Water Infrastructure and Workforce Fellowship
Program Dates: August 13, 2018 – May 15, 2020
The Water Infrastructure and Workforce Fellow (WIW) will work 40 hours per week for two years at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR). The WIW Fellow will specialize in researching and analyzing water infrastructure and workforce policies, as well as to ensure African Americans are prepared for the employment opportunities that will be available in the water utility sector given its aging workforce. Additionally, the WIW Fellow will research and publish on water sector needs and challenges due to aging infrastructure and an aging workforce, as well as analysis of potential strategies to increase diversity and access to economic mobility. Target areas include: a) Water and wastewater operations, b) future of work and automation related to clean water technology, c) civil service and labor relations laws and policies, d) public and private utility equity strategies and impacts, d) infrastructure financing, and e) workforce development funding.
The Fellow will also play a leading role in identifying funding streams for expansion of relevant projects, engage with stakeholders, serve as a representative and resident expert in the research department, and work to partner with like-minded organizations. The Fellow will work on relevant projects and assignments in cooperation with other CBCF departments, be exposed and engaged with intersectional analysis with regard to our other core policy areas in education, public health, and environmental sustainability, and serve as lead for organizing related events and issue forums.
With the CBCF’s central location in DuPont Circle, Washington, DC, the Fellow will have many educational and professional enrichment opportunities through attending seminars on policy solutions related to water issues and build professional network with relevant leaders and experts in this space in order to further expand CBCF’s presence as it relates to water infrastructure workforce opportunities.
The deadline for the application is April 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
*U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2020
*Graduate/professional degree in Environmental Science, Public Policy, Business, Economics, Law, Finance, or other relevant field; must be completed before start of program
*Familiarity with U.S. business practices, economic principles, community engagement, U.S. legislative process, Congress, and the Congressional Black Caucus
*Commitment to creating and implementing policy to improve the living conditions of underserved and underrepresented individuals
*Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree