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E-M:/ MLUI Job Announcement
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- From: "Hans Voss, Michigan Land Use Institute" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 21:08:31 -0500
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- Reply-To: "Hans Voss, Michigan Land Use Institute" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Job Announcement -- Institute Seeks Policy Specialist
Journalist, economics expert needed for school sprawl project
The Michigan Land Use Institute, one of America' largest and most
effective state-based Smart Growth policy and advocacy organizations,
seeks an accomplished journalist and/or public policy expert to serve as
the Policy Specialist and manage the Neighborhood Schools project, a
promising new initiative conducted in partnership with the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce.
The successful candidate should be either an accomplished journalist with
significant experience in economic, tax, financial or real estate issues
or a public policy specialist with exceptional writing and journalism
skills. The position is a marvelous opportunity for a confident
self-starter to use the tools of policy development and journalism to
influence the public policy debate.
The Neighborhood Schools project is designed to identify and publicize
the factors that drive school districts to build new schools in outlying
areas rather than invest in schools in city and town centers. The
Neighborhood Schools project also will document the effects new schools
have on community land use patterns, and strengthen support for new state
policies that promote investing in existing schools.
The Policy Specialist will have the capacity to dig in to state and local
budgets, school district accounts, state law, and other source material
in order to understand the factors that influence decisions that affect
the location of new schools. The successful candidate must have the
ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders
including Michigan's business community. And he or she must posses a
solutions-oriented capacity to develop winning policy recommendations and
build support for them with superior writing, speaking, and organizing
The successful candidate also must have the proven story telling ability
to frame the school sprawl issue in compelling and meaningful terms and
successfully publish the project's findings on the Institute's
award-winning Web site, magazine, statewide news service, and for the
Michigan print, broadcast, and Internet media
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new
approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances
opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources. In its
seven-year history, the Institute has achieved striking accomplishments
by joining first-rate journalism, innovative policy analysis, and
grassroots organizing. The Policy Specialist will have the opportunity to
work closely with an exceptional group of journalists, editors, policy
analysts, and advocates who are attracting national attention for their
work to advance Smart Growth goals in Michigan
The Institute recruits the best people and turns them loose to do great
things. The Institute rewards achievement, prizes collegiality, and
respects individuality. Flexible hours, competitive wages and benefits
and a compelling mission make the Institute a premier place to work.
Experience in conducting original reporting
and analysis on financial, real estate, and public investment or tax
- Experience writing for a newspaper, magazine,
professional journal or Web site on business, finance, real estate, and
- Spirit of an engaged advocate, rather than a detached
Familiarity with small group facilitation, negotiation, and
Strong public speaking skills.
Flexibility and enthusiasm for working closely with
Familiarity with community planning, land use, and state policy
Ability to conceive and execute winning political strategies.
Ability and willingness to travel extensively within the state of
Commitment to service in the public interest.
Hours: Full time.
Salary: Starting in mid-$30s, depending on experience and
qualifications. Excellent health and retirement plans are a benefit of
employment at the Institute.
Location: The Institute has offices in Beulah, Grand Rapids and
Traverse City. The Policy Specialist is welcome to work in any of these
locations, though Grand Rapids is preferred. Attendance at regular
meetings at the Institute's main office in Beulah is required.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and writing samples to:
Michigan Land Use Institute
P.O. Box 500
Beulah, MI 49617
Or via email to: email@example.comThe Michigan Land Use
Institute is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts
research and works with policy makers and citizens to link environmental
goals with economic development. The Institute is an equal opportunity
employer, considering candidates without regard to gender, race, sexual
preference, religion, or political affiliation.