Senior Associate (Resilient Communities)

National League of Cities

Washington, DC, US

Position Summary

The Sustainable Cities Institute program (SCI) at the National League of Cities seeks a new senior associate to join the team, contributing to our mission of catalyzing and supporting city-led sustainability efforts. The role requires work across all SCI initiatives including water management, energy efficiency, leadership development, research, and more. A successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating with staff and elected officials to generate research, offer technical assistance, plan local workshops, organize public engagement meetings, or other events. In addition to these general responsibilities, the position is the primary point of contact for the Leadership in Community Resilience Program. ‘Resilience’ has increasingly been embraced as a holistic, pro-active framework to reduce risk and improve organizational performance within both the private sector and in all levels of government. This program is currently working with a cohort of 7 cities and towns who will accelerate the application of new tools and practices and serve as examples for other communities around the country prioritize efforts to improve their resilience. The scope includes environmental, economic, social, and governance issues, while paying special attention to challenges facing low-moderate income populations and traditionally under-served neighborhoods.

Note: This is a 2 year grant funded position. After the 2 year period there is potential, but no guarantee, for additional employment funding.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Build strong relationships with local elected officials and staff in participating communities, program funders, and multiple organizational partners.
  2. Serve as the primary point of contact for NLC members interested in information to improve resilience and sustainability.
  3. Conduct research and best practices from cities and towns to improve resilience and sustainability on key issues such as carbon emissions measurement and disclosure, scenario planning, land use, water management, and related policy considerations.
  4. Work directly with the SCI Program Director to coordinate the Leadership in Community Resilience program and ensure that the obligations of the grant are met.
  5. Organize multiple leadership events in communities throughout the country to raise awareness and highlight the work each community is doing to solve problems and better serve citizens.
  6. Offer technical assistance and advice on implementation projects, public engagement, and metrics to track program impact.
  7. Travel and help facilitate staff training workshops, public engagement meetings, and other local sustainability or resilience events.
  8. Design workshop sessions and recruit speakers for national conferences hosted by the NLC and partner organizations.
  9. Generate and manage content on the SCI page and other NLC media platforms to promote program opportunities, accomplishments and learnings.
  10. Moderate travel required (approximately 15%) to attend resilience events, conferences and NLC meetings

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers and smartphones.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position regularly requires long hours and occasional weekend work as job duties demand.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area travel will be expected.

Preferred Education and Experience

  1. A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  2. Graduate degree in urban planning, community development, sustainability, architecture, environmental management or related field a plus.
  3. Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in relevant fields such of resilience, sustainability, technical assistance, public engagement or capacity building. Experience working with city officials, local sustainability staff, civic organizations, or membership organization preferred.
  4. Knowledge of issues related to resilience, disaster mitigation, capacity building and community development startegies.
  5. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of planning tools such as GIS and/or experience in carbon emissions tracking and disclosure.
  6. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as the ability to interact effectively with NLC members, representatives of other organizations, and all levels of NLC staff.
  7. Demonstrated skills in event planning, scheduling, and organizing . Ability to manage grant requirements and relationshiops with outside funders.

AAP/EEO Statement

National League of Cities is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


National League of cities is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Physical Requirements

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs. Requires the ability to travel locally, regionally and nationally for 3-4 trips annually.