Associate Director, City Relationships – Asia Region
5 Jun 2015
SECTOR: International / Economic Development
FUNCTION: General Management / Strategic Planning
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is a new organization dedicated to helping cities around the world be better prepared for, and quickly rebound from, 21st century shocks and stresses. Over the next few years, 100 Resilient Cities will select and work with 100 member cities from around the globe for whom it plans to provide four kinds of value: 1) Financial and other support for putting in place a new city resilience leader, a Chief Resilience Officer; 2) Support for development of a robust resilience strategy; 3) Management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who can learn from and help each other; and 4) Connections to solutions, service providers, and other partners who can help cities implement resilience strategies. 100RC seeks to increase awareness of the importance of resilience thinking, to catalyze a new community of urban resilience practitioners, and to spur the growth of a robust ecosystem of resilience-focused solutions and solution providers.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Associate Director, City Relationships will play a key role in defining the impact of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge by helping a portfolio of cities in the region leverage the 100RC network as they create and implement resilience plans. The Associate Director will be the primary liaison between current and future Asian cities selected from the Challenge. S/he will ultimately become fluent in his/her portfolio of cities' resilience needs as well local political and policy contexts, establishing and implementing 100RC program. S/he will develop relationships and work closely with senior city and other relevant officials and oversee a successful partnership which will include negotiating agreement; organizing activities such as conferences and workshops; providing technical assistance to the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO); consulting the city to develop an integrated resilience strategy; and promoting best practices and sharing through a global network.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Relationship Management and Diplomacy
Serve as single point of contact for cities and develop relationships with municipal officials including mayors, city managers, and other senior leaders
Liaise with and facilitate among various actors and stakeholders in cities, building consensus and identifying opportunities for resilience, and promote political buy-in
Utilize formal and informal influence to foster alliances and build an integrated and holistic city-wide approach to resilience solutions
Represent cities and advocate for needs of cities to 100RC and external partners; act as an ambassador bridging local culture and context
Strategically promote and elevate the city's resilience leadership and profile in collaboration the Communications team
Project Management and Delivery
Guide resilience agenda-setting and educate key officials about resilience perspectives, opportunities, and methodologies
Organize conferences, conference calls, workshops, etc. for members to advance the resilience agenda and shared knowledge
Manage 100RC consultants, vendors, and platform partners to effectively deliver resources to cities
Coordinate transparent processes to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and grantmaking with cities.
Support the development of strategic partnerships to help cities implement their resilience initiatives
Provide consultative thought partnership to the CRO about resilience, strategic planning, political and regional context and policy, and change management.
Help city officials and the CRO revise and finalize resilience strategies; develop relevant tools, templates, and diagnostic frameworks to support the resilience agenda in member cities
Support cities with networking tools; help them connect to other cities and resilience knowledge housed within 100RC
Facilitate city to city learning and exchange in collaboration with the Network team and other parts of the organization; promote best practices and knowledge sharing
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Authentic connection to urban resilience, with a background in relevant issues such as public health, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation, vulnerable populations, mobility, etc. with a passion for 100RC's work
Minimum of 8 years related working experience; international experience required
Sophisticated understanding of how city government functions, with specific knowledge of Asian city governments essential
Experience in urban or municipal functions strategic planning, urban development, community or participatory planning is highly beneficial
Strong ability to drive progress, create vision, promote innovation, and display ownership under ambiguous and dynamic conditions
Experience engaging with actors and organizations across sectors (public, private, nonprofit); strong political acumen and influencing skills for working with senior government officials including mayors and ministers
Strong professional representation of 100RC, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, and strategic partnership building skills
Experience in capacity building, leadership development, and facilitation is highly regarded
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in English required, and proficiency with other regional languages strongly preferred
Strong process and project execution skills
Bachelor's degree required
Singapore, with 50-70% travel
Equal Opportunity Employer
100 Resilient Cities is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, 100 Resilient Cities ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.