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Director, Community Initiatives  

Category National Initiatives - National Initiatives  

NeighborWorks America: Working Together For Stronger Communities

Purpose of Division:

The National Initiatives Division of NeighborWorks America is responsible for developing, testing, and managing innovative national programs and services designed in support of the approximately 250 NeighborWorks network organizations located in communities across the United States. The overall objective of the work is to sustain a network of excellence that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities so that every community in North America is a community of opportunity.

Within the National Initiatives Division, the Community Initiatives Department supports efforts to build vibrant local communities that provide equitable opportunities for people to thrive. Community Initiatives is comprised of NeighborWorks America's Stable Communities, Community Building and Engagement (CBE), Rural and Healthy Homes and Communities Initiatives. The Department supports (1) place-based community stabilization strategies aimed at creating a strong and balanced real estate market, safe and attractive conditions, and a positive neighborhood image; (2) community building and engagement strategies aimed at building resident leadership, collective capacity and social connections; and (3) systems-level strategies that bring together community stakeholders to address complex challenges. Community Initiatives accomplishes this vision through grant making, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning, demonstration projects, trainings and workshops, research, sharing best practices, and convening practitioners and experts.

Position Summary:

The Director, Community Initiatives is a short-term position responsible for managing projects that advance comprehensive community development efforts among the NeighborWorks network and the broader field. This includes designing and deploying a range of capacity-building resources including grant funding, technical assistance, training, convenings and peer-to-peer learning among other tools. The Director will conduct strategic planning, oversee day-to-day operations, and manage project budgets. The Director will also coordinate among teams within the department and across various divisions at NeighborWorks to support implementation. This will include staffing and participating in internal workgroups to ensure effective collaboration. In addition, the Director will be responsible for summarizing and sharing project updates with internal stakeholders and external partners. The Director will employ strong project management, communication and collaboration skills and have demonstrated experience in designing and implementing programs aimed at advancing comprehensive community development.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide project management to support NeighborWorks America's efforts to advance comprehensive community development. Develop, refine and maintain project work plans, oversee implementation, monitor and assess progress and evaluate programmatic efforts.
  • Serve as a member on the Community Initiatives leadership team and support the development and implementation of Community Initiatives strategic priorities and programs.
  • Facilitate cross-divisional work groups to advance comprehensive community development efforts across the corporation.
  • Develop and deploy a range of capacity-building resources including grant funding, technical assistance, training, convenings and peer-to-peer learning among other tools.
  • Support coordination of Community Initiatives efforts within the team and across divisions at NeighborWorks.
  • Develop publications, case studies and tools to share key findings and best practices, improve practice and promote the leadership of NeighborWorks and the NeighborWorks network in advancing comprehensive community development.
  • Develop new partnerships and sustain relationships with key partners, constituents and audiences to support an array of creative community development strategies.
  • Provide regular program updates and solicit input on programmatic activities from advisory committeesand other key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent NeighborWorks America and Community Initiatives at internal and external events.
  • Keep up to date on new trends in comprehensive community development.
  • Other job-related duties as required to advance the goals and objectives of Community Initiatives, NeighborWorks America, and the NeighborWorks network.

Nature of Work Contacts:
The Director will interact with a diverse group of internal staff, representatives from the NeighborWorks Network, consultants, external partners, funders, and other stakeholders from within and outside NeighborWorks America.

Position Requirements

Required Minimum Qualifications:
(a) Education: Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, real estate development, nonprofit management, business administration, or other related fields. A graduate degree is preferred.

(b) Experience: At least seven years of professional experience or equivalent combination of educations, training and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities (see below).

(c) Licenses, Certifications: None specified.
(d) Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated project management experience, including managing multiple complex and large-scale projects in a fast-paced team environment paired with the ability to meet critical deadlines. This includes managing budgets and timelines and coordinating with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of community development principles, housing and community development history and policy, community stabilization and neighborhood revitalization strategies, resident engagement, urban planning and land-use theory, and affordable housing and real estate development. Direct work experience in these areas is preferred
  • Experience developing training, tools and or technical assistance approaches to build the capacity of individuals and/or organizations in order to create positive community change.
  • Experience with designing and facilitating convenings for diverse audiences.
  • Experience with group facilitation, including virtual facilitation through online platforms.
  • Strong writing skills, including experience developing and contributing to publications and online content.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, organize and carry out multiple assignments in a fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to maintain regular and timely attendance

(e) NeighborWorks America Staff are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

  • Sensitivity to racial, gender, sexual orientation and cultural differences
  • Effective, respectful, and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders
  • Listening effectively, seeks and accepts feedback
  • Effective team work
  • Analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinking
  • Considering the mission, objectives, and goals of NeighborWorks and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his/their decisions and behavior on the organization

(f) Technology:
Capability with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Working Conditions:
(a) Travel:
Up to 25% including frequent overnight absences from employee’s place of residences.
(b) Physical/Sensory Demands: Work is performed in an office and field setting; extensive computer usage.

Special Provisions: None specified

Duration 6-12 months  
Division National Initiatives  
Department Community Initiatives  
Travel Up to 25% including frequent overnight absences from employee's place of residences.  
Working Conditions Work is performed in an office and field setting; extensive computer usage.  
Close Date 10/22/2019  
Location CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: District of Columbia Office  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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