Visiting Fellow in Urban Poverty Strategies
|Location:||Illinois, United States|
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
VISITING FELLOW IN
URBAN POVERTY STRATEGIES
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)is a public interest law and policy center that works to preserve and increase affordable housing throughout the Chicago region, transform public housing and help build strong new communities, improve Chicago public schools, and promote open and honest government in Illinois.
BPI is accepting proposals for a part-time Visiting Fellow in Urban Poverty Strategies for a two-year term. The Fellow will lead an effort to educate BPI staff and board respecting leading-edge research and practice in urban poverty. Much of BPI’s work grows out of or is related to urban poverty. Against the background of a careful analysis of such research and practice, the exploration to be directed by the Visiting Fellow should be designed to both critique BPI’s current work and to identify possible new BPI programs.
Since our formation in 1969, BPI has been at the front lines of social justice advocacy in the Chicago region. Over the years BPI has focused on a variety of issues, frequently in collaboration with other nonprofit, business, community, and governmental organizations, and employed a variety of strategies—research (legal and policy), advocacy, litigation, legislation, organizing, and publication. Detailed information about BPI is available on our website at www.bpichicago.org.
MACARTHUR AWARD FOR CREATIVE AND EFFECTIVE INSTITUTIONS
In February 2012 the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named BPI a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (along with 14 other organizations from six countries). The Award includes a one-time grant that will serve as the funding source for the Visiting Fellow position.
VISITING FELLOWSHIP TASK DESCRIPTION
· EducateBPI staff and board respecting leading-edge research and practice related to urban poverty, not confined to areas in which BPI has worked (such as housing and education) but including other areas such as health and criminal justice.
· Analyzecritically BPI’s current work, and consider current staff capacity.
· Explorethe relationship between the leading-edge research and practice and BPI’s current agenda and staff capacity; assess whether (and how) BPI’s current work might be strengthened or redirected, and what new work BPI might realistically undertake.
Perform these tasks as follows:
· First, generate written analyses for BPI staff and directors respecting leading-edge research and practice related to urban poverty, while performing the analysis, consideration, exploration, and assessment identified above.
· Second, based on these analyses, lead regular structured discussions of these topics and issues with BPI staff and directors. (It is important that the Visiting Fellow perform these tasks open-mindedly, and not bring her or his “agenda” to the table.)
· Third, at the conclusion of the Fellowship, provide written recommendations for BPI’s current and future agendas.
VISITING FELLOW QUALIFICATIONS
· Experience that combines both academic inquiry in the study of urban poverty and relevant practical experience in either the public or private sectors.
· Demonstrated experience in writing about substantive public policy issues.
· Effective verbal communication skills, including the ability to lead (and be articulate and at ease in) both one-on-one and group discussions.
VISITING FELLOWSHIP TERMS
· Two-year fellowship commencing Fourth Quarter, 2012.
· Part-time position, equivalent of three (3) full days per week, including significant time working directly with staff and board in BPI’s Chicago office.
· Compensation: $75,000/year.
VISITING FELLOW APPLICATION
Please submit the following:
(1) Cover letter describing your qualifications, the reasons for your interest, how the fellowship would "fit" with your other work commitments, and when you would expect to be available to begin.
(2) Curriculum Vitae.
(3) Contact information for three references.
(4) Relevant writing sample (whether or not published).
(5) Project Proposal (2500 word maximum) describing how you envision carrying out the Fellowship tasks. The proposal should address the following questions in addition to any other considerations you wish to include:
· What initial steps would you take as BPI’s Visiting Fellow? In what time frame? Subsequent steps and time frame?
· How would you select, from among the range of urban poverty issues addressed, those that are appropriate for intensive Fellowship focus?
· What relationship between the Visiting Fellow and BPI staff and board would be most productive?
· What key factors will influence your recommendations to BPI for its future actions?
· What do you see as the major challenges involved in the assignment?
APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY OR BY MAIL POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 15, 2012
Ms. Susannah Levine
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
25 East Washington Street - #1515
Chicago, IL 60602
Contact Susannah Levine @ email@example.com 312.759.8260