NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship

The NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship provides a Senior Fellow the opportunity to work in the Baltimore headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Senior Fellow will work with the executive leadership of the NAACP on research, outreach and advocacy regarding civil rights, racial justice and public policy. The Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. 

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NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship in Policy Research and Advocacy 

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Dates: June 2017 - May 2018 (exact dates are flexible)
Supervisor: Claudia Withers, Chief Operating Officer, NAACP
Compensation: Salaried position with benefits
Number of Positions: One
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received)

The NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship will give a single Senior Fellow the opportunity to work alongside the senior leadership of the NAACP, one of the most important and historic American civil rights organizations, conducting substantial research and taking part in meaningful policy advocacy in accordance with the organization’s mission. 

Responding to the prevailing political and social climate of racial injustice, the NAACP continues to pursue its mission "to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination." Racism has always been deeply embedded in the very fabric of the United States, but recent events concerning racial injustice have brought new attention to this important issue. The Senior Fellow will contribute to Humanity in Action's mission by advancing the work of the NAACP and publishing research and opinion pieces with Humanity in Action.  

About the NAACP  

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and most recognizable civil rights organization in the United States. The NAACP has worked successfully with allies of all races who believe in and stand for the principles on which the organization was founded. Throughout its respected history, the NAACP has relentlessly fought against violations of civil and human rights. From lynching to segregation, job discrimination to urban poverty, the NAACP has stood steadfast in its support of justice.

Summary of Responsibilities

The NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship experience will include meaningful work that will touch upon all aspects of the NAACP's social justice advocacy agenda, including but not limited to civil rights issues, criminal justice, economic development, education, environmental justice, health policy, international affairs, labor, voting rights, and youth engagement.  

  • Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer of the NAACP, the Humanity in Action Senior Fellow selected for this unique opportunity will:
  • Develop a deep understanding of the policy and political landscape affecting the NAACP’s core constituency; monitor and identify emerging issues relevant to the organization’s mission
  • Collaborate with senior level staff including the President & CEO, to develop and support the implementation of the NAACP’s policy agenda
  • Work closely with senior level staff, to design and execute strategies for effective dissemination of research and communication documents to advance the policy agenda of the NAACP
  • Design and implement briefings and roundtables in support of the NAACP’s agenda in collaboration with senior level staff
  • Develop a policy framework and agenda that includes federal, state and local policy in close coordination with senior level staff
  • Potentially engage in work-related travel based on the programmatic work of the NAACP. 

Past Fellowship Receipients

Devon Crawford is the 2016-2017 NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellow. Devon is a 2015 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College and is a Master of Divinity candidate with a Ph. D. objective in Social Ethics at the University of Chicago. He has served as president of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants Program; vice president of the Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; 2014 College Brother of the Year for the Georgia district of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Intern; and the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. Devon has traveled as a peace ambassador to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan to commemorate the nuclear attacks of World War II and to South Africa and Zimbabwe as an Oprah Winfrey South Africa and Zimbabwe Leadership Fellow. In the Summer of 2015, Devon traveled with the inaugural class of the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College to Turkey to engage in interfaith conversation with Islamic religious leaders and study the Hizmet movement's influence on business ethics in the near east. He was a Fellow for Humanity in Action’s inaugural John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta in the summer of 2015.

Eligibility and Application

All Humanity in Action Senior Fellows who have completed their Action Projects (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. Humanity in Action encourages those who are interested in gaining experience in civil rights and grassroots campaigns to apply. The dates of the Fellowship are flexible for the right candidates. 

To apply for the NAACP–Humanity in Action Fellowship, please click here. Applications are due on April 10, 2017. 


The NAACP-Humanity in Action Fellowship opportunity is made possible by the generous funding of the Malka Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund and the Germeshausen Foundation.