Leadership Fellowship – Development, Governance and Board of Directors, Finance, Membership Engagement and Medical Students Committee

In alignment with MOLA’s mission, the Leadership Fellowship Program is designed to provide the selected candidate with a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences to build skills for management, leadership policy and research in healthcare, with emphasis on non-for-profit, health administration, public health and health professional associations. 

MOLA is a comprehensive healthcare professional and medical association that focuses on the advancement, health, and wellness of Hispanic/Latin@s and provides ample exposure for interdisciplinary engagement within several health professions with a focus on physicians and physicians-in-training. MOLA has built a robust Latinx health care professions pipeline in the Midwest and national and international reach.

Leadership Fellowship Objectives

  • Apply academic learning to real-world practice.
  • Understand the US healthcare professional and public health non-for-profit systemic and institutional structures. 
  • Integrate how a specific project relates to larger organizational goals.
  • Gain experience and further develop skills in a professional healthcare setting in management and leadership.

Field Opportunity

MOLA’s organizational structure provides two main fields of learning opportunities: 

  • Organizational development working directly with the Board of Directors’ Chair and Executive Committee. MOLA’s Board of Directors (BoD) comprises volunteer members that govern and run the organization through its Executive Committee. Board administration, development and its governance function are under the scope of the experiences provided to the Fellow.
  • Leadership and Management working with the chair of the Board of Directors on its operations, BoD, its Governing Committee work, the Medical Students Committee, financial planning and accounting, development/fundraising, and grant writing functions
  • Coordinated work with programmatic development. MOLA’s Leadership Fellow works in coordination with the Programmatic Fellow and provides administrative and logistical support to MOLA’s three programmatic areas: Public Health: Comprises three areas of focus: DACA Pipeline (Aves del Paraiso), Diabetes, and Anti Hate (LGBTQ); Education & Research: Comprises Scholars Program, Clinical Lectures, and Latinx Health Symposium; Mentorship: Three lines, including DACA, prehealth, and International Health Graduates lines.

Requirements to apply: 

Candidates must indicate the reasons why they are interested in this opportunity and demonstrate: 

  • Intent to pursue an advanced graduate degree related to healthcare (e.g., individuals taking a gap year between undergraduate degree and graduate school) or current enrollment in a graduate program (current graduate students must explain how MOLA’s fellowship will integrate with his/her/their graduate program work and must have approval from the graduate program to be selected).
  • Pertinent professional work or academic/scholarly work aligned with MOLA’s mission and the above organizational and programmatic fields.
  • English speaking International Health/Medical graduates intending to match and work in the USA health system


The MOLA preceptorship is planned for 12 months (one academic year, including Summer). A minimum of 20 hours per week; however, fellows may invest as much time participating as applicable. The daily schedule varies and it is flexible with most meetings happening in the early morning or late afternoon and most in-person activities in the evenings. Approximately 80% remote 20% in-person activities. Target start date: July 1st, 2023 (orientation begins on June 15th).

For reference, MOLA’s busiest seasons are Summer and Fall. This is when we have our annual symposium and the largest academic event, which requires significant support, including increased availability on the first weekend in October and for the two weeks prior to the event.

Fellowship Preceptor/Supervisors

MOLA’s President and Vice President Currently Oscar Ivan Zambrano MPH, MBA and Jonthan Moreira, MD.


A student non-employment expense stipend of $1,000.00 a month is provided. Fellows must provide a monthly report of activities and time spent to be verified by the supervisor/ preceptor prior to processing monthly stipend payments. 


Meetings take place in diverse work settings but are mainly virtual. Most meetings are held during evening hours. A significant number of projects are regional with some national and international scope. In-person events happen mostly in the evening and on weekends in Chicago, IL.

Preceptorship Scope 

Includes strategic, medium, and small scale projects, as well as other opportunities that promote an understanding of the organization such as event planning, meetings staffing and follow-ups of functional processes, tasks, and networking events. 


The selected Fellow will participate, coordinate, provide administrative support and, in some cases, co-lead the below detailed Functional Committees and functional areas. The work includes scheduling and running monthly meetings, taking meeting minutes, communicating summaries, and tracking follow-ups and reports. Manage membership databases, plan along with Programmatic Fellow and committees’ co-chair’s leadership engagement, social events (researching/reaching out to venues and caterers, developing programming, etc.), coordinate with MOLA’s communications team messaging, and promotion, social media and programmatic content publication.

Functional committees and Functional Processes:

Institutional Development: Strategic planning, development, fundraising, and grant writing, in coordination with MOLA’s contracted grant writer. Support the MOLA Grant writer  contractor and the programmatic fellow with the implementation and execution of the organization’s fundraising strategy to meet year-end goals.

Governance and Board of Directors

Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Advisory Board and Governance Committee.

Membership Engagement 

Membership growth,creation and organization of wellness events. Help with the recruitment and orientation of volunteers for the events MOLA participates in. 


Create and maintain accounting records. Monitor financial accounts and reconcile between account systems (Aplos, Chase, and PayPal) on a monthly basis. Produce monthly financial reports to the Financial committee and submit them to the Board of Directors’ agenda. Manage a financial obligations calendar and filing (i.e., state and federal tax returns, AG 990, secretary of state, and W2) in coordination with MOLA’s treasury accountant. Assist with the plan, development, and tracking of the annual budget.

Latinx Health Annual Symposium

Support to the Education & Research committee with the organization and delegation of the Latinx Health Annual Symposium. 

How to Apply 

Application Open: May 15, 2023

The application cycle will close when the position is filled.  

To apply: 

Please email the following materials to [email protected] 


  • Statement of interest indicating your personal fit for this position and  specifically addressing how the candidate meets the “requirements to apply”.
  • Updated CV 
    • Include 3 references’ names, emails, and phone numbers whom we could contact for additional information. (You do not need to provide letters of reference) The information about your references can be included at the end of your CV or within your letter or statement of interest. 
  • Immigrant and minority health exposure is highly valued.
  • Bilingual (Spanish-English) and Bicultural (Latinx) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply in the USA. International applicants with exposure to the USA health system are acceptable.
  • Public Health, Health Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration, and Project Management are ideal experiences and academic backgrounds 

Candidates will be notified of receipt via email. Selected candidates will be invited to interview for the position. The application cycle will be open and candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.