Assistant Director Community Development

    City of Winston-Salem
    September 30, 2022
    P.O. Box 2511, Winston-Salem


    General Definition of Work

    Performs complex professional work managing budgets, managing staff, and preparing strategies on complex housing issues, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the general direction of the Community Development Director. Divisional supervision is exercised over Housing Programs Manager, Housing Development Manager, Choice Neighborhoods Project Manager, and Senior Administrative Assistants/Administrative Assistants.

    Qualification Requirements

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • Manages operations of the Divisions responsible for community agency and developer contracts, construction, housing rehabilitation, homeownership, affordable housing production, and loan portfolio management. Provides direction in matters of regulatory processes for redevelopment, unit production, loan underwriting and internal auditing activities.
    • Manages/oversees contracts associated with Divisions activities including solicitation processes (RFPs, RFQs and NOFAs), payment approval, closeout. Assists with Divisions’ budget preparation and monitors program budgets, revenues and expenditures.
    • Provides oversight of City's gap financing program for the construction or rehabilitation of multi-family units using Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
    • Supervises the evaluation of developer proposals, including financial analysis, project feasibility, developer capacity and financial strength.
    • Manages/oversees compliance with internal and federal regulations, including federal cross-cutting requirements (e.g., Section 3 and Davis Bacon, environmental reviews), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, file maintenance, data management and associated internal procedures. Also responsible for creation and maintenance of operations, policies and procedures manuals to ensure regulatory compliance and to support City reporting requirements.
    • Assists with the Divisions' budget preparation, and monitors program budgets, revenues and expenditures.
    • Collaborates with other city staff/departments.
    • Assists with revisions, updates and development of in-house documents (forms, policies, procedures, etc.).
    • Assists with the adoption, update and implementation of various plans and ordinances.
    • Prepares staff reports and presentations for City Council consideration.
    • Makes recommendations on varying complex housing issues and implements responsive strategies.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Experience preparing and administering budgets and related reporting.
    • Familiarity with and ability to interpret and apply applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards.
    • Familiarity with federal housing grant program regulations, and environmental review requirements.
    • Understanding of best practices, industry trends and emerging technologies.
    • Experience supervising and evaluating staff performance.
    • Experience training and coaching staff.
    • Experience managing projects, programs and related budgets, including housing development.
    • Experience in long-range planning and scheduling project activities and expenditures.
    • Experience overseeing the implementation and adherence to quality assurance and standards.
    • Familiarity with principles of social demographics, data analysis, mapping of socioeconomic conditions.
    • Ability to gather data, analyze findings and apply logic and reason; utilize critical thinking and analysis.
    • Ability to exercise political acumen, tact and diplomacy.
    • Experience interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics.
    • Ability to coordinate deadlines, prioritize work demands and assign/monitor work performed.
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and prepare reports, documents and presentations.
    • Ability to coordinate and facilitate meetings with staff and stakeholders and build consensus.
    • Experience utilizing Microsoft Office products and relevant software applications.

    Education and Experience

    Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, urban planning, construction management, housing development finance, business administration or directly related field and five (5) years of community development experience related to assignment and two (2) years of supervisory experience, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master's degree or equivalent required in the fields of planning, public finance, business administration or similar field. Applicants may substitute additional education for the required years of experience.
    • Seven years or more in federal housing programs, with experience in contract administration and compliance.
    • Seven years or more experience in housing development and housing development finance.

    Physical Requirements

    This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires sitting and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, reaching with hands and arms and pushing or pulling; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).


    Certifications Preferred

    Community Development Academy at the UNC School of Government
    Certification as Housing Development Finance Professional or Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council
    American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation by the American Planning Association
    Hard-To-Fill Sign-On Incentive

    This position has been designated by the City Manager as hard-to-fill and eligible for a one-time sign-on incentive. Please refer to the Hard-To-Fill Sign-On Incentive Policy for additional information and eligibility rules.

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