Neighborhood and Family Services Director

City of Avondale Published: July 2, 2017
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The City of Avondale has an opening for a Neighborhood and Family Services Director. This is a full-time, FLSA exempt position. Please be sure to attach a cover letter and current resume with your application.
To plan, direct, organize and manage the functions of a comprehensive Neighborhood and Family Services Department. Work involves organizing and directing neighborhood outreach and citizen participation programs to improve the quality of neighborhoods throughout the city.  Manage programs and projects directed toward neighborhood revitalization, redevelopment, housing, and neighborhood maintenance. Oversee human services programs, and family support services, youth development programs and early childhood services. Oversee volunteer coordination and community engagement initiatives.  Oversee the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other grants.  Direct the functions of the code enforcement division and coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies.  Oversee programming, support and liaison services provided to homeowners' associations.  Responsibilities include providing guidance and direction to citizen advisory boards and other supportive agencies, preparing presentations and reports for city management and council.
Essential Functions

Oversees the department's human resource, budgetary, and administrative functions, including the development of key policies and procedures designed to improve the quality of neighborhoods.

Creates and develops strategic partnerships to promote and support community initiatives. Plans, directs, organizes, and reviews the activities of staff in code enforcement, community development, housing, neighborhood revitalization, youth services, community engagement, senior services, and human services.

Develops policies, procedures, and practices that aid in enhancing the safety and security of staff and customers/clients.

Consults with the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, and department heads on programs, initiatives, and activities for the various functions of the department.  Provides guidance and direction to citizen advisory boards and commissions.

Prepares annual budgets by monitoring, approving, and controlling expenditures, and directing the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.

Serves as the central point of contact for various local, state, and federal agencies.

Oversees and directs the implementation of the City's neighborhood improvement programs including strategies to facilitate the formation of neighborhood associations, involvement of neighborhood associations and residents in setting policies, homeowners' association support services and the coordination of service delivery among City functions.

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates personnel. Establishes and monitors employee performance objectives, prepares and presents employee performance reviews, provides or coordinates staff training, works with employees to correct deficiencies and implements discipline and termination procedures.

Job Requirements

A bachelor's degree in public administration, urban planning, social work or related field, or any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Master's degree preferred.

Five years of increasingly responsible experience in program administration, public outreach, community development, enforcement administration, including three years of supervisory and administrative experience.

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