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Housing and Community Development Assistant Director (Job Number: 230522)
Posting: Open Until Filled
Salary: Commensurate with experience
General Description and Classification Standards
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is a policy and implementation team in the Department of City Planning that is tasked with interpreting and executing the goals of The Atlanta City Design as they relate to the equitable growth and development of Atlanta’s neighborhoods and residents. OHCD’s two explicit goals are supporting a healthy housing ecosystem and supporting neighborhood-scale economies through cutting-edge policy development and the implementation of impactful programs and initiatives.
The Economic Development Assistant Director will lead a workstream in OHCD composed of 6 staff in 3 distinct program areas: Urban Agriculture, Business Districts, and Small Business Services. The goal of the team is to support neighborhood-scale economies by creating and pursuing impactful initiatives that provide opportunities for residents to become personally invested and financially profitable in their local communities and fostering a deep sense of connection and identity for every resident.
City data indicates that small businesses (defined as organizations with less than 50 employees) constitute 90% of the total number of businesses in Atlanta and 83% of all legacy businesses (defined as businesses in continuous existence for at least 15 years or more). OHCD believes that these organizations represent the heartbeat of our cultural identity in Atlanta. However, these businesses, and the neighborhood economies they constitute, face unique challenges specific to their size – from navigating permitting, zoning, and licensing requirements, to finding affordable brick-and-mortar locations, to developing voices to advocate for their interests in local decision-making.
The Economic Development Assistant Director will work to empower and expand the number, longevity, and influence of our local businesses and districts by working alongside the Housing Policy and Programs Assistant Director and the Assistant Director of the Housing Innovation Lab to cross-functionally leverage the skills and experience of each team. The Assistant Director will also collaborate with other offices in the Department of City Planning including Historic Preservation and the Office of Design.
The Assistant Director will also form relationships with other public agencies like Atlanta BeltLine Inc., Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Housing, Workforce Atlanta, and other public and private sector partners to identify and advance neighborhood-scale opportunities and innovation in publicly supported projects. The Assistant Director will serve as a representative of the office in various public meetings and may serve as project lead on major initiatives.
This position reports to the Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development. Direction received is general and focuses on end results and the implementation of the vision, goals, and objectives of the Housing and Community Development team. This is a fully seasoned professional position capable of independently carrying out most of the assignments typical of urban planning and community development.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
The Economic Development Assistant Director will work collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders to achieve the following:
Analyzes complex challenges and applies sound judgment. Selects from multiple procedures and methods to accomplish tasks. Establishes work methods, timetables, performance standards, etc.
Routinely provides work group leadership, guidance, and/or training to less experienced staff. May act as team lead on large projects.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
This is a partial listing of the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.
Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, public administration, economics, social work, or related field (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).
5-7 years of progressive project management experience in a related field, including 3 years of supervisory experience.
Preferred Education & Experience
Master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, public administration, economics, social work, or related field (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).
7+ years of progressive project management experience in a related field, including 5 years of supervisory experience.
Licensures and Certifications
Essential Capabilities and Work Environment
Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with the job.p >