The City of Atlanta has posted a job opening for an international affairs director on its website, making official Mayor Kasim Reed's commitment to reopen a fully staffed office devoted to engaging with the world. 

In 2008, then-Mayor Shirley Franklin closed down the city's international affairs office amid budget cuts. Mr. Reed, who spent much of his first year in office getting the city on firmer financial footing by reforming its pension system, pledged late in 2010 to reinstate an international office befitting a city of Atlanta's stature. 

Two years passed without any visible action on that front. In June 2012, the Atlanta City Council approved a budget with $226,000 set aside for an international affairs office under the purview of the mayor's chief of staff. The budget called for three employees: a director and two specialists.

According to today's posting, the international affairs director will be responsible for planning the mayor's economic development trips abroad, handling inbound delegations, administering protocol, raising funds and providing guidance to the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, among other duties. 

The ideal candidate will have seven years of "progressively responsible experience in public policy administration" and a master's degree in business, public administration, international relations or another related field, but the position is open to anyone with experience that prepares him or her adequately for the job. 

Should President Obama’s fragile nuclear deal with Iran survive the partisan vitriol it’s already ignited in Congress, companies in some of Georgia’s strongest sectors could be primed to tap a market of nearly 80 million consumers hungry to reconnect with the world economy, experts told Global Atlanta.   More
The High Museum of Art has announced that Randall Suffolk, the current director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., has been appointed its Nancy and Holcomb T. Green Jr. director succeeding Michael E. Shapiro, who is retiring on July 31. Mr. Suffolk is to assume his position at the High on Nov. 2. More