Full Time

Community Development Specialist (Southwest VA) at Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Fields: rural, infrastructure, urban planning, community development, sustainability

Location: Abdingdon, Virginia

About the Organization: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state – the majority of which are designed to help low- to moderate-income citizens. By partnering with local governments, nonprofit groups, state and federal agencies, and others – for example, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation (IPR) – DHCD is working to improve the quality of life for Virginians.

About the Position: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is seeking a highly motivated Community Development Specialist to work in the Abingdon Field Office of the Program Administration and Assistance Office (PAAO). This position serves as the primary point of contact for DHCD grantees such as city, town, or county governments, non-profits, or other funded entities across the Commonwealth of Virginia that have a focus on community and economic development through the utilization of state and Federal funding resources including but not limited to the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation (IPR), and other programs administered by DHCD. This position ensures that grantees and sub-recipients utilize funding in accordance with program requirements and provides technical assistance for the delivery of the required benefits, on time, within budget, and creates supportive community relationships for the longevity of community sustainability.

Special Requirements: Ability to travel independently of other agency staff. Occasional overnight travel required. Valid driver’s license required.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Developed expertise in required subject areas; Demonstrated ability to read, learn, understand, apply, and write about laws and regulations for the implementation of state and federal funding sources to include CDBG, ARC, IPR, and other DHCD-funded projects.
  • Ability to work comfortably with diverse constituencies, discern their needs, and develop the appropriate level of assistance; Effectively interact with organizations and individuals associated with planning and implementing projects designed to carry out the mission of funding sources.
  • Ability to develop and deliver technical presentations as well as facilitate group discussions; Ability to plan and deliver training events ranging in size from 5 to 250 individuals.
  • Excellent communication skills in writing, public speaking, including planning and conducting training in person, via webinars, etc., and interpersonal communication.
  • Competent research skills, strong computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, spreadsheet and graphics packages.
  • Ability to maintain accurate financial records.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in public or business administration, political science, policy analysis, planning or a related field preferred. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
  • Experience in one or more of the following desirable: community economic development, community revitalization, experience with managing grant programs and financial resources, construction management, housing construction/ rehabilitation, local or state government or quasi-governmental entity experience.
  • Financial management experience preferred.

Estimated Salary: Negotiable up to $55,000

Deadline: September 14, 2018

Apply Here: Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

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