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Assistant Director for Community, Housing and Opportunity Programs

For City of Burlington

This position is responsible for the development and management of a team to oversee the city's programs focused on neighborhood & community development, housing, participatory governance, national service and social services/social equity programs and the legal, contractual and compliance issues as they relate to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Corporation for National & Community Service, and housing grant programs.

Essential Job Functions

Department-Wide

  • Support the CEDO Director in developing strategic and operational management plans for the department.
  • Support the CEDO Director in tracking goals related to the City's community and economic development, housing, neighborhood, social justice, diversity policies, programs and activities.
  • Support the CEDO Director in tracking long range department goals and provide periodic written reports.
  • Support the CEDO Director in gathering data for the early stages of budget planning and budget work sessions.
  • Support the director in developing and implementing a department-wide strategy to ensure the completion of annual performance evaluations.
  • Support the CEDO Director in coordinating regular staff meetings and retreats and assisting the director in setting and maintaining office structure and work rules.
  • Serve as "point person," under the direction of the CEDO Director to manage and track the success of grants department-wide.
  • Support the CEDO Director in creating clear and readily understandable information about department-wide activities for the public, funders, grantees, and other City departments, in a variety of media.
Community, Housing & Opportunity Programs Division
  • Manage, develop, and coordinate neighborhood & community development, housing grants, participatory governance, national service and social services/social equity programs.
  • Conduct policy development, special planning, and research projects emerging from community development, housing, participatory governance, national service, and social services/social equity initiatives, or as identified by the Mayor or CEDO Director.
  • Assist the Mayor and City Council in developing and drafting community development, housing, participatory governance, national service, and social services/social equity programs and policies.
  • Supervise evaluation and performance studies to include effectiveness of community development, participatory governance, national service, and social services/social equity programs and city's civic engagement infrastructure.
  • Provide support and information to the City Council and its Committees, as required.
  • Maintain positive public relations in providing information to public and media and in handling public complaints. 
  • Represent the City before State and National funders, legislative bodies and elected officials, public institutions, and solicit support in the development of pilot model programs for community development, participatory governance, national service, and social services/social equity programs.
  • Prepare intermediate and long range plans for neighborhood & community development, as a basis for CEDO Director, Mayor and City Council decisions on priorities, implementation strategies, and funding alternatives, including but not limited to the city's Consolidated Plan for Housing & Community Development.
  • Establish and initiate public, nonprofit and private partnerships and collaborations for the achievement of all programs and goals.
  • Monitor performance of staff, consultants, and contractors, governmental and non-profit partners enlisted or funded to meet program objectives.
  • Receive, review, and rate proposals for National Service Anti-poverty/Capacity Building Resources according to federal and locally established criteria.
  • Advise applicants and City Departments on regulations and procedures involved in selecting and evaluating proposals.
  • Maintain regular contact with U.S. Department of HUD officials and other funding agencies and partners on policies, practices and resource opportunities for city initiatives
  • Oversee Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation process, including public meetings and public hearings.
  • Act as City's representative in its role as Collaborative Applicant for the Continuum of Care (COC). Support COC executive committee and partners as required.
  • Evaluate and formulate priorities to guide resource allocation and development.
  • Maintain knowledge of federal, state and local rules and regulations for a broad range of grant and loan programs and apply that knowledge to review/negotiate contracts with funders and grantees and establish administrative procedures for compliance with financial/legal requirements. 
  • Create and coordinate cross-divisional information systems (i.e., databases, reports to funders and from grantees and program staff) and procedures. 
  • Create/deliver clear and readily understandable information about the division's activities for the public, funders, grantees and other city departments, in a variety of media (public meetings/workshops, written materials, online). 
  • Manage staff, including but not limited to, assigning, scheduling and supervising work, and training, evaluating performance and administering discipline.
  • Prepare and administer the division's annual budget; monitor all expenditures and funding/cost share allocations, and preparing grant requests to funding agencies.
  • Other duties as required.
Oct 30, 2019
BS in Public Administration or related field and five (5) years of experience in Community Development or grant management required. Two years of experience in a supervisory role. Masters in Community Development or Public Administration preferred. Experience in strategic planning and project management preferred. Three (3) years of experience performing reporting, evaluating, and/or monitoring functions within a non-profit and/or municipal organizations engaged in promoting economic, affordable housing, or community development required. Strong communication skills, both oral and written with a demonstrated ability in public speaking, use of specialized presentation software and equipment. Ability to operate in a Windows based environment with proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software required. Ability to interpret federal grant regulations for legal, contractual and compliance issues. Ability to work under pressure. Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development. Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions. Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
BS in Public Administration or related field
Burlington, VT
Regular Full Time Exempt
$72,858.00 - $81,329.00 Annually
The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veter