Research Associate (Urban Sustainability Non-Profit Seeks Civic Tastemaker)

Meeting of the Minds brings together urban sustainability and technology leaders to share knowledge and build lasting alliances. We’re a small non-profit making a big impact in the future of sustainable, equitable, and networked cities. Through the generous support of our private, public, and philanthropic partners, we are able to deliver a range of programs – from our Annual Summit each fall, to our monthly webinars, to daily publications on our blog.

Meeting of the Minds is looking for a Part-time Research Associate to help manage and curate our live events, identify emerging trends, conduct interviews with potential speakers and innovators, write reports, and build our programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in urban planning/policy, sustainability, and events, as well as a talent for research and writing. The Research Associate will also assist with grant proposal writing, project management, and managing relationships with partners and sponsors.

Candidates must have experience navigating the public, private, non-profit, academic, and philanthropic sectors, as well as a deep understanding of the interrelationships between the technology industry, civic technology ecosystem, and the relevant communities/networks interested in the future of sustainable and smart cities.

Meeting of the Minds employees work remotely, and interested candidates must have demonstrated success in non-traditional, digital work environments. This position reports to the Executive Director and is 20 hours per week. Occasional travel for conferences.



  • Work with the Executive Director to curate sessions and identify speakers for live events
  • Research and identify global best practices and trends
  • Interview leaders in urban sustainability, innovation and technology
  • Onboard, manage, and prepare speakers for live events
  • Project management
  • Literature review and roadmap project
  • Assist in grant proposal writing
  • Assist in managing sponsors and partners
  • Possibly facilitate workshops as needed


  • 5-7+ years experience in sustainability, public policy, urban planning with multiple projects that require close collaboration and strict deadlines
  • Graduate degree or MBA with an emphasis in Public Policy, Urban and Regional Planning, or related field
  • Demonstrated success as a tastemaker and trend spotter in urban sustainability and innovation
  • Existing network with the sustainability and smart city community
  • A self-starter, comfortable working remotely; also, a team player, ready to problem solve in real-time during live events
  • An outgoing personality and a natural curiosity
  • Interdisciplinary thinker and background
  • Mastery of Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, Dropbox
  • Experience with CRM software
  • Must be available and on site for 2018 Annual Summit (November 27-29, 2018 in Sacramento, CA) as well as other workshops and conferences


  • Help catalyze the development of smart, connected, equitable cities
  • Competitive salary
  • Work remotely
  • Flexible schedule

Source: Meeting of the Minds

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, April 6, 2018