Application open for Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of SWPA Executive Fellowship
Program begins October 1, 2015

Now more than ever, revitalizing communities takes collaboration across the government, business, and non-profit sectors. With a growing interest in tapping the expertise, resources, and authority of various sectors, organizational leaders are discovering that intersector collaboration is complex and challenging. Each sector operates with its own values, language, and culture. The Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Philanthropy Fellowship is a two-year advanced leadership training opportunity for the most promising graduates of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs or Public Allies Pittsburgh. With an emphasis on increasing racial diversity in philanthropy, the Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Executive Fellowship creates a pipeline of executive-level leaders for philanthropic organizations seeking to reduce barriers to effective collaboration among business, government and nonprofit organizations.

A Three-Part Program

  1. Placements: The Fellow will be placed in a full-time professional position with the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern PA (description below)
  2. Learning cohort: The Fellow will participate in a cohort of at least one other Executive Coro Fellow, but as many as four Executive Fellows who will be placed in other organizations. Fellows will form a self-governing, continuous learning community, meeting every other week for intensive study, application, and testing of critical concepts in leadership and intersector collaboration. The Coro BNY Mellon Fellow will learn to apply the concepts of intersector leadership and to teach other people, including other Coro participants.
  3. Intersector collaboration: In the context of the professional placements, Executive Fellows will periodically present ideas to partners for intersector collaborations. Partners will evaluate and give feedback based on how efficiently the proposed collaboration can help achieve their strategic goals. Intersector projects serve as case studies for reflection, learning, and teaching others.

Role of Coro

Coro Pittsburgh will design and oversee the Executive Fellows curriculum so that Fellows explore, test and apply tools for intersectoral collaboration and leadership effectiveness.

The Role of Partners  

Program partners represent different sectors yet share a commitment to community well being, human rights and the environment. Throughout the term of their Executive Fellowship, each Fellow will be placed in a full-time professional position reporting to an executive-level supervisor in a partner organization. Fellows will diagnose their daily work experience and make technical and adaptive changes that enhance organizational performance, particularly as it related to collaboration and innovation. The following partners are proposed for 2015-16:

  • Bank of New York Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Neighborhood Allies
  • Other partners TBD

BNY Mellon Fellow Placement Description

Fellows work with their supervisors to develop and monitor work-related goals, objectives, and timelines. Supervisors serve as the point of contact for communications with Coro Fellows and Coro staff.

The Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Fellowship is designed to prepare diverse, innovation-minded next generation leaders for careers in philanthropy. The Fellowship seeks to change the face of leadership in philanthropy and to infuse new ideas and viewpoints into the field.  The Fellow will be responsible for assisting the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s President with key projects focused on furthering the foundation’s charitable mission:

  • Provide administrative support to the foundation’s President and assist with the coordination and preparation of meeting materials for all foundation committee and board meetings;
  • Research specific areas of interests and best practices for the foundation’s philanthropic focus areas;
  • Conduct due diligence on assigned grants, which could include attending meetings and completing follow-up on proposal submissions;
  • Evaluate the impact of grants and programs, review and analyze grantee reports;
  • Provide continuity with long-term grantees and those grants already in the pipeline.


 The Coro BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania Philanthropy Fellowship provides competitive compensation. The Fellow will be compensated directly through a grant to the Coro Pittsburgh from the BNY Mellon Foundation.


Applicants must:

  • have completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs at any of the Coro centers (Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New York, Southern California, Northern California) or
  • completed the Public Allies Pittsburgh program

Application and Timeline

The application will open on August 1, 2015. 

  1. Send a letter of interest that addresses two key questions (see below)
  2. Attach a current resume

The Coro BNY Mellon Executive Fellow will begin October 1, 2015. Applications will be considered as they come in until the position is filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Cover letter contents:

First and last name

Year you completed Coro

Program and location

1) What most excites you about participating in the Coro Executive Fellowship? (125 words) 

2) What are you most hoping to learn in your placement (125 words)


Coro BNY Mellon Executive Fellowship Job Description and Application Instructions Google Doc

If you are interested in applying please send the required information to Greg Crowley at with Coro BNY Mellon Executive Fellowship Application as the subject line.