Centralina is Hiring: Community Economic Development Coordinator

Centralina Regional Council seeks a well-organized, customer-service oriented individual with a strong background in community development and knowledge of public and private sector economic development programs for the position of COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CED) COORDINATOR.  The CED Coordinator provides specialized planning and project management work supporting the  CED department’s programs and activities to include grant administration and working with clients on CDBG block grants and housing activities, loan fund administration and other related programs.

MAJOR DUTIES include but are not limited to:

  • Writing proposals for grants for technical assistance projects and contracts management; serving as the grant manager and administrator for projects related to Federal grant and state programs, and other housing and community development activities initiated by the CED Department;
  • Assisting with case management within active projects;
  • Conducting research work for regional and local studies in areas such as housing, economic development and local government assistance; analyzing relevant information to initiate and develop new ideas to serve program needs;
  • Responding to inquiries from the public regarding economic and redevelopment activities;
  • Assisting with outreach and recruitment of stakeholders and funding for regional studies and initiatives;
  • Researching and helping coordinate grant opportunities; managing related documentation and correspondence and maintaining contact with various funding agencies;
  • Participating on various committees throughout the region; representing the program at meetings and conferences and networks with affiliated groups; and
  • Working with contractors, vendors, and consultants on necessary program functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES include but are not limited to:

Knowledge of relevant laws, rules, and regulations of federal and state Community Development programs;  skill in current economic development trends and research methods; and the ability to manage grant related records, information and follow-up. In addition, the individual must be customer service-oriented with the ability to be tactful and courteous and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals including elected officials, governmental agency representatives, stakeholders, the general public, staff, etc. Successful candidate must also be very detail oriented and possess the ability to multitask and manage multiple and simultaneous priorities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Business Administration or other closely related field; three years of demonstrated experience in community economic development programs or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Experience administering federal grant programs and in project management is strongly desired. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience with great benefits.

Send cover letter and résumé to admin@centralina.org. Position is open until filled with rolling interviews. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. EOE