Responsible for providing primary program support for one or more grant-funded projects within the Institute in areas related to financial empowerment, with particular emphasis on city-led efforts and city partnership strategies to help families achieve financial security. Reports to Director, Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment (EOFE) within NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.
Examples of Work:
Leads technical assistance and peer learning efforts that seek to deepen the capacity of city leaders for effective local action and responds to requests for assistance from NLC member cities, state municipal leagues and other organizations regarding strategies to help families achieve financial security (e.g., financial education, access to safe and affordable financial services, savings and debt reduction) and promote their economic stability.
Reviews and synthesizes the relevant research literature on financial empowerment and works collaboratively with the Director and other Institute staff to develop, test and revise conceptual frameworks for municipal action in this area, including both opportunities for and potential obstacles to city-level progress.
Organizes and implements site visits and data collection efforts in selected cities to enhance the Institute’s knowledge base on city-level systems to promote financial empowerment, and plans, organizes, and leads conference calls and webinars designed to engage NLC member cities and others working in related fields.
Leads other efforts to compile information on best practices and promising city initiatives in areas related to financial empowerment for use as resources in technical assistance, NLC publications and knowledge development efforts within the Institute.
Conceptualizes and serves as a primary writer and contributor to new reports, strategy guides, and toolkits for NLC member cities; prepares material for use in NLC’s weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and other publications; and helps design and develop content for NLC's website.
Collaborates with the EOFE team and the Institute’s meeting planning staff to ensure successful convenings of city teams working in these issue areas including developing content, identifying speakers, and organizing logistics. Plans and implements workshops and meetings at NLC’s conferences.
Develops national partnerships with federal agencies and national non-profit organizations working in the financial empowerment 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.
Makes presentations 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.
Cultivates new relationships and strengthens existing collaborations with national or regional foundations and corporate funders, contributing to the development of funding proposals and long-term work plans related to financial empowerment and assisting with the recruitment of new NLC member cities and members of NLC standing committees.
May supervise one or more staff associates, interns or fellows when available to assist with aspects of NLC’s work related to financial empowerment.
Serves as a resource on relevant issues to other NLC staff, and performs other related duties as assigned. Some travel required.