LAAW Bulletin - November 4, 2009
1. LAAW Mentoring Program
2. LALSA Event at Havana Village Thursday
3. Job Listing
1. LAAW Mentoring Program
LAAW is looking for alumni to mentor current WCL students and we want you!! Whether you have a day, an hour, or 10 minutes, we would like to recruit all alumni to be mentors. We intend to match mentors with their mentees along shared interests, so we would appreciate you filling out the attached form and returning it by email to Patrisha Tijerina by Sunday, November 8, 2009 at patrisha.tijerina@...
. We plan on having alumni and mentees paired in time for them to meet at LaLSA's annual gathering, to be held at Professor Varona's house on November 16, 2009 (more info on that event to come later).
2. LALSA Event at Havana Village Thursday
Please Join LaLSA, the Hispanic MBA Club, members of the Hispanic Bar Association, and members of SC&H Tax & Advisory services, LLC, and various other professionals for a night of networking, latino/a dining, and latino/a music. This event is meant for JD and MBA students to get to know each other as well for them to meet professionals in their respective fields. Practice your networking skills while simultaneously meeting future contacts.
Location: Habana Village (conveniently located in Adams Morgan)
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Please RSVP to Richard Rodriguez at rvrodrig@...
as food is limited. Please call Richard at 646-596-0057, if there are any questions.
3. Job Listings
Conservation International is seeking candidates for a newly created position, Vice President for US Government Policy. I value your input and would welcome any suggestions of potential candidates or sources.
CI is seeking a seasoned executive with an advanced degree (Ph.D. or Master's), 8-10+ years
of experience, and extensive knowledge of relevant policies as evidenced by an established track record working with the US government to influence policy development and implementation. The VP will be a member of the senior leadership team within CI's Center for Conservation and Government, will manage a small team, and will be able to work in a culturally diverse
environment. The VP will provide strategic direction for CI's overall involvement in US policy and identify key issues, organizations and fora in which to engage. The VP will bring in and contribute to analysis, scientific expertise and field experience to shape policies and investments
that ensure the contribution of nature conservation to sustainable human well being and economic growth.
Vibha Miller of CI has been designated to lead the search process, and is serving as the point of contact for the search. Vibha is available to speak with you at your convenience if you would like to discuss the opportunity and your recommendations. Any email correspondence can be directed to her at: usgpolicy@...
or by phone at: 703-341-2781.
102703 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Republican Senator who is a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee seeks Legislative Assistant. Issues will include education, welfare, labor and pensions issues. Relevant Hill or government experience required. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as work well in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to senate_employment@...
indicating job referral number in the subject line.
102601 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Progressive Northeastern Democrat seeks Legislative Assistant to handle health issues, including health care reform. Health care policy and Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills, and be able to juggle multiple projects and effectively engage stakeholder constituent
groups in a fast-paced office. Please send resume and writing sample to healthla.dem@...
102201 SENIOR ADVISOR - Democratic Senator seeks Senior Advisor to write and coordinate
reports, speeches, opinion editorials and special projects in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Creativity, excellent writing skills and experience with a wide range of public policy issues are essential. Hill experience preferred. Please email (all as separate attachments) cover letter, resume, and writing sample to senate_employment@...
indicating job referral number in the subject line.
092303 LEGAL FELLOW - Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight (Democratic staff) seeks law student or recent graduate to help staff with investigations, research, hearings, and administrative tasks. Fellowship is unpaid. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senate_employment@...
indicating job referral
number in the subject line.
082001 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Moderate Democratic Senator seeks experienced Legislative Assistant to support work on the Senate Commerce Committee. Issues include
telecommunications, consumer protection, small business, insurance, and privacy. Relevant Hill, academic, and professional experienced required. Legal background preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to frstaffer@...
. No phone calls.
031001 TRADE SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL STAFF - Senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee seeks experienced counsel or professional staffer to serve as Staff Director of Trade Subcommittee, and to staff other personal office issues yet to be determined. Responsibilities include conducting oversight and investigation of trade and competitiveness issues, as well as developing, drafting and promoting legislation. Successful candidates
will have extensive experience in the field, and significant Congressional experience a strong plus. Excellent opportunities for professional growth. Equal opportunity employer. No telephone
inquiries. Send resume and cover letter to TDPosition@...
013010 INVESTIGATIVE COUNSEL/INVESTIGATIVE STAFF - Seeking experienced attorneys or otherwise qualified professionals to work on the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel created by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to oversee the implementation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Familiarity with financial services regulation, the mortgage crisis, and the financial crisis is required. Investigative counsel and staff will work with a team of attorneys and in conjunction with finance experts and economists to investigate all aspects of the U.S. Department of Treasury's TARP activities, including the use of TARP funds, the impact of TARP on financial institutions and markets, the
transparency and fairness of the Treasury Department's administration of TARP, and the effectiveness of foreclosure mitigation efforts. Job responsibilities will include preparing for hearings on TARP operations, staffing Panel members, reviewing administrative agency
information, conducting interviews with agency personnel, consultation with policy experts, and preparation of reports. Please email cover letter and resume to oversightpanel@...
013009 POLICY ADVISOR - Seeking experienced policy analysts to work on the bipartisan
Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) created by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to: 1) oversee the implementation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and 2) make recommendations on regulatory reform to the next Congress and Administration. Experience in the fields of economics, finance and banking, financial services regulation, consumer protection, or housing policy is necessary. Job responsibilities will include research, analysis of Working Group policy papers, preparation of briefing materials for Panel Members,
drafting report language, and offering substantive recommendations on regulatory reform to Panel members. Please email cover letter and resume to oversightpanel@...
013001 LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Moderate Democrat seeks highly qualified staffer to cover primarily financial services and housing issues. The Senator plans to be very active on these issues. Candidates should be highly motivated, experienced, with excellent written and oral communication skills. Send resume to bankingstaffer@...
Midwest House Democrat and member of the Blue Dog Coalition seeks highly-motivated individual to fill a Legislative Correspondent/Legislative Assistant combined position. Position includes a great deal of writing legislative correspondence and handling a number of legislative issues for the Member of Congress. Applicant must be an outgoing, inclusive team player with a sense of humor and an ability to focus heavily on managing deadlines, tracking legislation and taking initiative on learning and monitoring office mail system. One to two years of Hill experience required, and Midwest ties are a plus. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to leg.opening@...
by Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. No calls or drop-ins please.
Lobbyist for an aggressive DC government affairs division of major national law firm. Candidate should have broad and current hill experience and contacts. Foreign policy issue experience a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resumes to: dc.lobbyist.resumes@...
Small government affairs firm on Capitol Hill seeking Legislative Associate to handle Native American and Education portfolio. Legislative Associate will serve as the liaison between clients and legislators on Capitol Hill. 1+ years of work experience. Capitol Hill or lobbying experience preferred. Please send resume and cover letter to Amanda Powers, apowers@...
. No calls, please.
The United States Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition promotes transparency in the extractive industries to ensure that oil, gas and mineral wealth contributes to development and poverty alleviation. PWYP US is a coalition of nearly thirty human rights, development, environmental and faith-based organizations.
PWYP US is part of a global coalition of over 350 NGOs in 50 countries promoting the public disclosure of revenues, contracts, and other financial transactions related to the extractive industries. This information allows people to hold their government accountable for managing the revenues.
We believe that corporations, governments and multilateral institutions engaged in extractive industry activities have an important role to play in facilitating development and good governance. This includes the transparent management of revenues emanating from their activities. These actors have an obligation to, where necessary, change policies and practices in order to contribute to transparent revenue management.
Job Description: The PWYP US Director will be responsible for coordinating the advocacy work of the PWYP US coalition and leading strategic development and implementation. The Director is responsible to a small management committee and reports to a line manager in a member organization.
Main duties: Maintaining regular communication and coordination with coalition members Leading the lobbying effort for the passage of the US Congressional legislation requiring disclosure of oil, gas and mining company payments to host governments and other legislative opportunities for transparency in the extractive industries Creating and overseeing press and communications strategy for the coalition, including drafting op-eds, writing press releases, speaking with reporters, etc. Researching and drafting necessary memos, fact sheets, backgrounders and other materials as necessary for advocacy efforts Activating and working with grassroots organizations on constituent mobilization Promoting extractive industry transparency in US government policies through direct engagement with officials and agencies, such as the State Department, Treasury, and Interior Depts. Advocacy with extractive industry companies, promoting voluntary disclosure, participation in EITI, and support for mandatory disclosure regulations Working with the global Publish What You Pay network on a global strategy and complementary advocacy at the national and international level, including through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, European Union level, and other multi-lateral initiatives Participating, presenting and representing PWYP at international and national conferences and events Promoting implementation of increased transparency of the international financial institutions Maintaining and updating websites and other communication materials Fundraising, managing grant funds and reporting to donors
Qualifications: Essential: Five years or more of advocacy experience, including legislative experience, either on or off Capitol Hill Experience working in a policy or campaigning capacity, developing advocacy strategies and representing advocacy concerns at a national and/or international levelExcellent verbal communication skills to inform and advise and to have the confidence and ability to deal with a range of people with differing levels of understanding of the issueExcellent writing skills, to produce or edit drafts of policy documents, advocacy letters, fact sheets, press statements, and other correspondence.Excellent organization skills in order to manage different campaigns and many organizations' involvementPro-active, fast-thinker and ability to work with minimal supervision Broad knowledge of the extractive industries, international development, corporate sector, and international financial institutions Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and proven ability to deal with a wide range of people
Desirable: Information technology skills, including webpage managementExperience working with NGOs, coalitions and/or coordination experience Experience working with the mediaExperience working with grassroots networksWritten and verbal language skills other than English, particularly French, Spanish or Russian
Compensation and benefits: Salary range of $60,000-$75,000 depending on experience. Excellent benefits package includes 401K, private health insurance, and contribution toward gym
membership. Leave policy is twenty vacation days per year the first of employment, rising to 25 days after the first year.
Other conditions: This appointment is funded for one year with the expectation that it will continue beyond one year, as has been the case for the past four years.
To apply: please send a cover letter and resume, together with a completed application form (available on pwypusa.org) to usa@...
, no later than November 25th. No phone calls, please. We will only contact those individuals selected for interviews.
Staff Writer, Center for American Progress, Campus Progress
Campus Progress seeks talented writers for part-time staff writer positions at the CampusProgress.org web magazine and blog. Staff writers at Campus Progress:
Produce at least two reported 800-1,200 word stories per month
Write at least two 400-600 word blog posts per month
Pitch several stories and blog posts per week
Participate in a weekly editorial call with Campus Progress editors and other staff writers
Staff writers are encouraged to establish a beat on a key issue such as environment, health care, college affordability, LGBT issues, immigration, or culture. Previous writing or reporting experience for a campus or other publication is beneficial but not required. Staff writers are paid a stipend per story and blog post they produce. Staff writers can be based anywhere; Campus Progress does not provide office space. This is a part-time contract opportunity, not a full-time
permanent staff job.
Campus Progress reaches a large and diverse audience, and its articles frequently get links in major publications and blogs. Campus Progress can be a great launching point for young progressive writers to break into the field of journalism. Writers for Campus Progress have gone on to write for the Huffington Post, The American Prospect, The New Republic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Monthly, Bitch magazine, the Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Root, Slate, Yes! magazine, Talking Points Memo, Mother Jones, the Boston Globe, The Nation, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and many others.
Campus Progress, part of the Center for American Progress, works to help young people -- advocates, activists, journalists, artists -- make their voices heard on issues that matter. Through an online magazine and campus journalism organizations, public events, multimedia projects, and grassroots issue campaigns, Campus Progress acts to empower new progressive leaders nationwide as they develop fresh ideas, communicate in new ways, push policy outcomes in a progressive direction, and build a strong progressive movement.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three pitches for Campus Progress reported stories to editor@...
with "Staff Writer" in the subject line by Nov. 20, 2009.
ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH
SCALE LEVEL: Program Manager
SUPERVISOR: Director of Public Policy
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth, based in Washington, DC, is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has provided information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Director of Public Policy, the International Policy Manager promotes international policies that will improve adolescent access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health information and services. The Manager acts as the organization's voice on these issues on Capitol Hill and with the United Nations, foreign
governments, and colleague organizations. The Manager develops policy briefs and education materials for policy makers, the media, and youth activists. The Manager also plans and conducts regular trainings for youth activists on international policy advocacy and assists the policy
department in advocacy day activities.
Work with the Director of Public Policy to develop the organization's international policy agenda, including, but not limited to, issues around global AIDS, international family planning, and human rights.
Work with the Director of Public Policy to implement an international policy strategic agenda, including developing objectives, time lines, activities and budgets.
Serve as Advocates' representative on Capitol Hill and with all Senate and House committees on international policy issues that impact young people.
Monitor and manage relationships with agencies that administer U.S. foreign policy, including, but not limited to, the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
Monitor and manage relationships with United Nations agencies, foreign governments, embassies, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Develop policy critiques, grassroots action alerts, talking points, and other materials as needed.
Serve as organizational representative to the Global AIDS Roundtable and International Family Planning Coalition and with other like-minded coalitions.
Develop proposals and prepare grant reports related to department funding needs.
Liaise with the International Programs Division to provide policy guidance and training to the International Youth Leadership Council and International Youth Speak Out Project.
In partnership with the International Youth Leadership Council, manage organizational presence and advocacy agenda at international conferences and meetings, such as International AIDS Conferences and relevant United Nations events.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors Degree with three to five years of programmatic or specialized experience in international legislative or U.S. foreign policy advocacy, or a Master's Degree with one to three years of programmatic or specialized experience in international or U.S. foreign policy advocacy. Experience with international family planning or global AIDS policy would be helpful. Knowledge of the federal legislative process a must.
A demonstrated experience in policy analysis, organizational planning, communications, and program implementation. A demonstrated interest in the policy issues surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health at the international level.
Ability to develop "big picture" strategy while keeping track of details and to think outside the box. Ability to digest large amounts of information quickly and turn it into concise, user-friendly materials for the Hill, media, and colleague organizations.
Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet deadlines as delineated by the Director of Public Policy. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required. Experience conducting advocacy training and running advocacy events desired. A demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group preferred.
A commitment to Advocates for Youth's mission and goals required.
Some international travel required.
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience.
TO APPLY: Interested parties should send the following items via email to afyhr@...
(put International Policy Manager in subject line) or via fax to (202) 419-1448. Attention: Marcela Howell, Vice President of Policy, Communications,
Cover letter with salary history and requirements
2-3 page policy writing sample
DEADLINE: November 20, 2009
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE