Director of Public Affairs and Policy

Reports To: President & CEO


Responsibilities fall into four categories:

  • Public Affairs:
    • Build strong working relationships with all stakeholders that elevates DDD’s thought leadership in place management, community development and economic development.
    • Work with colleagues to craft and execute public policy agenda related to Downtown issues.
    • Act as spokesperson in absence of President/CEO upon assignment.
  • Intergovernmental Relations:
    • Build strong working relationships between the DDD, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, state legislators, federal legislators and other policymakers.
    • Coordinate legislative regional priorities in coordination with the New Orleans Business Alliance, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Orleans, Inc., New Orleans & Co. and more.
    • Manage all legislative affairs.
    • Develop and communicate the DDD’s legislative and policy agendas.
    • Educate local, state, and federal officials about Downtown New Orleans issues and solutions to address them.
  • Policy and Research
    • Analyze public policy proposals and approaches; report on their expected impact on Downtown.
    • Work with the President & CEO to craft policy recommendations for introduction to the DDD Board of Commissioners or other governing bodies.
    • Work with colleagues to research best practices in Downtown development and place management.
  • Strategic Planning:
    • Assist the President and Board in developing strategies to accomplish the DDD mission and ensure adherence to the strategies in all DDD activities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Bachelor’s or higher degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Law, Communications, Public Relations, Business or a related field.
At the discretion of the President/CEO experience may be substituted for education.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in and/or possess the following skills:

  • Passion for urban living and the desire to curate an equitable community for all.
  • A minimum of seven years professional experience in intergovernmental relations, public affairs, public relations, or public policy or related experience, preferably in New Orleans or Louisiana.
  • Extensive knowledge of government relations, public relations, strategy development and coalition building related to urban affairs.
  • Ability to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with Downtown stakeholders, city, state and federal policymakers, agencies, businesses, and individuals.
  • High standards of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to cross-collaborate with various stakeholders.
  • Exceptional speaking and presentation skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Technical writing sample will be requested prior to interview.
  • Proven analytical skills to evaluate complex policy issues.
  • Proactive, creative problem solver with an ability to multi-task and effectively address competing priorities, to meet internal and external deadlines.
    Demonstrated ability to work independently and still collaborate and function as a member of a highly motivated and collegial team.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Create and manage systems to research, monitor, analyze and track key policy issues including but not limited to economic development, workforce development, public safety, homelessness, mental health and more.
  • Work with the President, DDD staff, Board of Commissioners to craft and execute the DDD’s annual public policy and legislative agendas.
  • Work with the President to identify and effectively address public policy issues that affect Downtown New Orleans and the DDD.
  • Develop and implement a stakeholder engagement strategy that includes a needs and assets assessment and coalition-building. Organize and lead policy calls and meetings with key stakeholders
  • Monitor City Council legislative agenda and attend City Council/Committee meetings as necessary to ensure Downtown’s relevance and prosperity in collaboration with DDD Directors of Economic Development, Operations, Marketing & Communications, and Finance & Administration.
  • Work with Directors of Economic Development, Operations, Marketing & Communications, and Finance & Administration to identify problems and opportunities that require public policy changes or intensive relationship building; craft a plan to address these issues as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Work with the President to actively engage Board members and other key stakeholders in discussions with government officials and others who impact key public policy issues that affect Downtown New Orleans and the DDD.
  • Analyze public policy proposals, draft reports, briefings, and position statements on key policy issues that impact Downtown and the region.
  • Identify real and perceived problems that DDD may play a role in solving.
  • Develop and manage the annual budget for the Public Affairs Department.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to plan and organize DDD’s public and media relations.
  • Perform crisis management in conjunction with the President and Director of Marketing & Communications.
  • Prepare talking points and related material. Support public appearances by the President and other team members.
  • Serve as the “voice” of the DDD to the public and representatives of the media when necessary.
  • Work with the President and other DDD team members to develop and implement the annual governmental relations strategy.
  • Work with colleagues to research best practices in Downtown development and management through the International Downtown Association and other relevant organizations.
  • Support the President in DDD strategic planning efforts.
  • Research best practices and other topics for the President and other DDD team members.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Direct the activities of the District in the absence of the President.
  • Temporarily assume leadership of one or more of the various District departments during managerial


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to read the English language to fully comprehend work requests, caution notices, and similar written materials.
  • Ability to accurately type at least 25 wpm.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze data, figures and transcriptions prepared on and generated by computer including but not limited to demographics, labor data, real estate market conditions, and more
  • Ability to work with fingers to pick, pinch, type and carry out substantial movements (motions) of the wrists and hands as requested.
  • Ability to perceive the nature of sound with or without a correction.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound.
  • Ability to exert up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to frequently or constantly lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body; sitting most of the time; walking and standing are occasionally required.

Pay Range for Director of Public Affairs and Policy: From $100,000 to $115,000

Email Cover Letter and Resume to: [email protected]