GA Dept of Community Affairs (DCA)
Make a difference and join the DCA Team! DCA gives employees more to do than merely make a living. We are serious about helping Georgia’s families live more abundantly with a greater sense of hope and achievement. If public service, a great environment, and the desire to enrich the lives of others motivate you to do your best work, you should consider joining the DCA Team.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is a state organization dedicated to partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses. DCA offers a fast-paced, challenging, and dynamic environment that requires attention to detail, pride in quality of work, and the ability to work as a versatile team player.
To help build strong, vibrant communities.
For Georgians of today and tomorrow to have the opportunity to live and work in thriving communities.
We are a diverse team of highly competent and committed professionals who strive to help people and communities thrive through technical expertise, innovative thinking and a passion for making a difference. Team members are at their best when collaborating and supporting each other as they perform challenging and dynamic work
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is seeking an Atlanta-based Training & Outreach Coordinator for its Community Development Team in the Office of Community Planning, Research, and Geoanalytics. The office is responsible for implementation of a variety of state-mandated programs affecting city and county governments, regional commissions, local authorities (development authorities, water and sewer authorities, hospital authorities, etc.), partner organizations, and internal clients. We administer the State’s requirements related to local and regional comprehensive planning, service delivery strategies, development impact fees, arbitration and filing of municipal annexation actions, completion of a variety of annual reports such as GOMI Survey (Government Management Indicators), local authority registration and financial reporting, hotel-motel excise tax reporting, the local government wage and salary survey, and a number of other programs.
This position will work on a flexible, collaborative team and manage all aspects of the office’s educational offerings and outreach functions (curriculum development and implementation, event management and logistics, public speaking, marketing, and public engagement and meeting facilitation, etc.). Among the programs managed by this position include: the PlanFirst program; Community Planning Success Stories and Best Practices; Alternatives to Conventional Zoning (aka, the “Model Code”); DCA’s flagship community planning training, the Community Planning Institute (CPI); sessions at conferences hosted by DCA, DOAA, GDEcD, the Georgia Planning Association, the Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators, GMA, ACCG, GACVB, the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, the state’s regional commissions, and others. The selected candidate will deliver some educational content and manage deployment of outreach programs independently. However, the position will also manage and arrange for speaking engagements and outreach opportunities to be provided by other team members who are subject-matter experts.
While it is not necessary for the candidate to be an expert in community planning, local government management and finance, or cartography and data analytics, this is not an entry-level position. The ideal candidate will have at least a few years working within or providing direct support to local governments in the execution of their day-to-day work. Because the selected candidate will be a liaison between our program staffers and our primary partners (cities and counties), a background that provided an understanding of the needs and unique perspectives of local officials and their staffs will be very helpful in undertaking the assigned work programs.
A combination of some or all of the following assets will be valuable in undertaking the work assigned to this position;
- Knowledge of Georgia, its communities and regional commissions and the State’s processes and regulations related to local government management and operations (community planning, government finance, economic development, regulatory compliance, etc.)
- Knowledge of Microsoft’s suite of office software
- Knowledge of online publishing and document production software
- Excellent research, writing, and presentation skills
- Conceptual familiarity with demographic and economic analysis, geospatial analytics, and relevant data/information gathering and management
- Skill in oral and written communication including a high level of comfort in public forums
- Solid interpersonal skills and ability to interact with internal and external partners
- Attention to detail; excellent time management and organizational skills
- Ability to take initiative, and be a problem-solver
- Ability to work well on interdisciplinary project teams requiring flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to manage multiple tasks
- A background and/or strong interest in event planning/management
- Experience developing educational programs and conducting community outreach/engagement
Strong preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the agency specific minimum qualifications possess at least one of the following:
- Master’s degree in City/Urban/Rural/Community/Regional Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, or another directly related field;
- A relevant professional certification or eligibility for certification within three years; and/or,
- Five or more years of experience working within a local government, regional commission, local government, or consulting company serving these organizations in implementing the programs over which our office has oversight.
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a writing sample prior to the interview. Selected candidates may be asked to conduct a short educational presentation to DCA team members at a follow-up interview.
WORKING CONDITIONS (TRAVEL, HOURS, ENVIRONMENT)
This position is currently designated as a hybrid (up to two days per week may be worked remotely) position. This position is full time (generally, 40 hours per week, but time in excess of that amount may rarely be necessary). Occasional travel around Georgia will be required (travel expenses are reimbursable).
Sedentary Work – Ability to exert 10 – 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: $55,000 – $62,750 (DOE/DOQ)
Benefits: Work/Life balance, Opportunity for Hybrid Work Environment, 13 paid Holidays, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Educational Support Leave, Paid Parental Leave, 401k match, PSLF Eligibility, and more! https://team.georgia.gov/my-benefits/
How to Apply
Applicants MUST use the state’s system to apply online. Application materials received via other means will not be considered.
Note: Previous applicants to this position need not re-apply. All applicants for this position will be considered.
NOTE: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided. Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification. This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.
DCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you need an accommodation for an interview, please contact the Human Resources Office at (404) 679-4845.