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Richmond Outreach Coordinator: Generation Engage
Aug 4 2006 - 7:53am

Position: Richmond Area Outreach Coordinator
Organization: Generation Engage
Category: Full-time Employment
Contact: Chris Lewis, Virginia State Director, at chrislewis@generationengage.org or (202) 465-4807
Deadline: Search is currently on-going

Responsibilities
The Richmond Outreach Coordinator reports directly to the State Director and is responsible for building our non-partisan grassroots network in the greater Richmond area.  This includes, but is not limited to: planning and implementing local events; implementing and expanding organizational outreach model locally; managing existing partnerships and local Ambassadors group; and, limited local fundraising.

Skills/Attributes
Between the ages of 18-29
Resides in the Greater Richmond area
A responsible, self-motivated worker
Strong interpersonal, writing, computer, and leadership skills
Interest and knowledge of Virginia politics, especially in Richmond
Creativity and resourcefulness
Undergraduate degree preferred, but not required.

Starting Salary
$28,000 - $35,000 annually

To Apply
Please submit a resume, short writing sample, and at least two
references to Virginia State Director Chris Lewis at
chrislewis@generationengage.org

Contact: Chris Lewis, Virginia State Director, at chrislewis@generationengage.org or (202) 465-4807

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Alumnus Lands New Position at Center for Public Integrity
Aug 3 2006 - 12:02pm

                                                                  

THIS JUST IN:  Josh Israel, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2004, has accepted a position at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. Among his first assignments, Josh will be working with investigative journalist Bill Hogan on the Center's 2008 version of its quadrennial report, The Buying of the President.

Congratulations Josh!

O'Brien Comments on Senate Race
Aug 2 2006 - 12:45pm

Sorensen Executive Director Sean O'Brien was quoted in today's issue of the Washington Examiner regarding the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia:

"...a University of Virginia political expert warns that without a
large fundraising push this month, Webb will likely not be able to
compete with incumbent George Allen. According to federal
campaign finance records, as of June 30 Webb has raised $1.1 million in
funds, compared to the $10.3 million that Allen has raised.

“It’s
going to take Webb several million to be competitive,” said Sean
O’Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political
Leadership at the University of Virginia. O’Brien said the amount
of money being raised will likely be a self-fulfilling prophecy — if
Webb begins to raise money, more is likely to come in, as more voters
will believe he has a chance to defeat Allen. However, if he cannot
improve fundraising, it will be difficult to convince people to
contribute..."

Click here to read the complete article.

UPDATE: O'Brien was also quoted in the August 3 edition along with UVA's Larry Sabato.
Click here to read that article.

New CLP Grad Scores Campaign Internship
Aug 2 2006 - 9:34am

                                                                                       

This just in: College Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduate Brady DeRemer has accepted an internship with the Republican Party of Virginia in the First Congressional District, doing work on Senator George Allen's and Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis' re-election campaigns.  Brady will be assisting both camps for the rest of the summer and then on through the November 7 elections.

Congratulations Brady!

NEW Jobs and Internships Postings
Aug 1 2006 - 1:27pm

As a service to our readers, we are launching a new category here at the Sorensen Blog: Employment and Internship Opportunities. We hope that this will be a positive contribution to the goals of our alumni and friends.

The Sorensen Institute now enjoys over 900 alumni of our various programs. Click here for the latest stats on our graduates. Many of these alumni work directly or indirectly with local and state government and are concerned with the public policy issues facing the Commonwealth. It makes sense then for us to post job opportunities in these and related fields when they happen to come across our desk.

At the same time, many of the graduates of our College and High School Leaders Programs are often in search of exciting internship opportunities--whether at the General Assembly, in the Governor's office, in Washington, or at a non-profit institution that is focused on impacting public policy. So that these talented young people can learn about internships they might be interested in, we offer this new service on the blog.

TO READ these Employment and Internship Opportunities, click on the folder at left with that title. You will then be taken to a page of postings with that information. The Sorensen Institute will only edit these posting for clarity. Please do not contact the Sorensen Institute with questions about the postings or for application information. The appropriate contact information for each posting will be provided therein.

TO SUBMIT postings for this service or if you hear of an opening or internship that might be of interest to the Sorensen alumni network, please contact our Director of Communications and Alumni Relations, Coy Barefoot.

We are happy to provide this service to our graduates and friends, and we look forward to your feedback.

Business Council Program Manager: Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Aug 1 2006 - 1:23pm

Position: Business Council Program Manager
Organization: The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Category: Full-time Employment
Contact: Cassandra Peters, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at (804) 783-9321
Deadline: Close of Business on Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Duties Include:
•    Planning council meetings, including site selection and reservation, agenda preparation and dissemination of schedules and materials to participants
•    Researching and disseminating information on topics of interest to assigned council(s) and/or the Business Council Forum
•    Attending meetings of various city and county government bodies (e.g. boards of supervisors, city council, school boards, planning district commission) to gather information and present a Chamber/council presence
•    Participating in and helping plan and execute events of interest to assigned council(s) and all-council events
•    Attending and assisting with administration of Chamber committees such as Government Affairs and Business Council Forum
•    Proposing and administering budgets
•    Drafting content for Business Council programming and activities
•    Assisting in soliciting sponsorships for meetings and events
•    Crafting a monthly electronic newsletter concerning local public policy and regulatory issues
•    Managing and implementing Business Visitation Program activity (may be the sole responsibility of one Program Manager or shared by both)

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business or political science or equivalent experience - master’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional experience in an association, non-profit, or service business including experience in an advocacy environment and experience working with unpaid volunteers.

SKILLS:  Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, formal presentation skills, analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Contact: Cassandra Peters, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at (804) 783-9321

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The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is nondiscriminatory and nonpartisan. The organization does not participate in campaigns on behalf of issues, causes, or candidates for office, nor does it discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or veteran status. This Employment and Internship Opportunities post is provided as a service to our alumni and friends.

"The Virginia Politics Hour"
Jul 31 2006 - 12:10pm

Sean O'Brien and Kojo Nnamdi

Sean O'Brien was a guest on "The Virginia Politics Hour" on the Kojo Nnamdi program on WAMU (88.5 FM). He appeared with Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post. The panel discussed in detail the Allen/Webb race for the U.S. Senate in addition to the current strategies of the two major parties in Virginia.

Delegate Joe May joined the conversation and the topic turned to the transporation challenges facing the Commonwealth.

Other topics followed, including the changing nature of politics in Northern Virginia, the recent news regarding Congressman Tom Davis, a federal audit in Arlington, and development in Loudoun County.

You can listen to an audio archive of the program by clicking the player below.

   
   
   

Alumnus Muse is Consultant in Congo Elections
Jul 31 2006 - 8:32am

                                                                                                                              

Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.

Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.

Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.

Click here for more information and background on these historic elections
.

Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections
.

MEDIA ALERT: O'Brien to Appear on WAMU at 12noon Today
Jul 31 2006 - 7:56am

                                    

MEDIA ALERT: Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien will appear live at 12 noon today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Northern Virginia listeners can tune in at 88.5FM. The program will also stream live on the web.

Click here to listen live.

O'Brien will join Kojo for the "Virginia Politics Hour." Other guests will include  reporters Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post, in addition to Delegate Joe May, Barbara Favola of the Arlington County Board, and Jim Burton of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Sean O'Brien has been asked to join WAMU as a recurring guest to discuss politics and public policy in Virginia.

The Sorensen Report for Friday July 28
Jul 28 2006 - 1:28pm

Here's the Sorensen Report for Friday, July 28. The Sorensen Report is broadcast each week on the CBS affiliate, WCAV TV, in Charlottesville.

Click here to watch this week's Report.

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