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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Other related duties as necessary.
Preferred candidates will possess the following aptitudes and
- 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
- Minimum of 3 years of experience.
- Self-starter and able to work independently and in teams in a
- Passionate about cities and curious about how to make an
impact, particularly through equitable growth strategies.
- Excellent at writing and communicating clearly and
- 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
- Strong research, writing, and communications, and
presentational deck design skills.
- Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC residents preferred.
- Demonstrated prior work or research experience in related
- 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
- Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to
- Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
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.
This position is classified as Exempt
with a salary grade of
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
Oct 27 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Dec 16 2022 Eastern Standard Time