WCU MPA Program

WCU MPA Program Welcome to the Western Carolina University Masters of Public Affairs Program! This page is intended to build community among WCU MPA alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and prospective students. Follow us for job postings, upcoming events, and more

Welcome to the official page of the Western Carolina University Masters of Public Affairs Program! This page is intended to build community among WCU MPA alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and prospective students. Follow us for job postings, upcoming events, and more! Visit our website for more information: http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/social-sciences/poliscipublicaffairs/mpa/

Operating as usual

07/08/2020
Association of Local Government Catamounts - ALGC

Association of Local Government Catamounts - ALGC

Congratulations to WCU MPA Alum
Savannah Parrish who accepted the position of Town Clerk & Public Information Officer for the town of Black Mountain, NC.

Please join us in congratulating her on this accomplishment.

06/26/2020
marionnc.org

Check out the City of Marion’s Planner I/Code Enforcement Officer job opening:http://marionnc.org//Marion/uploads//Employment/Planner%20I-Code%20Enforcement%20Officer%20-%20Position%20Opening.pdf

Check out this Equity and Network Development Specialist job opening with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe Count...
06/23/2020
Equity and Network Development Specialist Job in Asheville, NC at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

Check out this Equity and Network Development Specialist job opening with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/c/United-Way-of-Asheville-and-Buncombe-County/Job/Equity-and-Network-Development-Specialist/-in-Asheville,NC?jid=DQ7cbadf21bae75a272ac8a48b5ec9d0f6&utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

Easy 1-Click Apply (UNITED WAY OF ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY) Equity and Network Development Specialist job in Asheville, NC. View job description, responsibilities and qualifications. See if you qualify!

Another great opportunity! Buncombe County is seeking a performance management director. https://buncombecounty.wd1.mywo...
06/18/2020
Performance Management Director

Another great opportunity! Buncombe County is seeking a performance management director. https://buncombecounty.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Buncombe_County_Careers/job/Asheville-NC/Performance-Management-Director_R00916

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our ci...

Exciting job opportunity in Laurel Park:Job SummaryManagement TechnicianLaurel Park, NCGrade 13 ($37,373 - $55,504) DOQ ...
06/18/2020
VACANCY- Management Technician

Exciting job opportunity in Laurel Park:

Job Summary
Management Technician
Laurel Park, NC
Grade 13 ($37,373 - $55,504) DOQ August 17, 2020
Under general supervision, this position serves as an integral part of the executive management team responsible for providing leadership support for the Town Manager by performing complex administrative tasks, project oversight, and management analysis requiring a dynamic skill set. An employee in this class requires significant initiative, independent judgment, and discretion with a considerable workload and extensive public contact. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Town Manager

https://www.laurelpark.org/index.asp?SEC=32FD19B1-D48B-42BD-9F45-D14E8D3D6ADA&DE=E501F023-4044-4447-8BA5-2925415766FB

Under general supervision, this position serves as an integral part of the executive management team responsible for providing leadership support for the Town Manager by performing complex administrative tasks, project oversight, and management analysis requiring a dynamic skill set. An employee in....

If you had any trouble accessing the scholarship donation link posted yesterday, you can try here instead: Looking for w...
06/13/2020
Western Carolina University

If you had any trouble accessing the scholarship donation link posted yesterday, you can try here instead:

Looking for ways to help educate the next generation of public servants in Western North Carolina? Please consider giving to our MPA scholarship. We're half-way to our goal! https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/9226/donations/new

Join me and make a gift to the MPA Scholarship at Western Carolina University

MPA alum Emily Ball is in the news with information on homelessness in Asheville: https://wlos.com/news/local/despite-th...
06/11/2020
Despite the growing gap between income and housing costs, homelessness decreases

MPA alum Emily Ball is in the news with information on homelessness in Asheville: https://wlos.com/news/local/despite-the-growing-gap-between-income-and-housing-costs-homelessness-decreases

We’re proud of all our alumni and the impacts you have on our community and region!

Despite Asheville's growing gap between income and housing costs, the city saw a slight decrease in homelessness over last year, and, overall in 12 years, the issue has remained unchanged on average. The Homeless Coalition met for the first time since March via Zoom Tuesday afternoon. It gave agenci...

05/26/2020
Town Manager (315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC, USA)

Job opening for a town manager in Indian Trail.

Send letter of interest and resume to: Ellis Hankins, Sr. VP, The Mercer Group, Inc., [email protected] or request recruitment brochure for more information. Review of applications begins 7/7/20.

See the job ad here: https://www.careersingovernment.com/job/361342/town-manager/?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

Town Manager is appointed by and works under the direction of the Mayor and five-member Town Council; council-manager form of government. Supervises seven departments, including contracted services; 40 FTE, 10 part-time. General Fund budget $11.8 million, total $17.9 million. Sound finances.

MPA student and alumni job seekers--The International Friendship Center in Highlands, NC https://internationalfriendship...
04/25/2020

MPA student and alumni job seekers--The International Friendship Center in Highlands, NC https://internationalfriendshipcenter.org is seeking an Executive Director. Applications are being accepted until May 31. Check out the job ad for this exciting opportunity:

We’re proud of the ways many of our students and alumni are contributing to the COVID-19 response. Check out some of the...
04/21/2020
Graduates of WCU's MPA program on front line of 'locally executed' response to COVID-19 - WCU News

We’re proud of the ways many of our students and alumni are contributing to the COVID-19 response. Check out some of their inspiring leadership efforts!

https://news-prod.wcu.edu/2020/04/graduates-of-wcus-mpa-program-on-front-line-of-locally-executed-response-to-covid-19

Locally executed, state managed and federally supported. That’s how the Federal Emergency Management Agency has long described the ideal way to respond to major disasters.

04/17/2020

Just a reminder to current MPA students, now is a great time to polish your resume and submit an application for our annual mock interviews. Contact Dr. Rimes if you need the link or directions about the mock interview process.

Free Webinar Opportunity: The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is co-hosting a webinar this Thursday, A...
04/13/2020
Acceptable Losses? COVID-19: Social Equity and the African American Community

Free Webinar Opportunity: The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is co-hosting a webinar this Thursday, April 16 at 4 p.m. EDT, this discussion will examine social equity and the coronavirus pandemic, with a specific focus on the African-American community.

Presenters:
Susan T. Gooden (Moderator), Interim Dean and Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Curtis Brown, Co-Founder and COO, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management
William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO

This webinar is free to all who wish to attend. Register online here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5259686900906740750

African-Americans are dying at alarming rates during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In Chicago, 70% of the deaths have been among African Americans, while they only constitute 30% of the population. Similar data patterns are occurring across the United States. This webinar examines social equity and...

04/10/2020
Western Carolina University

Check it out here: https://youtu.be/Vm5OIoJAnuA

In this edition of "Catamount Connections", MPA student Lance Morsell talks with Chris Cooper, Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, about the local government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in!

Thanks again to Shannon Barrett, City of Asheville, for sharing her expertise Tuesday night on the role of manager as co...
02/20/2020

Thanks again to Shannon Barrett, City of Asheville, for sharing her expertise Tuesday night on the role of manager as coach. Our students enjoyed her engaging talk and practical takeaways!

Mark your calendars for 6:00 PM on February 18th at WCU Biltmore Park room 342. Shannon Barrett, City of Asheville Human...
02/12/2020

Mark your calendars for 6:00 PM on February 18th at WCU Biltmore Park room 342. Shannon Barrett, City of Asheville Human Resources Manager will be discussing the role of the manager as a coach. She will share practical tips with our students gained from her experience as a certified coach for ten years and her use of coaching skills daily in her HR work. This promises to be a great talk, so don't miss it! Pizza dinner provided!

Ten of our MPA students attended the NCCCMA conference this week. Our program would like to say thank you to all the ded...
02/07/2020

Ten of our MPA students attended the NCCCMA conference this week. Our program would like to say thank you to all the dedicated public servants who spent time networking and sharing their experiences with our students during the event. Also, congratulations to Mollie Jones for being recognized for receiving the Jake Wicker scholarship and to Rachel Taylor for doing an excellent poster presentation!

Check out these job opportunities with the NC Rural Center, a Raleigh based non-profit that provides support to rural ar...
01/15/2020
Career Opportunities | NC Rural Center

Check out these job opportunities with the NC Rural Center, a Raleigh based non-profit that provides support to rural areas of the state: https://www.ncruralcenter.org/about-us/career-opportunities/

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New year and exciting new job opportunities at the City of Asheville! Check out their Economic Development Specialist  O...
01/07/2020
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

New year and exciting new job opportunities at the City of Asheville! Check out their Economic Development Specialist Opening:
Economic Development Specialist:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2673789/economic-development-specialist?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.

Congratulations to our newest WCU MPA alumni. We’re proud of you!
12/14/2019

Congratulations to our newest WCU MPA alumni. We’re proud of you!

Help needed!  Calling all Asheville area WCU MPA alumni, students, and friends.  This is a GREAT time of year to help ot...
12/12/2019

Help needed! Calling all Asheville area WCU MPA alumni, students, and friends. This is a GREAT time of year to help others. Community Action Opportunities, a fantastic nonprofit in our area, is facing a shortage of sponsors for their children this holiday season. Please visit one of their trees at Whole Foods (the Merrimon or Tunnel Road location), grab an ornament, and make a child’s Christmas wish come true! This is a quick call due to a drastic shortage of sponsors. Gifts should be returned by December 17.

Another way to help is to spread the word - tell others, share this post, etc. We can make this happen!!

One more recent job opportunity at the City of Asheville: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/264909...
12/09/2019
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

One more recent job opportunity at the City of Asheville:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2649097/executive-assistant-city-managers-office?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.

Special thanks to four tremendous town/city managers who shared their expertise with PA 672 (Public Organizational Theor...
12/05/2019

Special thanks to four tremendous town/city managers who shared their expertise with PA 672 (Public Organizational Theory) students last night at WCU Biltmore Park. Pictured (L to R) are Todd Herms (Maiden, NC), Chase Winebarger (Catawba, NC), Jason Brown (Claremont, NC), and Paige Dowling (Sylva, NC).

Thanks so much for a fantastic panel and Q&A session!

Take a look at another set of exciting career opportunities with the City of Asheville! HR Data Analyst:  https://www.go...
12/04/2019
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

Take a look at another set of exciting career opportunities with the City of Asheville!

HR Data Analyst:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2641489/hr-data-specialist?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Workforce Development Program Coordinator:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2640102/workforce-development-program-coordinator?page=5&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Community Development Coordinator:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2637818/community-development-coordinator?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.

MPA Student and alumni job seekers, check out these exciting opportunities at the City of Asheville! https://www.governm...
11/21/2019
Job Opportunities | City of Asheville

MPA Student and alumni job seekers, check out these exciting opportunities at the City of Asheville!

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2636962/business-resource-coordinator?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2637818/community-development-coordinator?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashevillenc/jobs/2603331/transit-grants-coordinator?page=5&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The City of Asheville is dedicated to providing quality service for the residents and visitors of our beautiful city, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Asheville, NC is a thriving mountain city that has a culture enriched in diversity.

Read about the exciting work conducted by Rachel Taylor, a current MPA student: https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/...
11/15/2019
Study Looks At River Access – Transylvania County, NC

Read about the exciting work conducted by Rachel Taylor, a current MPA student: https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/story/2019/11/14/news/study-looks-at-river-access-transylvania-county-nc/42853.html

A new study on access to the French Broad River suggests investing in river “blueway” infrastructure will boost the local economy. The study, which was recently approved by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners, was written by Rachel Taylor, a Western Carolina University student studyin...

Thanks to Kathleen Osta for the wonderful discussion she led with our MPA students tonight!
11/12/2019

Thanks to Kathleen Osta for the wonderful discussion she led with our MPA students tonight!

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Anyone looking for a great opportunity to join the NC Guardian ad Litem Program?
Any MPA folks looking for a position in the Triangle? The org I work for is looking for a full-time Marketing & Outreach Coordinator!
FYI. Let's flood Hendo with some MPA folks!
Attention WCU MPAs: The second annual WNC Outdoor Economy Conference will be October 10 in Asheville. WCU hosted the first OEC on campus in Cullowhee last October and remains an integral part of this year's event, which has already grown to become one of the largest - if not THE largest - outdoor-themed conference east of the Mississippi! WCU students can still get reduced price tickets by entering Promotional Code STUDENTDEAL at https://outdooreconomy.org/ (students will be asked to show their student ID when checking-in). WCU staff, faculty, and alumni should enter Promotional Code OUTDOORPRO at https://outdooreconomy.org/. But hurry! Tickets are going fast!
FYI....
A criminal justice research position is open at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Students who are interested in criminal justice policy research should consider applying!
Take a look at the job openings at Land of Sky Regional Council. It's a perfect local government office to utilize your MPA degree.
Great opportunity in Macon County to work in the Guardian ad Litem Program!