Job Opening – Policy Associate

Job Description

The Policy Associate will serve as the strategic coordinator for AAMA’s Policy Committees, including the Justice Reform Task Force, the MBK Task Force, and other Committees as established by the AAMA Board of Trustees. The AAMA Associate will schedule Committee conference calls, draft agendas and talking points, and serve as AAMA’s point of contact with invited participants and guest speakers.

The Policy Associate will also serve as the organization’s primary policy researcher. He or she will be expected to conduct research (both independently and in collaboration with key Association partners) on substantive topics of interest to the Association’s mayoral membership. The Research Associate will create documents including, but not limited to, brief research papers (up to 5 pages), executive summaries, and position statements incorporating research to communicate with AAMA members, organizational staff, and external stakeholders. The position will also include other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

The Policy Associate must have strong writing and oral communications skills, as well as a solid understanding of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and related applications. The candidate must be a self-starter and comfortable in a dynamic start-up environment. Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience working for an elected official or organization representing elected officials is strongly preferred, but not required. AAMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Compensation                                                                          

Commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@OurMayors.org. Deadline to apply is August 19, 2016. Applications will be considered as they are received.

Support President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration: Join the Amicus Brief

Recently, President Obama took historic executive actions on immigration. While many of you have already taken action to support these measures, we encourage all Mayors to unite forces by signing on to the cities and counties amicus brief being filed to the Supreme Court.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Birmingham Mayor William Bell both serve as co-leaders on the brief. Seize the opportunity to be a national leader on immigration and join them on this monumental step forward in the litigation.

The amicus brief will be filed on March 8, 2016, so you will need to sign on with your city attorney as soon as possible to confirm your participation.  For further information and instructions for how to sign on, please click this link and fill out the online form: http://www.citiesforaction.us/amicus_brief

Free Webinar – Environmental Justice: A New Model for Planning in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST 
Certification Maintenance (CM) – 1.5 CM Pending

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001

When EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), new tools were developed for the purpose of engaging and working with communities, including segments of the public that are underserved. Community planners and other allied professionals may be less familiar with the tools developed over time by OEJ to strengthen public involvement; encourage community action for a renewed environment; or advance collaborative problem solving. 
For this webinar, expert speakers will explain how environmental justice is a forward-thinking, sustainable approach. Participants will learn how citizens and professionals are making a visible difference in communities across the country through environmental justice. Presenters will show why a discussion about environmental justice is important given the renewed focus on social equity and planning among professionals. The webinar will reveal environmental justice is a planning issue, and there is a suite of promising practices which target the nexus between environmental justice and community planning. 
Learn about:

·    Tools, practices, and funding programs that will improve the proficiency of planners when working with underserved communities.

·    Techniques for encouraging environmental justice that can be integrated into place-based efforts.

·    Key strategies and best practices for addressing issues which target the social pillar of sustainability.

Join the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association; the Planning Webcast Series Consortium; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice for a conversation on environmental justice. Confirmed speakers for this webinar include Charles LeeMarva King, PhD; and Carlton Eley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as Mildred McClain, Ed.D. of The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Carlton Eley, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice. 
Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1023190489786336001. If you are not a member of a Division or Chapter of the American Planning Association, please type “EPA” in the required registration field titled “Division or Chapter in which you belong.
For more information about the webinar’s content, please contact Carlton Eley at eley.carlton@epa.gov. For registration questions or technical issues, please contact Benjamin Frost at bfrost@nhhfa.org. Past and upcoming webcasts scheduled are available at http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.
This webinar is part of a series leading up to the 6th Annual Equitable Development Workshop at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference – http://www.newpartners.org/program/equitable-development.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday (Oct 31st)

Dear AAMA Mayors and friends of AAMA,

Please join us for a brief Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Kick-Off Call This Friday.  

Representatives from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services will be available to answer your questions.

 Open enrollment for the ACA healthcare market place begins on November 15th at healthcare.gov, and AAMA is committed to having our mayors at the front lines of enrolling the nation’s uninsured.  Please make time to hear the latest ACA updates.  Your staff and ACA point persons are welcome to dial-in as well.

 Date:  THIS FRIDAY, October 31, 2014

Time:  2:00pm – 2:30pm CT / 3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Dial-in:  605-477-2100/ passcode 931207

RSVP:  By reply to AfricanAmericanMayors@gmail.com, no later than Thursday, Oct 30th at 12pm

HUD Announces $24 Million in Grants for Jobs Plus Pilot Program for Public Housing Agencies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of $24 million in grants for its Jobs Plus Pilot Program for public housing agencies to cultivate locally-based methods to grow incomes and employment for their residents. According to the notice, “The NOFA will fund initiatives to advance employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy.”

These grants will focus on the president’s  job-driven training checklist principals—labor market data, career pathways, work experience, access to training, and key partnerships—to ensure that public housing residents are connected to programs with the most accurate and updated job-seeker practices. 

Applications are due by Dec. 17, 2014.  For more information and to apply, click here.

FACT SHEET: U.S.–African Cooperation on Global Health

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2014

FACT SHEET: U.S. – African Cooperation on Global Health

 

The United States has for decades invested in the health of Africa’s people, helped train its health and science professionals, and partnered with Africa to meet shared challenges.  As the world’s largest donor to global health, we are committed to working with African governments to improve the health of their citizens, and to reaching our goals of achieving an AIDS-free generation, ending preventable child and maternal deaths, enhancing global health security by preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease threats, and supporting countries as they invest in the health of their own citizens. 

The United States welcomes the incredible gains in health that Africa has achieved over the past 20 years:  HIV occurrence has been cut in half; tuberculosis (TB) and malaria deaths have been reduced by 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively; 50 percent fewer women die giving birth; and 50 million children’s lives have been saved due to better access to primary health care, better drug supply chains and access to skilled health care workers.  In particular, we welcome the fact that African governments continue to increase their own domestic investments in public health, and to work with us and other partners to build the sustainable and effective public health systems that can serve the interests of their people and lay the foundation for strong and inclusive economic growth.

However, there is still more to be done.  In 2013, 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV, 207 million were diagnosed with malaria, and one-in-ten children did not reach their fifth birthday.  Between two to three million children die annually from vaccine preventable diseases.  Women suffer disproportionally from inadequate health system capacity; 25 percent of women of reproductive age who are married or in a union have an unmet need for family planning and 287,000 women die during childbirth.  Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are also on the rise, and heart disease is the single largest killer in Africa. 

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscores the need to build Africa’s capacity to prevent the emergence of global health threats, to detect threats early, and to respond rapidly and effectively.  With our partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization and countries all over the world, the United States is responding rapidly and effectively.  We are sending additional experts from our Centers for Disease Control to augment the team that has been on the ground since March, and will work with partners to control the outbreak even as we increase assistance to those in need now.  As the crisis subsides, the United States will host our international global health and regional partners to consider how we can together “build back” and speed up the recovery of these countries’ public health sectors.

For full fact sheet see:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/04/fact-sheet-us-african-cooperation-global-health