General Statement of Duties
The Community Development Project Manager (CDPM) works in Nash County’s Community Development program area. Responsibilities include project management, grant writing and administration, project planning and research, and administrative, recordkeeping, budget management, and compliance. Work is performed under the direction of the Assistant to the County Manager.
Other duties may include work associated with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and community development projects such as economic development, housing, infrastructure projects, and a wide variety of grant applications (including the Small Cities Community Development Grant Program, USDA Rural Development, Golden LEAF Foundation, Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and more).
Essential Duties and Tasks
CD Project Management
- Predevelopment activities for future projects.
- Develop and administer RFP/RFQ processes following federal, state and county regulations.
- Administer contracts and projects in accordance with applicable standards, regulations and reporting requirements.
- Manage project activities including the scope of project, work plan, scheduling and deadlines, consultants, grants, and budgets.
- Make presentations, conduct public meetings, and build community consensus.
- Plan and coordinate project events.
- Prepare and submit reporting documents.
Grant Writing and Grant Administration
- Research grants/loan opportunities to fund projects and programs needed by Nash County and (sometimes) its municipalities or county-funded agencies.
- Write grant/loan proposals in accordance with funders standards and requirements.
- Work with funding agencies to develop funding and project proposals.
- Establish a working network with funding agency administrators.
- Administer grant/loan awards in accordance with applicable standards, regulations, and reporting requirements.
- Develop project budgets, process purchase orders/requisitions, and approve expenditures.
Planning, Outreach, and Research
- Funding Engagement – build and maintain partnerships with funding agencies.
- Establish awareness of potentially fundable programs.
- Work with county departments and county-related agencies in guiding redevelopment efforts.
- Develop funding and project proposals.
- Make presentations to potential funders, public officials and related groups.
- Prepare status reports.
- Build and maintain community outreach efforts with municipalities.
- Collaborate with internal programs to support the overall mission of Nash County.
- Provide some community education and outreach through public presentations to local officials, municipalities, civic organizations, and community groups.
Administrative, Recordkeeping, Budget Management, and Compliance
- Prepare status reports for funding agencies, Nash County management and commissioners, and others as needed.
- Interpret financial statements and develop project budget documents, budget adjustments, process purchase orders/requisitions, and approve expenditures.
- Interpret and apply federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and policies in accordance with prescribed procedures and guidelines, and ensure grant compliance.
- Perform administrative work related to environmental reviews.
- Perform related work including data entry, filing support services, and other duties as assigned.
- Assist with the Citizens Academy.
- Assist with Legislative duties.
The duties listed are intended as an interpretation of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties doesn’t exclude them from the position.
The position of CDPM provides support for CD projects throughout Nash County. The CDPM must have a working knowledge of federal, state and private foundation grant/loan programs and knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations for grant/loan programs. The position requires experience and/or education in community planning and development principles and practices, grant writing and grant administration, and working knowledge of grant management, financial reporting, and federal and state fiscal management rules and regulations. Expertise with computerized grant administration, and the operation of office equipment, computers and current software including Microsoft Office and Grants.gov are needed for this position.
This position requires excellent verbal, and written communication skills, the ability to work independently while staying accountable, and to work with a wide variety of individuals and organizations. The position must be client-focused with a strong customer service objective. All community development work is done in a manner that maintains and protects the confidentiality of any and all clients and organizational information as guided by personnel policies.
- Working knowledge of federal, state and local grant/loan programs including rules and regulations.
- Proficiency in operating computers and current software, including Microsoft Office.
- Ability to write creatively and persuasively with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and guidelines.
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to work productively in a team atmosphere with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work professionally with diverse agencies, groups, and individuals.
- Ability to handle stressful situations, with demanding timelines, and multiple tasks/deadlines.
- Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing technology.
- Ability to maintain and protect the confidentiality of any and all client and organizational information.
- Be able to operate a motor vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, and be available to travel locally.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Community Development, Planning, Business Administration, or a closely related field, and 5 years of directly related public administration, community development, grant writing and/or project management experience, with applied knowledge in grant administration. A Master’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Business, or a related field from an accredited institution is preferred, but not required. A combination of education and experience deemed appropriate for the duties and responsibilities of this position will meet these qualifications and be considered.
PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND JOB REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The job may require work related travel with occasional overnight stays by personal vehicle and commercial transportation to participate in business-related meetings and/or training. Daily duties of this job will involve reasonable amounts of standing, sitting, lifting, driving, public speaking, and computer use. Such activities will require sufficient manual dexterity, vision, mobility, clarity of speech, and hearing to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.
Hours of work are generally 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some early morning, lunch hour, and evening or weekend work as required to meet deadlines and participate in public meetings. Work is performed in the Nash County offices, client and agency offices, and other meeting or project sites.