The National Association of Counties (NACo) announces an opening for an Associate Program Director. Under the direction of the Director of Programs & Practices, this position leads the Resilient Economies and Communities portfolio which provides thought leadership to counties on issues related economic mobility, economic development and recovery, disaster resiliency and the nation’s infrastructure.
The Associate Program Director (APD) is responsible for overseeing the Program team in the Resilient Economies and Communities area, including overseeing project management of current program offerings, providing strategic direction for future programming, and acting as a subject matter expert in support of NACo objectives and member engagement. The APD is also responsible for managing successful relationships with current and potential funding partners and providing oversight of all grant-funded activities and other member-facing projects, budgets and personnel in that portfolio.
- Experience working on issues related to economic development and mobility, with an emphasis on social equity, in the United States.
- Polished, well-spoken and highly skilled in relationship management.
- Experience working with high level/senior leaders with the ability to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Oversee all strategic aspects of the portfolio, including identifying current and near future priority areas of county need, emerging trends and best practices in local economics and resilience and using this information to design, propose and launch new programs; facilitating external engagement with portfolio program offerings; and building strategic networks of portfolio-specific stakeholders, funders and thought partners.
- Provide oversight, supervision and guidance of educational offerings and technical assistance to county officials, including responding to requests for information, making presentations at national, regional, state and local meetings, and facilitating the exchange of best practices and programmatic information between county officials.
- Oversee the day-to-day activities of the portfolio in alignment with NACo’s strategic goals, including managing workflow across a multi-person team; developing, maintaining and reporting on program-specific and portfolio annual budgets; managing contracts and agreements with funders, sub-contractors and providers; preparing regular financial and progress reports for program funders and NACo leadership; ensuring quality control of all portfolio products and deliverables; and fostering effective relationships and efficient collaboration across portfolios and departments.
- In collaboration with internal partners, develop metrics to illustrate programs’ effectiveness.
- Build and maintain relationships with national and local government officials, and business and civic leaders to secure new business opportunities and strategic partnerships.
- Represent NACo to key external constituencies, as appropriate, related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.
- Participate in organization-wide activities, including conference planning and implementation; membership recruitment and retention; and internal reporting and planning.
- Educate external partners, funders and the general public about the role of county government and to establish relationships with them to support county government efforts.
- Responsible for leading and supporting a productive team, including supervising staff; supporting the development and achievement of program-specific and career development goals and plans; and providing guidance and direction on special projects and initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor degree; master’s degree in public administration or policy or relevant field preferred;
- 8 years’ managing programs or policy in the relevant content area;
- 3 years’ people and team management;
- experience in state or local government context;
- knowledge of local government policies and practices;
- project and budget management skills;
- ability to thrive and remain nonpartisan in a political environment;
- excellent oral and written communications skills;
- experience working with grantors and the desire and skillset to develop new funding relationships;
- ability to coordinate partnerships with other organizations to achieve better services for counties; and
- ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
Application Process: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.