two sections: an essay portion that includes two prompts (up to 500 words each) and a short answer section with four prompts (250, 100, and 150 words, respectively). There is also a brief biographical section.

Apply via JazzHR here.

If you have any questions please contact the current Autry Fellow, Marilyn Boutte, at [email protected] or 919-797-2903.

Eligibility

If you answer no to any of the following, you unfortunately do not qualify for the 2022-2023 Autry Fellowship and should not continue with this application. We appreciate your interest.

  1. Are you a student/graduate of a four-year, bachelor-granting college or university?
  2. Did/will you graduate no earlier than May 2021 and no later than May 2023?
  3. Can you commit to one full year as an Autry Fellow beginning between June and August 2023?

Apply via JazzHR here.

MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Further, MDC values candidates with lived experience relevant to our mission.  Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

Thank you for your interest!

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Internships

MDC Rural Forward seeks an advanced or graduate-level student to support community-based and community-led technical assistance and consulting services in rural North Carolina.

About MDC Rural Forward

MDC Rural Forward identifies leaders, organizations, and coalitions, with a concentration on rural, and communities in the margins. Grounded in the values of PEOPLE, POWER, PROGRESS, and PARTNERSHIP, we provide an array of community-based and community-led capacity-building services including facilitation, training, coaching, relationship brokering, conflict management, and resource development. MDC is a nonprofit organization based in Durham, N.C., focused on shaping a South where all people thrive.

About the Program Assistant

The goal of the Program Assistant is to strengthen their understanding of rural community-driven capacity-building services and develop additional skills by supporting MDC Rural Forward staff, community partners, and other constituents. Under the supervision of a Partnership Manager, the Program Assistant will lead a specific project to be determined in consultation with the chosen candidate. The Program Assistant will also support other projects through planning, facilitation, drafting meeting summaries, community outreach and communications, policy research, and/or other administrative tasks (no more than 10%). There is a strong preference for candidates in eastern, or western North Carolina who are available for collaboration and local meeting attendance.

Specific tasks may include:

  1. Assisting with planning, coordinating, facilitating, and notetaking for meetings.
  2. Drafting logic models, asset maps, project management tools, and other documents.
  3. Supporting policy change efforts by researching and summarizing public policy.
  4. Attending meetings convened by partner organizations.
  5. Collecting and distributing relevant articles, resources, and opportunities through our email networks and social media outlets.

Key Qualities and Skills

  1. Experience in community outreach, research, and/or program evaluation.
  2. Excellent oral and written skills to communicate with a variety of audiences.
  3. A sincere curiosity about rural communities; willingness to explore issues of inclusion, power, privilege, and diversity; and exceptional commitment to personal integrity, professionalism, and excellence.
  4. Ability to think creatively and collaboratively, while also taking initiative on projects. Skilled in detail-oriented customer service and responsive to community and staff needs.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, virtual meeting applications, and internet research.
  6. Written and oral communication skills in Spanish are a plus.

Commitment
For the fall or spring semesters, our expectation is 20 hours per week for four months. For the summer, our expectation is 40 hours per week for three months. Some flexibility is possible. Rate: $17.00/hour + limited benefits.

Office Culture

  1. Our commitment to our mission and values means sometimes we have long days to be responsive to our community partners and other constituents. We also support our staff in maintaining a strong work/life balance. We take initiative for our own projects, while also working collaboratively.
  2. The MDC Rural Forward team consists of a Senior Program Director, 2 Program Directors, 5 Partnership Managers, 1 Program Administrator, and up to 8 Program Assistants. We coordinate our work and support each other through team meetings every other week.
  3. Our work is primarily in person with some remote work via Zoom. Occasional travel for in-person meetings in rural North Carolina is possible as public health guidance and organizational policy about the COVID-19 pandemic allows.
  4. (Optional) Program Assistants may gain insight into non-profit organizations by attending monthly MDC staff meetings.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter addressed to MDC describing your interest in this position, a pdf version of your resume, and three references on our website via JazzHR. Questions about the application process can be emailed to [email protected].

Interview appointments will last roughly 75 minutes  and will be held on the following dates:

  1. November 10, 2022
  2. November 18, 2022

If you are unable to attend either interview date, please contact our team directly at rfw[email protected] 

MDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and members of underrepresented groups in order to effectively achieve our mission. Reasonable accommodations are available on request. For more info about MDC, go to www.mdcinc.org.   

Thank you for your interest!

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