Junior Associate, Consensus Building Institute

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Title: Junior Associate

Organization: Consensus Building Institute

Type of opportunity: The CBI Junior Associate position is an apprenticeship for a highly motivated professional early in their career to explore the field of public collaboration and consensus building, build valuable knowledge and skills, and work on a wide range of challenging public issues. Junior Associates work with multiple senior staff on CBI’s domestic and international projects.


  • Conduct research and evaluation
  • Participate in conflict assessments
  • Support facilitation, mediation, and collaborative planning processes
  • Develop training curriculum and support training delivery
  • Support practice development
  • Write articles for CBI Reports and publications
  • Participate in professional organizations (e.g. ACR) and conferences

Desired qualifications:

  • Self-motivated and hard-working
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Able to reliably work on several projects at the same time, communicate effectively with project managers to clarify and prioritize tasks when necessary, and meet project deadlines
  • Able to take direction, work independently, get feedback, and adjust
  • Able to work in an intensive, fast-paced professional work environment with high expectations for outstanding performance
  • Willing to locate in the Boston area for at least the first year of employment. Thereafter, relocation to another city with CBI presence (Washington, DC, New York City, Denver or San Francisco) is possible.

Desired but not required skill sets include:

  • Foreign language fluency (Spanish in particular)
  • Social media expertise
  • Experience working with spreadsheets, data bases, GIS mapping, and/or graphics

Education and Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree is required, preferably in social sciences with exposure to public policy, political science, international relations, natural resources management, sustainability, or other related fields.
  • Work experience in fields related to CBI’s work, via post-undergraduate employment, summer or school-year internships, is preferred

Salary/pay: Compensation is $45,000 – $55,000/year depending on experience. In addition, CBI offers an excellent package of benefits, including health and dental insurance, fourteen paid holidays, two weeks vacation, training and mentoring, and a retirement plan

How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5 pages or fewer) to:

Consensus Building Institute

100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 302

Cambridge, MA 02140

Attn: Sossi Aroyan

Application may be e-mailed to sossi@cbi.org, with the subject line “Junior Associate Application”