BLDG Memphis is a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the equitable redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, attractive, and economically sustainable neighborhoods through public policy and advocacy, organizational capacity building, and community education.
BLDG Memphis is seeking a policy research fellow with a specific focus on our Public Policy & Advocacy agenda. The fellow will provide 10 hours a week between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 corresponding with the BLDG Memphis office schedule.
The overarching goals of BLDG Memphis’ policy and advocacy are found on our website at www.bldgmemphis.org/policy.
1. Assist the Advocacy program staff to advance the policy priorities of the BLDG Memphis Policy Committee.
a. Support specific public policy targets such as securing additional dedicated funding for the Memphis Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
b. Participate in necessary meetings to present research to the BLDG Memphis Policy Committee
c. Identify best practices aligned to policy priorities that support and advance the work of community development professionals.
2. Assist the Advocacy program staff in implementing the organization's policy and advocacy work by conducting research and drafting policy documents.
3. Support the staff to develop and maintain a platform tracking progress and impact, including elected officials’ stances and voting records on issues important to the local community development industry.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Enrollment in a Master’s degree program with relevant course work in public policy, advocacy, and or planning and development
- Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking.
- Comfortable learning and using technology tools.
- The ability to lead work and think critically as part of a collaborative team.
- Adept at working with a diverse set of stakeholders, including neighborhood residents, nonprofit leaders, government officials, business leaders, and others.
This fellowship will be stipend at $2000 disbursed in two payments throughout the period of the fellowship.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter communicating their experience and interest, a one page resume, and a writing sample of previous policy research to [email protected]. Resumes will be accepted until March 20, 2021 or the position is filled and we will begin interviewing as early as candidates respond.
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