Director of Programs, Policy and Special Initiatives

Job Description

The Director of Programs, Policy and Special Initiatives and the Special Assistant to the President & CEO leads efforts and manages staff related to Hill CDC programs, policy and special initiatives in response to the needs of the Hill CDC, its mission and Hill District community

This role is essential to the Hill CDC delivering on its focus to advance the Greater Hill District Master Plan

The person in this role is responsible for the successful management of people and projects including economic development,policy and programming efforts and general staff leadership of junior to mid-level staff

The role requires extensive skills in building and managing partnerships and initiatives with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders

This position also serves as Special Assistant to the President & CEO serving in a support role, and in a leadership capacity and direct manager to junior and mid-level staff across the organization as assigned to ensure ongoing organizational stability and growth

Support President & CEO with organizational duties and functions as assigned;

Effective management of economic development,programmatic and policy initiatives and staff;

Provide staff leadership to junior and mid-level staff across the organization as assigned

Provide leadership in developing and implementing workplace initiatives that promote team building, learning and well-being of staff at all levels of the organization to ensure ongoing stability and growth;

Provide senior support to key initiatives that are external facing such as special events and projects;

Provide hands-on leadership to key Hill CDC Committees and leadership functions, such as the Development Review Panel,Lower Hill Executive Management Committee, LERTA Committee, Commercial Redevelopment Task Force, Arts & Cultural Planning and others as assigned;

Monitor and respond to relevant economic,community, and redevelopment activities at the city, county, state, and federal levels including tracking and monitoring public agency agenda on a monthly basis;

Engage a range of external stakeholders including elected officials, community based organizations, community development ecosystem players, etc

Provide support and leadership for planning initiatives impacting the Hill District such as Greater Hill District Master Plan Update and Adoption, Choice Neighborhoods for Bedford Dwellings, the Greater Hill District Parks Master Plan, NexTransit, Registered Community Organization activities and others;

Manage and or produce communications for public consumption, committees, social media, website and weekly e-blasts;

Coordinate and staff special events(stakeholder meetings, teleconferences, town halls, and community meetings) as needed

Other duties as assigned

9am – 5pm and several evenings per month are required; some weekend time is required for job-related events

Job Requirements

The position requires excellent communications and administrative skills, effective task and project management, strategic thinking, good judgement, strong written and verbal skills, high emotional intelligence, and the ability to engage varied internal and external stakeholders from grassroots to government to corporate sectors

The person in this role should be an inspiring team leader with a positive can-do attitude who will impact and model the core values of the organization while also building skills and systems of the organization

Strong people management skills, with the ability to create an energetic and enthusiastic team and organizational culture focused on enjoying the work and doing the work well;

Ability to work collaboratively as a member of the leadership team and contribute to the financial, programmatic and operational success of the Hill CDC;

Must be coachable and be able to flex between leading and learning;

Strong administrative skills with email management, scheduling; memo development

Must be good at problem solving and multi-tasking and should be able to thrive in a fast-paced often changing profession of community development

Strong project management, analytical and organizational skills;

Ability to work independently and as part of a team;

Proactive thinking with detail-oriented and creative problem-solving approach;

Five years of professional work experience in a related or transferrable field is required;

Excellent computer and technology skills in MS Office, CMS and Database Management

Solid critical thinking and discernment skills with excellent judgement

Use of a personal vehicle may be required

A valid driver’s license is required


$65K– 85K, dependent upon experience

Insurance for Medical, Vision, and Dental (80% Employer Funded)

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