Cantrell transition team announces national search for senior staff positions

Cantrell transition team announces national search for senior staff positions
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The co-chairs for Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell's Transition Team Advisory Board announced the start of a national search to fill key positions in the incoming administration Friday morning.

"Mayor-elect Cantrell has given us the charge to find the best and brightest to serve the residents of the city of New Orleans and that search begins today with our announcement that we are recruiting to fill vacancies for chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, director of homeland security, director of public works, city attorney and communications director for the mayor's office," said Matt Wisdom, advisory board co-chair and CEO of the New Orleans-based technology firm TurboSquid.

Cantrell said the search comes after careful examination of the needs of the incoming administration, with additional vacancies to be announced in the coming weeks.

"Job descriptions for these positions are available on the website for the transition team," said Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, advisory board co-chair and dean of the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University. "We encourage all interested applicants to visit forwardtogetherneworleans.com to learn more about our recruitment efforts and to submit their resumes."

The job descriptions for the positions are listed below:

Chief Administrative Officer: 

The City of New Orleans is seeking a collaborative, innovative and creative executive with strong project management skills for our next Chief Administrative Officer. Under the general direction of the Mayor, the CAO will plan and direct the activities and operations of the Office of Chief Administrative Officer; serve as the Mayor's senior advisor on the budget and revenue and expenditure forecasts of funds; manage and oversee the effective and efficient fiscal and day-to-day operations of City government in accordance with best practices and policies established by the City Council, City, state and Federal laws, regulations and guidelines; and implement effective and innovative strategies that will drive results for the implementation of City and departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

Chief Financial Officer:

The City of New Orleans is seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with outstanding leadership, communication, organizational, and presentation skills. This critical role plans, directs and manages the activities and operations of the Finance department including accounting operations, investments, financial analysis and planning, risk management and procurement. As a member of the City's Senior Management Team, the CFO participates in strategic initiative activities and ensures all Finance activities support those initiatives. The CFO is the chief budget officer –responsible for development of the City's annual operating budget and capital investment plan. The CFO has primary responsibility for maintaining the City's
compliance with all State laws on municipal financial operations and disclosure.

Director of Homeland Security:

The City of New Orleans is seeking an Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director to plan and direct the activities and operations of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; to serve as the City's senior advisor on emergency preparedness/management and homeland security issues; to interpret, coordinate, prepare, implement and supervise grant program applications; to coordinate response and recovery activities with other city departments and outside agencies including the American Red Cross, the Army Corps of Engineers and the
United States Coast Guard; to activate, in coordination with the Mayor, the City Emergency Operations Center (CEOC); and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Director of Public Works: 

The City of New Orleans is seeking a licensed Professional Engineer to plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities, projects and operations of the Public Works Department's five divisions including, but not limited to, approximately 1,547 miles of streets (21,000,000 square yards of pavement), 149 bridges, 65,000 catch basins and approximately 8,200,000 linear feet of drainage lines in the City of New Orleans; to coordinate assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Public Works Department.

City Attorney:

The City of New Orleans is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as City Attorney. The City Attorney shall be a Louisiana-licensed attorney, who is domiciled in and an elector of the City, who has been admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Louisiana for at least five years, and who shall have actively practiced law in Louisiana for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. The City Attorney must possess a solid understanding of a broad array of legal matters related to constitutional law, land use and planning, public finance, employment, public works, public contracts and bidding, as well as the drafting of ordinances and resolutions.

Communications Director: 

The City of New Orleans is seeking a collaborative, innovative and creative individual with strong project management skills for our next Communications Director. Under the general direction of the Mayor, the Communications Director is responsible for the development, management and administration of strategic outreach, media relations, and communications of City-wide initiatives for external and internal audiences of New Orleans. In collaboration with elected officials and/or City Staff, this position will oversee the messaging of community priorities and City programs utilizing various communication strategies, including traditional and social media. As a senior manager, the Communications Director will lead the Mayor's Communications Team to increase public awareness and utilization of departmental programs and services within City departments and/or corresponding with Mayoral priorities. He/She is integral in helping to proactively and reactively strengthen, enhance and protect the City's image and reputation among its key audiences. Leading a team of communications professionals, the Communications Director will manage day-to-day and provide counsel to senior officials of City department and agencies. Key responsibilities include cultivating key stakeholder relationships and supporting rapid response during crisis communications and emergency situations.

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