Project Associate, Metro Strategies, Inc., Downers Grove and Chicago, IL

October 31, 2019

Metro Strategies, Inc., a planning, policy and public affairs firm, is seeking a Project Associate who will assist with projects, research and writing. The Project Associate will be expected to support the planning, organization and implementation of projects. The Project Associate must prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner. This person must be detail-oriented and have strong writing and communication skills. This position will be based in our Downers Grove office but may be expected to work out of the Chicago office as needed and travel throughout the Chicago region for project work.

 

Key Duties

  • Perform project support duties as assigned by project managers to advance client projects.

  • Assist with preparation of project materials and presentations.

  • Draft project communication and outreach plans.

  • Conduct research and data collection/analysis.

  • Write technical and persuasive memos, documents, and reports.

  • Prepare articles, reports, project fact sheets and policy briefs.

  • Maintain lists and databases.

  • Assist with project/client website content and use of social media.

  • Produce accurate and timely meeting minutes.

  • Execute all areas related to event management.

  • Staff special meetings and events.

  • Contribute to project strategy.

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of projects and stakeholders.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Skills

  • Excellent research and writing skills.

  • Working knowledge of public policy issues.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to juggle a variety of tasks simultaneously and prioritize projects efficiently.

  • Ability to be flexible, well-organized and self-sufficient.

  • Strong planning, organization and implementation skills which allow the successful completion of projects by specific due dates.

  • Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends when project needs dictate.

  • Understanding of social media as a project communication tool.

  • Strong dedication to client/customer service.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, regional and local transportation infrastructure issues and stakeholders is a plus.

  • Proficiency in a second language is preferred.

 

Education

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, planning, communications or the equivalent. A master’s degree is preferred.

 

Salary Range

$40,000 - $55,000

 

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, references and supporting materials such as work or writing samples to Seema Wadia at swadia@metrostrategiesinc.com.

 

About Metro Strategies, Inc.

Metro Strategies is a policy, planning and public affairs firm with public, private and nonprofit clients.  We provide project management, community outreach and public involvement, issue advocacy strategies, communications, research and policy development, project planning, and grant-writing services to a wide range of clients predominantly in the field of infrastructure and transportation. Our core values of leadership, problem-solving, professionalism, personal and professional growth and balance are projected by each staff member and are brought to each and every engagement. We approach our projects through our client’s lens, becoming a vested partner in the project’s outcome and success. We are committed to advancing the mission and goals of our clients by providing unique approaches, strong project management skills, effective communication techniques, and best practice recommendations. We are continually learning and growing to stay on top of emerging ideas, issues and trends in order to provide new ideas and solutions to our clients.

 

Metro Strategies is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

 

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