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Cuyahoga County - Administrator, Development

November 13, 2023

Administrator, Development (Job Id 1450)
Location: US:OH:Cleveland 
Post Date: 11/13/2023
Close Date: 11/30/2023
Salary: 89,211.20-105,000.00 USD

Department: Development
Anticipated Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Reports To: Deputy Director
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Bargaining Unit: N/A
Classified or Unclassified: Classified
FLSA: Exempt

The purpose of this classification is to plan, organize, manage, and administer a departmental division exclusive to economic development, community development, or regulation and compliance.

Distinguishing Characteristics  
This is a senior management classification with responsibility for planning, directing, and managing a division of the Development Department. This classification supervises Development Housing Specialists, Economic and Community Development Program Specialists, Inspection and Permits Supervisor, and other assigned staff. The incumbent works under administrative direction from the Department of Development’s Deputy Director, and work requires the analysis and solution of operational, technical, administrative, and management problems related to economic development, community development, or compliance and regulation. Employees in this classification direct a major component of operations and have the responsibility of participating in the establishment and implementation of their assigned division’s objectives, policies, budgets, and operations. The incumbent exercises discretion in applying policies and procedures to resolve organizational issues and to ensure that assigned activities are
completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Essential Job Functions
Manages, oversees, and directs activities related to loan or grant financing for economic development purposes and projects; administers housing and economic development financing programs; oversees the initial intake and preliminary assessment of potential economic development projects; oversees processing of qualifying economic development and brownfield projects and proposals; makes recommendations on projects and programs for funding; coordinates with the County Law Department and outside legal counsel regarding loan terms and contract requirements; guides borrowers and grantees throughout the on-going loan application, pro-forma financials, business operating financials, contract requirements, and underwriting processes; issues official loan terms and schedule of approval activities to borrower; oversees processing of all reimbursement and disbursement
requests for approved economic development and brownfield borrowers or grantees; monitors economic development loans and grants activity dashboard updates; manages ongoing Loan Portfolio issues and action requirements; manages and oversees activities related to deal structuring, negotiations, and loan closing; updates the DOD’s Economic Development Loan Policies Manual annually and oversees training and implementation of new policies and procedures.

Manages and administers a departmental division exclusive to economic development, community development, or regulation and compliance; manages projects and programs including research, reporting, and design and development; assists with forming, negotiating, and maintaining all partnership contracts and operational terms with various ongoing economic development partner entities and programs; establishes, updates, and monitors execution of the department’s strategies to support major functions; forecasts resource requirements and monitors usage and compliance of various funding streams; executes administrative and procurement processes to secure resources needed for strategy and resource work; develops and updates program purposes, policies, specifications, schedules, budgets, and metrics; analyzes and evaluates existing operations’ systems, policies, and procedures; updates the Director and Executive on all upcoming projects, estimated pipeline activity and fund capital resources; communicates and coordinates with Director and County leadership on the development of division goals, direction, activities, policies, and advocacy; monitors programs’ regulatory compliance and advises Director and department management on key compliance issues; directs and supervises data collection and reporting for department performance measures; oversees research and reporting of key business intelligence information supporting department’s functions; makes recommendations to Director and Executive on revision or creation of programs.

Manages communication and coordination for Department of Development with various internal and external stakeholders, committees, and organizations; provides technical assistance and support to boards, commissions, and businesses regarding community and economic development issues; manages communication and coordination with County Council/Committees regarding pertinent legislation; manages communication and coordination with Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation Board regarding loan reviews and write-up packages, Review meetings, agendas, and inquiries; attends meetings, Council sessions, and seminars to make presentations regarding community and economic development programs, policy and planning, and department initiatives.

Supervises and directs the work of Development Housing Specialists, Economic and Community Development Program Specialists, Inspection and Permits Supervisor, and other assigned staff; directs staff to ensure work completion and maintenance of standards; plans, assigns, and reviews work; coordinates and/or provides training and instruction; evaluates employee performance; responds to employee questions, concerns, and problems; approves employee timesheets and leave requests; prepares and reviews documents related to timesheets, requests for leave, and overtime; develops and monitors unit work plans and work performance standards; monitors and provides for employee training needs; meets with employees individually and as a unit; recommends personnel actions including selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, or discharge.

Performs supporting administrative responsibilities; prepares and maintains various reports, records, and other documents; responds to emails and phone calls; prepares grant proposals and applications; provides input on various reports for local, state and federal program requirements; oversees the department’s legislative activities; maintains working knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations; oversees input, follow-up, and coordination of MyPRO agenda system items; directs staff on OnBase and ERP requests.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, urban planning, finance, or a related field with six (6) years of experience with community/housing development, economic development, or related field; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Application Process
This is a competitive, classified position. The Personnel Review Commission (PRC) will check your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do, the PRC will invite you to take a civil service examination. The exam is specific to this position. Everyone who passes the exam goes on an eligibility list. To fill this opening, the PRC sends the hiring department and Human Resources (HR) a certified eligibility list with the top 25% candidates (or at least the ten highest scoring candidates, whichever is greater). HR helps the hiring department decide who from the certified list to follow up with for interviews and then a job offer.

Most of our communication with candidates is through email. Regularly check the email address you gave us in your job profile.
Watch your Spam folder, just in case.

If we offer you a job, you must pass a drug screen and background check before the offer becomes final. Prior criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify you from employment; the County looks at criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis using the guidelines inChapter 306 of the County Code.

Cuyahoga County is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, which includes building an environment that respects the individual, promotes innovation and offers opportunities for all employees to develop to their full potential. A diverse workforce helps the County realize its full potential. The County benefits from the creativity and innovation that results when people with different experiences, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds work together.

The County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, language, religion, citizenship status, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity/expression, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information, membership in a collective bargaining unit, status with regard to public assistance, or political affiliation.

If you need assistance applying or participating in any part of the candidate experience, contact Human Resources at 216-443-7190 and ask to speak with a talent acquisition team member.

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