Community Development Manager

City of Burlington
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

General Purpose

This position helps cultivate inclusive, resourceful and equitable communities in the City of Burlington. It serves as a bridge to help individuals and neighborhoods connect with the City’s diverse communities, access resources, problem solve and strengthen knowledge and build capacity to enhance quality of life. This position is expected to lead the City’s Language Access policy, support Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs), support the Trusted Community Voices Program, provide support to the Internship Program and support the build-out of workforce development and job training programs, to ensure access and responsiveness in City government. In addition, this position oversees budgets and collaborates across multi-departmental projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Advising CEDO Assistant Director – Community, Neighborhoods and Workforce Development, as requested, on priority City projects of significant public interest and City priority
  • Supervise a team of three to engage and reach out to various constituent groups across many interests and issues including, but not limited to, neighborhoods, schools, BIPOC communities, people with disabilities, youth, seniors, and faith groups.
  • Supervise the staff overseeing CEDO’s front desk functions including staffing the third floor reception of City Hall, manage staff responsibilities to answer email and phone inquiries for CEDO, the RRC and the City.
  • Support inclusive civic engagement practices throughout City government and support different Departments developing the skills and protocols to themselves consistently follow inclusive equity, inclusion, and engagement practices and ensure access to all Burlington stakeholders and constituency groups.
  • Provide guidance and manage NPA staff who directly support NPAs and NPA Steering Committee volunteers, facilitating productive communications between NPAs and City government, developing professional training for Steering Committee Members, managing NPA fiscal budgets and ensuring NPA compliance with Open Meeting Law and financial protocols.
  • Brief Assistant Director (supervisor) and CEDO Director as directed, on the needs and challenges of these constituency groups and make relevant policy recommendations to address these.
  • Participate in the City’s Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee meetings. Manage and maintain positive public relations constituency groups regarding civic engagement, economic opportunity, and equity and inclusion issues with navigating City departments, services and processes.
  • Support and promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities through capacity building and developmental programs and services, by facilitating community engagement to identify areas of need and by providing and connecting residents to resources and services, to help them be safe, keep neighborhoods healthy and realize their full potential.
  • In collaboration with Human Resources and other City Departments, support development of the City Internship Program with a focus on creating accessible internships; work with local colleges and universities to recruit diverse interns under My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Program focused on opening up career opportunities for BIPOC youth.
  • Establish relationships and financial partnerships with philanthropic organizations to support BIPOC career pathways and enhance economic development.
  • Lead and implement the City’s Language Access policy which consist of managing translation and interpreter service contracts, budgets, and staff professional training resources.
  • Support leadership development of the Trusted Community Voices Program to build capacity of immigrant and refugee communities. This consist of supporting a team of 7 TCV staff, including meetings, assignments, and hours worked.
  • Plan and coordinate the City’s MLK Day program and other special events highlighting inclusion, belonging and equity.

Non-Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs other duties as required.


Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements

  • Ability to actively support City diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, reasonable accommodations will be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in community development and a working knowledge of and experience with the diversity of constituencies in our community.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, while also working independently.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit excellent administrative skills, including an ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate complex projects involving multiple public and private partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with public participation and meeting facilitation.
  • Demonstrated success with community organizing projects that achieved intended results.
  • Demonstrated success with grant-writing.
  • Experience supervising interns or volunteers.
  • Additional experience may be substituted for a degree requirement on a two-for-one year basis.
  • Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.
  • Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
  • Computer literacy in both word processing and spreadsheets preferred.
  • Additional experience may be substituted for a degree requirement on a two-for-one year basis.
  • Ability to manage multiple budgets, forecast, and adhere to fiscal guidelines.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple large scale programs and projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in public meetings and with the press.
  • Ability to work with the multiple public stakeholders to inspire community to negotiate positive participation, dialogue, and group dynamic.
  • Experience with hiring and managing people and teams. Able to assign, supervise, and evaluate performance.
  • Previous experience with public sector or non-profit program development, design, and practices.
  • Ability to identify best practices, develop, and monitor metrics to bring equitable programming and strategies for community and economic development City initiatives.
Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Promoting a culture that reveres diversity and equity

The City of Burlington is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we are strongly committed to creating a dynamic and equitable work-force that mirrors the population and world that we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, crime victim status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, or genetic information in employment or the provision of services.

In addition to being an equal opportunity employer we actively encourage applicants who can contribute to our growing diversity to apply.

Applications for our employment opportunities are only accepted online through our Government Jobs website.

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Wage or Salary
$65,436.00 Annually