Open Positions


Open positions

Communications Associate

IEI is currently seeking to fill a Communications Associate position.

The Communications Associate at the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) helps raise awareness of IEI’s activities and resources with the goal of increasing overall engagement in our work. This position works closely with the Communications Director on website, social media and public relations content. Primary activities include writing and editing content on IEI’s website, coordinating all e-newsletters, analyzing data trends, conducting day to day operations with social media, and developing and editing content with our policy team. Content may be written, photography, video and data.

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IEI emerging leaders fellows PROGRAM



The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) brings people together around complex issues in pursuit of a single goal: to ensure North Carolina’s future competitiveness. We use a collaborative approach, gathering diverse groups of people from across North Carolina to respond to critical questions that span sectors, regions and perspectives. We work across four focus areas– education, health, natural and built environments, and economy. Through our work, we attempt to raise awareness and understanding of the state’s most pressing issues, foster new collaborations that lead to innovative ideas, and catalyze collective action to help people and organizations from across the state implement their ideas in ways that increase the state’s social and economic prosperity.


IEI recognizes the importance of cultivating a new generation of state leaders. These leaders will come from across the state, or perhaps even from outside of North Carolina. They may be entrepreneurs or educators, policymakers or health care practitioners, service workers or manufacturers, academics or faith leaders. But they will all share a passion for North Carolina and its people, a drive for creative problem solving, and a commitment to collaboration.

IEI, with the generous support of BB&T, has established an Emerging Leaders Program as part of an extended effort to train our up-and-coming leaders.

As part of this program, IEI will hire two outstanding recent graduates as its Emerging Leaders Fellows. The Fellows will work as an integral part of the IEI team on a variety of projects. Over the course of their time with IEI, the Fellows will:

  • Serve as both lead and assistant on programs related to engaging other emerging leaders across the state;
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of IEI’s yearly program of work and the world-renowned Emerging Issues Forum; and
  • Work with the IEI Director to formulate an individualized plan of work to develop particular skills of value to both the Fellow and IEI.

 Realizing that young professionals have varying needs and a wide range of priorities and scheduling plans, this fellow will be hired for an 11 month term. IEI asks that the applicants self-select what timeline will best fit them and their professional goals. If an applicant would like to be considered for either position please submit applications under both listings.

IEI will provide a competitive compensation package including:

  • $45,000 annual salary, state holidays and two weeks paid vacation
  • Employee benefits
  • $1,000 professional development allowance
  • Reimbursements for approved business related expenses.


  1. The Fellow must be a graduate of an accredited two- or four-year college or university. In addition, a graduate degree or 2 years of work experience are suggested but not required.
  2. The Fellow must demonstrate interest in and commitment to public service and economic development in North Carolina.
  3. The Fellow must exhibit exemplary leadership and collaboration skills.
  4. The Fellow must show evidence of innovative thinking in preparing North Carolina for long-term social and economic prosperity.


Applications for the 2014-2015 year Fellowship and the 2014-2016 Fellowship are now closed.

Interviews will be conducted in two rounds. Semifinalists will be interviewed by phone, and finalists will be invited to interview in person at IEI on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

The 2013-14 Emerging Leaders Fellow Program will consist of one 11-month Fellow whose term will begin on June 1, 2014 and a 23-month Fellow whose term will begin on July 1, 2014.

Without prior agreement, the selected Fellow is expected to be available for the entirety of the program. Any questions about the Emerging Leaders Fellow Program should be directed to Allison Hawkins, Emerging Leaders Fellow, by email ( or phone (919-513-0803).


Monday, April 14-Wednesday April 16 – Semifinalist interviews (by phone)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Finalist interviews (at IEI)
June 1, 2014 – 11-month Fellow Program begins
July 1, 2014 – 23-month Fellow Program begins