Community Assistance Specialist at MEDC


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TITLE
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST FLSA: EXEMPT
REPORTS TO: MANAGER, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
UPDATED: JUNE 2016
POSITION SUMMARY
Provides technical assistance to Michigan communities through the use of incentive tools that advance
project development in both the downtown and surrounding communities. Works to expand and implement
a variety of statewide development projects.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(These duties and responsibilities are judged to be “essential functions” in terms of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA)
Meet independently with for-profit developers, local units of government, lenders, staff from other agencies and other parties assist with planning and financing of housing, commercial and mixed-use developments.
Market and outreach all CD and other relevant MEDC programs, as well as other statewide resources to customer communities and other stakeholders in their assigned geographic territory.
Conducts community visits within territory to gather data, understand the community and to ensure appropriate incentive tools are recommended.
Handle complex requests/assignments such as structuring various incentives as well as lead work groups with local non-profit and for-profit developers, local units of government, lenders, staff from other state departments, and other stakeholders to assist with planning and strategic thinking regarding real estate development, community revitalization, and related issues in the context of available resources.
Assists communities in the development of Downtown Development Authorities, local
Development Finance Authorities, Corridor Improvement Authorities and Brownfield
Redevelopment Authorities.
Develops or assists in developing community capacity building through the Redevelopment
Ready Communities program and the Michigan Main Street program.
Performs other related duties as directed by supervisor.
Position requires extensive travel to designated region.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.
EDUCATION
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in
Community Development, Urban & Regional Planning, Architecture, Public Administration or a related field.
A Master’s degree in Public Administration or Urban Planning is preferred.
EXPERIENCE
This position requires a minimum of three to five years related experience in community or
economic planning, development or other local government related
Minimum Experience Required: This position requires a minimum of three to five years related experience and/or training in community or economic planning, development or other local government related activity; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply: If you believe that your qualifications meet the listed requirements and are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and a completed Employment Application by e-mail to medchr@michigan.org.

Note: A completed application is not required for current MEDC employees who apply.

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Deadline for Response: July 16, 2017