Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sweet Benefits

The Department of Homeland Security is hunting down their next Executive Assistant for what they describe as a broad range of administrative, research, analytical and liaison duties. For all that and more, they’ll fork over $58k-109k per year. Job ID: DHSHQ09-3007 – apply by Dec. 17.

First off – the Online Communications Officer posting at the United Nations Foundation sounds rewarding on its own merits – primary duties include helping provide/edit content for the foundation’s multiple websites and overseeing their social networking presence. But the benefits at UNF seem particularly sweet: 100% of medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance premiums for its employees, 20 days of paid vacation per year, 12 paid holidays, three personal days, and an immediately-vested 150% matching 403(b) contribution up to a limit of six-percent of employee pay.* You have until Dec. 19 to apply.

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is seeking a Vice President, External Affairs to serve as contact for the community, local, state, and federal government entities, and in particular, to advance their policy interests before DoD and Congress. The University is located on the grounds of the US Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Pay is $140k-$210k per year.

Cubic Corporation needs someone who “possesses detailed and functional knowledge of the Marine Corps and joint/combined Planning Process and joint doctrine related to Public Affairs, and understands the linkage and relationship between Pubic Affairs and Information Operations and mechanisms by which Public Affairs and PSYOP capabilities mutually support one another.” The person with that portfolio could well be Cubic's next Public Affairs Analyst, working out of Quantico, Va.

The Washington Regional Transplant Community is looking for a donor for their Public Affairs Associate (scroll to bottom of page) position. Primary duty is to assist with communications efforts, particularly toward media, hospitals, and the community to help increase the number of people agreeing to donation via driver’s license or online registries.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (rubber as in tires and elastomer products) would like to hire a Director of State Government Affairs for what looks like a typical slate of state legislative and advocacy activities and responsibilities.

Not DC-area – but definitely non-profit: ACCION International invites you to “experience U.S. microlending first hand” as an Americorps/VISTA Entrepreneurcorps Volunteer. Some cost-of-living compensation and healthcare benefits provided, and it surely would spark up the resume a bit. Opportunities referenced in Boston, Atlanta or Miami – I won’t speculate as to whether any of you young sharpies could convince ACCION to let you operate out of their DC-offices.

The Environmental Defense Fund is in search mode for a Policy Specialist with expertise in energy policy to help formulate EDF energy policy and assist in legislative outreach related to their National Climate Campaign. Two items to note: first, the position is funded for a one-year term, with possible of extension is dependent upon funding – and secondly, Environmental Defense is the only environmental group to receive an A rating from Wired magazine.

The New America Foundation is a nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address future challenges. Perhaps you can convince them to invest in you as their Program Associate, Health Policy Program. Primary responsibilities include fact sheet, issue brief, blogging & commentary writing – along with media relations support and event management. Health policy experience, preferably Capitol Hill-based, is among their ideal qualifications.

Why are we including the Public Affairs Officer listing at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) here? Simply because it somehow (accidentally, serendipitously?) came up in a search for Maryland public affairs opportunities, and we thought perhaps someone lonely, cold-tolerant soul among our readership is pining for a job back in the Granite State.

Today’s job search tool – don’t forget the always-relevant employment page of The Hill magazine (est. 1994).

* Perhaps you could elicit a nice chuckle from your current employer's HR department by asking if they'll consider matching the UNF benefit package. However, you should probably avoid taking this to the boss, especially if it's been a less-than-great year for the old balance sheet. Not to mention the inevitable question as to what the hell are you doing checking out an employment-related blog, anyways? Tell you what: forget the whole idea.

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