Job Opportunity: Program Assistant, Mexico Institute

1620505_820228064671080_545656447_nTitle: Program Assistant, Mexico Institute
Agency: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Job Announcement Number: WC-16-08T SALARY: $35,265 Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Series: AD-303

The incumbent serves as the principal administrative, clerical, and project support assistant for the Mexico Institute.

The responsibilities will include:

Oversees the organization of Institute events which may include arranging travel and accommodations for staff and visitors;

Performs research related to program activities;

Compiles and maintains computer database of subject matter experts, peer reviewers, conference participants, media, and the general public interested in program events, etc. and is responsible for updating and distributing information through the use of automated mailing lists;

Arranging for facilities, catering, A/V and any other necessary services;

Routinely drafts correspondence for the Institute Director’s signature;

Receives visitors, answers phones and provides information related to program activities;

Prepares a variety of financial forms, correspondence, reports on a PC;

Processes payments and reimbursements for consultants, project participants, and partner organizations.

Updates the Institute’s webpages regularly in consultation with the Deputy Director and Director;

Provides orientation for scholars and the processing of their associated paperwork;

Assists with the preparation of newsletters, other Institute publications;

Organizes and maintains files on all events and funding sources;

Drafts summaries of Mexico Institute events for publication on Mexico Institute website.

And performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Required

This position requires the ability to use a personal computer and the ability to use a variety of office software (word processing, database, email, web authoring, etc.) to perform office work; experience in the coordination of special events; and knowledge of standard office procedures. Knowledge and an interest in Mexican history, culture and/or society and Spanish language fluency are highly desirable.

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Immigrants Seen as Way to Refill Detroit Ranks

120px-A_day_without_immigrants_-_La_Raza_unida_jamás_será_vencidaThe New York Times, 01/23/2014

For Detroit, a city that has watched a population in free fall, officials have a new antidote: immigrants.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts.

Under the plan, which is expected to be formally submitted to federal authorities soon, immigrants would be required to live and work in Detroit, a city that has fallen to 700,000 residents from 1.8 million in the 1950s.

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Power to Mexico

Houston Chronicle, 12/10/2013

rick perrySpeaking to the annual conference of the Republican Governors Association, meeting in Arizona recently, Gov. Rick Perry was unrealistically optimistic when he predicted that this nation’s grinding debate over immigration reform is likely to end in the not-too-distant future, thanks to Mexico’s economic advances. Comprehensive immigration reform is much more complicated than that, and yet there’s a kernel of truth in the governor’s observations.

Perry spoke specifically of the effort by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to reform his country’s energy laws to lure greater investment from outside oil and gas companies. The end result would be not only increased energy production but also more jobs for Mexicans.

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How Mexico’s tax reforms could affect business along the border

The Christian Science Monitor, 11/26/2013

maquiladora1President Peña Nieto’s sweeping reforms raise taxes on US-owned companies and other businesses. Some firms along the US-Mexico border say they won’t rule out relocating.

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Biden Kicks-off US-Mexico Economic Dialogue- The Expert Take

by Christohper Wilson

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mexico-usa-flag-montageFive years ago, the United States and China launched the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a reflection of the growing complexity and enormous importance of US-China relations. Earlier this year at their meeting in Mexico City, President Obama and President Peña Nieto agreed to a similar initiative, the US-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), for much the same reasons, and Vice President Biden is in Mexico today to officially launch the initiative.

Before looking at the content of the Dialogue, let’s take a quick look at why this matters:

US Export GrowthMexico is the United States’ second largest export market (Canada is first), and since 2009, exports to Mexico have grown faster than exports to any of our other top trading partners. Some six million US jobs depend on trade with Mexico. Investment and financial flows between the two countries are also important, but the massive trade relationship is still the centerpiece of the economic relationship.

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Immigration and the Labor Market

people walking down city street - blurThe New York Times, 6/25/2013

Are American workers are about to experience unwelcome new competition for their jobs? The bill moving through Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, if approved, would give employers access to expanded visa programs that would admit hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers, of both low and high skills, to toil in workplaces from strawberry fields to technology companies.

The legislation also offers legal status to millions of immigrants working illegally across the country, and ultimately a shot at citizenship. The change would encourage many to roam freely throughout the economy, leaving dead-end jobs in immigrant-heavy sectors of the labor market to seek higher pay elsewhere. But by many accounts, most American workers need not worry about the prospect of hordes of workers entering the country with an eye on their jobs. Rather, immigration is seen as more likely to leave American workers better off.

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