The National Association of Counties (NACo) announces an opening for a Senior Program Manager for Resilient Economies & Communities to join our Counties Futures Lab. The Senior Program Manager for the Resilient Economies and Communities manages a portfolio of projects that aim to promote and foster county-level innovations related to environmental resiliency and disaster mitigation.
The position is dependent on the availability of project-based outside funding.
Position Responsibilities and Activities
- Provide strategic and content expertise pertaining to threats and opportunities for counties related to the environment, including climate action planning, disaster mitigation, access to and use of federal funds and intergovernmental partnerships
- Develop, disseminate and promote NACo initiatives for Resilient Economies and Communities in written materials, partner meetings, national webinars, small group convenings and national events
- Manage the timely delivery and quality of deliverables for project activities related to resilience, including disaster mitigation, land-use and resiliency planning, emergency response and recovery, emerging new energy technologies and other industries relevant to county needs and interests.
- Manage research, funder and intergovernmental partnerships to support peer learning for local leaders, facilitate coaching for under-resourced communities and develop storytelling materials for a national audience.
- Advise NACo partners on county roles and authorities in, perspectives on and opportunities for community planning and the natural and built environment.
- Serve as NACo liaison to multiple networks of county leaders focused on resiliency topics, including disaster resiliency planning, emergency response, and improving relationships to the federal grantmaking process with a focus on conservation and disaster mitigation projects.
- Support leadership in designing and executing a resiliency-focused learning agenda for key NACo networks.
- Research best practices and develop educational resources such as webinars, workshops, case studies, toolkits and issue briefs.
- Develop, forecast, monitor and ensure adherence to program budgets
- Identify funding opportunities and lead proposal development for future projects related to environment and resiliency.
- Supervise up to two (2) program or research intern(s).
- Some travel is required, estimated at four to six trips per year.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Minimum 4 years of experience in environmental resilience-related work. Highly qualified candidates will have at least 6 years of program or project management experience in nonprofit, consultancy, academia, public policy, government or foundation sector. Experience working with or for local government a plus but not required.
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or equivalent professional experience preferred but not required.
- Strong understanding of and/or experience in key areas of resilience, including disaster mitigation and/or recovery, alternative energy, community sustainability, urban/regional planning.
- Federal grants management experience a plus
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including in public speaking and in conducting formal meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
- Ability to manage multiple projects without compromising quality or timely delivery
- Strong project management experience preferred
- Brings collaboration, innovative ideas and creativity to the position and work products; works well as part of a team and with external partners.
- Ability to work well in a political environment while maintaining non-partisan perspective.
Interested candidates must include a cover letter, resume and salary requirements. Please send to: email@example.com.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance; generous paid leave and federal holidays, transportation subsidy, tuition assistance, group life insurance, 401(k) match, pension plans, pet insurance, credit union membership, short/long term disability coverage including applicable parental leave and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
NACo is an equal opportunity employer. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.