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Job opening at Public Agenda for Public & Stakeholder Engagement Associate

Public Agenda, a national non-profit, non-partisan research and civic engagement organization, and an NCDD organizational member, is seeking a public & stakeholder engagement associate. Public Agenda (www.publicagenda.org) is at the forefront of the vibrant field of public & stakeholder deliberation/collaborative problem solving and is pleased to offer this opportunity for a confident, motivated professional.

Public Agenda’s public and stakeholder engagement methodologies and practices include issue framing, community forums, leadership dialogues, and on-line engagement strategies. Current projects involve work with community-based organizations and leaders at all levels across the United States to build capacity for engaging critical stakeholders in problem solving on issues around K-12 and higher education reform, economic development/regional planning, the environment/energy use, health care and others. The engagement associate will work on a variety of research and writing tasks, on field–based work on diverse projects, and will assist with organizational tasks in support of a busy department.

Public Agenda is looking for a highly motivated, collaborative fully bi-lingual (Spanish/English) individual who is interested in joining their team in New York City and developing into a project leader over time.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    • Fluency in Spanish
    • Minimum educational requirement is a BA in a social science or related discipline (public policy, political science, urban planning, etc). An advanced degree in public policy or a related social science field is a plus.
    • Minimum 3 years work experience in any of the following (or related) fields:
  • Public engagement, deliberative democracy, participatory governance
  • Community or organizational change work
  • Public policy
  • Research, especially qualitative methods
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytic capacities (ability to research and synthesize material quickly).
  • A sense of humor and ability to work with a diverse team on diverse projects
  • Must be extremely organized, able to coordinate multiple schedules and project logistics on an ongoing basis.
  • Must have an eye for detail—for example, in analyzing material, keeping track of project deliverables, and helping the team stay on task
  • Must have the desire and ability to travel domestically, as this position requires significant travel.

Public Agenda is an equal opportunity employer based in New York City offering a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and room to grow. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should email a resume, cover letter, and brief (3 pages maximum) professional writing sample to Jassica Bouvier at: jbouvier@publicagenda.org

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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