Sunday, January 01, 2017

Meridian Institute Fellowship Program - Deadline 2/3

About Meridian Institute 
The Meridian Institute Fellowship provides the next generation of public policy leaders the skills they need to encourage collaboration on complex and controversial public policy problems. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time Project Assistant position and selected Fellows will begin work in summer 2017.

At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. Our processes regularly involve government officials, business leaders, scientists, foundation executives, and nongovernmental organization representatives—people who would not typically have the opportunity to learn from each other, build mutual understanding, and reach agreement were it not for carefully designed processes and skillfully mediated interactions. Meridian facilitates processes that range from local, site-specific disputes to national policy dialogues to international negotiations. Some of the areas we work on include agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean policy, forest and land use management, freshwater resources, and community resilience.

Effective collaborative decision-making requires inclusion of different perspectives and involves bringing together participants with diverse backgrounds. As an organization, we seek a staff that reflects and values that same diversity and have experience working in multicultural settings.

For more information about Meridian and specific projects, please visit

Structure of the Fellowship
The Fellowship will begin summer 2017. Meridian hires Fellows for the following positions:

Generalists - Washington, D.C. or Dillon, CO: Work in support of projects on a variety of substantive topic areas. Past Fellows have been involved in work with global and domestic agriculture and food security, climate change, and community and global resilience, among other topics.

Oceans Program - Washington, DC: Work in support of a suite of ocean and coastal policy projects including the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a bipartisan effort to catalyze action and monitor progress toward meaningful ocean policy reform. This work focuses on improving the management of ocean and coastal resources at the regional and national level.

The Fellowship is a two-year position, contingent upon performance and needs of the organization. Meridian leadership and the Fellow will periodically review the Fellow’s performance and professional goals throughout the Fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to explore a variety of post-Fellowship career choices, including graduate school and employment with other organizations.

First year Fellows are offered a minimum salary of $34,000 per year in a non-exempt position. An excellent benefits package is included.

Completed applications are due by 10 pm EST on Friday, February 3, 2017