Community Development Specialist
Clearwater Economic Development Association
The Community Development Specialist is responsible for developing, managing, and administering community and regional projects. General duties include, but are not limited to, community and agency outreach, planning coordination, research and analysis, project development, project budgeting and finance, grant writing, grant administration, and project management.
Essential Job Functions
- Community and Agency Outreach: Develop and sustain relationships with federal, state, and local agencies; local government officials and staff, private sector businesses, and community and economic development groups or alliances to identify project needs or opportunities, develop solution options, organize and manage planning groups, and identify and solicit the help of experts needed for project development and implementation.
- Project Development: Work with clients and stakeholders to conceptualize a project idea, develop goals, transfer goals to a work plan, procure for needed expertise, identify, and seek needed financial resources, and coordinate all activities for successful project development.
- Research and Analysis: a) Seek, collect, and analyze data and information through multiple sources for the resources needed for project development and implementation b) Evaluate project and program needs and assist CEDA and clients in finding available resources; seek out funding opportunities for programs and projects for CEDA and for individual projects.
- Project Budgeting and Finance: Work with clients and design professionals (engineers/architects) to develop project budgets, contingencies, and a funding packages that will ensure sufficient resources for project implementation. Assist clients in determining if and when in-kind services are appropriate for a project and how to value the services.
- Grant Writing: Organize a developing project for funding applications, such as Idaho Community Development Block Grant. Ensure project elements are completed and in place for successful grant applications to include, but not be limited to; procurement, scope of work, facility or site planning, budget, Civil Rights and Fair Housing Compliance, environmental scoping, public meetings and/or hearings, and support or commitment letters. Write and submit grant application to meet eligibility requirements. Develop application to be optimally competitive and submit on or before deadline.
- Grant Administration: Successfully perform all activities related to grant compliance. Assist CEDA and/or client during the contract process. Adhere to all applicable CEDA grant administration contracts. Ensure federal and state criteria is met in the areas of procurement, environmental review, civil rights, labor standards, land acquisitions, relocations of displaced persons, and citizen participation. Develop grant agreement/contract documents. Analyze problems and develop forms to support data management and project monitoring. Coordinate with grantors to clarify program regulations and ensure program compliance. Coordinate projects with multiple sponsors. Review and monitor budgets, payment requests, and fiscal reports on assigned projects and prepare program reports. Provide technical assistance in interpretation of regulations, rules, and policies, prepare program reports.
- Project Management: Work with CEDA and/or clients to organize work elements, coordinate activities, schedule tasks, track and maintain budgets, adjust timelines, communicate with the public, measure outcomes, and troubleshoot challenges or unanticipated effects or events.
- Community Assistance and Liaison: As assigned, act as CEDA’s liaison on community planning groups and/or oversight boards or committees; provide research assistance on federal and state grant opportunities; support workshops, trainings and events organized by CEDA, provide technical assistance in interpretation of regulations, rules, and policies; keep Executive Director informed of potential community projects or programs that need further development.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in management, business, planning, political science, or a related field. Relevant work experience or transferrable skills may be substituted for required education;
- Valid Driver’s license and a personal vehicle that can be used (with mileage reimbursement) to meet job-related transportation needs;
- Ability and willingness to travel to meetings, workshops, trainings, and conferences. Evening meeting attendance is required.
- Effectively communicate verbally and in writing;
- Work independently, organize and manage multiple project priorities, and meet deadlines;
- Develop and deliver effective public presentations;
- Work constructively and respectfully with diverse opinions and competing interests to build consensus;
- Ability to develop knowledge of public and other sources of funding resources that support community-based projects;
- Working knowledge of personal computer and software applications primarily Microsoft Office (minimally Word and Excel, preferably Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint);
- Ability to work with data, manipulate data and manage files
- Work effectively as a team member;
- Ability to obtain and maintain Idaho Community Development Block Grant administrator certification.
- Successful grant writing experience;
- Familiarity with federal and state finance and construction laws and regulations;
- Knowledge of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development monitoring and reporting procedures, and federal block grant process;
- Knowledge of local government operations;
- Financial management capabilities;
- Experience planning and facilitating group meetings;
Salary and Benefits
$45,000 to $55,000 DOE. Wage is paid hourly within this range. CEDA offers a full compensation package including medical, dental, vision, and paid time off, and employer-matched 401k retirement plan. Position is Monday through Friday, some night and out of town meetings required, with mileage reimbursed.