Public Policy and Advocacy Fellow
Groundwork - Columbus, OH

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Position Title: groundWork Public Policy and Advocacy Fellowship
Position Type: Independent Contractor, part-time 20-25 hours per week
Duration: Six months, potential to transition to full-time employee
Application Deadline: February 27, 2013
Location: Columbus, OH

groundWork Description
groundWork is a nonpartisan advocacy organization that advances early learning and development as the most transformative strategy to improve school outcomes, increase the life-long success of Ohio’s children, and lay a strong economic foundation for economic prosperity in our state. Started in 2004, groundWork is a statewide initiative with more than 5,000 supporters and a Steering Committee comprised of public policy leaders from across Ohio. More information on groundWork can be found at www.groundworkohio.org.

Position Summary
groundWork is seeking a dynamic and motivated early-career professional to support our public policy, advocacy and outreach efforts. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in every aspect of a large-scale public policy initiative and advance the well-being of Ohio’s young children. The Fellow will be an integral part of the organization and will work closely with the Executive Director and Steering Committee to advance groundWork’s mission.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to the staff and Steering Committee
  • Identify and monitor relevant state legislation impacting the groundWork agenda
  • Prepare advocacy communications, including action alerts, testimony, newsletters, social media content, policy briefs, and media outreach
  • Assist with research, data collection, and analysis of related policy issues
  • Assist with scheduling and coordination of meetings and events
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Public policy, advocacy, or campaign experience strongly preferred
  • Strong strategic and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Experience in policy research and analysis is preferred
  • Ability to travel on a periodic basis is required

Compensation
This position will offer an hourly rate of $15/hour, benefits not provided. groundWork will work with students to coordinate with academic credit opportunities. This is a six-month position with the potential of transitioning to a full-time employee position.

If interested, please send an email with the subject “groundWork Fellowship” to Katie Kelly at with your cover letter, résumé, writing sample (maximum of 2 pages), and three references (with contact information) attached by February 27, 2013.


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