2018-19 Community Fellow Program – Community Council

Community Council 

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Email application material to: cveninga@wwcommunitycouncil.org

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until Sept. 9th

Community Fellows—students in their Junior or Senior Year—must be ELIGIBLE to work in the U.S. and ABLE to work the ENTIRE 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR, September-May (except for College breaks).

This position is part of 2018-19 Whitman College Community Fellow Program. Students will receive an Educational Award from Whitman College. More information about the program here!

You can also find this position on Handshake here!


Name of Organization: Community Council

Title of Fellow: Assistant Study Coordinator

Proposed Hours of Work per Week/Days of Week: 5-6 hours per week/flexible; required hours:  Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 (with some flexibility). Fellow will work a total of 160 hours for the organization plus 20 hours in weekly meetings at Whitman College for academic year.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info (email and phone): Catherine Veninga, 509-529-0119, cveninga@wwcommunitycouncil.org

Mission of organization: Community Council’s mission is to foster a trusted gathering place where people engage in dialogue, inquiry, and advocacy to build a vibrant region for everyone. Our vision is a community where all people come together to create the future they want.

Project Description: Get engaged in grass-roots community building by playing an integral role in Community Council’s study/advocacy process.  Your primary responsibility will be to contribute to the development of a community study.  During this 26-week process, you will:  help determine the study content (topic is yet to be determined) and identify resource speakers; reach out to and support speakers regarding their study presentations; attend study meetings and draft comprehensive meeting summaries; help draft and edit the study report, which will be published in June 2019.  You will also have an opportunity to become engaged in on-going advocacy work to support the Enhancing Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Education as a Path to Economic Growth implementation work.  This is an unparalleled opportunity to work with leaders throughout the region, learn grass-roots community building from the ground up, and participate in the development of a study that will generate positive, long-term community impacts.

Skills required:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to engage with diverse community members and make them feel comfortable.
  • Ability to work well in a team and collaborate.
  • Ability to manage a diversity of tasks and prioritize.

 Skills gained:

  • Community outreach and engagement.
  • Advocacy facilitation.
  • Community networking.
  • Honed written and oral communication.


  • Attend most weekly study meetings on Tuesdays, from 4:30-6:00.
  • Conduct research in support of the study process.  Includes helping to interview potential resource speakers and finding and reading supplemental reports.
  • Write meeting summaries as experience with study process is gained.
  • Interact with and support resource speakers regarding their study presentations.
  • Support advocacy work as needed/available.


  • Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. (e.g. U.S. citizen or green card holder), must be available for the entire 2018-19 academic year, must be available on 9/21 from 4-5 p.m. and must be able to attend 20 meetings (20 hours/bi-weekly meetings) focused on professional development hosted by Whitman College (facilitated by Victoria Wolff, Assistant Director for Internship Programs, SEC).
  • Interact with community members and resource speakers in a warm and professional manner.
  • Strong writing skills to draft and edit summaries and reports.
  • Strong communication skills to clarify tasks, responsibilities and roles within a team environment

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