by Trevor Williams | January 9, 2013
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.