Meridian Institute Project Associate & Ruckelshaus Fellowship

December 2021 Position Announcement — accepting applications through January 17, 2022


The Meridian Institute Project Associate Position & Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission to help people collaborate to solve complex problems, make informed decisions, and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy. Project Associate Fellows are embedded in project teams and engaged in varied and highly complex issues, learn about multi-party collaborative problem solving from experienced facilitators, and work directly with leaders from diverse sectors and interest groups. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position assigned to Meridian’s Dillon, CO or Washington, DC offices. Project Associate Fellows who are selected will begin work in June 2022 or earlier.

About the Position

Meridian Project Associates typically work on several project teams focused on various topics over the course of their time at Meridian. Projects range from one-month efforts focused on facilitating a single meeting to multi-year projects where Meridian oversees the development, design, and implementation of an ongoing collaborative initiative. Project Associates contribute research, writing, project management, and other types of support to teams. They can be responsible for a wide range of duties, which differ depending on the project team assignments as well as the individual’s skillsets and interests. The typical areas of responsibility include:

  • Take detailed notes for internal and external videoconferences and meetings in order to document the range of perspectives, capture key points and next steps, and draft meeting summaries.
  • Draft various types of documents including meeting summaries, research reports, surveys, interview synthesis and takeaways, press releases, letters, slide decks, and more.
  • Conduct research, including tracking public policy developments, preparing literature reviews, identifying stakeholders, and gathering background information to support project teams in a variety of ways.
  • Participate in and document interviews or otherwise engage participants in Meridian processes, including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors.
  • Assist in planning regional, national, and international projects and meetings.
  • Support the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports, helping project teams effectively liaise with funders.
  • Provide administrative support for client funded and inter-organizational project teams including, but not limited to attending and supporting domestic and/or international meetings, maintaining spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and databases, and maintaining websites.

For more information, the full Application Guide for the Project Associate & Ruckelshaus Fellowship is available here.

At Meridian Institute, we believe that we must do all that we can to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of employees, clients, guests, our communities, and others with whom we interact. Therefore, all offers of employment in the U.S. where legally permitted are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to pass the pre-employment requirements. In circumstances where an applicant communicates that they are not able to be vaccinated for COVID19 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.

How to Apply

Completed applications are due by 10 pm EST on Monday, January 17, 2022. 

Apply using the Meridian Institute applicant portal.

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After registering your account and logging into the applicant portal, you will be directed to provide additional information related to your application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter – 1 page
    Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity.
  2. Essay – 1 page
    Meridian works on a variety of social and environmental policy issues including climate change, food and agriculture, health and nutrition, resilience, and natural resource management. Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be faced in trying to bring them together.
  3. Resume – 1 page
    Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.

Please direct any additional questions about the Fellowship to

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