Posted: January 6, 2023
Community Development Coordinator
City of Sugar Land
POSITION FUNCTION SUMMARY:
The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for the direct support of the Senior Development Manager or Community Development Program Strategist by providing administrative, program and project support related to long-term development opportunities, redevelopment and reinvestment, and public/private partnerships. The Coordinator will be the primary staff support to the City’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1, 3, and 4, assist the City liaison to the Imperial Redevelopment District, and assist in the management of the Department’s Asset Management program for City-owned destination venues such as Constellation Field, Smart Financial Centre, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Marriott Conference Center. The Coordinator will also assist with special projects as assigned. The position will also conduct, analyze and summarize research, assist with community and business outreach efforts, and assist in budget development and maintenance.
This position may interact and work directly with all City departments, the City Council, City-appointed boards and commissions, the business community, the general public, statewide organizations/associations and various governmental agencies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. The position description is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the position change.
Assist the Senior Development Manager with long-term strategic projects focused in the City’s Regional Activity Centers, coordinate teamwork across various departments and collaborate with consultants, and other governmental agencies.
Assist and promote programs developed by the Community Development Program Strategist that support the built environment, with an emphasis on revitalization and small business support.
Assist and support creative approaches to improve aging retail centers and redevelopment efforts.
Research, gather, and analyze data from a variety of sources, such as ArcGIS, licensed data platforms, surveys, stakeholders and then apply that data to strategize, develop and target revitalization programs.
Maintain information, compliance or status of completed programs and projects and follow-up appropriately.
Prepare financial and technical analyses, economic and fiscal impact reports, and other planning and real estate analyses for consideration by 4A, 4B, and TIRZ boards and/or City Council when redevelopment projects and or public investments are proposed.
Assist with community engagement and education campaigns and efforts central to the success of community development strategic projects.
Communicate regularly with residents/neighborhoods, businesses, City Council and the community-at-large on a project specific basis and community development work and goals.
Coordinate and respond to inquiries from citizens, businesses and other stakeholders.
Assist with economic development tools such as TIRZ, BID, etc. to leverage private investment through strategic public investment in redevelopment and infill.
Draft memos, contracts, competitive selection documents (RFP or RFQs) and other forms of written communication in work associated with strategic or special projects or TIRZ administration.
Develop and maintain a database of vacant and underutilized commercial buildings and properties that could be redeveloped.
Create presentations to various audiences, including citizens, developers, business owners, consultants, and state and federal agencies in work associated with strategic or special projects or TIRZ administration.
Update and analyze financial data and projections on behalf of TIRZs and strategic and special projects.
Provide staff support to the Department’s Asset Management program, ensuring lease compliance and proper maintenance, liability, and operation of the City’s public/private partnerships, including but not limited to, Constellation Field, Smart Financial Centre, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Marriott Conference Center.
Maintain an accurate and updated electronic archive of all agreements, contracts, memos, maps, data, and other work products that are under the management of the Senior Development Manager
Create and make presentations to the City Council, 4A & 4B Corporations, TIRZ boards and others regarding strategic projects or other special assigned projects. And regularly attend meetings of various boards.
Assist the primary board liaison to the TIRZs within the City.
Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, collaboration and communication.
Analyze and act upon federal, state and local grants, regulations and ordinances which will affect or enhance economic development projects
Exercise discretion, initiative and independent, astute judgment in sensitive and confidential situations.
Assist with grant funding for economic development projects (CDBG, EDA, etc.).
Effectively operate modern office and computer equipment and various software packages, ArcGIS experience, other data applications and creation of presentations are preferred.
Must be available for night and weekend events and meetings, some of which may involve overnight travel.
Arrange and draft contracts and agreements, budget documents, annual reports, agenda items and presentations; and meet all deadlines for posting and supervisor review.
Assist in economic development efforts and relationship building by entertaining businesses at the City’s suites at Constellation Field and Smart Financial Centre.
Stay abreast of, and comply with, all City and departmental policies and procedures.
Required to work as an essential employee before, during and after an emergency or disaster, whether natural or acts of war.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as needed or assigned by your direct supervisor or the Director.
Knowledge Skills & Abilities: To perform this position successfully, an individual(s) must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Knowledge of database principles and practices, as well as computer and software applications as it relates to reporting and analysis of data.
Knowledge of research techniques, statistical gathering and analysis.
Knowledge of economic development principles, practices and implementation including community and business development, real estate development, redevelopment and infill.
Knowledge of tax increment financing, economic development funds (Type A & B Corporations), incentives, municipal bonds, BID and grants.
Knowledge of real estate development finance and financial analysis.
Knowledge of recent innovations, concepts, and creative solutions in suburban and urban redevelopment.
Ability to obtain knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, city functions, policies and rules.
Ability to gather, organize, evaluate and analyze data.
Knowledge of principles and practices of public/community relations, public speaking, and group interaction techniques.
Administrative skills, including data analysis and accurate reporting of data and information in an unbiased manner
Networking and leadership skills, including the ability to establish rapport and eliciting cooperation from internal and external stakeholders.
Strong communication techniques – written and presentation skills.
Creative and effective problem solving skills.
Skilled in writing and administering grants.
Skilled in facilitating adaptive reuse projects.
Effective time management and resource utilization skills.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: The preferred way to obtain the minimum knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position are listed below. The City reserves the right to allow substitutions in the event that a candidate or incumbent exceeds requirements in one area but may be deficient in another.
Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Urban Planning or a related field from an accredited school or university.
A Master’s degree in the above fields is a plus.
Relatable Work Experience:
Two (2) years of experience in local government, economic development, and/or a related field.
Experience with researching, coordinating and assisting in the implementation of a wide range of economic development programs, projects and initiatives (or projects similar in nature and execution).
Experience or knowledge of Texas economic development incentive programs (Type A & B Corporations, Tax Abatements, Chapter 380s, Direct Incentives, Enterprise Zones, Skills Development, etc.) and an understanding of the restrictions associated with the usage of funds derived from these sources is preferred.
Municipal and grant experience is a plus.
Training (License and/or Certification):
Valid Class "C" Texas Driver’s License.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
Stand/Walk Occasional walking within City Hall and City departments.
Sit For most job tasks at a standard desk with an executive chair; at meetings; to drive; to meet with others in their office.
Talk/Listen To be able to orally communicate with local businesses, brokers, developers, department staff, other employees and citizens.
Dexterity To be able to write, use the computer and the telephone.
Climb/Balance To be able to reach top of file cabinets with supportive assistance, such as a stool.
Stoop/Crawl/ Kneel/Crouch To be able to retrieve files from bottom of file cabinets.
Lift/Move/ Push/Pull To be able to move file boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.
Vision To be able to use a computer (50% of the workday is spent at the computer); to read and write.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
Business hours/ days of work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (with after hour requirements for business program activities and meetings) Partial work from home option is available
work environment Work area is located in a climate-controlled environment that is shielded from direct public access. Work site may be an open-design space or a cubicle.