Career Opportunities

Overview

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) was established to represent African American mayors and their constituents across the United States. We are a premier organization representing black elected officials, and we focus on empowering our mayors in their communities and elevating their voice on a national stage. We strengthen the executive abilities of our member mayors, and we advocate for public policy positions that benefit our constituents. Throughout the year, AAMA hosts an Annual Conference and other activities bringing together our member mayors, White House officials, Cabinet Secretaries, business leaders, educators, and other dignitaries and thought leaders.

AAMA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Internships

The African American Mayors Association Virtual Spring Internship is a fifteen-week, paid program which offers undergraduate students an opportunity to learn and navigate the functions of local government and non-profit operations. Interns will assist with policy research, social media maintenance, and other day-to-day assignments. To apply for the 2021 Spring Internship Program, application materials must be sent electronically as noted below. Please submit all application materials below in a single email to jobs@ourmayors.org  no later than November 27, 2020. 

Program Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Rising Junior or Senior enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • Selected participants must be available for the entire program from January 11- April 26, 2021

Interests/Areas of Study:

Social Sciences/Liberal Arts; Public Service; Law; Government and Business Administration; Finance Majors in all accredited disciplines are accepted and encouraged to apply.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. A completed application(PDF, 191KB)

  2. A copy of your Resume or CV

  3. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

  4. Statement of Purpose: Essay crafted to convey how this program may help you to achieve your academic and career goals. Please limit to one page single-spaced.

Future Leaders Fellowship

The African American Mayors Association 2021 Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) is a virtual paid program which offers undergraduate students an opportunity to learn and navigate the functions of local government. The fellowship will be six weeks of virtual programming and one tentative in-person meeting. Fellows will receive hands-on training and conduct research centered around racial and economic justice policy. In addition, fellows will be able to connect with AAMA Mayors and partners for 30-minute professional development workshops via video-conference. At the conclusion of the program, fellows will be awarded a $500 book stipend for the upcoming academic year. The program will start June 7, 2021 and end July 16, 2021, including the tentatively scheduled in-person meeting. 

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) program is February 19, 2021. To apply, click here

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Manager for Student Programs and Mayors’ Institute

Overview

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) Manager for Student Programs and Mayors’ Institute will manage three signature AAMA programs: (1) the Future Leaders Fellows (FLF) Program, (2) the AAMA Mayors' Institute for Racial and Economic Justice Policy (the “Mayors’ Institute”), and (3) AAMA’s fall and spring internship program. The FLF Program is a paid program which offers undergraduate students an opportunity to learn and navigate the functions of local government. In summer 2021, the program will be virtual. The Mayors’ Institute supports executive-level training of newly elected mayors, with an emphasis on supporting entrepreneurs in cities. The fall and summer internship program supports 2-3 students each semester and exposes them to non-profit operations.

Manager for Student Programs and Mayors’ Institute DutiesLeads and manages all key processes for programs;

  • Manages selection of participants and administration of all programming;
  • Leads the search, interview and onboarding process for the FLF Program;
  • Leads and manages program curriculum and partnerships for the Mayors’ Institute;
  • Leads event management for the programs;
  • Leads and manages key processes for AAMA’s fall and spring internship program;
  • Provides direct mentoring and general advising to student participants;
  • Builds relationship with partners, colleges and universities and other groups; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned based on the Association's needs.

Qualifications

  •  Strong verbal communication and writing skills;
  • Proven experience running high caliber programs related to students and/or executives; and 
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • 2-3 years of experience overseeing and coordinated adult learning

Start Date

  • The successful candidate may be remote, but Washington D.C. location preferred. However, as conditions allow, the candidate must be available to be located in the Washington D.C. area for the summer FLF program and, at a minimum, onboarding for fall and spring interns. 

Application Instructions

  • Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@ourmayors.org. Applications will be considered as they are received. 

The salary for this position is $60k-65k.

Technology Fellow (Sponsored by Google) 

Overview

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) Technology Fellow will spend 12 months fully immersed in AAMA and serve as a policy liaison between AAMA member offices, Congress and Executive Agencies, and the technology sector. The Fellow will dedicate their time to researching and engaging AAMA mayors and stakeholders on AAMA’s current tech policy portfolio that includes the digital equity/broadband access, and the future of work (previously supported by Google.org), and emergent needs in light of the COVID-10 pandemic such as telemedicine access. The Fellow will also expand AAMA capabilities to engage in additional technology related policy issues such as Section 230, antitrust, election security, the use of AI, autonomous vehicle policy, and privacy among others. 

Fellow Duties

The AAMA Technology Fellow will:

  • Conduct research on a range of technologies policies;
  • Draft policy resolutions;
  • Conduct AAMA member briefings on the key policy issues;
  • Draft op-eds, talking points, or other relevant communications for member mayors;
  • Draft template legislation;
  • Attend policy briefings with stakeholders on tech policy issues;
  • Building coalitions with partners and other groups; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned based on the Association's needs.

Qualifications

The AAMA Technology Fellow must have:

  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to distill technology issues to lay audiences;
  • Proven experience and/or interest in technology policy; and
  • Recently finishing (or projected to finish by June 2021) a policy degree program (Master's, PhD, or completed PhD coursework (ABD)).

Fellowship Benefits

The fellow salary is $55,000, with health and welfare benefits provided to other employees.

Start Date

The office is currently virtual, but the successful candidate must be able to relocate to the Washington, D.C. area by June 1, 2021 as safety allows. No relocation assistance provided. Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@ourmayors.org. Applications will be considered as they are received.