Fellowship Background:

The Terry J. Stevinson Fellowship is designed to spur thoughtful policy discussions and potential solutions regarding the many policy and economic challenges brought about by population growth in Colorado. Through a multi-year effort, CSI has worked with fellows for the last several years to research and propose solutions for major issues impacted by growth. In 2019 the focus was transportation—led by Ben Stein & Henry Sobanet and in 2020 housing affordability was led by fellows Evelyn Lim & Peter LiFari. In 2022 CSI is excited to announce the fellowship will be focused on water.

This fellowship was established in honor of Terry J. Stevinson, a founding board member of Common Sense Institute (CSI). Thanks to Mr. Stevinson’s continuing dedication to free enterprise these fellowships have been named in his honor.

2022 Topic: Water and Growth in Colorado

While the 2022 fellows will be tasked with creating their own scope and research agenda, the broad areas of consideration should cover:

  • Water Rights (interstate and intrastate)
  • Water Storage
  • Rainfall and Drought
  • Water Demand/Efficiency from Residential Population Growth
  • 5-yr old Statewide Water Plan
  • Future of Water Technology

Potential Areas of Research:

Improving the planning process to anticipate and be responsive to rapid change

What are the concrete policy changes that could be made, that would help expedite water projects and align investments with rapid changes in the economy? With possible droughts, flooding or wildfires, how can the planning process be better equipped to prepare for these challenges?

The connection between water availability and economic development

How can fixing the broken permitting system lead to higher levels of water conservation for the state of Colorado and its growing population? How will the Colorado Water Plan facilitate economic growth and development? How will housing affordability be affected by the different regional land-use plans implemented to help conserve water?

The connection between water storage and the various water compacts

As climate change becomes a pressing issue, water conservation becomes more difficult to grasp. What are concrete steps the seven states should take to alleviate the concerns of water conservation due to climate change in the next deal?

How future water technologies can be factored into today’s planning

What are policy decisions that need to be made to allow new technology to help protect endangered species and aquatic life while improving stream management plans?

Other Possible Areas of Research:

  • How should Colorado retain its water?
  • How can we more effectively and efficiently manage the water we have?
  • How can we keep up with the demand for water storage, transportation, agriculture, residential, commercial and mining industries?
  • What are the underlying economic drivers in the overall management of Colorado’s water?
  • What is the current state of Colorado’s water and how it is being managed?

Fellows Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, Graduate degree preferred.
  • 5+ years minimum experience in water policy.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and work within a small team.
  • Experience in the public policy sector.
  • Experience public speaking and presenting.

This is a one-year, $35,000 contract payable in intervals throughout the performance of the contract upon completion of predetermined deliverables. This position is an independent contractor position, NOT an employee position and is therefore NOT eligible for employment benefits (such as contribution to social security, Medicare, state, or federal income taxes, workers compensation, or any paid time off).

 Two fellows will be hired and must be able to work closely together.

About Common Sense Institute (CSI):

CSI is a non-partisan organization dedicated to developing deep insights into critical policy issues facing Colorado.  We believe sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity. We examine the economic impact of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws by employing dynamic modeling that accurately measures the impact of each measure on the Colorado economy and individual opportunity. To fully achieve our mission, we actively promote these solutions through the education of policy experts, lawmakers, community leaders, and the general public.

How to Apply:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience in policy.
  • A cover letter explaining why you are qualified for this fellowship, why you believe in free enterprise, and what distinguishes you from others.
  • A writing sample.
  • A list of references.

Application deadline: February 1, 2022. NO CALLS PLEASE.

Apply here: https://commonsenseinstituteco.org/contact/careers/common-sense-institute-application/

For more information please visit: www.commonseneseinstituteco.org