Neighborhood and Community Services Director
City of Clarksville
CLASS SUMMARY:The Neighborhood and Community Services Director is a stand alone position in the Housing and Community Development series. Incumbents provide coordination on projects and programs designed to improve neighborhood housing and economic conditions. The Neighborhood and Community Services Director is responsible for the overall management, planning, and monitoring of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Continuum of Care, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs and acts as the facilitator between the organization and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.***PLEASE NOTE: THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS A MAJORITY OF THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS: PROVEN LEADERSHIP QUALITIES WITH THE ABILITY TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST, RESPECT, AND CREDIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY AND INTERNALLY WITH STAFF AND COLLEAGUES; OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATION SKILLS, WHICH CONVEY CONFIDENCE AND CREDIBILITY, AND A WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS; PROVEN ABILITY IN BUDGET DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT; VISIONARY PLANNING AND CHANGE AGENT SKILLS WITH A DEMONSTRATED RECORD OF SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIC AND LONG-RANGE BUSINESS/OPERATIONAL PLANS; EXCELLENT PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS WITH THE ABILITY TO PROACTIVELY IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT CREATIVE AND VIABLE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS; ACTIVE AND GENUINE COMMITMENT TO MANAGING DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE; AND PROVEN EXPERIENCE IN LEADING AND MANAGING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE DIVERSE TEAM. SALARY BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION WITHIN THE POSTED SALARY RANGE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EXTEND THE JOB POSTING UNTIL FILLED.***
- Example of Duties
TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES:(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)
- Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintains a healthy and safe work environment; and makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
- Confers with the Mayor, the Mayor's Executive staff, and other department heads on programs and initiatives aimed at improving, preserving, and revitalizing legacy neighborhoods.
- Oversees and directs the implementation of the City's neighborhood improvement programs, including strategies to facilitate the formation of neighborhood associations, involvement of neighborhood associations and residents in establishing a framework for revising or introducing policies, and the coordination of service delivery among City functions.
- Analyzes community needs to determine programs/projects which will have the greatest benefit from grant funding; evaluates and recommends candidates for community development programs; directs and approves development and coordination of plans, programs, and projects carried out through grant funds and in accordance with City, State, and Federal regulations; maintains liaison with grantor agency, citizen advisory committees, public agencies, program applicants, and the general public.
- Represents department at community meetings and public forums to provide information on Housing and Community Development activities; prepares reports for the City Council and other government agencies on program activities and accomplishments.
- Coordinates the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for contractors to perform grant funded projects; reviews and evaluates proposals and recommends awards; assists in the coordination of the lending community, non-profit organizations, builders/developers and neighborhood organizations to increase residents' access to homeownership; negotiates and administers contracts with City and non-profit organizations involved in projects using grant funds; assesses organization's abilities to provide required services and monitors contracts performance to adhere to regulations and authorized payments
- Develops specifications and prepares requests for proposals and grant applications for sub-grantees; develops special literature, documents, plans, and reports for publicizing the progress or development of new and existing programs; prepares departmental budget; prepares and submits the Five Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), and all other reports and grant proposals as required.
- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
- Typical Qualifications
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE(positions in this class typically require):Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field and 5+ years of progressive experience in comprehensive programs involving neighborhood revitalization, urban planning, housing, and community development activities, with at least 2+ years in the role of Director; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
- Supplemental Information
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS (positions in this class typically require):
- Valid Driver's License.
KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):
- Supervisory principals;
- Federal Grant Programs, especially Community Block Grant Program and HOME Investment Partnership Program;
- Applicable program requirements and regulations;
- Customer service principles;
- Grant writing and research methods;
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
- Recordkeeping principles;
- Computers and related software applications;
- Experience working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
SKILLS (position requirements at entry):
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, lifting, bending, kneeling, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force to constantly move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
- Coordinating and executing multiple tasks;
- Applying Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations;
- Researching grant opportunities and writing grants;
- Directing and coordinating a multidisciplinary staff in code enforcement, housing, development, and neighborhood revitalization and preservation activities;
- Preparing reports;
- Networking, coordinating and planning activities with local organizations and service delivery programs;
- Establishing relationships and working cooperatively with City officials, boards and commissions, employees, and the general public;
- Understanding community and social conditions to determine needs;
- Providing customer service;
- Using a computer and related software applications;
- Communicating with individuals and groups in a face-to-face, one-to-one setting, or by telephone;
- Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.
Incumbents may be subject to travel.
The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.