Project Associate & Ruckelshaus Fellowship – Washington, DC or Dillon, CO
Washington, DC or Dillon, CO
Full time Positions
First year Fellows are offered a salary of $45,450 per year in a nonexempt position ($21.86 per hour) and are eligible for overtime compensation. In the second year, Fellows receive set increases to account for growth and development within the program. Meridian offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance; employer contributions to a 401(k) plan; and vacation, sick, and holidays (alternative holidays available upon request and approval). In addition, Fellows are provided with a stipend of up to $500 to support relocation expenses and are issued laptops and mobile phones in conjunction with employment. Washington, DC based Fellows are provided reimbursement of costs incurred by using public transit to commute to work.
The Meridian Institute Project Associate Position & Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission to help people collaborate to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy. Project Associate Fellows are embedded in project teams and engaged in varied and highly complex issues, learn about multi-party collaborative problem solving from experienced facilitators, and work directly with leaders from diverse sectors and interest groups. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position assigned to Meridian’s Dillon, CO or Washington, DC offices. Project Associate Fellows who are selected will begin work in June 2022 or earlier.
About the Position
Meridian Project Associates typically work on several project teams focused on various topics over the course of their time at Meridian. Projects range from one-month efforts focused on facilitating a single meeting to multi-year projects where Meridian oversees the development, design, and implementation of an ongoing collaborative initiative. Project Associates contribute research, writing, project management, and other types of support to teams. They can be responsible for a wide range of duties, which differ depending on the project team assignments as well as the individual’s skillsets and interests. The typical areas of responsibility include:
Take detailed notes for internal and external videoconferences and meetings in order to document the range of perspectives, capture key points and next steps, and draft meeting summaries.
Draft various types of documents including meeting summaries, research reports, surveys, interview synthesis and takeaways, press releases, letters, slide decks, and more.
Conduct research, including tracking public policy developments, preparing literature reviews, identifying stakeholders, and gathering background information to support project teams in a variety of ways.
Participate in and document interviews or otherwise engage participants in Meridian processes, including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors.
Assist in planning regional, national, and international projects and meetings.
Support the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports, helping project teams effectively liaise with funders.
Provide administrative support for client funded and inter-organizational project teams including, but not limited to attending and supporting domestic and/or international meetings, maintaining spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and databases, and maintaining websites.
For more information, the full Application Guide for the Project Associate & Ruckelshaus Fellowship is available here (https://s31207.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/21-22-Ruckelshaus-Fellowship-Packet-2-compressed.pdf).
At Meridian Institute, we believe that we must do all that we can to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees, clients, guests, our communities, and others with whom we interact. Therefore, all offers of employment in the U.S. where legally permitted are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to pass the pre-employment requirements. In circumstances where an applicant communicates that they are not able to be vaccinated for COVID19 because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance or because of a disability, then Meridian, in accordance with applicable law, will engage in the interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is feasible that will not pose an undue hardship or create a direct threat to safety.
Successful applicants must have:
Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative
Strong attention to detail, copy-editing, and notetaking skills.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once, manage time
effectively, and receive and balance direction from
multiple Project Directors.
Passion for the issues and work that Meridian is
involved in, ability and willingness to learn, and ability
to work independently and be self-motivated.
Experience and enthusiasm for effectively working as
part of a team. Ability to work with people from
culturally diverse backgrounds.
Proficiency with Microsoft O365 (Word, Excel,
Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneNote, PowerPoint)
and other commonly used computer programs and
technology, such as social media, as well as the ability
to learn and deploy new and evolving technologies and
Preference will be given to candidates with the following
Interest or experience in collaborative decision-making,
facilitation, or mediation.
Experience with detailed notetaking, drafting meeting
summaries, documenting interviews conducting surveys,
researching and assembling background materials, and
providing meeting and logistical support.
Basic understanding of the institutional and political
context in which public policies are deliberated.
Substantive experience in Meridian topic areas.
Experience with virtual collaboration tools, including
Zoom, visual collaboration (e.g., Mural, Miro), and polling
(e.g., Poll Everywhere).
Online communications skills including experience with
social media, managing website content in WordPress,
and facility with platforms such as Twitter and
Skills in graphic design for multiple platforms (web
design, infographic creation, etc.), including the ability to
create and develop visual responses to communication
problems using knowledge of aesthetics and composition
to construct meaningful images.
Advanced technology competencies (e.g. qualitative
research methods such as survey development and
coding, template development, and database
Experience in multicultural and/or international settings.
Language skills at a full professional level in French