Job Opening: Public Policy Fellow

As our Public Policy Fellow you will support CCHRC’s municipal, state and federal policy work. You will research, analyze, and support the Executive Director, board committee, and advocacy partners on mission-specific core issues. The work plan for the position will be shaped by the applicant’s interests and skills. The CCHRC Policy Principles can be found on our website. This position if offered through the Alaska Fellows Program.

What You’ll Do Every Day 

  • Conduct research on legislation and key issues important to the mission of CCHRC and partner organizations. 
  • Actively engage with rural and urban residents, community groups, researchers, policy makers and local businesses to collaborate on relevant legislation, topics, or issues. 
  • Prepare letters of support, talking points, issue briefs, testimony, and presentations. 
  • Support the development of strategies and action-oriented plans. 
  • Responsible for developing written materials across a broad range of needs, including research papers, outreach materials on key topics and preparing presentations, white papers and/or communication materials with CCHRC staff and partners. 
  • Assist the Staff Lead for Board Advocacy and Policy Committee on key events or meetings. 

Position Logistics: 

Hours for this position are approximately 40 hours a week. Hours are flexible with prior planning and coordination with the small office team, and may be flexible depending on community or educational events, or other activities where CCHRC would need to be represented. Travel within the state may be necessary and will be funded by CCHRC. Work from home flexibility is permitted. We are a dog friendly office so the ability to work with animals is a must! 


Our ideal candidate will have experience advocating for others.  We are looking for someone who is attentive to details, well organized, and loves to work with an amazing team.  Experience working on a campaign or influencing policy is ideal.  We are a small team so the ability to take initiative and work independently is crucial to being successful in this position.  Preference will be made for those who have experience working on Alaska based issues and/or know about Alaska’s history, political landscape, and cultures.  All applicants must be able to show proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.  

The Fellowship is September 2024 through May 2025.
For questions about the position please contact: Jacqueline Muehlbauer,; 907-347-3454


To Apply: Please complete the google form linked HERE including submitting all requested application materials.

Application Materials: 

Resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, and a writing sample based on the following three questions. Writing sample should be no more than 3 pages. 

  • What knowledge and experience do you bring to this fellowship, including specific strengths, academic training, and relevant work experience, and how will they be transferable and beneficial to housing policy in Alaska? (<1 page) 
  • Describe how you have supported and assisted policy related projects. Be specific about the public policy challenge you addressed, the outcome, and how you worked with others to address it. (<1 page)
  • Complete an Issue Brief on a topic that impacts the Alaska community for the Advocacy and Policy board committee. (<1 page)

It is the policy of Cold Climate Housing Research Center to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.