Community Development Program Planner
City of Westminster, CO - Westminster, CO

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The Community Development (Block Grant) Program Planner position is responsible for the planning, administration and operation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and providing support for the federal HOME Program, other federal, state and local housing programs, and CDBG qualified revitalization efforts in designated revitalization areas.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES AND CULTURAL VALUES/GENERAL COMPETENCIES:

The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City’s core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Community Development Department, which p lans, promotes and sustains an attractive and high quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate land use and infrastructure decisions ensuring that the community is developed in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and maintainable manner.

Every employee is accountable to:
· Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
· Communicate with customers to ensure that where possible they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
· Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
· Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
· Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty and ethical behavior
· Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
· Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility and takes calculated risks when appropriate
· Participate in personal growth opportunities and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
· Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
· Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
· Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences

GENERAL COMPETENCIES
Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
· Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
· Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses and target areas for personal self-development
· Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
· Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
· Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
· Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
· Demonstrate accountability for work and take ownership in job performance
· Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to:
· Demonstrate knowledge of planning, engineering, physical design, and public administration principles
· Demonstrate knowledge of local and state laws and ordinances relating to planning, zoning, and land use
· Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and associated federal programs
· Demonstrate knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures and
· Formulate policies and prepare reports presenting solutions to problems in accordance with accepted public administration principles and practices
· Interpret the City's community development programs to interested groups and the general public
· Prepare comprehensive, long-range and annual strategic plans
· Speak and write effectively
· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, outside public agencies, consultants, and the general public
· Perform complex program development, program administration, grantsmanship, policy analysis, and implementation of directives with minimal supervision
Leadership – Every employee in this position is accountable to:
· Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive, reinforcing and supportive
· Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do
· Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals even when the decision may be unpopular to some
· Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other departments and employees

JOB SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS:

Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Maintains City compliance with requirements of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program including development of procedures and enforcement of rules related to the administration and monitoring of the CDBG Program, including project and program development, administration and implementation, citizen participation, application preparation and review, environmental reviews, budgeting and accounting, and preparation of the CDBG Consolidated Plan and require annual reports for the previous year’s activities and preparation of the planning activities report for the upcoming year
2. Evaluates funding requests for local use of Westminster CDBG funds
3. Administers and provides support towards implementing the Housing Rehabilitation Programs
4. Provides support towards implementing the City’s affordable housing efforts including the operation of the Westminster Housing Authority, including development of new programs as needed to address housing needs within Westminster
5. Pursues federal, state and other outside funding as appropriate
6. Provides assistance to and coordination with CDBG qualified revitalization efforts in designated revitalization areas such as South Westminster
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1. Prepares analyses, makes oral recommendations, and prepares written reports
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City’s discretion.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS/PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses and Certifications
Required:
· Master's degree in urban and regional planning, public administration, business administration, or related field from an accredited college or university and at least one year experience in a public agency OR
· A Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning or related field from an accredited college or university, combined with at least three years of relevant experience
Preferred:
· Experience or familiarity with administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
· Familiarity with other related federal programs such as the Section 108 and HOME Programs and local, state and federal affordable housing programs
· Experience preparing comprehensive, long-range and strategic plans
· Strong organizational and reporting skills
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered
Physical Requirements
Work is sedentary in nature and requires sufficient physical stamina and strength for:
· Constant sitting to perform daily tasks; occasional walking through a multilevel facility to retrieve information; frequent standing sometimes for extended periods
· Frequent squatting, reaching above shoulder and twisting to file documents and lift supplies and material; occasional bending, kneeling, climbing, balancing and reaching below shoulder to store documents, material and supplies
· Constant light grasp, fine manipulation, and handling to perform daily duties; occasional firm grasp to safely use equipment
· Frequent lifting, carrying, push/pulling of up to ten (10) pounds to move material and supplies; occasional lifting, pushing/pulling of up to twenty-five (25) pounds with dollies and carts

WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is constantly performed indoors. This is primarily sedentary office work. Must demonstrate the ability to meet the physical demands of the job including the ability to retrieve information from various locations in the office when needed. Exposure to periods of high activity and high stress under demanding conditions. The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies.
Required Materials and Equipment
General office equipment including personal computers, telephone, copy machine, and calculator

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
· Background checks will include employment references and criminal history and when applicable, credit check, driver’s license record, education verification
· Pre-employment drug screen
· Must be legally entitled to work in the United States

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