Job Opportunity: Senior Research Associate, Georgia State University

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Georgia State University’s Fiscal Research Center and Center for State and Local Finance are hiring a Senior Research Associate. This position within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies will research, analyze, and review state and local tax and other fiscal policy matters; analyze data using statistical techniques; publish on state and local finance issues in peer-reviewed journals; and lead contracted research projects on economic development and urban policy, budgeting and financial management, state and local tax reform, or education finance.

Salary

$65,000 to $75,000

Qualifications

Master’s degree and four years of experience, or a combination of education and experience.

Preferred Hiring Qualifications

An ideal candidate will have a Ph.D., will have the ability to review, research and analyze state and local fiscal policies with limited oversight, and will be able to conduct statistical analysis at a sophisticated level. Candidate must have excellent writing skills and be skilled in making oral presentations to senior staff, faculty and policymakers.

Special Instructions

An application, resume and cover letter are required for consideration. Final candidates will provide three references.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Job Opening: Policy Advisor, Office of State Treasurer, State of Delaware

Hire Date: Immediate

Compensation: $67,500 base salary (plus standard state pension & health benefits)

Office: 820 Silver Lake Drive, Dover (Main); Carvel State Office Building, Wilmington (Secondary)

Position Description: The Policy Advisor reports to both the State Treasurer and the Deputy State Treasurer.  The advisor is responsible for researching policy issues, planning varied and complex fiscal studies, analyzing data, evaluating options and recommending alternatives to meet internal agency goals and objectives.  In addition, the advisor provides analytical support for and acts on behalf of the agency in the development and communication of policy recommendations to numerous external audiences, including committees, councils, boards and task forces on which the State Treasurer serves.  In both cases, the Policy Advisor’s work centers on analyzing complex issues, developing and evaluating solutions to problems, deciding on a course of action, and making recommendations regarding implementation.

Job Duties:

  • Perform short-and long-term analysis of program areas, document findings of relevant studies, and make recommendations for and assist in the implementation of new techniques or procedures to improve methods of operations, strengthen controls, and effectively utilize resources
  • Evaluate complex research and financial, economic and/or statistical data in a variety of policy areas
  • Research and model economic factors and trends affecting state revenues, expenditures and cash flows and evaluate associated fiscal policies
  • Prepare analytical, evaluative and statistical studies on legislation and other items of interest
  • Draft internal proposals, special committee reports and interdepartmental studies
  • Interface with agency officials, fiscal and budget personnel, program representatives and employees in order to collect and assimilate research and data
  • Represent the agency on committees, task forces, councils and commissions with high visibility and/or public interest
  • Prepare formal multi-media presentations on a variety of subjects
  • Assist in gathering and preparing agency accomplishments and activity reports for the General Assembly

Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of economic principles and theories
  • Knowledge of pertinent sources and bodies of research for public policy analysis
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public finance and familiarity with GASB accounting and state government financial and reporting systems
  • Knowledge of State agency organizational structure and principal operations
  • Knowledge of basic terms, methods and principles of statistical analysis
  • Ability to conduct independent research studies
  • Ability to identify and interpret policies, regulations and laws
  • Ability to compile, review and model financial data to present findings
  • Ability to analyze complex programs within agency or at a multi-agency level
  • Ability to apply quantitative evaluation methods, such as discounted cash flow analysis, cost benefit analysis and basic statistical analysis
  • Ability to present ideas and solutions clearly, concisely and effectively in oral and written form
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work effectively under the pressure of tight time frames and rigid deadlines

Education and Work Experience:

Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy or equivalent area of study plus at least two (2) years of professional experience or paid internship performing policy research and/or financial, economic or statistical analysis; or Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Economy, Politics, Economics or equivalent area of study plus at least four (4) years of professional experience or paid internship performing policy research and/or financial, economic or statistical analysis.

Submit Resume to:
Office of the State Treasurer
Martha Sturtevant
Executive Assistant
820 Silver Lake Blvd.  Suite 100
Dover, DE  19904
Martha.sturtevant@state.de.us

Request for Proposals: ICMA’s “Infrastructure Financing: A Guide for Local Government Manager”

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), through its Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC), and The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) are seeking proposals to develop a policy white paper: ‘Infrastructure Financing: A Guide for Local Government Managers.’

While municipal bonds continue to be a major source for financing state and local infrastructure, local government managers must be aware of the range of other mechanisms that can be used to fund infrastructure development.

This white paper aims to provide an overview for local government managers on the range of financing vehicles that can be used, alone or in combination, to develop and maintain infrastructure assets: municipal bonds; intergovernmental transfers; public/private partnerships; privatization; private sector and foundation investments and grants; crowdfunding; social impact bonds; green bonds; and other approaches. The paper will also discuss the restrictions, or lack thereof, that jurisdictions place on the usage of certain funding options.

ICMA is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. GFOA represents over 18,000 public finance officials, serving as a leadership and training resource to governments across the country.

This white paper is part of an ongoing series designed to (1) explore key policy issues from a local government management perspective; (2) raise new ideas and perspectives that will influence and shape public policy discussions at the local, state, and federal levels; and (3) support federal advocacy on behalf of counties, cities and towns.

Process for Developing a White Paper

ICMA’s GAPC and GFOA will supervise development of the paper by providing feedback on drafts, ensuring that key issues are addressed, and advising on management perspectives. The final paper should be no more than 15-20 pages in length and must be completed by August 15, 2016.

Budget

ICMA will pay a $5,000 stipend to the selected author. In addition, authorship of this paper will provide national exposure on a major policy issue.

Proposal Requirements

All proposals must be submitted no later than February 26, 2016 to: Joshua Franzel, ICMA, jfranzel@icma.org.

Proposals should be no longer than two pages and should describe:

    1. The overall approach the researcher will take to develop the paper and the main components/sections and outline of the paper.
    2. The researcher’s academic preparation and experience with the topic.
    3. Why the researcher is uniquely qualified to prepare this paper and ensure that it meets ICMA and GFOA goals.

Job Opening: Senior Fellow, Public Finance, National League of Cities

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ICMA-RC, a non-profit independent financial services corporation and an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, will expand its relationship with NLC and fund a new three-year research program on public sector retirement.  With the hiring of a new Senior Fellow, this program will leverage and expand NLC’s current municipal finance portfolio.  We will add original research, best practices and outreach to cities and State Municipal Leagues on the challenges, opportunities and trends in public employee retirement benefits.

Senior Fellow, Public Finance

The National League of Cities is seeking and experienced individual to be responsible for the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research’s new research and programming for city leaders on the fiscal and operational challenges of providing retirement benefits to city employees.  This is a three year grant funded position and reports to the Research Director.

Examples of Work

  • Develop and implement a new research program on public sector retirement.
  • Coordinates and manages a public sector retirement advisory board to provide input and guidance on the project.
  • Conducts original research and data analysis and produce reports and briefs for city policy makers.
  • Publishes in internal and external media publications and presents at relevant conferences.
  • Serves as the key NLC media source on public sector retirement.
  • Plans and implements workshops and meetings at NLC annual conferences, the City Summit.
  • Coordinates engagement with State Municipal Leagues to host conferences and events.
  • Primary grants manager (project and budget management) and key liaison with funder ICMA-RC.
  • Travels to attend relevant events and NLC meetings.

Related Education & Experience

Graduate degree in public policy, finance, economics, or a related field required; minimum five years of relevant experience in research or policy analysis; experience with association or membership organization or technical knowledge of public sector retirement systems preferred, or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of issues related to urban policy, public finance, retirement (pensions, healthcare, reform efforts). Experience working with city officials or general knowledge of public retirement systems and policy. Excellent research, oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as the ability to interact effectively with NLC members, representatives of other organizations, and all levels of NLC staff.

Call for Proposals: Georgia St. Univ. Mini Conference, “Next Generation of Public Finance”

Call for Proposals for

Next Generation of Public Finance Conference
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
May 5-6, 2016
14 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

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We are seeking paper proposals for a conference on Next Generation of Public Finance.

Current policy challenges including globalization, income inequality, demographic changes, and contingent liabilities call for renewed efforts to identify solutions. The field of public finance is being challenged to think about these challenges with new tools including field experiments, unprecedented amounts of data, and an expanded view of behavioral economics.

The Next Generation of Public Finance Conference seeks to focus on topics that we think will be front and center in the policy debate in the coming decades. We invite proposal for papers that examine these and other policy issues at the national and subnational levels in domestic and international contexts utilizing a variety of empirical techniques. Proposals will be reviewed and competitively selected.

Possible areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral responses to taxation
  • Public budgeting
  • Public financial management
  • Evaluation of public expenditures
  • Contingent liabilities

Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2016

Proposals should include title, abstract, authors. Abstracts should not be longer than 2 pages.

Participants may be asked to serve as a discussant. Travel grants will be available to cover the cost of travel and hotel for one author per paper.

Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Amber Slyter at aslyter1@gsu.edu. Questions should be directed to Professor Sally Wallace, swallace@gsu.edu.

Location & Schedule

The conference will take place at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 5th and will end at 1:30 pm on Friday, May 6th.

Job Opening: Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, Nebraska Community Foundation

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Vacancy Announcement – Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

The Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) is a people-oriented and strategic leader who serves as a key member of the NCF leadership team.  The CFAO is responsible for all accounting, financial, budgeting, tax, investment, human resources, administration and information technology activity for NCF and its affiliated funds.  The CFAO has primary responsibility for the integrity of financial information for the organization.

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The position will be open until filled, but to ensure consideration, applicants should submit their materials by December 1.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to either info@nebcommfound.org or Nebraska Community Foundation, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83107, Lincoln, NE 68501-3107.

Job Opening: Pubilc Sector/Local Government Finance, Wisconsin-Madison

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce a tenure-track faculty position/integrated Extension specialist in public sector/local government financial planning.

The full Position Vacancy Listing with important details on how to apply is at: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/Weblisting/External/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=84770 and is also attached to this email as a PDF.  Please note the deadline for applications of February 3, 2016.   We would appreciate you forwarding this information to colleagues and PhD students in urban planning, public administration, and related disciplines.

Principal Duties:

Successful candidate for this tenure track faculty position will be expected to develop and lead a statewide Extension program of research and teaching in the area of public sector financial planning, fiscal impacts of development, and local government budgeting. This is a UW-Madison faculty position with a tenure home in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The successful candidate will be expected to establish partnerships and relationships for identifying and conducting applied research as a foundation for long-term programming with UW-Extension. Areas of interest include local government finance associated with a breadth of planning and community development issues which could include sustainable development of the built environment, downtown revitalization, gentrification and displacement, public health initiatives, community food systems, and civic engagement through public-private partnerships, among others. Scholarly research is expected and should lead to a record of excellence which will meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison guidelines for achieving tenure. Professional, university, and UW-Extension service is required.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and lead research, outreach, and teaching in the area of public sector financial planning, fiscal impacts of development, and local government budgeting. The appointment will serve in partnership with the UW Extension/Cooperative Extension. As a statewide Extension specialist for Public Sector Financial Planning, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a relevant and innovative applied research agenda regarding local government finance at local, regional, and statewide scales. The candidate will collaborate with the UW-Extension Local Government Center and existing networks of partnerships with Wisconsin local governments and related state and multistate associations. During the first three years of the appointment, the successful candidate will emphasize establishing a research program and conducting Extension teaching focused on needs of local government officials; in subsequent years teaching will include graduate level courses in an area of the candidate’s expertise. In developing a research program, the candidate is expected to become familiar with local government finance and budgeting issues in Wisconsin as well as state agency policy and actions, legislative initiatives, and statewide community needs related to local government operations and performance. Collaboration is also encouraged with other Extension units and with UW-Madison faculty in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Departments of Economics, Agricultural & Applied Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Community and Environmental Sociology. Additional information about the Department of Urban and

Regional Planning may be found at http://urpl.wisc.edu.

HOW TO APPLY:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 3, 2016. Electronic submission of materials in PDF format is preferred and should be directed to Professor Brian W. Ohm (bwohm@wisc.edu). Materials must include a cover letter (letter of interest), and curriculum vitae . Three letters of recommendation are required to be submitted separately by recommender and emailed to Professor Brian W. Ohm, Chair, Faculty Search and Screen Committee (bwohm@wisc.edu).

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. UW-Madison, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the UW-Extension are committed to a diverse, collegial, and inclusive community.

Job Opening: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky

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The Martin School of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky seeks applicants for a tenure track position beginning August 2016. We will consider candidates at the assistant, associate, and full professor levels. Areas of interest include public financial management and public policy. However, candidates who have a demonstrated record of quality research and teaching in other related fields are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities will include research and teaching with a focus on masters and Ph.D. level course work and advising. A Ph.D in Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Finance, Political Science or related fields is required. Preferred experience includes research and teaching experience in public financial management and/or public policy.

Interested applicants should submit a UK Online Application at www.uky.edu/ukjobs, and search for requisition #FE00393.  Please include the following information when applying for this position.

  1. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  2. Current/Updated Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research writing sample

For questions regarding the position, please contact us at msrecruiting@uky.edu. Please note that, to be considered an applicant for this position, you must submit an application via UK’s online employment system.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. However, the Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. For more information about the department, please visithttp://www.martin.uky.edu/

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disability as well as veterans are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Opening: Director, Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, Wichita State University

The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs is seeking applicants for the position of Director, a 12-month tenured position at the senior Associate Professor or Full Professor level to begin July 2016. The Hugo Wall School offers a NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with Graduate Certificates in Public Finance, Nonprofit Management, City and County Management, and Economic Development. In addition, the School is home to three applied research centers, the Public Policy and Management Center, Environmental Finance Center, and Kansas Public Finance Center, which together generate over $1 million per year in research grants and contracts. The School’s MPA program is ranked in the Top 100 Graduate Programs in the U.S. News and World Report National Rankings. For over 55 years, our School has received strong support and funding from the Board of Regents and from University administration for our applied research/community engagement mission. We are deeply integrated into the South Central Kansas region and are involved in numerous projects with nonprofit and public partners.

Wichita State University is one of three research universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents with a student body of approximately 15,000 students, including more than 3,000 graduate students. Wichita is located in a metropolitan area of 640,000 residents. It is home to many major manufacturers and is an important economic, healthcare and technology hub for the state of Kansas. A metropolitan area that offers a full range of urban amenities including a world-class zoo, museums, symphony and theater, Wichita also has high-quality medical facilities and public schools and reasonably priced housing. A typical work commute takes fifteen minutes or less. WSU’s Innovation Campus initiative is expected to bring more technology and innovation jobs to the area and will make the campus a center of learning, living, and playing.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must hold a terminal degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field. Candidates who have a scholarly record that will allow them to achieve the rank of Full Professor will be given preference. Additionally, the successful candidate must have prior experience serving in an administrative capacity. Area of research and teaching specialization are open but preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses in state and local government. The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively articulate and further the mission of the School; specifically to integrate academic teaching, research and applied projects. This will require the ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholder groups. It will require an ability to engage leaders in state and local government as well as nonprofit organizations. Finally, it will require a dynamic leader who can grow the reputation of the School at all levels (local, state, national, and international).

Duties

The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, budget, strategic planning, academic programming, and fundraising), facilitate programs of individual and collaborative research, support center directors in applied projects, and promote a collegial and collaborative work environment. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester in the MPA, monitor student and curriculum development, mentor junior faculty and oversee student recruitment and placement and alumni relations. The School Director is responsible for oversight of School faculty, Center directors and School staff. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate leadership experience in these areas and leadership in advancing the integrated model of teaching, research and service. The School Director is the chief visionary; regularly and effectively communicating the School’s mission to diverse internal and external constituencies.

Apply on-line at http://jobs.wichita.edu. Include a letter of interest that describes candidate fit with the mission of the Hugo Wall School and Wichita State UniverSity, a vita and contact information for three references.

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0138; telephone (316) 978-3186. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.

Faculty Opening: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago

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The Department of Public Administration (DPA) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) (http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/pa) plans to hire a new tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level beginning in August 2016.

A strong commitment to an active research program, to excellent teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to public service is expected. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to the department’s concentration in public management (including organization theory and human resources management) and to one or more of the program’s other core competencies: nonprofit management; financial management (including public finance); information and performance management; survey research methods; and urban leadership. Candidates who can contribute to the nonprofit curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.

The public administration program offers two graduate degrees: the Master in Public Administration (MPA), which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the Ph.D. The DPA also offers a new undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Public Policy. We also have a large and active program of international students.

Candidates must have an earned PhD or demonstrate high likelihood of degree completion by August 2016 in public administration, political science, public policy, or a related field. Successful candidates will be required to teach a 2:2 load each academic year. Individuals who are members of a recognized underrepresented group are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a Carnegie Doctoral Research – Extensive institution. Located just west of Chicago’s Loop, it enrolls 29,000 students and is the largest public research university in the Chicago area. The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs was created in 1995 as part of UIC’s Great Cities Initiative. It houses two academic programs (Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy). The College also hosts nine research centers: the Survey Research Laboratory, the Great Cities Institute, the Urban Transportation Center, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Great Cities Urban Data Visualization Lab, the Center for Urban Economic Development, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Center for Public Safety and Justice and the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.

Application Procedure. For fullest consideration, please apply by October 30, 2015 via the UIC application system: https://jobs.uic.edu (Job ID # 56612). A completed on-line application and the following attachments are required for consideration: a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two sample publications, a one-page statement of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience and contact information, including email addresses, of three professional references. For specific questions about the position, please send an email to Ms. Sari Buffill (buffill@uic.edu). Active screening of applicants begins on November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the University of Illinois at Chicago not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.