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Senior Manager, Global Strategy & Engagement, NUMO Alliance

World Resources Institute – Washington, DC

New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO) Overview

NUMO is hosted by the Ross Center for Cities at WRI and is a global alliance that channels tech-based disruptions in urban transport to create joyful cities where sustainable and just mobility is the new normal. The purpose of this new initiative hosted by WRI Ross Center is to channel the tech-driven disruption in the mobility sector to (re)build cities that are sustainable, livable, and just. Urbanization pressures, personal car ownership at its limits, and the closing of the climate stabilization window provide a host of very-focusing problems for all stakeholders. The arrival of Autonomous Vehicles provides a concrete and visible time horizon for action, with a built-in refreshing of investment in our vehicle stock. We have a unique and irreplaceable window of opportunity to re-do cities. We will be considering not just the types of vehicles that ply the roads, but the impacts and opportunities that autonomous vehicle technologies will have on land use, labor, government revenues and user fees, energy and the environment. We will also be thoughtful about how to engage the public to imagine cities where shared and active modes dominate, and not personal cars. Please visit our website for detailed information.
Job Summary

Urbanization pressures, personal car ownership at its limits, and the closing of the climate stabilization window provide a host of very-focusing problems for all stakeholders. The arrival of Autonomous Vehicles provides a concrete and visible time horizon for action. We have a unique and irreplaceable window of opportunity to re-do cities. Without clarity of purpose and of voice, we will miss guiding the largest urban transformation we will experience in a century. We are developing a global collaborative initiative to channel the tech-driven disruption in the mobility sector to (re)build cities that are sustainable, livable, and just.
As Senior Manager for Global Strategy, Policy and Public Engagement, you will be a core member of the team to create this collaborative initiative and will focus specifically on developing strategic approaches for city interventions that include P4s public, private, and people partnerships. In addition to this strategic and systemic planning, you will execute on the outreach strategies that engage the public, helping them to see themselves as stakeholders in this transportation transformation and choosing cities that are active and shared mode dominant. We need the people to demand these cities from their politicians, making what today feels politically impossible, possible. You will report to the Director of NUMO on these activities (approximately 50% of the work hours).
This is a limited term, benefits-eligible opportunity with an end date of March 31, 2020.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the overall communication, policy and engagement strategy for NUMO, ensuring that the initiative has a consistent and present voice on major developments in new mobility and urbanism, technology and city policy, relevant research, and the work of our partner organizations, reflecting the perspective of the Shared Mobility Principles
  • Develop a high-impact strategic, political, and cultural game plan for prioritized actions and geographies to reach key stakeholders including mayors, city regulators and decision makers, and policy makers, as well as a supporting action plan for the public; coordinate with team members
  • Employing a deep understanding of the ongoing changes in the urban mobility arena, and the associated obstacles and opportunities, collaborate with the initiatives partners to identify gaps and avenues to engage public opinion in order to support initiatives that could potentially transform mobility in cities
  • Develop the public engagement work plan and guide its implementation according to strategic goals
  • Develop case studies and tools for the initiatives platform solution to enable policy and public engagement strategies for sustainable mobility to scale widely beyond the venues that we work in
  • Design and lead pre- and post-sampling of community opinion exercises
  • In the initiatives chosen venues, discover and reach out to relevant local leaders, experts, and institutions that can tap into local artists and culture makers of all kinds (music, art, video, place-making, writing). Develop a process to evaluate and make small grants to local culture, institutions, and opinion makers
  • Work closely with the Senior Manager City Partnerships to coordinate and align with efforts
  • Develop a network of advisors/culture makers in the cities focused on by the initiative
  • Ensure coordination with coalition building and research activities.
  • Represent the new initiative through direct engagement, knowledge-sharing and substantive interaction with cities, partners and other global actors

Job Qualifications

  • Seven+ years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Masters degree, or a bachelor s degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience in communications, public engagement, and cultural production or innovation, with an understanding of urbanization and government operations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent strategic thinking capabilities, as well as ability to work in a diplomatic and collaborative manner with multiple stakeholders, excellent writing skills, initiative, attention to detail, a proven track record in engaging senior leaders and an enthusiasm for turning big ideas into action
  • Strong managerial skills and prior experience leading a dynamic team
  • Climate change and mobility have been a past work focus (in addition should have experience in at least two of the following areas: urban planning, transportation, labor, cities and government operations, technology for social benefit)
  • Demonstrated ability to create partnerships and collaborations, to work with wide range of stakeholders and see things from multiple perspectives
  • Experience in managing people and budgets; especially those requiring definite specific deliverables
  • Open-minded life-long learner; listens to others
  • Ability to present well: in writing, in meetings with both high-level leaders as well as people of all kinds, and on stage at conferences
  • Deep network in relevant areas
  • Work independently and also within a complexly structured and evolving team; collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities
  • Team-oriented thinker and strategist able to effectively respond to complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing organizational constituencies
  • A strong advocate for the vision of the WRI Ross Center
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Sense of humor and enjoy learning
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Enjoy working with a diverse group of talented individuals across the globe
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of transportation, energy, climate change, environment, health, and urban planning

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Overview

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.

Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.

WRI Ross Center builds on WRIs global and local experience in urban planning and mobility, and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the worlds greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve peoples lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve peoples lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRIs policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRIs global agenda requires a staff that is diverse with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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