Date Posted: 3/24/2023
Deadline: Until Filled
Job Number: 036-23-N


WORK OBJECTIVE Under the supervision of the Government Relations and Development Department management, manage all phases of the NFTA’s grant processes, development, and legislative action plans. The Assistant Manager of Government Relations & Development will: • Supervise department staff who manage Federal Transit Administration and Federal Aviation Administration funding in cooperation with NFTA business centers and external project partners. • Identify, secure and manage funding opportunities from other non-traditional public and private-sector entities to meet ongoing capital and operating needs of the NFTA. • Prepare federal and state legislative action plans, develop and maintain relationships with congressional, state, and local legislative offices and analyze public policy proposals. • Assume management of department in the absence of the Government Relations and Development Department management.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. • Manage department personnel and assign duties in the administration of on-going grant projects. • Review completed work of department personnel for completeness and accuracy. • Identify, write, edit and apply for and manage other non-traditional public and private sector grant resources. • Assure project management compliance with grantor rules, regulations, and grant closeout requirements. • Research and interpret relevant federal, state, and local rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. • Communicate on project status and funding information in a timely and accurate manner. • Develop and implement grant administration policies and procedures. • Advise Government Relations and Development Department management of opportunities of new grant opportunities, initiatives, and innovations. • Administer NFTA funding through regional project planning. • Collaborate with external agencies and internal departments to identify fundable projects fitting organizational strategies. • Represent the NFTA at meetings with external agencies and the public. • Communicate with various constituencies about available grants, strategies, research, partnerships, and available services. • Meet with citizens and constituents to discuss their ideas regarding projects, policies, and initiatives. • Analyze federal and state budget and policy documents. • Attend legislative, public and advocacy group hearings. • Work with internal, external and outside agency auditors. • Assist the Government Relations and Development Department management with board reports and resolutions. • Assist the Government Relations and Development Department management with preparation and monitoring of the department budget. • Analyze data and conduct research studies. • Represent the agency and division at state, regional, and national meetings. • Maintain documentation and records necessary for grant processes and legislative action plans. • Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager of Grants and Government Affairs.


The Assistant Manager of Government Relations & Development will have: • The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing in order to convey information to the Board of Commissioners, internal departments, external project partners and the public. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. • The ability to prepare grant applications and advocacy reports. • Active listening, learning, reading comprehension and time management skills. • The ability to manage personnel and financial resources effectively. • The ability to exercise discretion and judgment in dealing with complex, sensitive issues in public forums. • The ability to maintain confidentiality. • The ability to work independently and in a team environment. • Knowledge of accounting and math in order to analyze reports and monitor capital expenditures, cash flows and budgets. • Knowledge of New York State and Congressional legislative process. • Knowledge of NFTA operations and program objectives in order to facilitate achievement of NFTA objectives. • General knowledge of MIS systems.


Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds).


Work is performed in usual office conditions with travel, including some overnight travel, but with rare exposure to disagreeable environmental factors.


A Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science or a related social sciences field and four years of professional experience required. Advanced degree, professional certifications and previous supervisory and development, transportation, and land use experience preferred.


TO APPLY: Send NFTA employment application, resume and cover letter specifying the job number 036-23-N to: NFTA Human Resources 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Or email to:


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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