Ruckelshaus Fellowship, Meridian Institute

Dillon, CO or Washington, DC

Job Title: Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship

Organization: Meridian Institute

Duties: Meridian Fellows work as Project Assistants to provide research, writing, and many other
types of support for projects focusing on a wide variety of challenging issues. As Project Assistants, Fellows may:

  •  Actively engage as part of dynamic teams focused on designing and facilitating collaborative dialogues to address public policy issues
  • Engage with participants in Meridian processes (through interviews or other types of interactions), including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors;
  • Help plan, attend, provide logistical support, and document domestic and/or international meetings;
  • Research and track developments on issues relevant to Meridian’s work;
  • Manage data and maintain spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and contact databases;
  • Provide administrative support for Meridian projects, including but not limited to, maintaining websites and list serves, drafting emails, and taking notes;
  • Participate on internal Meridian teams to assist with organizational development; and Perform other duties, as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

Required Characteristics— Successful applicants must have:

  • Experience and enthusiasm for effectively working as part of a team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at once, manage time effectively, and receive and balance direction from multiple Project Directors.
  • Strong attention to detail, copy-editing, and note-taking skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience researching, synthesizing, and communicating complex information across an array of audiences.
  • Ability to work with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Passion for the issues and work that Meridian is involved in.
  • Ability and willingness to learn, and ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote) and other commonly used computer programs and technology, such as social media, as well as the ability to learn and deploy new technology tools.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with the following characteristics:
  • Interest or experience in collaborative decision-making, facilitation, or mediation.
  • Substantive experience in Meridian topic areas.
  • Experience in multicultural and/or international settings.
  • Basic understanding of the institutional and political context in which public policies are deliberated.
  • Experience with drafting meeting summaries, conducting interviews, researching and assembling background materials, and providing meeting and logistical support.
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  • Proficiency in foreign languages (in particular Spanish and French).
  • Advanced technology competencies (e.g. research methods such as survey development and coding, database management, and template development).
  • Skills in graphic design for multiple platforms (web design, infographic creation, etc.), including the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems using knowledge of aesthetics and composition to construct meaningful images.
  • Online marketing skills including experience with social media, managing website content, and facility with platforms such as Twitter, SharePoint, and MailChimp.

Salary/pay: First year Fellows are offered a salary of $40,000 per year in a non-exempt position. Meridian offers an excellent benefits package including: health, dental and vision insurance; employer contributions to a 401(k) plan; and vacation, sick, and holiday time. In addition, Fellows are provided with a stipend of up to $500 to support relocation expenses and are issued laptops and mobile phones in conjunction with employment. Washington, DC-based Fellows are provided reimbursement of costs incurred by using public transit to commute to work.
Link to more information:

How to apply:  Apply using the Meridian Institute applicant portal. After registering your account and logging into the applicant portal, you will be directed to provide information related to your application, take a 10 – 20-minute writing test, and upload the following materials:

1. Cover Letter– 1 page Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain
how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity.
2. Resume– 1 page Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.
3. Essay – 1 page
Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be
faced in trying to bring them together.


Application deadline: 10 pm EST on Sunday, January 20, 2019.