Fall 2021 Virtual Leadership Academy Application Instructions & Information

Due to COVID-19 restraints on physical gatherings, JustLead will offer two fully virtual Leadership Academy cohorts in 2021, one in Spring 2021 (Cohort VII) and one in Fall 2021 (Cohort VIII). While the application period for the Spring cohort is now closed we are excited to be accepting rolling applications for our Fall 2021 Leadership Academy, Cohort VIII.

We enter 2021 with our communities and societal systems upended for all but the most highly privileged few, due to the triple pandemics of COVID-19, virulent racism, and deepening poverty. Leveraging the resulting disruption to make durable, equity-based transformative change requires strong adaptive leadership skills—skills that form the foundation of the JustLead Washington Leadership Academy curriculum.

Fall 2021 Fellows will participate in four, 2-day virtual training retreats in September, October, November, and December. Fellows must also engage in an average of 3-4 hours per month of scheduled and unscheduled individual and small group learning in between retreats. We are currently accepting rolling applications for the Fall cohort andwill update this page with specific deadlines soon. Read on for program details, dates, and application instructions.


Participation Details

Leadership Academy retreats will take place virtually via Zoom over 4 months tentatively scheduled for September 23-24, October 21-22, November 18-19, December 16-17 (all Thursdays and Fridays). Retreats will typically run from 9:00am – 3:00pm each day. Applicants must commit to attending all retreats and to completing work individually and in small groups between retreat sessions. All program costs are covered as needed.

Before submitting an application, please review additional information about the Leadership Academy’s selection criteria and costs.


Application Instructions

We are now accepting rolling applications for our Fall 2021 Virtual Cohort

In addition to answering questions within the form you will also be asked to upload two documents as part of your application:

  1. A Resume or Summary of Relevant Professional & Volunteer experience (no more than 2 pages), and
  2. An Employer/Sponsoring Organization Letter of Support
    If you do not have a direct supervisor/employer (e.g. you are self-employed, an Executive Director, or are applying in your capacity as a board member or volunteer) you may have a board member or representative of a partnering organization complete this letter of support.

About the Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy and JustLead Washington aim toward a society where everyone “belongs” within what Professor john a. powell has called the Circle of Human Concern as full members of society, without exception. As such, our curriculum expressly focuses on increasing understanding of the ways in which poverty, systemic racism, and other forms of bias and oppression intersect and create harm, particularly within low-income communities and communities of color.

The Academy’s core curriculum was initially developed in partnership with the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and is designed specifically to enhance the adaptive leadership capacity of advocates and organizations working toward equity & justice within Washington State. Fellows learn and practice several core leadership competencies, such as:

  1. Communicating Strategic Intent (with an emphasis on narrative storytelling)
  2. Enhancing Self-Awareness & Other-Awareness
  3. Achieving Workable Unity Across Difference (with an emphasis on equity and inclusion)
  4. Engaging in Systems and Strategic Thinking
  5. Delivering on Strategic Intent (translating your mission, vision, and values into action)
  6. Developing Leadership Capacity in Others
  7. Fostering Processes of Individual, Organizational, and Community Renewal
  8. Building Competence and Confidence for Anti-Racism and Pro-Equity Work

Questions & Assistance

If you need assistance to complete your application, need another method for submission of your application or have any questions or problems regarding your application, please contact info@justleadwa.org.