JOB OPENINGS

Council Oak is growing and currently hiring for three positions. Our goal is to build a culture that attracts and retains staff with varied perspectives and broad experiences. This richness makes our work stronger, more insightful and durable. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

If you are interested in applying for one of the positions below, please forward cover letter, resume and writing sample with the job reference number in the subject line to hiring@thecounciloak.com.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

Position Reference: #201 

Minimum Qualifications/Skills 

  • Bachelor’s in relevant field (e.g., public participation, communications, marketing, journalism, etc.). 
  • 3-8 years of experience. 
  • Experience assisting public agencies in the development and implementation of public participation/stakeholder engagement approaches and activities. 
  • Skill and experience in translating technical, scientific, and engineering concepts to a non-technical audience. 
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design. 
  • Experience organizing meetings (virtual and in-person). 
  • Facilitation and notetaking experience. 
  • Subject matter expertise in topic areas of natural resources, water resources, levee/dam safety, emergency management or community planning is a plus. 
  • Consulting experience is a plus. 

Responsibilities 

  • Maintain and update overall stakeholder engagement approach for major national program. 
  • Take notes and write high quality meeting summaries of strategic meetings and public participation efforts (both virtual and online). 
  • Assist in the development of strategies and approaches to meet public participation efforts. 
  • Maintain content for project website, contact lists, etc. 
  • Create and develop print and online communications materials (e.g., fact sheets, website content, schedules, PowerPoint presentations, social marketing campaigns, etc.). 
  • Work with graphic designers and video specialists to conceive of and develop professional and useful infographics, logos, charts, etc. 
  • Organize logistics for virtual and in-person meetings including WebEx, Zoom and Microsoft Teams technology. 

This is a full-time position based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

Long-distance travel required (estimated at 8-10 weeks per year). 

Council Oak is a virtual company. Employees must maintain a home office that is productive and allows for a professional demeanor. 

Retirement plan and paid vacation. 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

Equal opportunity employer. 

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Position Reference: #101 

Minumum Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline. Professional experience: 0 – 5 years.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and editing skills. Journalistic writing and technical writing both desired.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Consulting skills including client and customer service, problem-solving mentality, thinking conceptually and practically, curiosity, ability to move between and balance multiple subject-matters and activities, and flexibility and creativity.
  • Prior work/experience relating to public policy, specifically in the topic areas of natural resources, water resources, levee/dam safety, emergency management and community planning.
  • Familiarity with facilitation, collaboration, and consensus building techniques.
  • Understanding and comfort with scientific and civil engineering topics and issues.
  • Ability to balance several project and deadlines simultaneously while managing and tracking activities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and have the self-motivation, self-discipline, and capacity to work with little supervision or structure.

 Responsibilities 

  • Serve as member of facilitation, policy analysis and communication teams with multiple governmental clients. Work directly with governmental clients and others on Council Oak team. 
  • Support a variety of project activities including, but not limited to, taking notes at meetings, writing meeting summaries, developing agendas, conducting interviews with stakeholders, and drafting white papers, reports, policy documents, and assorted communication and outreach products such as talking points, briefing papers, fact sheets, newsletter articles, and website content. 
  • Work with organizational teams and partners to conduct research, analyze comments received from stakeholders, develop options papers and briefings. 
  • Manage logistics for meetings, including polling teams for meeting dates, reserving venues, and communicating with participants. 

This is a full-time position based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

Long-distance travel required (estimated at 4-6 weeks per year). 

Council Oak is a virtual company. Employees must maintain a home office that is productive and allows for a professional demeanor. 

Retirement plan and paid vacation. 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

Equal opportunity employer. 

2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, FACILITATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Position Reference: Intern

Minimum Qualifications/Skills 

  • Graduate students with course work in public policy and negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, collaboration, public participation, stakeholder engagement or related field. 
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public policy and a desire to explore a career related to public participation, facilitation/mediation, or collaboration. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail. 

Internship Overview

Council Oak interns are integrated into Council Oak teams tailored toward the specific needs of our government clients (facilitation, communication, public engagement, evaluation, training). Interns will have the opportunity to attend virtual meetings with our clients, observe/participate in training sessions and support stakeholder events (virtual and in person). Interns work with our senior staff to develop products and carrying out activities. Depending on the project you may be asked to support a variety of project activities including;

  • taking notes/writing meeting summaries,
  • conducting stakeholder interviews,
  • researching/organizing information for deliberative purposes,
  • compiling and analyzing stakeholder feedback,
  • assisting with facilitative meetings, and
  • manage meeting and webinar logistics.

In addition to this on-the-job training, each intern will be expected to research and develop a “special project” intended on enriching the field (e.g., tip sheets, case study, exploration into a topic like equity).

Details 

Interns will be paid $15/hour and must commit to at least 20 hours a week for 10 weeks. 

Position will be primarily virtual for the summer of 2021, but the ability to attend some in-person meetings in the D.C. area is a plus, should COVID-19 protocols for in-person meetings relax.