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American Planning Association
National Association of Counties (NACo)
National Association for County and Community Economic Development (NACCED)(Must login)
National Community Developers Association (NCDA) (members only)


Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)
Council of Michigan Foundations
Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) (members only)
Michigan League for Human Services
Michigan Municipal League (MML)

Updated June 12, 2019

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  • August 24, 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    $62,221.64 - $81,610.88 Annually

    Job Summary

    Under limited direction, prepares and coordinates federal housing and community development grant applications, awards, plans and performance reports to secure funds. Prepares and presents data and reports and designs and implements federally funded divisional programs. Identifies and analyzes community and housing development programs, determines and develops related objectives and strategies in accordance with federal regulations and mandates. Prepares and presents program recommendations to the Manager, Citizens Advisory Council, Board of Commissioners, County Executive staff, public officials and non-profit agencies regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), emergency homeless assistance programs, and other special project and grant programs as assigned for the purpose of determining policy. Develops and recommends program and/or policies to implement housing and community development programs for county and sub-area planning purposes. Prepares and updates federally mandated action plans and reports as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Manages components of complex, automated and secured federal grant application, reporting and financial systems. Provides technical and administrative services to municipalities in securing federal, state, and private funds to supplement current levels of service provided by the County. Participates as a lead presenter at planning related activities. Coordinates the development of housing and community development work programs with targeted neighborhoods, communities or non-profit agencies. Provides technical assistance and instruction to communities and non-profit agencies to assess housing and community development needs and tailor a grant program design.  Secures, analyzes, and disseminates program data to the County Executive, Board of Commissioners and other government agencies regarding the availability of grant opportunities. Develops and maintains good working relationships with state, regional, federal and private program administrators. Oversees related program account structure portions of federal grant financial systems. Utilizes current Countywide and/or department specific software to provide labor distribution information and otherwise complete assignments.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Applications will be rejected if the following information is not provided at the time of application:

    • Transcript with award date 
    • Thoroughly documented work history
    • The application is incomplete in ANY capacity
    1.  Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Economics, Political Science, Urban or Regional Planning or closely related field.
    NOTE: Applicants possessing transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States will be required to provide documentation of degree equivalency from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (  The degree evaluation will be required for application processing

    2.  Have at least three (3) years of full-time work experience in the development and/or administration of grant programs, the preparation of grant applications or related area.

    NOTE: A Master's degree in one of the fields listed above may be substituted for one (1) year of the work experience described above.

    3.  Pass the complete examination, including the employment physical established for this class.

    4.  Successfully complete the six (6) month probationary period.


    Work History
    You are required to include your work experience in the Work Experience Section of your NEOGOV application. If you have previously included work history on a resume you must transfer your work history into the Work Experience Section prior to applying. Attached resumes will not be reviewed or considered. Please review the job posting, specifically the purpose of the position and the minimum qualifications, prior to answering the work experience question; and note that only related work experience will be considered. NOTE: Provide full detail in the employment history section noting the skills, experience and hours worked per week pertaining to the minimum qualifications.

    College Transcripts
    If you have completed education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, and applicant name; and is in a format that cannot be modified or edited. Your application will not be considered for further review if you have failed to provide this information. Transcripts from outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( This documentation must be attached to your application if you are certifying you have an education higher than high school/GED. NOTE: This section is used for TRANSCRIPTS ONLY. Other documents such as reference, cover letter, resume, etc are prohibited and will not be reviewed. If a job offer is made, an official transcript will be required.

    Applications may be rejected if:
    • A level of education can’t be verified, i.e. no transcripts attached, or don’t indicate the degree awarded or the date conferred.
    • Stated years of related experience can’t be verified within the work experience section of the application, i.e. not enough information provided, insufficient work history, inapplicable experience attributed to work history.
    • The application is incomplete in ANY capacity.

  • February 24, 2020 9:47 AM | Anonymous


    Salary - $48,411.00 - $64,494.00 Annually

    Location - City Hall 300 Monroe NW GR MI, MI

    Job Type - Permanent

    Department - Community Development Services

    Job Number - 139-0220

    Closing - 3/1/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

    Nature of Work

    The purpose of this job is to conduct technical home inspections and write project specifications. Documents and oversees home repairs for low income home owners, landlords, and non-profit housing agencies.

    The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

    • Reviews project applications to determine income eligibility and property ownership, and conducts other verification work as needed
    • Conducts technical inspections of owner and rental residential properties, ensures compliance with structural, mechanical, health, safety codes and standards
    • Identifies deficiencies; makes referrals to other departments and community agencies when appropriate
    • Prepares bid documents, drafts project specifications in compliance with code and other requirements, estimates construction costs, and prepares necessary documentation.  Ensures project specifications include hazard remediation work (e.g. lead, asbestos, radon, mold, etc.) in compliance with federal and state lead hazard control requirements
    • Oversees housing rehabilitation and hazard remediation work, conducts site inspections, approves payment based on progress, recommends contract change orders, and mediates disputes between homeowners/tenants and contractors
    • Prepares reports and other documentation on the progress of the rehabilitation activities
    • Conducts Healthy Home Rating System Assessments
    • Performs related work as required
    Minimum Training and Experience

    Required Education and Experience

    • At least two (2) years of relevant college-level course work or an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in construction or a related field
    • At least three (3) to five (5) years of related work experience, such as housing rehabilitation or construction
    • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities
    Other Necessary Qualifications
    • Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license.
    • Certification as a Lead Abatement Supervisor with the State of Michigan. (If not currently certified, such certification is required within six months of hire.
    Other Information


    Salary Range: 19A
    Examination Parts and Weights:
    Written test - 100%


  • August 07, 2019 3:17 PM | Anonymous


    Job Advertisement

    The City of Lansing Economic Development & Planning Department is seeking a Rehabilitation Construction Specialists to join their professional team to assist with historical building preservation programs, lead abatement, and construction rehabilitation projects. This is a great opportunity for those seeking to use their knowledge and experience concerning housing codes, construction principles and best practices to solve code violations and problems while improving the habitability of the community by aiding in rehabilitation and development of housing. The City of Lansing offers a competitive wage and benefits package including medical, vision, dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave.

    Ideal candidates will possess the following: 
    • Knowledge of building, plumbing, mechanical, zoning, and electrical codes and their relation to housing codes. 
    • Skill in composition, computation, and writing clear, complete and concise work specifications including cost estimates, architectural drawings and diagrams.
    • Ability to develop and manage construction projects from conception through planning to completion.

    • High School Diploma or GED plus one (1) year of college/trade related coursework 
    • Five (5) years of experience in residential construction work 
    • OR an equivalent combination of training and experience 
    • Residential Builder’s License or Trade License 
    • Certified Lead Abatement Supervisor or able to be certified within sixty (60) days of employment 
    • Typing skills 30 wpm 
    • Federal and local housing construction and rehabilitation program preferred


     The City of Lansing is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Certified Veteran Friendly Employer.

    The City of Lansing provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or during employment, notify the Department of Human Resources at (517) 483-4004. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Application Special Instructions

    Include the following with application:

    • Resume and Cover Letter (please explain why you are a good fit for this position) 
    • Verification of High School Diploma/GED and trade/college training related to residential construction
    • Copy of Residential Builder's License or Trade License
    • Copy of Lead Abatement Supervisor certification (if applicable)

    Visit to apply on-line.

  • July 16, 2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    City of Holland

    Job Description 07/12/2019

    JOB TITLE:                 Municipal Planner/Community Development Block Grant Coordinator

    PAY GRADE:             CP-D               Pay Range: $26.76 - $32.11

    REPORTS TO:           Community & Neighborhood Services Director

    JOB SUMMARY:        Under the direction of the Community & Neighborhood Services Director, is responsible for meeting various housing and community needs. Works with the Senior Planner regarding routine City planning and development review activities and attends all Planning Commission meetings.  Provides administrative support to the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and attends all meetings.  Monitors various State and Federal grants and private resources, works with neighborhood connector groups, prepares applications for annual funding, hosts annual community forums, and manages accounting for Community Development programs. 


    1)   Municipal Planner I

    a)    Performs professional work related to a variety of planning assignments including site plan development applications, requests for rezoning, and administrative site plan review.

    b)    Research, review and prepare detailed documents / reports covering land-use master planning, zoning, annexation, site and development plans, site condominium plans, and subdivision plans for review by the Senior Planner, Planning Commission and City Council. 

      c)    Perform field inspections and verification measures to assure development projects are completed according to approved plans.

      d)    Attends Planning Commission meetings and other Boards and Commissions as requested.

      2)     Community Development Block Grant Coordinator

      a)    Provide staff support and administrative assistance to the Neighborhood Improvement Committee activities including housing goals and policies.  Prepare detailed and complex documents / reports for review by the Neighborhood Improvement Committee, City Council and various Boards and Commissions.

      b)    Work with Community and Neighborhood Services department staff, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and City Council to prioritize community needs, allocate grant funds to agencies and administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program.  Said administration includes the preparation of annual plans and reports, oversight of grant allocations and expenditures, and assuring conformance with City goals and regulations as well as federal guidelines.

      c)    Seek grants, design program guidelines and provide oversight for the administration of state and federal grants assisting housing and neighborhoods.

        d)    Meet with the general public, social service agencies and neighborhood groups regarding neighborhood improvement and community development issues.


        1.    Works with staff assigned to housing and neighborhoods programs and projects.

        2.    Performs other duties as assigned.


        1.    The job requires knowledge normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or related field.

        2.    Two to four years of experience in municipal planning, community development, and/or grant writing/administration.

        3.    Working knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office applications and with ESRI ArcGis applications.

        4.    Broad understanding of State and Federal regulations and assistance programs as they relate to Housing and Neighborhood grants and program administration.

        5.    Mathematical ability to make complex mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.

        6.    Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate in both oral and written forms with City officials and the general public in situations requiring tact and patience.

        7.    Mental ability to frequently work on projects requiring concentration and attention to detail and deal with the concerns of citizens, City officials, etc.

        8.    Physical ability to periodically sit/stand in one position for extended periods of time. Incumbent must occasionally lift/carry items weighing up to 50 lbs.


        1.  Normal office environment with little discomfort due to noise, dirt, dust and the like. Site visits and associated climbing or walking in various weather conditions also required.

        This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by a person so classified.

        For more information and to apply visit our website:

      • June 12, 2019 12:43 PM | Anonymous

        Nature of Work

        This is a responsible technical and supervisory administrative position administering programs for the repair and rehabilitation of residential properties in compliance with federal and state laws, policies, and regulations. Work is performed under the managerial direction of the department director. Supervision is exercised over rehabilitation specialists and clerical staff.

        Examples of Work

        Supervises the work of rehabilitation specialists; oversees and authorizes all program encumbrances and expenditures; provides administrative direction and authority for allocating and distributing program funds; reviews loan applications, promissory notes, case reports; conducts random internal audits to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations; assists staff with problem-solving.

        Administers various federal and state grant programs, including writing grant applications, preparing program budgets, and maintaining and updating program procedures.  Recommends and monitors performance of partner agencies and contractors, reviews and approves partner plans, budgets and authorizes payments.

        Designs, implements, and establishes policies for rehabilitation programs to meet community needs; drafts guidelines and procedures for implementation; meets with other city departments.

        Supervises rehabilitation specialist work performing inspections of owner-occupied and rental residential properties to ensure compliance with structural, mechanical, health, safety codes and standards.

        Prepares and manages division budget; oversees preparation of bid documents; drafts project specifications in compliance with code requirements; estimates construction costs; prepares commitment of federal funds for project.
        Approves construction project payments based on progress; approves contract changes; resolves disputes between contractors and homeowners of tenants.
        Reviews the setup of loans for owners; verifies income and ownership; ensures applicant qualification; sets up loan terms and conditions; prepares loan closing documents and conducts closing.

        Oversees program application process; prepares and executes legal documents for conditional deed; monitors construction and conducts annual inspection; assures compliance with  quality standards; issues payments to contractors; maintains case reports; prepares and executes clear title.

        Thorough knowledge of federal and state rehabilitation programs, laws, policies, and procedures.
        Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques used in conducting housing inspections.
        Considerable knowledge of residential construction methods and procedures.
        Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision.
        Ability to inspect work performed and to determine adherence to codes.
        Ability to maintain case records and to prepare reports.
        Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, contractors, vendors, tenants, other city employees, and the general public.
        Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
        Ability to walk on rough terrain and climb stairs.

        Performs other related duties as assigned

        Minimum Training and Experience

        Possession of a bachelor's degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in administration, code enforcement or housing rehabilitation including two years of supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Possession of a residential builder's license desired.

        Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license.
        Possession of or ability to obtain a Michigan State Lead Abatement Supervisor License by completion of probation.

        Other Information

        The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

        • The position is generally sedentary. Employees sit most of the time, but may walk,  stand, walk on rough terrain and climb stairs on occasion.


        Salary Range: 14

        PLEASE NOTE:  All communication regarding this position will be done via email.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your email address is up-to-date on your account profile. 

        If you are submitting an application that was used for job openings in the past, please make sure your information is current before submitting for this or other opportunities.


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