Mediator & Program Associate

May 2022 Position Announcement — accepting applications through June 1, 2022

Meridian Institute is currently seeking a Mediator and Program Associate to join our team. This is a career growth opportunity, offering significant learning and advancement in a challenging and interesting field. This position may be based in either our Washington, DC or Dillon, CO office, or may be remote. Successful applicants must possess knowledge and skills in third-party facilitation/mediation, collaborative problem-solving, and/or dispute resolution. They must also have strong oral and written communications skills, be highly organized, and be effective working with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The successful Mediator and Program Associate is a self-starter and a problem solver with strong communications and relationship management skills. The starting salary for this position is $60,000 – $67,000, dependent on total years of education and experience, plus Meridian’s full benefits plan.

About the Position

As a member of our Practice Team, the Mediator and Program Associate works with a dynamic mix of project-based teams across a range of subjects. This role supports these teams in building understanding, guiding collaboration and decision making, and driving action within each project’s context. The precise day-to-day responsibilities of this individual will vary, depending on a given project’s scope of work and team structure. Mediator and Program Associates may be assigned to a range of projects within Meridian’s focus areas. Mediator and Program Associates work under the supervision of Project Directors and/or other project team members.

Essential Areas of Accountability

  • Conduct research and situation assessments: Conduct scoping activities for projects and meetings, including conducting background research and reaching out to participants
  • Participate in stakeholder engagement: Interview or otherwise engage stakeholders, thought leaders and other participants in Meridian processes, including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors
  • Collaborate on process design and meeting facilitation: Work with senior staff to design effective meetings and collaborative processes, draft meeting materials, and co-facilitate work groups and breakout groups
  • Draft meeting documentation: Draft meeting summaries, negotiation texts, and other meeting documentation as part of meeting support and follow up
  • Support meeting logistics: Serve as a liaison and coordinate with team members and serve as a liaison with support staff on logistical matters
  • Support project development: Participate in proposal writing and other project development efforts
  • Support project management: Track project budgets and subcontracts, assist in project-related reporting, and other administrative tasks
  • May supervise or coordinate efforts of project team members

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Education and training in the principles, methodologies, and tools associated with collaborative problem solving, such as mediation, facilitation, strategic planning, consensus building, and conflict resolution
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent professional experience preferred
  • Substantive knowledge and background (through school or work experience) in one or more of the following subjects: agriculture and food systems, forest, climate change, oceans and fisheries, natural resource management, health, or a similar topic
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective communication across an array of audiences, accurate and efficient information synthesis, ability to produce high quality documents including memos, meeting summaries, reports, etc., and strong attention to detail and copy-editing
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct directed and independent research on a variety of topics and summarize results
  • Ability and enthusiasm to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Fluency in English; professional fluency in a foreign language is highly valued, particularly Spanish and French
  • Passion for the issues and areas of Meridian’s work
  • Meticulous organizational skills, a high level of initiative, and strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A high degree of proficiency with Microsoft 365 tools, including but not limited to Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote, and SharePoint; knowledge of data visualization software, graphic design tools, and social media

Additional Requirements

  • Required to attend to business outside of normal working hours due to the location and nature of project assignments, as needed
  • Required to travel domestically or internationally dependent upon the project, as needed
  • Must be able to engage with others in a courteous and professional manner at all times

How to Apply

Completed applications are due by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Please submit the following application materials using our online submission form:

  • Cover letter specifying how your experience and knowledge relate to the particular requirements of this position
  • Resume
  • Writing sample, limited to one-page, exhibiting your ability to effectively communicate across an array of audiences
  • Three professional references

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest. However, due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Meridian Institute complies fully with the relevant Disability Acts and Laws in local countries. If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Meridian Institute, please contact Jennifer Brassanini at

COVID-19 Consideration
At this time, Meridian Institute requires that all employees be fully vaccinated, including booster shots. In circumstances where an applicant communicates that he or she is not able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance or because of a disability, then Meridian, in accordance with applicable law, will engage in the interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is feasible that will not pose an undue hardship or create a direct threat to safety.

Equal Opportunity Employment 
Meridian’s work is made stronger and more impactful by the contributions of diverse groups from around the world. At Meridian, we welcome people from all backgrounds and do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, class, ancestry, or other grounds.

Meridian Institute is a participating employer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security program, E-Verify.