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Military and Veterans Fellow

Position Title: Military and Veterans Fellow    
Position Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell

FLSA Status:  Temporary part-time, hourly

Pay: $17.25/hr, 20 hours/week


A Shared Vision

Service Year Alliance believes that a service year should be a common expectation and opportunity for every young American, and works everyday to realize that vision. The force of service years at scale can repair broken cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty. It could unite the most diverse nation in history, binding people of different backgrounds through common cause. It can inspire young Americans to serve for a year, and in the process, forge them into the leaders for life our nation needs.


Our North Star

On the path to our vision, our aim is that, within a generation, every year, one million young Americans engage in a service year, solving important problems while transforming their own lives.


Why Now: Broken Citizenship and Pressing Challenges

Today, the need for a common experience of citizenship in our country is more poignant than ever. We are drifting apart. Contrary to the illusion of constant connectivity, Americans are isolated from one another—geographically, ethnically, economically, religiously, and culturally. Traditional forms of civic participation have atrophied. Many Americans’ sole contribution to the country is through paying taxes—not nearly enough to bind people to their communities. Only one in three eligible voters turned out in the last election. Less than one percent of Americans serve in the military. There’s a chance—right now—to inspire a renewed sense of citizenship capable of solving our biggest challenges and creating the leaders our nation needs.

Neither the idea of national service nor our vision are new, but this moment in time tells us they are both deeply needed and never before more achievable.       


Position Description

The military and veterans fellow will work with the Director, Strategic Engagement on our military and veterans portfolio. Specifically, the Fellow will help build out the strategic plan for engaging the milvets community, under guidance from the co-chairs of the Military and Veterans Working Group. Areas of work include Service Year Alliance’s Enlisting America Pledge, planning for increased engagement with post-9/11 veterans, working with DoD, and partnership development.



  • Design and build out plan for optimal Military and Veterans Working Group structure and rhythm
  • Develop materials specific to Veterans and work with SYA’s movement-building team
  • Design and build out plan for best use of SYA’s Enlisting America Pledge and recruitment of further cosponsors, if and when appropriate
  • Lead May event on Capitol Hill with veterans organizations in support of service years
  • Design optimal 12-month partnership development plan, including research on the right VSOs and MSOs to support our work
  • Give input on DoD outreach plans on recruitment and partnership development



  • Deep belief in service years to tackle our most pressing challenges, transform the lives of those who serve, and change the course of our country
  • Humble leader with tremendous professional resolve
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Bias for taking initiative to create and own new opportunities
  • Strong learning mindset
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Excellent communication skills; verbal, written and interpersonal
  • Comfort interacting with currently-serving members of the US military or retired veterans, some high-ranking
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Veteran required, former The Mission Continues Fellow preferred


About Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is a bipartisan organization committed to making a year of full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds. Expanding service years has the power to address our country’s most pressing challenges, change the lives of those who serve, and unite our nation. Service Year Alliance is the result of a merger between the Franklin Project, ServiceNation, and the Service Year Exchange. The merger is an exciting indication of how passionate every person who works here is about our vision of transforming the nation through service: we put aside ego’s, dissolved powerful brands, and altered our leadership structure not because it was easy, but because that’s what our mission demands. SYA is a joint venture between Be The Change, Inc. and The Aspen Institute. Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal serves as the founding Chairman of our board.  


We are an equal opportunity employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service year alumni are encouraged to apply, as are military veterans. Please indicate in your application if you have served in one of these programs. SYA is based in Washington, DC.


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