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City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Director

Description

Hiring Range is $92,913-$123,884 (beginning salary will be commensurate with experience)

The City of Greensboro is seeking a Neighborhood Development Director (NDD) to partner with community stakeholders to ensure quality neighborhoods, affordable, and high-quality housing for its residents.  The position is open due to the promotion of the previous Director to the Position of Assistant City Manager.  The next Director will have a track record of leveraging community development programs and initiatives to promote community development.  A successful history of building bridges among stakeholders, facilitating win-win solutions where divergent interests lie; and, generating commitment and enthusiasm for the vision of building vibrant neighborhoods will be key credentials.

The Community:
Greensboro, the third largest city in N.C., county seat of Guilford County, and with a diverse population of nearly 280,000 and 132 square miles, is the largest city within the Piedmont Triad region, followed by Winston-Salem and High Point. With its temperate climate and close proximity to both the mountains of North Carolina and Atlantic Ocean beaches, Greensboro provides residents the best of both worlds. Once known as the “Gate City” for the large number of trains that passed through downtown, the city maintains its history as a transportation hub with its easy access to major interstates and highways. Twelve colleges and universities in Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad provide Greensboro businesses thousands of well-trained and highly-educated people each year, adding to the city’s existing workforce. The bulk of the current workforce is divided between services, manufacturing, government, and retail trade. While there have been some business closings in the area during the past several years, Greensboro continues to have a changing and vibrant economy.   Additional information about the City is available at www.greensboro-nc.gov.

Neighborhood Development Department and Position Overview:  
The City of Greensboro operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The City has approximately 3000 employees working across 20 departments.  The new Neighborhood Development Director will report to one of three Assistant City Managers (the previous NDD).  The individual selected for this key role will lead a Department of approximately 30 employees with an annual budget of $8M. The Department has three divisions: Code Compliance, Housing Services and Grants, Finance and Administration.  The next Director will be responsible for managing $25M in bond funds from a November 2016 referendum.  The goal of that funding is to produce 1000 affordable housing units.  The Department is also collaborating with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to launch a new initiative, Housing Our Community, that would establish a a shared housing vision for a successful, sustainable, affordable housing plan for the city.  Moreover, the Director would also partner with a community task force made up of over 100 people working to produce more affordable housing and housing related services.

A detailed description of the Neighborhood Development Department can be found at http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=4344.

The Successful Candidate:

  • recognizes that revitalizing neighborhoods is fundamental in creating quality of life in a community as well as promoting economic development;
  • has an excellent history with elected officials, neighborhood and community leaders;
  • possesses current and deep management expertise in code enforcement and housing development strategies;
  • has demonstrable experience in developing and implementing a broad range of successful Community Development programs and services;
  • is deeply knowledgeable of housing development and revitalization funding strategies;
  • is skillful in navigating challenging issues that ignite passions of citizens and elected officials;
  • serves as a liaison and builds collaborative relationships with partners across the various stakeholders in the community which includes the City of Greensboro, Guilford County, neighborhood and home owner associations, nonprofits and other organizations.
  • is knowledgeable of applicable federal, state and local law, codes and regulations governing the administration of code enforcement, housing and financing programs;
  • inspires others by leading through empowerment, equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees;
  • monitors and manages the departmental budget and is resourceful in finding or developing innovative solutions to meet workload demands with reduced staff in a tight budget climate;
  • is a principled leader who values accountability while holding realistic and fair expectations of self and others;
  • is an excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and Council;

To apply for this position, click on the Neighborhood Development Director link via the Developmental Associates website. (Or cut and paste https://www.developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/ into your browser). All applications must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal.   All inquiries should be emailed to greensborohiring@developmentalassociates.com.  Candidates are encouraged to apply by July 19.  An assessment center will be held August 23-24, 2017 in Greensboro for selected finalists. The City of Greensboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Qualifications

As the Director, this person must demonstrate significant experience in a department with similarly diverse facilities and functions, serving an urban environment.

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of well-rounded and progressively responsible experience or 12 years’ experience with an Associate’s Degree or 15 years’ experience and a high school diploma.
  • The Neighborhood Development Director’s work shall include demonstrated experience in administration of housing development programs, housing development finance and budget management.
  • A minimum of six years supervisory experience
  • Two years management experience including work with Boards and Commissions required

Preferred experience:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or Planning
  • Local government experience in community development

Residency Requirement:  The Neighborhood Development Director shall live within a 30-mile radius of the Greensboro city limits within 12 months of appointment

 

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Bank of America BB&T CAHEC CohnReznick First Citizens Bank Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust NC Housing Finance Agency NeighborWorks America North State Bank Novogradac & Company RBC Capital Markets Suntrust TD Bank Wells Fargo