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/

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!

Congratulations to WCU MPA alum Preston Blakely on his electoral win!
11/07/2019

Congratulations to WCU MPA alum Preston Blakely on his electoral win!

If you have not heard yet, WE WON THE ELECTION!

I received so much support from so many different people in so many different ways. This is an incredible feat that could not be done alone.

I thank you all for everything. It’s time to get to work!

Mark your calendars for 6:00 PM on November 11th at WCU Biltmore Park room 346. Kathleen Osta of Vital Clarity will be l...
11/04/2019

Mark your calendars for 6:00 PM on November 11th at WCU Biltmore Park room 346. Kathleen Osta of Vital Clarity will be leading a hands-on professional development workshop on effective managerial communication strategies. This will be an excellent learning opportunity, so don't miss it! Pizza dinner provided!

Thanks to Ashley Fay, City of Asheville, for her excellent talk about career planning tonight!
10/28/2019

Thanks to Ashley Fay, City of Asheville, for her excellent talk about career planning tonight!

10/23/2019
NCGrowth – NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

Congratulations to MPA Student Rachel Taylor on being accepted to present a paper at the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Conference in March 2020! Rachel worked through NCGrowth (https://ncgrowth.unc.edu) to help write an economic development recommendation report related to increasing recreation on the French Broad River in Transylvania County.

NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

Fantastic job opportunity! Henderson County is hiring for a Planner I position. https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/planni...
10/18/2019
Planner I | Henderson County North Carolina

Fantastic job opportunity! Henderson County is hiring for a Planner I position. https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/planning/page/planner-i-0?fbclid=IwAR0Z5jS2VHX3jIWLyqjfsz8sp2isRQLdjbXA6WQrUmg6BBifaEZJ9NXGHaU

Duties and Responsibilities: Performs intermediate professional planning, research, analytical, and technical duties in the County Planning Department to ensure the orderly growth of the County and efficient administration of County resources; reviews, approves, and/or certifies development and perm...

Make plans to come check out our first professional development talk of the year! On Monday October 28th at 6:00 PM at W...
10/15/2019

Make plans to come check out our first professional development talk of the year! On Monday October 28th at 6:00 PM at WCU Biltmore Park room 346, Ashley Fay will offer our students valuable advice on career planning.

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09/13/2019
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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!

The North Carolina Local Government Budget Association is hosting its winter conference in Asheville December 11-13. See...
09/13/2019
Conferences

The North Carolina Local Government Budget Association is hosting its winter conference in Asheville December 11-13. See the conference site for a conference scholarship application:
http://nclgba.org/wordpress/conferences/

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Fantastic write-up on MPA alumnus and current Town Manager of Sylva (NC), Paige Dowling.  Check it out, and be inspired!...
09/04/2019
2019 Trailblazer: Paige Dowling

Fantastic write-up on MPA alumnus and current Town Manager of Sylva (NC), Paige Dowling. Check it out, and be inspired!
https://businessnc.com/2019-trailblazer-paige-dowling/

Paige Dowling is credited as the state’s youngest female town manager after being appointed to the position at age 25 in Sylva. She’s one of North Carolina’s two town managers who also serve as Main Street Economic Development directors.

Special thanks to Tiffany Iheanacho (WCU MPA ‘16), Justice Resource Coordinator for Buncombe County Government, for spea...
08/06/2019

Special thanks to Tiffany Iheanacho (WCU MPA ‘16), Justice Resource Coordinator for Buncombe County Government, for speaking to our PA 693 (Collaborative Governance) students last evening about how the Justice Resource Center does all of its fantastic work. The talk was extremely informative and inspiring! Thanks so much, Tiffany!

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is seeking a new Executive Director. Check out the job announcement here: https:...
07/18/2019
Literacy Council Executive Director Position Announcement - Literacy Council of Buncombe County

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is seeking a new Executive Director. Check out the job announcement here: https://litcouncil.com/literacy-council-executive-director-position-announcement/

Our Vision A community in which literacy is highly valued and achievable for all. Our Mission To increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through one-on-one and small group instruction by trained volunteers and access to literacy resources. The Organization The Literacy Council of...

Joseph Jamison, Director of Operations and Program Excellence for OpenDoors Asheville, stopped by our PA 693 (Collaborat...
07/02/2019

Joseph Jamison, Director of Operations and Program Excellence for OpenDoors Asheville, stopped by our PA 693 (Collaborative Governance) class last evening to share insights on partnering with local governments and other nonprofits to achieve greater opportunities for underserved members of the Asheville community. Many thanks to Joseph for sharing his knowledge and experiences. Please check out and support OpenDoors Asheville - a wonderful organization making a real difference in people’s lives!

06/28/2019

Congratulations to 2019 WCU MPA graduate Lilly Hatton for landing a fantastic position as Town Clerk and Associate Finance Officer of Lake Waccamaw, NC! We’re incredibly proud of you, Lillian!

06/04/2019

Congratulations to MPA student Lauren Stepp for being selected to represent the WCU MPA Program at the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association’s summer conference in Wilmington this July (complete with a scholarship to attend). We’re proud of you, Lauren!

05/31/2019

Congratulations to MPA alumnus Alison Krauss for being named Director of the Office of Research Administration at Western Carolina University! We’re incredibly happy for you, Alison. Well deserved.

05/21/2019

A big congratulations to MPA student Rachel Taylor on getting married this past Saturday! We’re always happy to see our students and alumni happy, and wish you and Lee all the best!!

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates!  Your hard work, dedication, and commitment led to walking across that sta...
05/11/2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates! Your hard work, dedication, and commitment led to walking across that stage. Celebrate it, enjoy it, and use your MPA well in service to others. We’re proud of you!!

Pictured (L to R) are: Steve Orr, Dorcas Munoko, Preston Blakely, Lindsey Prather, Tyler Morrow, Laurie Sickles, and Lillian Hatton.

Spring 2019 graduates not pictured: Connie Davies, David House, and Harper Spires.

Congratulations to all of our students who presented their capstone projects this past Friday!! They did amazing work wi...
05/05/2019

Congratulations to all of our students who presented their capstone projects this past Friday!! They did amazing work with local governments and nonprofits by conducting research, evaluating programs, developing surveys, and so much more. We couldn't be prouder.

Also, special shout-out to our MPA award winners at Political Science/Public Affairs Day. Preston Blakely was named Outstanding MPA Student (Public Management), Stephanie Krucher was named Outstanding MPA Student (Nonprofit) (not pictured), and Lindsey Prather and Tyler Morrow were both inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.

05/01/2019

Fantastic job opportunity with Appalachian Voices!

New Economy Program Field Coordinator

Appalachian Voices is seeking a Field Coordinator based in our Norton, Va., office to build local power and engagement in the Just Transition movement by recruiting, engaging, and activating community members in Southwest Virginia through our New Economy Program. The Field Coordinator will develop community leaders, support the strengthening of new and existing community-based organizations, conduct educational trainings on solar and economic development, and execute strategic campaigns focused around solar, coal-impacted land redevelopment, and land ownership issues in Southwest Virginia.

This position will foster the connection between community members and our work, making sure that local, diverse community voices and perspectives are informing the economic and community development decisions that are being made both within our organization and the region as a whole. Foundational to success is a well-developed understanding of community organizing in rural settings, as well as community and economic development within a Just Transition framework.

Appalachian Voices is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in our work and in our organizational structure. We seek applicants who share and exhibit these principles. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position. We understand people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the primary roles and responsibilities below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

Strong candidates will:

Demonstrate strong skills in community engagement and organizing including recruiting and stewarding volunteer leaders in rural and marginalized communities.
Understand, or be able to learn, state and federal policies and programs that impact Central Appalachia, particularly at the intersection of environmental justice and economic development.
Effectively facilitate dialogue and listen deeply to the perspectives of partners and stakeholders.
Thrive in a highly collaborative setting while being self-motivated and creative.

Specific workload includes:

Building relationships with community members and key partners;
Supporting the strengthening of new and existing community-based organizations;
Planning, organizing and executing public events including community meetings, presentations, workshops, town halls, petition drives, press conferences, etc.;
Implementing campaigns and supporting projects of our New Economy program;
Working closely with the communications team to develop digital materials for emails, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, social media posts and events, and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership;
Maintaining detailed databases and listservs for volunteers, community leaders, community partners, etc.
The New Economy Field Coordinator position is based in our Norton, VA office and will report to the New Economy Program Manager. This is a place-based employment opportunity within far Southwest Virginia, working out of our Norton office on a daily basis, without the option of telecommuting. Our office is located within walking distance of the Jefferson National Forest and has easy access to multiple incredible outdoor recreation opportunities and cultural assets. The region is in the midst of an exciting renaissance, and we seek an individual who is as excited about being a part of that—both professionally and personally—as we are.

Compensation and Benefits:

Appalachian Voices offers competitive compensation and benefits that includes employer-paid health care, vision and dental policies with options to include family members at a reduced cost; as well as generous paid vacation and parental leave, and an employer-matched retirement plan. This is a full time, permanent position. Targeted hiring range is between $32,000 and 40,000.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled and interviews may start by mid-May 2019. The start date will be July 1 or later. Apply now! Please send resume and a brief cover letter (one page) that addresses the questions below to [email protected]. Questions about the position are welcomed via email. No calls, please.

- What’s your connection to Appalachia and why do you want to work in Norton, Virginia?
- Share one example of your experience organizing with communities to achieve a goal: what was the objective, who was involved and what was your role?
- What does a Just Transition in Appalachia look like to you?

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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!