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Community Development Specialist

Middle Georgia Regional Commission

Listing Summary

Community Development Specialist – $50,000 - $55,000 starting salary – Macon, Georgia

The Role

Are you someone who thrives on facilitating successful community development? Can you navigate the intricacies of local government and drive the creation of innovative solutions?


We have an exciting opportunity for a Community Development Specialist to join our team. Our ideal candidate will provide essential assistance to local governments in areas such as grant writing and administration, economic development, personnel management, effective governance, transportation, hazard mitigation, and community planning.


The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented individual who can engage effectively with coworkers and community members in the process of providing quality customer service. Candidates should possess a strong vision and desire for facilitating positive change that moves the region forward. A candidate must be able to address challenges with enthusiasm and positive energy that demonstrates a love for the work of growing and improving communities.



Key Responsibilities

  • Provide a range of technical assistance to local governments, including administration, research, project management, and the development of innovative solutions.
  • Support local governments in developing and maintaining personnel policies, procedures, job descriptions, and pay plans.
  • Research potential grant and loan sources to find the best possible funding for projects.
  • Collaborate with local elected and appointed officials to prepare and administer grant and loan applications for public infrastructure, solid waste, community and economic development, public safety, recreation, and other program areas.
  • Create proposals/solicitations for work on various projects on behalf of local governments.
  • Conduct research and develop policies and local legislation.
  • Support local governments in the facilitation and creation of special projects, including housing needs assessments and economic development strategies.


The Company

Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) is an entity recognized for its commitment to promoting sustainable growth and quality of life enhancement across its 11-county region. Focused on community and economic development, MGRC provides a comprehensive array of services, including public administration, aging services transportation, planning, and technology services. Our key mission is to assist local communities in the creation of regional strategies, shaping an environment of prosperity and opportunities for the citizens we serve.


The Person

  • Possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (masters preferred) in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, or a related field from an accredited college or university, and 1-2 years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of grant programs and funding sources from public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • Knowledge of the day-to-day functions of local, state, and federal governments.
  • Functional knowledge of spreadsheets, databases, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to read, manipulate, analyze, and interpret data from various sources.
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend professional journals, government regulations, reports, and business correspondences.
  • Ability to decipher federal and state regulations and instructions.
  • Ability to successfully work on multiple projects at one time.


If you're interested in this role and think you'd be a good fit, then please click the Apply Now button to find out more.

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