The Program Operations fellowship offers a unique opportunity to dream big about the possibilities of innovative higher education. In addition to being part of an exciting and flourishing educational institution, you will gain a wide breadth of practical skills in program operations — such as project management, research, and strategic planning — applicable across a variety of educational contexts and professional sectors.

This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable. At the Sitka site, fellows live in a house together as a cohort of 7.

Fellows receive housing, a $1150 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.

For other questions about the application process, email applications@alaskafellows.org.


Assist and work with the Programs team on all aspects of Outer Coast educational programming, including curricular and faculty planning and support, institutional authorization and accreditation, and other program operations, with a particular focus on the launch of the Outer Coast undergraduate program
Support the day-to-day program operations of the 2024-2025 academic year, including frequent collaboration with faculty, student support staff, and Student Body committees
Conduct research and share findings on a range of topics (including accreditation protocols, non-traditional models of higher education, etc.)
Participate in discussions and worksessions on all topics related to student programming and the college launch process
Draft a variety of documentation (agreements, Board of Trustees documents, partnership proposals)
Track and log financial expenditures and prepare financial documentation
Meet and engaging with experts, collaborators, and community members about issues related to the launch of the college
This position provides a tremendous learning opportunity as well as the chance to have an impact on the DNA of Outer Coast. Outer Coast fellow positions are uniquely immersive and fast-paced and require a high level of commitment. This position changes from week to week and involves a great deal of self-directed work, guided by daily check-ins and meetings with fellow project staff. Candidates should be willing to work on occasional evenings and weekends.


Mission-aligned with Outer Coast and its goals
Self-motivated and directed
Passionate about creating change in American higher education
Responsive to feedback and constructive criticism
Eager to work on a small and highly collaborative team

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with young people in an educational setting, particularly high school and/or college-aged students
Demonstrated knowledge or experience in Alaska Native cultures, languages, values, and traditions

We especially encourage applications from Alaskans and Alaska Natives, as well as other identities representative of the students we seek to serve.

For questions about the position please contact:

Nirali Desai (nirali@outercoast.org)


About Outer Coast

Outer Coast is an emerging, two-year liberal arts college in Sitka, Alaska. We offer a transformative, community-based, and student-governed education for students from across Alaska and around the world. In fall 2024, we will launch our inaugural undergraduate program.

Our mission is to teach and inspire young people to create virtuous change in the world and in their own lives through academics, service & labor, and self-governance.

Outer Coast seeks to serve a student body that is national and international in breadth and diverse in many ways, including racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identities, and socioeconomic status. Outer Coast emphasizes reaching students from across Alaska, particularly Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans, as well as other high-potential students from backgrounds underrepresented and underserved in American higher education.