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NLC Job Opening: Democratic Gov. Project Manager

An interesting job opening was posted on the National League of Cities website on July 21st. NLC is looking for a project manager of Democratic Governance – a new 3-year program funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Click “more” for the full job description, pay range and application instructions.

HIRING RANGE:     $47,000 – $55,000


General Description

Responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of a three-year project funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  The purpose of the project is to encourage, educate, and support municipal officials in their efforts to make government work more effectively, especially by engaging citizens in public work. Reports to Program Manager, Immigrant Integration and Inclusive Communities.

Examples of Work

Writes and coordinates the development and distribution of publications designed to inform elected officials about democratic governance strategies and related issues.

Organizes and participates in a research team to gather data and analyze information on the views, knowledge and ideas of municipal officials regarding democratic governance.

Staffs the CityFutures Panel on Democratic Governance, a network of city officials that provides a forum for addressing issues of democratic governance and for sharing ideas and information.

Represents NLC in meetings with other organizations and individuals to share and disseminate information and to develop partnerships.

Oversees and monitors the operational budget of the project ensuring that program costs and expenditures are within the approved budget.

Ensures that all project objectives and timelines are met.

Compiles, maintains and analyzes information from surveys, reports, studies, focus groups on strategies to engage citizens and make municipal government work better.

Plans and organizes workshops and/or training opportunities to provide elected officials with information on policies and resources.

Maintains contact with foundation officials in carrying out the activities of the project.

Develops proposals and seeks additional project funds.

Collaborates with other NLC staff on related activities.

Writes letters, reports and articles for the Nation’s Cities Weekly; maintains relevant pages on NLC website.

Some travel required.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree; graduate work preferred.  Minimum of four years progressively responsible work experience in project management related specifically to local government and/or citizen engagement, or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of local governance and citizen engagement issues and strategies; excellent writing and communication skills; experienced in project management including planning, organizing, scheduling, and implementing multiple activities of substantial complexity and variety; demonstrated experience in developing and carrying out training programs and workshops/seminars, and the development of publications; demonstrated ability to manage project budgets; acquaintance with applied research methodologies; ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with government officials, foundation staff, representatives of other organizations, and all levels of NLC staff.

To apply, contact:

Human Resources
National League of Cities
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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