CLASSIFICATION NO. 271
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Under general direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the administrative operations and program activities, and personnel of the Community Development Division; and to do other work as required.
The Community Development Division within the Department of Human Services manages programs to provide decent and affordable housing, revitalize distressed neighborhoods, expand and improve community services and facilities, expand and conserve the housing stock, expand employment opportunities, and eliminate conditions detrimental to the communities’ health and welfare for low and moderate income residents of the County. These community development and housing programs are primarily funded by federal Housing and Community Development block grants.
The Community Development Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, evaluating and administering all programs and services provided by the division. Programs include development of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, construction and renovation of community facilities, public works projects, and housing rehabilitation loans directed at homeowners and owners/investors of rental housing.
The Community Development Director reports to the Director, Department of Human Services. The incumbent manages division staff including the Community Development Housing Manager and Community Development Project Coordinators.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Recommends and implements new and revised policies to respond to service needs; establishes goals and objectives and supervises the preparation of the division's annual program plan; ensures provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, and regulations; ensures proper internal recordkeeping procedures and documentation.
- Develops, recommends, implements and evaluates programs; interprets and clarifies federal regulations; develops and recommends goals, policies and procedures; prepares and submits County's annual grant applications for housing and community development assistance.
- Develops and maintains relationships with County Administration and various public and private agencies; participates in national, regional and state organizations, commissions, task forces and groups to promote and coordinate division programs.
- Communicates program and project information to public and private groups and individuals; facilitates and evaluates proposed projects to determine eligibility and feasibility; responds to complaints and inquiries.
- Oversees the development of annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to department director, County budget committee, and the Board of County Commissioners; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures; researches alternative funding sources including preparing and/or approving grant proposals.
- Oversees community development construction project management and rehabilitation loan activities; approves housing rehabilitation loans; directs and coordinates County-wide grant application process for community development block grants and other federal funds; develops and submits annual performance reports to HUD.
- Hires and directs division management and program staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
- Provides administrative direction to division staff in program planning and development, and in sensitive issues which could subject the County to significant liability.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Thorough knowledge of: Principles, methods and techniques of public administration, personnel management and budget/grant/contract administration; Federal and State prevailing wage law; participative management theories; Federal housing and community development programs and regulations; project/building design and construction management principles and practices; Federal, State and local procurement requirements; public finance and tax increment financing; local improvement district formations; statistical methods and research techniques.
Working knowledge of: Land use and design principles; community and urban planning principles and practices; housing needs of low and moderate income people; legal regulations and methods of real estate acquisition and development.
Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; develop and implement operational and administrative policies; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; collect and analyze demographic data; prepare and maintain statistical, narrative and assessment reports; interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations; organize, direct, train, evaluate and discipline management, professional, technical and administrative staff; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain accounting and budgetary control procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public.
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.