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Deadline: November 30, 2019

October 18, 2019

City Policy Associate
We are seeking a Senior City Policy Associate to grow the Mayors Innovation Project team!
The Mayors Innovation Project, a project of COWS based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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. COWS is a national think-and-do tank that promotes high road solutions to social problems.

This position will focus on two areas of COWS work: the Mayors Innovation Project, and our workforce development initiative. This position will report to the Director of COWS and the Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project on a day to day basis.


Apply here no later than November 30, 2019.

Skills & Experience

Two years of professional experience required in either public policy or management, city government, or nonprofit advocacy.

Skills and experience should include:

1. Excellent writing ability, including demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly on policy topics for a diverse range of audiences, e.g. local governments, elected officials, funders, community and environmental groups, public and private sector leaders.
2. Demonstrated project management skills, including some or all of the following: developing and monitoring workplans for long-term projects; scheduling and facilitating meetings of project workgroups; planning and running conference calls and webinars.
3. Experience developing and maintaining relationships with staff and leaders in non-profit organizations and/or local governments.
4. Capacity to learn areas of policy quickly and to summarize key policy issues in accessible ways and in a variety of formats.

Preferred, but not required, skills and experience include:
1. Experience fundraising through sponsorships or grant writing.
2. Experience planning and facilitating meetings and events.
3. Experience in policy research and analysis.
4. Knowledge of local policy and/or local government operations.
5. Familiarity with one or more specific policy issues from this list: public water solutions, climate and energy issues, health equity, municipal finance, workforce development, or civil and human rights policy.


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