Senior Associate Infrastructure
The National League of Cities is seeking an experienced professional to be responsible for conceptualizing, researching, and delivering, solution-based resources to NLC’s target audience of municipal leaders on the topics of infrastructure and the built environment with a focus on promising and best practices at the city level. Reports to City Solutions Director.
Examples of Work:
Leads efforts to develop and implement work plans and long-term strategies for addressing local infrastructure challenges, including those specific to road, rail and alternative transportation, water, sewer, technology, telecommunications, energy utilities, and ports.
Integral to design and implementation of data-driven research, analysis, and forecasting to identify innovative or promising practices and initiatives within cities on infrastructure.
Serves as primary author of reports, strategy guides, and toolkits for city officials, and prepares feature news stories, case studies and local practice examples for the web and print.
Plans and implements workshops and meetings at NLC’s educational conferences.
Contributes to the development of foundation proposals to expand activities on infrastructure issues.
Develops and cultivates national partnerships with organizations working in the field, and identifies opportunities to draw upon these partnerships in order to broaden the array of resources available to municipal leaders in NLC member cities.
Plans, organizes, and leads convenings, conference calls, webinars, and site visits designed to engage city officials on infrastructure issues.
Responds to requests for assistance from NLC member cities, media outlets, state municipal leagues, and other organizations on infrastructure issues.
Represents NLC at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of NLC’s work, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Develops in-depth expertise and knowledge so as to serve as a resource on relevant issues to other NLC staff with a particular focus on issue advocacy at the federal level.
Contributes significantly to the team dynamic of City Solutions and Applied Research in both small and large group settings.
May supervise one or more interns when available to assist with aspects of NLC’s work.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Some travel required.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in political science, public administration, urban affairs, public policy, or related field preferred; three to five years of relevant experience in research, policy analysis, or urban affairs; experience with association or membership organization preferred; or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of issues related to cities, infrastructure, and the built environment; strong research, writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; experience working with city officials and/or knowledge of city initiatives in various fields preferred; knowledge of computer database programs and content management systems preferred; ability to interact effectively with members, representatives of other organizations, consultants, and all levels of NLC staff. Demonstrated management skills, including planning, organizing, scheduling, and implementing projects of substantial complexity and variety.