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April 24, 2019
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Congratulations Capstone Students!

New Executive MPA Format Opens for Enrollment!

The Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston is proud to announce the new Executive format is now accepting applications for Fall 2019.  This new option is designed for passionate leaders with at least five years of professional work experience who seek higher level knowledge and skills to make an even greater impact in the Lowcountry. While the curriculum of the Executive MPA format will mirror the traditional format, there are a few distinctive features that cater to working professionals in the area.

Similar to a traditional full-time MPA student, an executive student will earn the degree within two years. However, the Executive format will follow the College’s express schedule, meaning that that students will focus on one course for approximately seven weeks at a time. The courses will be taught in a hybrid style of online and in-person sessions, with classroom meetings held on intermittent Saturdays throughout the term. Saturday sessions will be at the North Campus and will be a combination of morning and afternoon seminars, working lunches, and notable guest speakers. 

Please share the news with colleagues or motivated professionals looking to make a meaningful impact on the community, help tackle complex social challenges, or take an organization to the next level.  

Free Head Shots! 

MPASA is hosting a FREE professional head shot opportunity with Cistern Yard Media. Come to the Cistern on Thursday April, 25th from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to get a professional portrait for applications, websites and your LinkedIn! 

Student Participation Wanted for Diversity Initiatives

In response to the community conversation held last month, the MPA program outlined action items regarding our program structures and policies. We invite and encourage participation on these diversity initiatives, specifically helping update the diversity plan for NASPAA re-accreditation. Please contact Dr. Millesen for more information about this process.

RSVP for free by emailing Tracey Andrews!

Community Events
People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium
What: People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium
When: Friday April 25th; 2 - 4 pm
Where: MUSC Florence, SC location
Details: This Symposium is designed to engage people of color in a safe dialogue about the needs specific to people of color who are serving in the nonprofit sector. We seek to engage, connect, and empower the nonprofit sector’s most vibrant, influential, and diverse individuals from all across South Carolina focusing on the journey to their success, through the lens of their cultural upbringing.  We will discuss strategies to escalate true inclusivity, equity, learning, access to resources, professional development, and more.
What: Volunteer Opportunity with SC Defense Trial Attorney Acadamy
When: May 10, 2019 at 8:15 AM
Where: Charleston County Courthouse; Charleston, SC
Details: Volunteers are needed to serve as jurors for a mock civil trial by lawyers from across the state before South Carolina judges. This will be a unique opportunity to observe a civil trial and interact with participants. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Bonnie Ellenberger (



Organization: Center for Heirs Property Preservation (CHPP) 
Position: Paid Summer Internship
Details:  This is an exciting paid opportunity to work with CofC MPA alum, Dr. Jennie Stephens, at the Center for Heirs Property Preservation (CHPP), a nonprofit organization that "protects heirs' property and promotes its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families." Whomever is lucky enough to join the CHPP team is poised to learn a great deal about nonprofit management and executive leadership within the context of one of our community's most innovative and effective organizations. Please note that CHPP is looking to hire someone immediately and will only accept applications until Friday, April 26th. 

Organization: Charleston Hope
Position: Girls Empowerment Summer Intern
Details: Charleston Hope is a non-profit organization that enhances school culture and climate in high-poverty, Title 1 schools by building on the strengths of students, teachers, and leaders. We are searching for an intern for our weekly Step-In Girls Empowerment class at Impact 360, a summer camp held at the College of Charleston. Our program will run two days a week for 2-3 hours each day. You will be working closely with our lead facilitator and the children who attend our program! This position also requires at least 5-6 hours of in office work, totaling 12-15 hours a week.
 Read more about the position here.

Job Opportunities

Organization: Redux Contemporary Arts Center
Positions: Education & Outreach Coordinator

Redux’s full-time Education & Outreach Coordinator is an experienced professional arts administrator; responsible for supporting the development and implementation of an array of educational programming and arts-based community engagement. This position reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to education and curriculum building, a passion for community engagement, and a strong interest in the arts. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: SC Coastal Conservation League
Positions: Berkeley County Organizer
Details: This temporary position will work closely with staff from the Coastal Conservation League and Audubon SC and will also involve engagement with county residents and elected officials to further land conservation programs and initiatives. He/She will be charged with organizing community members, engaging local elected officials, participating in the planning process in the towns of Summerville, Moncks Corner, and Goose Creek, and designing a public land conservation funding agenda. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: Lowcountry Local First
Position: Good Enterprises Program Director
Lowcountry Local First (LLF), an entrepreneurial non-profit organization made up of over 550 local businesses and community leaders working to transform and model a sustainable local economy. The Good Enterprises Program Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction for program delivery, management, instruction and oversight related to all aspects of this initiative.Full description provided here.
Organization: Redux Contemporary Art Center
Position: Program Coordinator 
Details: Redux’s full-time Program Coordinator is an experienced professional arts administrator; responsible for supporting Redux’s robust studio program as well as managing all private venue rentals and Redux centered events. This position reports to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to arts programming, an interest in special events, and experience working with an arts organization. Click here for the full description. 

Organization: Camp Happy Days- AmeriCorps VISTA Position
Position: Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Details: This incumbent will create an evaluation plan that will survey the families of children battling we serve as well as others not using our services to gain a better knowledge of what each of these children and families need and offer programs that are impactful and beneficial in helping the overall social, emotional, and financial needs of the family to keep them on their feet. To achieve this goal, the VISTA will be responsible for researching, engaging, and soliciting current and new prospects to help CHD serve more children and families over time. Read more about the position here.

Organization: City of Charleston
Position: Manager of Diversity, Racial Reconciliation, and Tolerance
Details: Responsible for the coordination and administration of the City’s non-discrimination ordinances and policies, assists City departments in complying with federal and state statutes on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmatively furthering fair housing as well as provides resources and assistance to City departments, community groups, and private sector organizations on issues of diversity, racial reconciliation, and tolerance 
 Read more about the position here. 

Organization: Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Position: VISTA Position - Cost Benefit Analysis Strategy
Details: The VISTA will work with the CJCC to design and utilize a cost-benefit analysis toolkit that will provide the framework to evaluate the long-term costs and benefits of CJCC efforts. Specifically, we are seeking a VISTA with education in public policy, economics, accounting and/or business to review background material and literature on the CJCC and cost-benefit analysis principles, develop core materials necessary for cost-benefit analysis, and more. Full description provided here.

Organization: Lowcountry Food Bank
Position: Database Coordinator
 The Lowcountry Food Bank is seeking a database coordinator to do analytics, data entry, and acknowledgement letters. If you are interested in learning more, please email View more details here!
Organization: MUSC
Position: LOWVELO Marketing Coordinator 
Details:  This position will support the LOWVELO bike rider for cancer research including working with the Executive Director and Manager of Rider Recruitment to develop and execute events. Read more about the position here.
Organization: Town of Mount Pleasant
Position: Facilities Manager
Details: The Facilities Division Chief-Facilities Manager is responsible for the leadership and management of the Facilities Division, building operations, and maintenance activities. He/She will plan, coordinate, and supervise facility programs, projects, and all activities pertaining to the maintenance of Town facilities, ensuring the efficient and sustainable operations of facilities and the environmental comfort of their occupants.This position is responsible for a diverse range of responsibilities, from safety to janitorial maintenance to developing budgets. Read more about the position here.

Organization: Camp Happy Days- AmeriCorps VISTA Position
Position: Young Adult Program Manager
Details: The goal of this position is to create a successful program that will improve the quality of life of young adults aged 18- 25 who have been diagnosed with pediatric cancer. This year-round program would involve hosting young adults with programs such as team building, life coach training, self-car, health/wellness, group counseling and other needed programs to support and empower these young adults in coping with their health, developing to heir full potential and reducing their risk of poverty. Read more about the position here.

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