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Manager of Strategic Projects

Employer
Drexel University
Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 11, 2022
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About the Nowak Metro Finance Lab

The Nowak Metro Finance Lab was founded in 2018 to help cities identify and implement innovative strategies to leverage public assets and fund public infrastructure for public benefit, with a focus on supporting inclusive and equitable growth. The Lab honors the legacy of Jeremy Nowak, the widely respected urban thought leader and practitioner.

The Lab’s founding director is Bruce Katz, who co-authored The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism with Jeremy Nowak. Katz regularly advises global, national, state, regional and municipal leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries. Katz is also the co-author of and The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.

Job Summary

The Nowak Metro Finance Lab at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University is seeking a Manager of Strategic Projects (Manager) to support Lab Director Bruce Katz in research on urban finance models as they evolve to respond to the COVID crisis and federal infrastructure and relief funds. The Manager will work directly with Bruce and support him and the Nowak Lab team with original research and writing. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in, and first-hand knowledge of, the nexus between federal investment and capital networks with local economic development strategy.

Essential Functions
  • Join Director through daily meetings to support research and writing driven by interviews and stakeholder sessions.
  • Perform original research as directed and summarizing findings clearly and concisely.
  • Synthesize research findings into draft memos to inform, white papers, and reports.
  • Prepare meeting materials (slide-decks, communications) to support agenda and help drive research and projects forward.
  • Support information flow from Director to Nowak Lab team through summary emails and memos.
  • Anticipate needs to ensure deadlines are met and research is successful.
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal staff and external stakeholders via email and phone to ensure project and deliverable timelines and expectations are met, including coordinating with the Lab and Institute’s Managing Directors concerning administrative needs for said projects and deliverables.
  • Flagging scheduling or meeting follow-up for the Director’s executive assistant.
  • Other related duties as necessary.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban politics, public affairs, urban economics, real estate finance, public and community finance, city/regional planning (with a focus on public-private partnerships), urban strategy, business administration, or public policy.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience.
  • Self-starter and able to work independently and in teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passionate about cities and curious about how to make an impact, particularly through equitable growth strategies.
  • Excellent at writing and communicating clearly and directly.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks across applied research and engagement projects and anticipate need and identify potential gaps to meet project requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within teams.
  • Organized and willing to roll up their sleeves to do what it takes to complete tasks.
  • Excel at prioritizing multiple short- and-long term tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Strong research, writing, and communications, and presentational deck design skills.
Preferred candidates will possess the following aptitudes and skillsets:
  • Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC residents preferred.
  • Demonstrated prior work or research experience in related fields.
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver.
  • Possess the research, writing, and communication skills to synthesize complex research into digestible findings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of federal and local policy landscape and city and regional development and finance.
  • Curiosity, willingness to learn and eagerness to have a big for public impact will be as significant to success as amount of previous experience.
  • Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
Location

Candidates will be expected to work remotely during the pandemic. Periodic in-person meetings at the Lindy Institute’s offices in Philadelphia or Washington DC, would be expected to begin once travel restrictions have lifted.

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of K. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Oct 27 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Dec 16 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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