The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization created by leading practitioners and theory builders in the field of dispute resolution. CBI serves public, nonprofit, and private clients worldwide by providing facilitation, collaboration, and dispute resolution services; training in negotiation and consensus building techniques; and evaluative research. CBI also plays a key role in helping to build the intellectual capital of the field. CBI believes that our most challenging problems are solved through collaboration. When the ideas, values, and voices of all affected stakeholders are included, we can achieve outcomes that are wise, fair, and lasting.
CBI conducts its work in the U.S. and internationally with offices and staff in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Portland, ME; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; New York, New York; Montreal, Canada; and Santiago, Chile. In California, we work and partner with organizations and agencies at the local, state, and federal level with a particular focus on natural resource issues (water, forestry, wildlife, climate) and on organizational strategy and direction.
CBI is an equal opportunity employer. We aim to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people do their best work together. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply. CBI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our organization and in our collaboration practices.
The CBI Junior Associate position is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual early in their career to explore the field of public collaboration and consensus building, build valuable knowledge and skills, and work on a wide range of challenging public issues. Junior Associates work with multiple senior staff on CBI’s domestic and international projects. Expected tasks include:
We are looking for someone who is eager to work for two to four years at CBI. Our expectation is that the Junior Associate then moves on to other graduate educational or professional opportunities, with a potential for return to CBI sometime in the future. Previous Junior Associates have been accepted at prestigious graduate schools around the country.
Desired, but not required skill sets include:
Women and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Compensation is $45,000 - $55,000/year depending on experience. In addition, CBI offers an excellent package of benefits, including health and dental insurance, fourteen paid holidays, two weeks vacation, training and mentoring, and a retirement plan.
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