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Public Agenda Seeking Public Engagement Project Manager

Public Agenda, a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion research and civic engagement organization (www.publicagenda.org) in New York City is seeking a project manager/researcher for its Public Engagement department. Public Agenda is at the forefront of the exciting and fast growing field of civic engagement and dialogue and deliberation, and is looking for a confident, motivated professional to fill this entrepreneurial position.

Public Agenda’s citizen engagement methodologies and practices include community forums, leadership dialogues, focus groups 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 citizens in problem-solving on issues such as K-12 and higher education reform, the federal budget, climate change, and others. The project manager will work on a variety of research and writing tasks, on field–based work on diverse projects, and assist with administrative and organizational tasks in support of a growing department. While the current opportunity is a managerial role, we are looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in developing into a project leader over time.

Required Skills and Abilities:

* Demonstrated project management experience (minimum 3 years)
* Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
* A sense of humor and ability to work with a diverse team on diverse projects.
* Some relevant experience directly in public engagement/deliberative democracy work, or in such related areas as regional planning, community organizing, qualitative research, etc. is highly preferred.
* 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 copy-editing documents, analyzing material, or keeping track of project deliverables.
* Willingness and desire to travel domestically.
* Experience and/or expertise with online engagement and deliberation strategies a plus.
* Fluency in languages other than English a plus.

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 Lara Birnback, Senior Public Engagement Project Director, at lbirnback@publicagenda.org. Applications will be accepted 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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