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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$53,966 - $80,464 Depending on experience
LOCATION:415 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti
In partnership with the Director and Board of Commissioners, develops and implements economic opportunity policy framework that promotes equitable growth in Washtenaw County with a focus ensuring that all people - including low-income people and people of color - can fully participate in generating that growth and fully share in its benefits. Directs, plans, organizes, supervises and provides day to day management and implementation of comprehensive, County-wide economic opportunity, equitable growth, community-based economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community organizing efforts. Performs related work as assigned.
  • Works with the, OCED Director, County administration, departments, boards, and commissions; independent agencies and nonprofit organizations; municipalities; universities, business, industry, environmental, and civic groups; neighborhood groups and all other interested parties to encourage economic opportunity and equitable development and quality of place in Washtenaw County.
  • Develops and implements programs and projects that further economic opportunity, equitable development, and quality of place goals, leverage outside resources, and stimulate investment and quality of life improvements in Washtenaw County.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff. Assists in the selection of personnel and provides for their training and professional development.
  • Interprets applicable laws and regulations and City and County policies to subordinates.
  • Develops and manages the City and County budgets related to Economic Opportunity and Equitable Growth efforts
  • Serve as primary liaison to external bodies that have policy and funding authority for assigned areas within Community & Economic Development. These may include the certain local units of government and related advisory boards.
  • Represents the County and the unit with officials of federal agencies, state agencies, local units of government and other political jurisdictions and representatives of business, industry, workforce, education and community groups.
  • Program and project management tasks involving the identifying and management of project teams, including community leaders and project managers, implementation teams; the development of detailed work scopes and action strategies; metrics, communication of status and results and effectively managing budgets, contracts, and communications with applicable projects and programs.
  • Analyzes alternatives and makes recommendations regarding such matters as organizational structure, budget development and administration, staff, facilities, equipment, productivity and policy and procedure modification. Develops budgets and makes recommendations to Director.
  • Prepares and submits various reports to regulatory agencies and other organizations. Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Coordinates with appropriate federal, state and local governments and other relevant public and private agencies regarding community and economic development activities.
  • Coordinates with private sector agencies on activities to facilitate funding resources and projects.
  • Prepares RFPs, RFQs, contracts, and board and council resolutions as required.
  • Research, write, and submit incentives and grants to support the development, design, and implementation of projects identified by the Department and Washtenaw County.
  • Prepares and submits various reports to regulatory agencies and other organizations. Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Provides information and assists in writing, designing and developing reports to the program in which assigned. Researches and compiles a variety of information and data, analyzes alternatives and makes recommendations for implementation.
  • Provides direction and oversight for the economic opportunity and equitable growth programs, including staff supervision, contract negotiations and technical review.
  • Coordinates with other County and City agencies and departments in the administration of on-going community and economic development related programs and activities.
  • Uses standard office equipment in the course of the work. May drive a County or personal vehicle in the course of the work.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

  • Principles and practices of economic opportunity, equitable growth, community-based economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community organizing strategies, tools and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, project scopes, identification of stakeholders, metric development, project management, reporting and project oversight.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision. Planning and directing the work of others and training others in work procedures.
  • Basic principles of budgetary administration and control.
  • Contract negotiation and administration and the development and administration of grant-funded projects.
  • Basic principles of public administration, including the functions of elected and policy-making Boards and Commissions.
  • Representing the City and the County and making effective presentations to governmental, business and community groups.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) to interact effectively with individuals and agencies involved in related programs.
  • Group facilitation techniques including consensus development and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to show results through collaborative efforts with multiple stakeholders.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, policies and regulations.
  • Research, data analysis and report preparation techniques. Collecting, analyzing and evaluating varied information and data.
  • Standard office practices, including the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials.
  • Directing the maintenance of and maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license required.
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree with major coursework in an appropriate field such as Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, or Social Work.
  • Possession of a Master's degree in an appropriate field is desirable.
Level I - Grade 30:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience, preferable in a public agency setting.
  • Employees may advance to LEVEL II or fully experienced level, after completing at least two years at Level 1 with satisfactory job performance.
Level II - Grade 32:

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience, preferably in a public agency setting.
  • Prior lead or supervisory experience is desirable.
  • Prior experience with economic opportunity, equitable growth, community-based economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and/or community organizing efforts is desirable
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2009-6500-3003-0001


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