Urban Development Director

General Description 

WRI Mexico is seeking a creative and talented candidate to fill the role of Director of Urban Development for Mexico and Colombia with further projection to other countries in Latin America.

In addition to the internal responsibilities defined below, the Director will collaborate with other executive team members to shape and develop a strategy for how the area engages with local and regional political leaders, current and potential donors, partners and strategic alliances to support future urban growth, all of these subjects in coordination with the Global Team.

The position will be located in Mexico City and includes national and international travel.

Specific Responsibilities

  • The candidate will have the opportunity to build a team.
  • Define and deploy a strategic approach to integrated planning for low-carbon, resilience, land use in partnership with other Executive Team members, drawing upon the program’s expertise and tools in urban land use, governance, and resilience.
  • Develop the Urban Development strategy for the department in Mexico.
  • Develop and lead research on integrated planning, including good practice, lessons learned, enabling conditions, and additional sub-topics of high value.
  • Lead and influence local agenda for Urban Development.
  • Contribute to defining metrics and developing tools that support a strategic urban agenda.
  • Represent the program externally on key topics of expertise, at conferences or meetings, in writing, and with media. Liaise directly with partners to develop alliances that help the program deliver integrated services.
  • Lead or play an instrumental role in significant fundraising efforts from developing the opportunity and pitching the proposal, to stewarding the donor.
  • Convene a team of practice area leads to identify synergies across projects, establish strategic offers and develop processes to fortify communication and collaboration across areas.
  • Facilitate effective annual project planning by fostering collaboration and integration of core offers.
  • Manage a unit and staff, and corresponding budget.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in planning, urbanism, or economic/urban development is desirable.
  • BA in Architecture, Urbanism, Public Policy or related careers is required.
  • 13 to15 years of relevant fulltime work experience
  • 10 or more years of previous experience developing and growing urban programs, large-scale projects, innovative business models, and/or new products and services.
  • Demonstrated success crafting evidence-based multi-sector strategies and projects that unify and define a clear and effective approach.
  • Experience in urban land-use planning, entrepreneurial approaches, economic development, regeneration, financing, and resilience strategies is a plus.
  • Significant experience working directly with city governments to implement real-world projects with measurable positive results.
  • Solid understanding of governance and urbanization.
  • Experience leading successful, large fundraising efforts.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, quantitative, and analytical skills, with excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Ability to learn new software and systems quickly.
  • Ability and aptitude to pursue several tasks in parallel and prioritize; handle tight deadlines; and expand the scope of work and responsibilities as needed.
  • Demonstrate team spirit with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment with staff and external stakeholders at all levels, demonstrating the ability to respond and deal effectively with diverse situations using good judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Willingness and ability to travel or participate in international meetings and work with diverse professionals and cultures.
  • Proactive attitude, a self-starter, and team player with a high degree of motivation, initiative, reliability and willingness to help others to meet WRI work objectives.

Source: WRI

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Deadline/closing date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020