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Brooklyn Park seeks an economic development and housing director

August 21, 2018 01:31 PM
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The City of Brooklyn Park seeks an economic development and housing director to join the Community Development Department’s leadership team. The economic development and housing director position presents an opportunity for an engaged and talented person who is committed to continuous learning and growth in the field of economic development, housing, and redevelopment.

Job overview

In collaboration with the director of Community Development, this position provides the city's Economic Development Authority/Housing Redevelopment Authority with strategic leadership and administrative staff support. The position is responsible for directing a team of six to seven staff who manage the city's economic development and redevelopment initiatives, housing and business development services, and neighborhood preservation strategies. Unique projects include collaboratively managing the EDA-owned development opportunity sites and facilitates, including a transitional housing four-plex and a 12-bed youth homeless shelter. This position also manages the BrookLynk Program and its two full-time staff.

The ideal candidate has

  • Bachelor's Degree in Community Development, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Real Estate or related field; a Graduate degree is preferred.
  • At least six years of progressively responsible administrative and management experience in economic development, business development and/or financing, redevelopment, housing, planning or related field; ten years of experience is preferred.

The ideal candidate will be

  • A knowledgeable, strategic thinker in the areas of economic development, redevelopment, housing, business and public finance.
  • A clear and effective communicator.
  • An innovative project leader who can direct a team, articulate a clear vision and mission, analyze problems, identify solutions, build consensus, resolve conflict and negotiate effectively.
  • Adept and genuine in building relationships among staff, City officials, residents, local business and community partners, and regional partners.
  • Service-oriented, patient and able to adapt across cultures.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Lead, manage and direct six to seven staff to include selection, training, motivation, program/project and work performance evaluation and review.
  • In collaboration with other city leaders, develop policies, practices, and strategic initiatives that further the city's mission and the goals and objectives of the City Council/Economic Development Authority/Housing Redevelopment Authority.
  • Negotiate large-scale housing and business development contracts and conduct financial analysis for various projects.
  • Administer the division's budget, including tax increment financing district funding.
  • Oversee, direct, coordinate and/or assign special projects to include research, analysis, development and implementation.
  • Establish and maintain business and other outside relationships for the city.

Brooklyn Park's recent successes

Brooklyn Park is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world and is quickly becoming a hub of high-tech and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Companies like Takeda, Tesla, Olympus, Biomerics, Design Ready Controls and almost 150 more represent a unique mix of small, medium, and large manufacturers who call Brooklyn Park home. Highway 610, which connects the northern half of the city, was officially connected to I-94 in 2017 which means even greater connectivity to important transportation corridors. Brooklyn Park is also set to host five stations on the Blue Line light rail transit (LRT) extension. The project is nearly 100% designed and operations could begin as early as 2023.

How do you apply?

An online application is required. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. First review of applications is Monday, September 10, 2018.

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