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Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of five to ten years of progressively responsible managerial or professional experience in community development projects and economic development initiatives to include budgetary and supervisory responsibilities, and experience working with community organizations is required.

Job Description: This is highly responsible executive level work in planning and directing activities of the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). An employee in this class is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing programs designed to achieve departmental goals and policy objectives as established the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT).  Responsibilities include directing through subordinate levels of professional and clerical employees the development and implementation of policies and procedures that will promote sensitivity and respect between the criminal justice system and minority groups in Miami-Dade County; formulating and directing a community-oriented conflict resolution training curriculum; supervising and coordinating an affordable housing program and an economic development program which are designed to increase homeownership and provide business opportunities for low to moderate income families; developing and coordinating departmental activities such as fundraising events, community meetings and rallies and annual conferences. This person will function as a liaison with public and private sector representatives on social and economic issues affecting the community. The Executive Director will also direct and oversee all departmental public relations functions, media releases, video presentations and brochures publications. The incumbent  exercises extensive independent judgment and managerial knowledge in directing numerous activities and formulating departmental policies. Must have a working knowledge of project management and experience in working with Microsoft Suites. Supervision is exercised through subordinate professional and clerical employees engaged in various departmental operations. General direction is received from MDEAT Board of Trustees and the Mayor who holds the incumbent responsible for the professional management of departmental functions and activities.

Illustrative Tasks: Plans, directs, and implements program policies and procedures which will promote dual sensitivity and respect between the criminal justice system and minority groups in the community.

Develops and supervises the implementation of a non-violent conflict resolution training module for public schools, law enforcement officials and community groups.

Promotes and facilitates new strategies to promote economic development among minority groups in the areas of housing, employment, credit and business opportunities; implements and coordinates a housing program which seeks to assist low to moderate income residents with the acquisition of subsidized and unsubsidized homes by providing advice on such issues as housing selection procedures, financial planning and  home management.

Directs and monitors economic development programs which seek to increase the number of minority businesses and foster commercial and real estate development by providing instructions on starting and incorporating a business, developing a marketable business plan, preparing a bankable loan package, and maintaining accurate financial records.

Defines and formulates department policy, programs, objectives, and direction. Directs the preparation, award, monitoring and evaluation of contracts negotiated between the MDEAT and various community-based organizations. Conducts research and develops policy recommendations based on community input and feasibility recommendations.

Represents the Trust before public forums and meetings, community-based organizations to articulate MDEAT issues. Meets with business leaders, public officials, and members of community organizations on a regular basis and advises and informs them on matters pertinent to the community.

Directs the planning and preparation of special events, public relations functions, departmental publications, and video presentations. Supervises subordinate professional and clerical employees involved in various phases of program administration.

Oversees the preparation of departmental budget, monitors expenditures throughout the year.

Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline, and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; evaluates and rates employee performance.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Ability & Skills: Extensive knowledge of the goals and objectives of the MDEAT.

Extensive knowledge of economic and social conditions affecting the minority group community within Miami-Dade County.

Thorough knowledge of various community resources that provide social and health services.

Thorough knowledge of current legislative developments and of applicable county, state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to departmental operations.

Thorough knowledge of public relations principles and techniques.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior county management and officials in other county, local, state and federal departments.

Ability to advise and inform individuals, community leaders and community organizations on matters pertaining to the minority group community.

Ability to design and conduct surveys which address the priority needs of the community.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.

Ability to conduct public meetings, conferences and seminars concerning various community issues and problems.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of public and private officials.

Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Tagged as: economic development

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