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44LAAW Bulletin – November 11, 2009

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  • Eric Garduno
    Nov 11, 2009
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      LAAW Bulletin – November 11, 2009

      1. Professor Varona's Annual Gathering
      2. Mentor Forms Due TODAY
      3. Professor Varona Honored by HBA-DC
      4. Beta Testing for New LAAW Website, www.laaw.info
      5. Job Announcements

      1. Professor Varona's Annual Gathering

      Professor Varona is holding his annual dinner at his house for LaLSA and LAAW members this Monday, November 16. His home is located at 7710 Meadow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please RSVP to Lucero Ortiz at mlortiz@... if you will be attending. Also, LAAW mentors and LaLSA mentees will formally meet at this dinner. Dress code is business casual.

      We hope to see you all there.

      2. Mentor Forms Due TODAY

      LAAW is STILL 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. Mentors and mentees will be matched tomorrow, so be sure to contact Patrisha Tijerina at patrisha.tijerina@ gmail.com TODAY to get a mentor form. As mentioned above, you will have the first opportunity to meet your mentee at Professor Varona's gathering on Monday.

      3. Professor Varona Honored by HBA-DC

      Let's all join together in congratulating Professor Varona for receiving the 2009 Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He will receive his award this Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental. A cocktail buffet reception starts at 6:30 pm, with the awards ceremony at 8:00 and dessert reception and dancing featuring the band Sol y Rumba, starting at 9:00. Tickets to the event are available at www.hbadc.org/events. For more information about the event, please contact Argus Events at Elaine@....

      4. Beta Testing for New LAAW Website, www.laaw.info

      Over the last few months, LAAW has been working on building its own dedicated website to better serve the membership. We are pleased to announce that the new website is ready for beta testing. As such, we invite all LAAW members to visit the site, www.laaw.info. We would particularly appreciate if you register your membership through the website.

      We will be beta testing the site for the next couple of months, so you can expect to see changes in its appearance and you will likely receive a few test messages emailed to you. Your participation is very important, because we will be relying on everyone to help find typos, make suggestions, and generally help work out the kinks of the site's functionality.

      To help encourage your participation and registration, some job postings that would normally be included in the usual LAAW Bulletin will only be available on the website to registered users. Please note that we anticipate moving all job postings to the website once beta testing is complete.

      5. Job Announcements


      LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Democratic Armed Services Committee member is seeking a legislative assistant to handle committee work. Candidates should have significant Hill experience, excellent written and oral communication skills. Preference is for candidates with military service. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to MLAopening2009@....


      LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Hardworking California Democrat on Rules and Energy and Commerce committees seeks a legislative assistant. Legislative portfolio to include: Immigration, Intelligence, Judiciary, Education, Homeland Security, Science, and various Appropriations. Individual will also be responsible for assisting the congresswoman with various caucuses and with Rules Committee work. Individual should have prior legislative Hill experience, be detail oriented, have a strong work ethic, good sense of humor and be able to work quickly under tight deadlines. Please e-mail your resume to cademjob@.... No telephone calls or drop bys, please.


      Moderate Midwestern Democratic member of the House Financial Services Committee is seeking a legislative assistant to handle a diverse legislative portfolio including work on the Financial Services Committee and healthcare, social, Judiciary and small business issues. Relevant prior Hill experience required. Candidates must demonstrate an especially strong knowledge of financial services issues. Strong candidates will also possess an ability to work independently and identify specific policy goals and strategies for the Member. An advanced degree or relevant professional experience in the fields of healthcare or financial services, as well as Indiana ties, are a plus. Email resumes to IN02LA@.... No calls or walk-ins please.


      Position Description: The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an International non-profit based in Washington DC is currently recruiting for the position of Program Manager for the Washington D.C. office. Designed as a small NGO with a broad impact at the local and international level, the Global Fairness Initiative was founded on the premise that economic globalization must work to improve the lives of poor and marginalized populations around the world by creating economic access and job opportunities. GFI works in Africa, SE Asia and Central America on programs that support economic development and sustainability for the working poor and primarily agricultural producers and apparel and footwear workers, but with a regular focus on working women.


      The Program Manager reports directly to the Executive director and supports the design, development and implementation of GFI's global programs. Specific responsibilities include aligning projects around a strategic mission or vision, ensuring timely completion of project deliverables, completing reporting requirements, and writing proposals and budgets for new initiatives. The Program Manager often serves as a liaison to members of U.S. and foreign governments as well as international companies. Additional responsibilities will include developing communications materials, assisting with grant writing, fundraising and other business development, and managing staff and interns.

      GFI is looking to fill this position immediately.


      Bachelors Degree (Masters Degree preferred) in a related field
      Professional experience in international development, program design, management and implementation
      Experience working in developing countries and multi-cultural environments highly desirable
      Strong communications, writing and editing skills, particularly related to grant writing and program design
      Familiarity with development funding mechanisms, integrated development strategies & international policy
      Ability to identify creative and practical approaches to overcome challenges, highly valued
      Willingness to travel
      Fluency in Spanish highly desired, proficiency required

      Contact Name: Whitney S. Mayer
      Contact Location: 1225 Eye St. NW Suite 307
      Washington, DC 20005 202-898-9022

      To apply for this position please e-mail cover letter and updated CV to: wsimon@...


      The Direct Marketing Association seeks a Manager, Government Affairs, to work in its Washington, DC office. This is an entry level position for a recent college grad who is interested in or has majored in public policy. The manager will serve as part of an active and busy Government Affairs team. Daily duties include monitoring press, agency, and congressional activity relevant to members, including attending hearings and markups; highlighting emerging issues, upcoming hearings, and newly introduced bills for the Government Affairs team; drafting, editing, and distributing communications to a variety of audiences including membership and Board of Directors; managing issues and creating timely newsletters on a weekly and quarterly basis; organizing speakers, registration, and logistics for seminars; prepare policy presentations, updates, talking points, and briefings for internal and external audiences; administrative, accounting, and record keeping for association's Political Action Committee (PAC); represent association at coalition and PAC meetings; and other special projects and administrative duties as they arise.

      Skills required include critical and creative thinking, proficient with computer and technology, excellent interpersonal communication, superior research ability, excellent and effortless writing, editing, and proofreading ability, time management, self-starter who has the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

      Bachelor's degree required. Internship experience, particularly having worked as an intern on Capitol Hill, with the executive branch, or in a government relations office, is preferred.

      Salary: competitive

      Please send cover letter and resume to George McConnell at gmcconnell@....


      CPL is hiring - National Programs Coordinator

      The Center for Progressive Leadership National Programs Coordinator

      The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL) is a national political training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change. Through long-term, comprehensive programs for organizational leaders, political professionals, activists and future candidates, CPL provides promising leaders with the skills, resources, and networks needed to become powerful progressive leaders. Since 2003, CPL has trained over 5,000 future candidates, political professionals, advocacy leaders, and organizational staff who are changing politics in this country.

      With a deep commitment to developing diverse, grassroots leaders, CPL has five permanent state offices (Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) and is opening 1-2 new offices each year. CPL's 50 staff and faculty across the country work every day to identify, recruit, train, coach, and mentor promising and diverse progressive leaders. Over the next three years, CPL has ambitious plans to add 2-3 new state offices, build a national training center and dorm in Washington DC, launch an intensive national fellowship program for the most promising progressive leaders in the country, expand our staff team, and train thousands of diverse progressive leaders.

      CPL's current national programs include the New Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program. CPL's New Leaders Program works to change the face of tomorrow's political leadership by connecting young people of color, LGBT youth, and women to paid internships and entry-level positions with progressive organizations. CPL provides the New Leaders with training and leadership development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. CPL is also in the process of developing additional national programs, which the National Programs Coordinator will help to support. Find out more information at www.progressiveleaders.org.

      Job Description:
      New Leaders Program responsibilities (approximately 75-80% of time)
      o Assist in identifying and recruiting qualified young people of color, LGBT youth, women and other individuals to apply for the New Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program;
      o Support the selection and acceptance process for the New Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program, including developing a system to track all applicants, communicating with and doing outreach to prospective applicants, reviewing applications, and coordinating interviews with top applicants;
      o Identify networking and educational opportunities for New Leaders with other progressive political, advocacy, and nonprofit organizations;
      o Provide support as needed in tracking placement opportunities with partner organizations and matching selected New Leaders with positions;
      o Work with CPL's program staff to help design trainings, networking events, coaching and mentorship opportunities for New Leaders. Other national program team responsibilities (approximately 20-25% of time)
      o Support the program staff in Washington, DC with curriculum development, including research, writing and editing, as well as revising existing curriculum for future program use;
      o Support training and coaching sessions, including preparing materials, confirming participants' attendance, and handling all logistics;
      o Assist in new program development, including researching, collecting and analyzing information to inform program design, looking at other program models, and preparing written materials and information.
      CPL is a team of dedicated and passionate individuals. Applicants must be high energy and enthusiastic, possess strong leadership skills, have a clear commitment to training and progressive politics, and have significant connections to and experience in engaging traditionally underserved communities.

      Qualified applicants must:
      o Have experience coordinating and/or supporting programs, ideally with internship, leadership development or training programs;
      o Have experience mobilizing and working with underserved populations;
      o Display exceptional interpersonal, communication and writing skills;
      o Display excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as the ability to effectively prioritize, multi-task and work independently;
      o Have the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of individuals;
      o Be team-oriented and enjoy working collaboratively;
      o Be highly motivated with a flexible schedule that can accommodate weekend and evening training sessions.

      CPL is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people from low-income, immigrant or refugee backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

      To apply:
      Please submit a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Mandara Meyers, Director of Programs, at mmeyers@.... Applications will be accepted until November 13th, 2009 or until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to
      acknowledge receipt of all applications.


      The Minority Business Development Agency has a vacancy for a Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist and we seek your help in promoting this opportunity with qualified individuals who have experience in policy analysis, congressional relations and legislative affairs. Details about the position can be found at http://usajobs.opm.gov and applicants have until November 23, 2009 to apply for the position. The vacancy number is: MBDA-OND-2010-0007.