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.
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.
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org and Darren Cotton – email@example.com