Community Development Specialist
Company: Government jobs
Posted on: January 15, 2023
Under the general supervision and direction of the Tribal
Administration. The Community Development Specialist assist rural
community leaders and members to access federal programs and
funding. Expand rural prosperity through targeted staffing, tools,
and resources and leverage federal and non-federal financial and
technical resources to grow local community economic
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as the Cocopah Tribe's primary contact with the National
Office on RD's CED efforts and issues.
Develops strategic partnerships and relationships with
organizations whose resources can support the community's priority
Works closely with Planning department, Council and Administration
to develop a community-based strategic vision and plan.
Supports the development of peer-to-peer community networking for
that can facilitate learning, empowerment, and equitable
Identifies, analyzes data and make recommendations of procedural
nature regarding rural community economic development issues in the
Encourages and participates in CED planning with other Tribal
communities, municipalities and regions.
Trains staff and partners on CED principles and practices.
Promotes innovative and collaborative strategies for delivering
RD's technical and financial assistance programs.
Identifying opportunities to leverage USDA funding. The Community
Development Specialist is expected to coordinate his/her efforts
with the Cocopah Tribe and National RD staff to develop strategic
partnerships with other state agencies and organizations, local
Develops and implements tools for identifying policy issues;
gathering and analyzing data; evaluating possible impacts; and,
prioritizing issues, program policies, and legislative
Reviews Cocopah Tribe efforts to assess effectiveness in overall
management and achieving outcomes; summarizes findings and offers
suggestions for improvements based upon findings; and presents
recommendations to agency leaders and staff.
Develops budget projections to obtain necessary funding to support
CED efforts, in collaboration with the state's RD staff.
Monitors Cocopah Tribe's program allocations and recommends funding
Works closely with Administration and Finance department to
prioritize funding requests and obtains additional resources, as
Works with various sources of alternative or supplemental funding,
such as federal resources
Promotes the use of CED practices for rural communities and rural
economic diversification through written and oral presentations.
Meets with various councils, authorities, boards, etc.
Considers socioeconomic and cultural diversification factors within
the Tribe in order to target education, technical assistance, and
financial programs to underserved rural areas, and promote flexible
solutions using new approaches.
Participates in planning, developing, implementing, and delivering
training and outreach to various interests' groups, such as tribal
and community or economic development planners, and tribal
USDA and RD regulations, policies and guidance on rural
development, RD goals and objectives, as well as laws and
regulations of the Tribe, local ordinances, socioeconomic factors,
Helps Cocopah staff to search, apply and write grants.
Tracks outreach activities, civil rights data, and other
information, as assigned, to document program delivery
Tracks and reports data elements associated with the services
provided so that the data can be entered into appropriate databases
to track accomplishments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of rural development programs, public policy issues, and
procedures sufficient to
serve as a technical representative for rural development
coordination and implementation efforts within the assigned
Knowledge of community economic development and strategic planning
and techniques in order to coordinate collaborative efforts.
Knowledge of CED principles, strategies, and, practices, to provide
technical assistance to rural
communities and regions.
Knowledge of relevant local industries and concepts of business
development in order to assist
rural areas with attracting and growing business entities.
Knowledge of RD loan and grant programs and ability to combine
multiple forms of financing
from a variety of public and private entities in order to best meet
the needs of a particular area.
Knowledge of other USDA programs and partner organizations in order
to maximize the
success of rural CED efforts.
Knowledge of socioeconomic and cultural diversification factors
within the assigned state to
target rural development efforts.
Ability to prepare, apply and evaluate grants/agreements/contracts
with local, state and federal agencies.
Ability to analyze and synthesize data from various sources in
order to develop creative
information resources and approaches to rural development concerns
for use by RD and
Ability to provide technical advice, assist with project planning,
and problem solving with
representatives of other agencies, state and local officials or
with colleagues in other RD offices.
Work requires a high degree of analytical and interpersonal skills
to identify problems,
determine cause and effect relationships, draw conclusions, and
Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel for
training and business-related purposes.
Must possess a current valid Arizona Driver's License.
Must be able to pass DPS/FBI fingerprint background
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree in Community & Economic Development or related
field, Master's degree in Community Development is preferred.
2-year specialized work experience, 4- years in related field,
management or director position
NATIVE AMERICAN AND CURRENT EMPLOYEE EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCES
POLICIES ARE APPLICABLE TO ALL POSITIONS MUST BE ABLE TO PASS
PRE-EMPLOYMENT AND ON-GOING RANDOM DRUG /ALCOHOL TESTS
Great Fringe Benefits !!
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D Insurance, Employee
401K Plan with Employer Match, Ancillary Benefits (AFLAC, VTL)
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