Community Development Specialist – Raleigh, NC | 3.12.20

Name of Employer: Wake County Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization

Employer Website:

Raleigh, NC

Job title: Community Development Specialist

Job Details / Description:

The Equitable Housing and Community Development (EHCD) division operates the development and revitalization services eligible to the million+ residents of the County, in coordination with twelve municipalities. It also ensures much of the administration and compliance for Federal grant and locally funded programs focused on neighborhood revitalization, rehabilitation, development, and public infrastructure projects benefiting low and moderate-income households.

The Community Development Specialist (CD Specialist) is responsible for executing tasks to support the Neighborhood Revitalization and Land Disposition Programs. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program supports low-and-moderate income communities through infrastructure, housing and public facility improvements. The Public Land Disposition Program analyzes county-owned properties eligible and appropriate for affordable housing development. This position will draft, or revise calls for projects or requests for proposals (RFPs). They will perform program set-up, analysis, eligibility, and close-out alongside department staff. The CD Specialist will ensure project coordination, communication, research, and compliance.

In addition, the CD Specialist will perform administrative and compliance tasks to support U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grants and programs. This position will assist in community engagement, research, and reporting for the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and other required reports which determine Department priorities through data analysis and assessment of community need. In addition, this position will support engagement, advocacy, and education to further housing affordability and community revitalization strategies.

Location: Waverly F. Akins Wake County Office Building 336 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27602

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Hiring Range: $17.48 – $20.54

Job Candidate Qualifications:

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or Architecture
Four years of related experience
Valid driver’s license is required
Equivalent education or experience is accepted

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

Bachelor’s degree in Community Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy or an equivalent degree strongly preferred
Three years of experience in community development, affordable housing, urban planning, and/or related field strongly preferred
Progressive experience in community development, affordable housing, and/or urban and regional planning
Familiarity working to implement strategies to preserve and increase affordable housing
Master’s degree in Community Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration or an equivalent degree

How Will We Know You’re ‘The One’?

– Experience with HUD entitlement administration and compliance for community development programs
– Knowledge of appropriate policies and procedures for HUD entitlement program monitoring and completion to include activity set-up, documentation, reporting, timeliness, monitoring and closeouts
– Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize responsibilities, effectively coordinate with department and County staff, and meet deadlines on multiple projects
– Possesses the ability to manage several tasks from multiple programs simultaneously to meet deadlines
– Excellent listening, written communication, and speaking skills with the ability to build solid cross-functional relationships internally and externally, to identify and maintain partnerships and research best practices
– Demonstrated ability to successfully participate in a multidisciplinary team with willingness to examine relevant viewpoints and explore alternative approaches to problems, tasks, and situations
– Critical problem solving and analytical thinking skills to identify needs and propose viable solutions
– Ability to be proactive, taking prompt action to accomplish objectives and to achieve goals beyond what is required
– Provides excellent customer service in all interactions, including the ability to make decisions without regard to that personal prejudices, biases, preferences, and experiences

How to Apply:

Apply Here

Department Human Resources contact: Nora Duran –

Posting Closing Date: 7:00 pm on 3/26/2020


Posted on

March 12, 2020

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