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Position Title: Program Manager – Climate Resilience, National League of Cities

Location: This hybrid position is based in Washington, DC, and requires three days on-site at our NLC headquarters.


The National League of Cities is an organization based in Washington, D.C. comprised of city, town, and village leaders across the country that are focused on improving the quality of life for their current and future constituents. With over 90 years of dedication to the strength, health, and advancement of local governments, NLC has gained the trust and support of more than 2,000 cities, towns, and villages across the nation. Together, our mission is to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions. To learn more about our guiding principles click here.

Consistent with the mission, vision, and values of National League of Cities, support the successful design, outreach, and administration of the Smart Surfaces Coalition project within the sustainability program within the Center for Solutions. Serve as a subject-matter expert to raise awareness of sustainability issues facing member cities, in particular areas relating to city-level climate resilience policy to improve community resilience and achieve local climate goals. Provide member cities with the resources and solutions they need to explore and adopt best or promising practices in the wake of large national investments in sustainability. Reports to the Program Manager, Climate Resilience.

Key Priorities and Responsibilities

  • Develop reports, tools, and resources to support the implementation of the Smart Surfaces program with cities.

  • Participate in supporting the day to day operations of the Smart Surfaces Program to support cities in participating in the Smart Surfaces Coalition

  • Provide assistance and respond to information requests from NLC member cities, state municipal leagues, and other interested parties on sustainability and resilience

  • Plan, organize, and lead meetings, conference calls, webinars, and site visits designed to engage NLC member cities on resilience policy and planning topics.

  • Maintain partnerships with a variety of organizations working in the climate resilience policy field. Identify opportunities to draw upon these partnerships in order to broaden the array of resources available to municipal leaders in NLC member cities.

  • Provide excellent member service and build relationships with local elected officials active in the organization, especially mayors and other local officials interested in improving smart surfaces within their community

  • Coordinate and drive the fulfillment of grant requirements according to established deadlines in collaboration with program team members, other departments, and outside stakeholders as required.

  • Develop timelines in consultation with the Director for program team members to prepare and submit documentation, results, and other deliverables to meet grant requirements and deadlines.

  • Plan and implement program-specific meetings, events, and other activities under the direction of the program leadership. Design and develop content; select and secure speakers; create agendas; and provide input on logistics to senior NLC conference and meeting planners.

  • Represent NLC at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of NLCs work, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field.

  • Make presentations and lead group discussions in meetings and workshops at NLCs major conferences, at partner meetings and conferences, and in local communities.

  • Contribute to the development of program proposals, outreach strategies, and long-term work plans under the direction of the Director.

  • Compile information on best practices and promising initiatives within cities to support the development of research, communications, and city engagement initiatives for assigned programs.

  • Analyze city-focused data sets and other research to develop tools and resources for city leaders, enhance NLC publications, and inform NLC staff and other stakeholders.

  • Conceptualize and serve as the primary author of reports, strategy guides, and briefs for assigned programs. Prepare articles for blogs, newsletters, and other publications, and develop and update materials for inclusion on NLCs website.

  • Identify and utilize relevant research and program information available through a variety of sources. Contribute to efforts to build partnerships with source organizations when appropriate.

  • Maintain thorough, up-to-date knowledge of assigned programs.

  • Review program data and analyze the impact of ongoing programs. Recommend changes that improve the effectiveness of programs to support member city needs.

  • Perform other duties and complete special projects as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in a related field and 4 years of practical experience in the program area, or Masters degree in a related field and 2 years of practical experience in the program area

  • Possesses required technical knowledge within assigned program area (refer to specific qualifications below)

  • MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • Proficiency in statistical programs and software, such as STATA, R, etc. preferred

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer databases and contact management systems (CRMs)

  • Experience working with city officials and/or city governments preferred

NLC Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

NLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons and to prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other protected status and/or conditions specified in federal and local civil rights law.

NLC strives to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers results.

NLC will take steps to ensure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if a reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at hr@nlc.org

Vaccination Requirements

This position requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment, subject to applicable law. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation request is received and approved.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive benefits and retirement package
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Hybrid work environment
  • Professional Development

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