Join the Team at UDCDA – Community Development Coordinator Position Now Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that the team at UDCDA is growing! Thanks to the support of LISC Buffalo, the Housing & Community Development Department is welcoming the new position of Community Development Coordinator. The Community Development Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and Director of Community Development & Planning on a number of exciting community and economic development initiatives working to transform Buffalo’s University District. Please download the job posting PDF for a full description of the position and how to apply.

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Community Development Coordinator

The Community Development Coordinator reports directory to the Director of Community Development & Planning of the UDCDA and works closely with the housing and community development departments to coordinate large-scale community development projects and multi-stakeholder neighborhood planning efforts. The Coordinator will assist in applying for and administering multi-year grants targeted towards commercial corridor revitalization, affordable housing, civic engagement, and community capacity building.


  • Plan and coordinate large scale service projects and events
  • Serve as point person for volunteers and interns interested in becoming more involved with organization’s community development/housing projects and programs
  • Assist Director in analyzing opportunities and challenges along commercial corridors and identifying key corridor demographics, retail conditions, market data, business environment, physical environment, etc.
  • Work with Director and Community-Based Organizations to formulate actionable projects from the assessment results, including the creation of metrics to measure short, medium, and long-term success
  • Provide administrative assistance in managing and monitoring multi-year grant agreements with public, private, and philanthropic partners
  • Coordinate inter-agency working groups and committees assigned to specific geographies, topics, and/or projects.
  • Cultivate community engagement and outreach strategies that better inform commercial corridor revitalization efforts, and that build strong and trusting relationships with local stakeholder groups
  • Work with Director to proactively monitor, create, edit, and update the division’s written and visual content on the website, social media channels, and printed collateral
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned.

Preferred Skills:

  • Prior experience in economic or community development, urban planning, public policy or equivalent;
  • Experience with general capacity building initiatives at the non-profit and/or community level;
  • Knowledge of local economic development practices, community organizing, and/or merchant organizing;
  • Familiarly with non-profit management, non-profit law, and board of directors roles/responsibilities;
  • Prior experience working with, or a demonstrated understanding of merchants associations, chambers of commerce, and/or local development corporations;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to organize and drive projects to timely completion through coalition and consensus building;
  • Demonstrated experience in program design, development, implementation and measurement;
  • Enterprising and resourceful, with ability to look strategically at the big picture for insightful, creative solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to speak and write concisely, and comfort speaking before groups, including conducting/facilitating well organized meetings with community and interagency partners;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Familiarity with Arc GIS as well as the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) is also recommended


Candidates would ideally have a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, urban design, public administration, environmental design, or a related field with at least one year professional or volunteer experience in one of those fields. Advanced degrees can be used in place of professional experience. Interest and/or experience in community development, economic development, or grant administration is preferred though not required. Candidates who are self-motivated, critical thinkers, and analytical-minded are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter including the following subject line: “Community Development Coordinator” to Roseann Scibilia – and Darren Cotton –