The National League of Cities is seeking an experienced professional to be responsible for managing major elements of grant-funded projects within the Institute in areas related to health and wellness, with emphasis on social determinants of health, the role of multi-sector stakeholders in community health improvement efforts, and health financing strategies. Reports to Director, Health and Wellness within NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.
Examples of Work:
Leads planning and implementation of major city engagement and technical assistance efforts to address and align key social determinants of health (e.g., housing, transportation, education), fulfilling Institute commitments to funders and ensuring successful completion of all products and deliverables related to these efforts under approved scopes of work for which grant funding has been secured.
Provides strategic input in the development and evaluation of all aspects of the Institute’s health and wellness work, collaborating with the Director to assess progress, track levels of member city engagement, identify new or emerging opportunities, and shape future directions for the health and wellness portfolio.
Designs and carries out training, peer learning and networking activities to support the efforts of municipal officials in NLC member cities, and responds to requests for assistance from other cities and state municipal leagues when appropriate.
Leads planning and development of strategies that ensure a focus on equity, multi-sector partnerships, civic engagement, financing, data and sustainability in all health and wellness projects.
Manages and oversees efforts to compile information on best practices and promising initiatives within cities across a broad range of social determinants of health, and collaborates with NLC and Institute communications staff to ensure that this information is accessible to city leaders through the NLC website and related web-based tools.
Actively develops, cultivates, and participates in national partnerships with federal agencies and national organizations working in the field, and identifies opportunities to draw upon these partnerships in order to broaden the array of resources available to municipal leaders in NLC member cities.
Conceptualizes and serves as primary author of new reports, strategy guides, and toolkits for NLC member cities, and other publications, and prepares proposals and reports to Institute funders.
Makes speeches or presentations, facilitates sessions, and represents NLC at city-sponsored events and national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of NLC’s work, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Supports NLC and Institute outreach and communications activities, including through the preparation of resources and materials for NLC’s Web site and e-newsletters on topics related to addressing the factors that influence how long we live and how well we live, and contributes to broader efforts to retain and recruit cities as NLC members.
Plans and implements sessions, workshops, and other meetings related to improving the health and well-being of children, youth and families at NLC’s two annual conferences, the City Summit and the Congressional City Conference.
Enhances existing and augments efforts to build new relationships with program officers, grant administrators, and other staff at the foundations that provide funding for these projects.
Supervises one or more program associates, fellows, or interns when resources permit to assist with aspects of the Institute’s work related to improving the health and wellness of city residents with a focus on children, youth and families.
Serves as a resource on relevant health-related issues to other NLC staff.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Some travel required.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in related field preferred; minimum seven years of relevant experience in research, policy analysis or public administration; experience with association or membership organization preferred, or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of the social determinants of health, the role of multi-sector stakeholders in community health improvement efforts, and health financing strategies; strong research and writing skills; experience implementing issue campaigns and working with city officials and/or knowledge of city initiatives in these areas preferred; knowledge of computer database programs preferred; and ability to interact effectively with members, representatives of other organizations, consultants, and all levels of NLC staff.
The National League of Cities was founded in 1924 and is the country’s oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments. The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. We currently have 105 employees dedicated to making cities better.