Manager, Economic Competitiveness

Website AlleghenyConf Allegheny Conference


Pittsburgh, PA


The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is one of the nation’s leading economic and community development organizations.  The Conference brings together public and private sector leaders around a shared regional agenda designed to improve the economic future and quality of life of the 10-county Pittsburgh region. The Conference markets the Pittsburgh region for business investment and job creation while championing public policies to improve its competitiveness. By bringing together more than 300 Regional Investors Council members and leadership from across the region, the organization defines southwestern PA’s near- and long-term opportunities and challenges; identifies solutions to capture these opportunities and meet these challenges; and mobilizes the public, private and non-profit sectors to achieve results.


The purpose of this position is to facilitate collaboration in support of the Conference’s objectives related to local, state and federal economic competitiveness. A specific focus area of the work will be on economic competitiveness initiatives, and associated issues in the autonomy systems sector, transportation, infrastructure, energy, and related policy issues. Identifies interests of key stakeholders and develop appropriate approaches for implementation of Conference objectives.  Engages with partners, including local elected officials, and networks of stakeholders.


Policy Analysis

  • Identifies current and emerging issues related to Conference programs and initiatives with a specific focus on those identified as regional high-growth sectors.
  • Maintains frequent communications with external stakeholders, public sector officials, Conference members, and others as needed to advance regional and state economic competitiveness.
  • Advances the development and execution of specific programs of work in advocacy, business investment, and expansion to support growth sectors, specifically to include autonomy systems sector, transportation, infrastructure, and energy.
  • Supports Chamber efforts to develop messaging, materials, and targeted outreach to advance policy and political activity.
  • Creates and maintains industry partnerships and relationships and coordinates with external associations and other stakeholders to advance Chamber’s policy objectives.
  • Synthesize political and public policy for Chamber leadership and creates impactful messaging driven through events, statements, testimony, and other platforms to advance specific sector-based policies.
  • Serves as a public representative of the Chamber at public sector, political, and community engagements and events.
  • Prepares materials and presentations for meetings and briefings for public and private officials and other relevant stakeholders such as committee members and board members to educate decision-makers and develop implementation strategies.
  • Develops implementation strategies to achieve desired objectives.
  • Identifies and engages potential partners and networks of stakeholders critical for advancing the policy agenda as appropriate. Facilitates and supports the creation of coalitions related to specific policy goals.
  • Initiates and responds to staff, partner, and key constituency inquiries and requests via telephone, written, and electronic communications as appropriate.
  • Balances multiple priorities, working independently or participating in a leadership position as a part of a cross-functional team, keeping others informed through clear written and verbal communication, while maintaining a high level of productivity.
  • Contributes to the overall effectiveness of the organization by performing other duties and participating in special projects, as assigned.



  • A degree in Public Policy, Public Management/Administration, Business Administration, or appropriate field required.


  • Familiarity with economic and community development issues, local government and political structure, and/or civic agency operations preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of economic and community development issues, local government structure and/or civic agency operations.  Strong preference for direct knowledge of issues and public officials specific to Southwestern Pennsylvania.


  • 3+ years of experience in a policy or political role, trade association, Chamber or external facing role.   Strong and abiding interest in improving the economic competitiveness of and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania


  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, proficiency in policy analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, problem-solving, quantitative, and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact diplomatically in high-energy setting, establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationship with a wide range of individuals both inside and outside the organization.
  • Proficient in MS Office suite.

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