The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) is a program of NACTO, a New York-based, 501c3, non-profit organization. Launched in 2014, the Global Designing Cities Initiative focuses on transforming streets to inspire safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. Our work is informed by the strategies and international best practice captured in the Global Street Design Guide.
About the Role
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is seeking a Program Manager for its Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), a program of NACTO that aims to inspire a shift toward safe, sustainable, and healthy cities by reclaiming and transforming streets. The Program Manager is based in India and reports to GDCI’s Senior Manager residing in India. They will co-manage local street design projects funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies under their Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program. We are looking for candidates with experience in city planning, urban design, architecture, transportation engineering, or transportation planning. This role is a grant-funded position; employment is dependent on the availability of grant funds and project deliverables.
What You're Gonna Do
The Program Manager will be charged with supporting the development of new policies and offering ongoing design review and guidance as part of technical assistance to senior-level local and international governments. They will support the dissemination and adaptation of the GSDG, alongside global best practices, and conduct training and outreach with partner organizations. The position will primarily work with the India team and works closely with NACTO-GDCI's Senior Team and other program managers and colleagues from the NYC office to ensure effective implementation and dissemination of the BIGRS initiative’s goals.
Based in India, the primary activities for the GDCI Program Manager include:
Program Management: Alongside GDCI’ s India Senior Manager, manage all aspects of the local BIGRS program, including:
- Manage and oversee project work and technical assistance in assigned city/ies.
- Maintain ongoing relationships and build new relationships with city officials, embedded staff, service providers, program partners, and other relevant stakeholders via in-person meetings and remote e-tools for engagement.
- Liaise with government agencies to get project approvals, permits, and other necessary documentation.
- Work directly with city officials to design, plan, and implement safe street design projects and support post-intervention monitoring with metrics collection and evaluation.
- Assist with the conceptual development of coordinated local street design manuals and citywide programs that support safe infrastructure and systems for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing: Assist GDCI staff and BIGRS embedded staff with scaling up the impact of the work we do by:
- Developing, test, and refine methodologies and processes for collecting data related to street and public space design.
- Researching best practices in urban design, public space, road safety strategies facilities, sustainable mobility, and other projects for informing city-based projects and/or presentations.
- Coordinating, organizing, and facilitating workshops and trainings for multiple city agencies to build capacity around the Global Street Design Guide and the Streets for Kids supplement.
- Supporting new policies for safe and sustainable streets and identifying opportunities to remove impediments in existing or outdated policies.
Other tasks: Other communications, research, and administrative duties as assigned.
For this position, NACTO-GDCI is looking for a highly collaborative individual with exceptional project management and relationship building skills. The Program Manager must be highly self-directed and willing to accommodate a schedule with local city travel to trainings, site visits, and other meetings. Some international and national/domestic travel may be required when the global economy opens back up, and NACTO-GDCI staff can safely travel to international conferences, trainings, site visits, and other meetings. As we are a globally based team, there may be some instances of required phone calls/meetings outside of regular work hours. The ideal candidate will be highly collaborative by nature, well organized, and comfortable juggling multiple competing deadlines with ease and flexible and willing to pitch in to take on tasks whenever help is needed. You are passionate about street design, sustainable mobility, and the processes involved in shaping safe, healthy cities
What We Offer
This role is a grant-funded position; employment is dependent on the availability of grant funds and project deliverables.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis—please don’t delay!
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