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We’re hiring! → Program Manager, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

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The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation is seeking a creative professional who is dedicated to public service and helping Arizonans from all walks of life and perspectives increase their capacity for and involvement in civic leadership.

The Program Manager collaborates to operate the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Center’s flagship program. The Program Manager also strengthens other existing initiatives and services of the Center, such as CivEx; participates in designing new programming; conducts recruitment and communications activities to increase the Center’s visibility and reach throughout the state; and coordinates activities with other programs and institutions.

If you have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies, many perspectives, and different types of people; a strong record of accomplishment; broad knowledge of public policy, politics, and networks; plus experience in program development and implementation, communications, and events, you will want to look at the full position description for requirements and application instructions.

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To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Nancy Welch, Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership,


Flinn-Brown Fellows from across the state are moving ahead to more leadership achievements. Check back frequently for more updates.

Auggie Bartning (Phoenix) is now a public member on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness.
Janet Regner (Flagstaff) has been reappointed to the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice.
Alberto Olivas (Phoenix) is now a member of the Court Leadership Institute of Arizona Committee for the Arizona Supreme Court.
Keri Silvyn (Tucson) is now a member of the State Land Department Board of Appeals.
Sarah Benatar (Flagstaff) recently traveled to Australia as part of a U.S. delegation through the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
Kevin Bonine (Tucson) received an endowed faculty chair, the Philecology Chair for Biospheric Research, to support his work at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2. The chair was created through a $30 million dollar gift to Biosphere 2 and will drive continued research in food, water, and energy security.
Tony Cani (Phoenix) is now political director of the ACLU of Arizona.
Barb Lang (Gilbert) was promoted to deputy chief of standards and compliance at Community Bridges.
Chris Gibbs (Safford) was honored with the Pride of Safford Award in August. Gibbs served as mayor of Safford for three terms and is involved with a number of organizations in the area.
Laura Oldaker (Tucson) has been named the 2017 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.
Diana Rhoades (Tucson via AK and back again) has returned to Anchorage, Alaska to work for the Alaska State Legislature.
Sarah Douthit (Flagstaff) serves as the Chief Probation Officer for Coconino County Adult Probation and has been appointed to the Committee on Probation Education of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Christine Thompson (Phoenix) is now the president and CEO of Expect More Arizona.

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