MPA Newsletter October 2018
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Adjunct Professor Spotlight
The MPA department is pleased to introduce Jim Budds as one of our adjunct faculty members this semester. He is teaching Local Government Politics and Administration. Students enrolled in this course will examine the role of local government administrators and explore the theory and institutions behind their political environments. 

Jim Budds earned his MPA from the University of South Carolina and has had a long-standing career in city administration, including serving as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Charleston. He also has over twenty year of experience working in local governments in 19 different countries, mostly in Easter Europe.  

Read the MPA Blog here for the full adjunct professor spotlight about his experience in the public sector and his perception of the MPA degree within local government.

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Graduate School News & Events

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Access, Responsiveness, Inclusion, Equity, and Social Justice (ARIES) Lunch Series workshops are designed to help participants learn more about diversity on campus and in the community. 
A.R.I.E.S October Events
October 10 & October 11
Title: Vaccinating Stereotype Threats

October 17 & October 18
Title: Demystifying Why Pronouns Matter

October 24 & October 25
Title: Advocating for Neurodiversity

October 31 & November 1
Title: Fan Favorite Title
Join GSA's Executive Board!
At this time, GSA is seeking applications for Executive Board members. The following positions are open: Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you are a graduate student who is interested in one of these positions, please contact Zachary Stephens for a Special Election Packet. Elections will be held online from 8am-6pm October 12th, 2018.
Volunteer Events
What: Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup
When: October 13, 10 AM
Where: Meet at the Ye Olde Fashioned in West Ashley
Details: The clean-up will last two hours with brunch/lunch afterwards. All supplies will be provided! Sign up here.
What: RESCHEDULED: Beach Sweep/River Sweep with DNR and MESSA
When: October 20, 9 AM
Where: Meet at the Pineapple Fountain in Waterfront park
Details: Please wear rubber/work boots, gloves, and clothes you don't mind getting muddy. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Sign up list is here. 

Volunteers are needed to assist with attendee needs and monitor the technical sessions. If you would like to volunteer for a half-day or more, please email Dave Eslinger. Click here for more information about OCEANS 2018. 

What: Volunteers needed for Oceans Conference 2018
When: October 22-25
Where: Charleston Area Conventions Center
Details: OCEANS is the bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. These industry thought leaders gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends, while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field. 

Community & Development

                                 Interested in Local Government?
The MPA program aims to help prepare future public leaders to serve diverse communities through democratic, professional, ethical, and social justice values. One way to make a social impact is by joining a local government board, commission, and/or committee. Click here to view the list of Charleston City boards with vacant positions. 

Employment Corner

Organization: Metanoia
Position: Grant Specialist

  • The Position will be responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to identify, prepare, submit and manage grant resources utilized to invest in the assets of the communities Metanoia serves.
  • Duties will be related to grant research, grant writing, grant administration and tracking, funder relationship building, ect. 
  • A Degree from an accredited college or university required. At least two years’ experience writing and being awarded grants is required. Masters’ Degree preferred.
  • Click here for a full description! 

Organization: Community Foundation of the Lowcounty
Position: President and CEO

  • Through its grant making and leadership initiatives, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry helps foster academic achievement, build economic prosperity, achieve healthy ecosystems, encourage healthy people, support social enrichment, and create vibrant neighborhoods.
  • The successful candidate will be a leader whose passion for service to the community is demonstrated by a career-long dedication to and compassion for improving the human condition.
  • Click here for a full description!

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Position: Communications Coordinator 
Details: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – a regional, nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that promotes responsible energy choices to ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast – seeks a highly motivated, organized and creative individual to serve as Communications Coordinator. For more information, click here!

Organization: The College of Charleston
Position: Senior Development Officers

  • The College now seeks three Senior Development Officers to join our growing team of development professionals.
  • These positions require comprehensive understanding of deferred, capital, current, and endowment fundraising principles and practices, as well as volunteer management.
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years’ experience in fundraising and development. Two years or more of higher education fundraising is strongly preferred.
  • Click here for a full description. 

Helpful Career Boards:
Together SC (nonprofit job board)
City of Charleston
Charleston County Government
Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission 
State of South Carolina
USAJOBS - The Federal Government

The U.S. Department of State

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