The Mayors Innovation Project: Research and Outreach Associate

The Mayors Innovation Project is seeking an exceptional individual to join their team and help provide high quality policy and program information to cities across the country.  The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. They provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This person will work on a wide range of issues and connect with elected leaders and local government staff in a number of ways. They are a project of COWS, based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. COWS is nonpartisan but values-based. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all. The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network for American mayors committed to high road policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. We provide clear, useful information on policies and programs for local governments and create high-quality peer learning experiences for local leaders. This position will work in two areas of COWS work: the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), and our workforce development initiative, and report to the Associate Director of COWS and the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project on a day to day basis.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

No professional experience required, however at least three years of professional experience desired, with seven years of experience required for appointment at senior title. Skills should include:

  • Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences on policy topics.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including scheduling large groups, planning and running conference calls and webinars, tracking attendance and participation, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating and writing to diverse audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, community and environmental groups, public and private sectors.
  • Experience organizing and relationship building with non-profit organizations and/or local governments.
  • Capacity to learn areas of policy quickly and to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and variety of formats.Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
  • Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
  • Policy research and analysis experience.
  • Knowledge of local policy and/or local government.
  • Familiarity with climate and energy issues, public health, municipal finance, water policy, workforce development, labor standards, and/or civil and human rights policy.
  • Project management.

 

SALARY:

Minimum $38,000 ANNUAL (12 months).

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

For questions on the position, contact: Matthew Wyndham, 608-265-8665, mwyndham@ssc.wisc.edu, and click here for the full job description.

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