Dayton, Ohio is a progressive mid-sized city experiencing a period of significant reinvention. Dayton’s population has recently stabilized after decades of decline, and the city’s downtown and neighborhoods are seeing new activity and investment. Yet significant challenges related to poverty and long-term disinvestment remain, and the City is working to make sure that new investment and opportunities benefit all residents.
First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan Whaley was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children. Mayor Whaley is a national leader among her peers, and in 2017 was named one of Politico’s “Mayors Going Places.” Her leadership roles include serving on the Board of Trustees for the US Conference of Mayors as well as Chair of the International Committee for the conference. She is also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities.
In her 2019 State of the City address, Mayor Whaley announced a new strategic focus for the city that will aim to reduce barriers to opportunity for residents. Mayor Whaley’s office is seeking a Director’s Intern to work on a summer-long special project related to this new strategic focus. The intern will work closely with the mayor’s Senior Policy Aide and other senior staff on this project, but will also be expected to work independently. The intern may also be assigned other shorter-term projects as needed, including helping with events, constituent assistance, or scheduling.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently
- Must exemplify the City of Dayton’s core customer service values: being courteous and professional, taking accountability and ownership, and taking initiative.
- Experience interacting with grassroots and grasstops community stakeholders
- An interest in urban policy, particularly in older industrial cities