Brendan’s Briefing: Oct. 26, 2017

It’s almost Halloween but these opportunities are nothing to be scared of.  Act quickly before it’s too late — many of them have tight deadlines. Boo!

Networking and Professional Development

1. Rockies for Rwanda!
Sat., Oct. 28, 3–6 p.m. | Posner Center International Development, 1031 33rd St.
Free tickets for the first 4 to reply!  Email Brendan if you’re interested.
Join Hope Shines and the international development community in Denver for Hope Shines’ biggest event of the year.  Hope Shines has partnered with local breweries to offer their best pours and to help us raise more support for Rwanda programs. Add some bluegrass tunes, excellent food, games, and a silent auction and you’ve got the recipe for a memorable time benefiting those with critical needs! Tickets include all you can drink sampling from 4 breweries, live music, and appetizers.  The Executive Director just returned from Rwanda and has a moving message of hope and inspiration for all attending. All proceeds go to support Hope Shines after school programs in Rwanda for 36 at risk children.

2. 2018 NASPAA-BATTEN Simulation Competition
Deadline for nominations: November 13
This is a student simulation competition and an awesome opportunity to gain recognition among your peers and network on a national level.  SPA is permitted to nominate up to 3 MPA students and will cover reasonable travel costs.  The competition will take place on two weekends, February 24 or March 3. There are 16 global sites to participate.  Please email Dr. Jane Hansberry and Brendan Hardy if you would like to be considered for a spot.

3. LynxExchange: Careers in Local Government
Thurs., Nov. 2 , 2:30–7 p.m.
Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity for CU Denver students interested in city and county government careers. Visit with CU Denver alumni currently working at the city and county level and learn firsthand about how to get a leg up in the field, and get a behind the scenes look at a day-in-the-life. Jennifer Fairweather (BSBA ’90), Director of Human Resources at Jefferson County, and Patrick Goff (MPA ’97), City Manager at the City of Wheat Ridge, have offered to open each of their offices to CU Denver students and discuss their careers in county and city government. After the site visits there will be a networking reception with other CU Denver alumni working in city/county government.  This event is catered and offers transportation, but it is limited to 15 people. See details and registration.

Jobs, Internships and Fellowships

1. Management Analyst for the City of Thornton
Deadline: Mon., Oct. 30
This full-time position will be housed in the City Manager’s Office. Thornton is a fast-growing city of more than 130,000, located just 10 miles north of downtown Denver. They’re seeking someone to Assist with the City organizational development and policy planning process, among many other things. More information online.

2. Manager, Criminal Justice Substance Use Disorder Services
Deadline: Tues., Oct. 31
This position has primary responsibility for the criminal justice substance use disorder (SUD) statewide programs, policies, and procedures. Directs substance use disorder treatment services for the specialized SUD services delivered throughout Colorado and acting on complaints against licensed treatment agencies, examining critical incidents for further investigation, and enforcing corrective actions. Qualified applicants will have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, social science, criminal justice or closely related field. Applicants should have four years of experience including a combination of drug and alcohol substance use disorder treatment and related services; working with individuals with substance use disorders in the criminal justice field; and jail or prison based behavior health treatment. Details online.

3. Statistical Quality Analyst
Deadline: Fri., Nov. 3
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking a full time Statistical Quality Analyst in their Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. More information online.

4. Programs Manager at the Alliance Center for Sustainable Colorado
Deadline: Fri., Nov. 10
The Programs Manager will be responsible for bringing The Alliance Center’s mission to life through community programs, strategic stakeholder roundtables and working groups. The aim is to create inclusive programs that authentically embrace diversity, and equity.  The Program Manager will assist in developing this aspect of programs across the organization. Details online.

5.  Colorado Office of the State Auditor, Paid Internship
Deadline: Mon., Nov. 6
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so do not delay!  The performance auditor intern will assist with research into state tax expenditures (i.e. credits, deductions, exemptions, etc.). This is not simply tax policy-based, but will involve statutory research, examining the beneficiary industries, looking into what sort of expenditures and similar programs exist in other states, and possibly some data analysis. Flexible schedule. Full- and part-time options.  Estimated pay $13-$15 an hour.  Details online.

6. Colorado Nonprofit Association Public Policy Internship
Rolling consideration, apply ASAP.
This is a unique opportunity to work on policy issues affecting nonprofit organizations throughout the state. This role supports the Colorado Nonprofit Association public policy team with communications, research, event assistance, and development of informational materials. Interns will primarily assist with policy issues and events related to the Colorado legislative session but may have opportunities to assist with relevant federal or local policy issues. The intern and supervisor will determine the time commitment, but interns typically assist 2-3 days a week during normal business hours. A monthly stipend is available beginning in 2018 to help reimburse any incurred expenses. Details online.

7. Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Service Fellowship
Deadline: Fri., Jan. 12
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Domestic and international opportunities are available. Details online.

8. Presidential Management Fellowship Program
Application opened on Oct. 22
The PMF Program is the flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. MPA and MCJ students have been accepted.  The program is designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.  Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows.  Application instructions are online.

9. 2018 Public Service Fellowship, Center for Public Service — Portland, OR
Deadline: Jan. 2
There are 3 fellowships ranging from 10 weeks to 8 months. More information online.

Seasonal Announcement

Gobbler Challenge!
Deadline: Nov. 1
Drop food off in the box near the SPA main doors or make a monetary donation online through Nov. 1. The food pantry is focusing on providing nutritionally significant foods for students in need. Items in high demand include dry goods, fruit bags, protein such as tuna and chicken, dessert mixes for the holidays, soup and veggie cans, and hygiene items.

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