The National Association of Counties announces an opening for an Associate Program Director in the County Solutions and Innovations Department. Under the direction of the Director, Programs, this position focuses on community and economic development. The Associate Program Director is responsible for organizing, facilitating and convening leadership networks of county government officials with federal officials, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, technical experts and other stakeholders.
The person in this position will be responsible for managing a large grant from a leading foundation intended to increase mobility from poverty. The lack of opportunity in America is bound tightly to complex issues around employment, housing, health, family, race, gender, and education. In this role you will work with county officials to develop solutions that address economic mobility and the need for cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration to achieve this objective.
Minimum 7 years’ experience managing programs in the economic development arena for an established organization.
Experience working on issues of economic mobility and poverty 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:
Manage all strategic and administrative aspects of the program, including facilitating national peer exchanges between county officials, national and local leaders, and the Foundation.
Providing ongoing technical assistance to county officials; responding to requests for information; making presentations at national, regional, state and local meetings; facilitating the exchange of best practices and programmatic information between county officials; and acting as liaison between NACo members, government agencies, private sector partners, local non-profit organizations and the Foundation.
Identifying emerging trends and best practices in economic development and community sustainability and using this information to design and launch new programs, including innovative approaches to local government official training and capacity building.
Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting. Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
In collaboration with internal partners, develop metrics to illustrate program effectiveness.
Represent NACo to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.
Building relationships with national and local government officials, and business and civic leaders to secure new business opportunities and strategic partnerships.
Directing the day-to-day quality, conduct and completion of project deliverables; including supervising and managing budgets, internal partners, and sub- contractors to complete projects.
Monitoring and ensuring the overall fiscal health and financial administration of the grant.
Aligning project activities with the NACo strategic vision and coordinating closely with the Legislative Department, Public Affairs, Counties Futures Lab and other departments to achieve NACo’s organizational priorities and measure meaningful results for counties.
Representing NACo in organization-wide activities, including conference planning and implementation, membership recruitment and retention, marketing, website updates and maintenance, County News articles and contributions, and internal and external meetings.
Responding to and tracking inquiries from grantors/contract officers regarding submitted proposals and existing grants.
Working to educate potential grantors about the role of county government and to establish relationships with them to support county government efforts.
Other duties as assigned.
bachelor’s degree with minimum of seven years’ experience;
master’s degree in public administration or policy, city planning, economics, sustainability or relevant field and/or prior work in the state or local government context;
experience in economic development, community sustainability, human services and/or other fields addressing poverty;
strong management skills;
the ability to thrive in a political environment;
excellent oral and written communications skills;
the ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure;
experience working with grantors and the desire and skillset to develop new funding relationships;
experience with project and budget management;
knowledge of local government policies and practices;
the ability to coordinate partnerships with other organizations to achieve better services for counties;
demonstrated supervisory skills; and
ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to email@example.com or go on line for more information at www.NACo.org.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.
NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. 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.
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