City of Atlanta
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is a policy and implementation team in the Department of City Planning that is tasked with interpreting and executing the goals of The Atlanta City Design as they relate to the equitable growth and development of Atlanta’s neighborhoods and residents. OHCD’s two explicit goals are supporting a healthy housing ecosystem and supporting neighborhood-scale economies through cutting-edge policy development and the implementation of impactful programs and initiatives.
The Assistant Director, Neighborhood Economic Development will lead a workstream in OHCD composed of 6 staff in 3 distinct program areas: Neighborhood Transformation Initiatives, Business Districts/Main Street, and Small Business Services. The goal of the team is to implement community-based plans and support neighborhood-scale economies by creating and pursuing impactful initiatives. This position will lead cutting-edge, collaborative work to tackle barriers to development and thriving in some of the City’s neighborhoods in greatest need of investment.
City data indicates that small businesses (defined as organizations with less than 50 employees) constitute 90% of the total number of businesses in Atlanta and 83% of all legacy businesses (defined as businesses in continuous existence for at least 15 years or more). OHCD believes that these organizations represent the heartbeat of our cultural identity in Atlanta. However, these businesses, and the neighborhood economies they constitute, face unique challenges specific to their size – from navigating permitting, zoning, and licensing requirements, to finding affordable brick and mortar locations, to developing voices to advocate for their interests in local decision making.
The Assistant Director will work to empower and expand the number, longevity, and influence of our local businesses and districts by working alongside the Assistant Director, Community Development Programs to cross-functionally leverage the skills and experience from each team. The Assistant Director will also collaborate with other offices in the Department of City Planning including the Office of Design.
The Assistant Director will also form relationships with other public agencies like Atlanta BeltLine Inc., Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Housing, Workforce Atlanta, and other public and private sector partners to identify and advance neighborhood-scale innovation opportunities in publicly supported projects. The Assistant Director will serve as a representative of the office in various public meetings and may serve as project lead on major initiatives.
- Bachelors degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, public policy, public administration, economics, or related field (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution or the required degree on an exception basis).
- 5-7 years of progressive project management experience in a related field, including 3 years of supervisory experience.
- (Preferred) Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, public policy, public administration, economics, or related field (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).
- (Preferred) 7+ years of progressive project management experience in a related field, including 5 years of supervisory experience.
Salary & Benefits
Commensurate with experience
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