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Lancaster City Alliance invites qualified candidates to be considered for the position of Community & Economic Development Manager. Qualified candidates are invited to express their interest in this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls will be accepted. Only those including all of the following, will be considered:
• Letter of Interest
• Compensation History
Formed on July 1, 2013, the Lancaster City Alliance (LCA) is dedicated to the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and serves to improve the City’s financial stability, public safety, and quality of life.
As an alliance we align with like-minded economic-development and community organizations—jointly identifying key initiatives, linking stakeholders, allocating resources, and acting as a catalyst—to produce extraordinary outcomes for the future benefit and utility of the City of Lancaster. LCA serves the people of the City, crossing residential and commercial lines to include anyone who lives, learns, works and plays in Lancaster. In collaboration with neighbors; public, private, and non-profit partners; and other entities focused on the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster City Alliance ensures a clean, safe and vibrant environment.
The LCA also manages the Lancaster Downtown Investment District Authority (DID). The DID began operation in 1992 when property owners within the core Downtown granted approval for its formation and to support the efforts through an additional property tax assessment. Since that time, property owners, civic leaders and area businesses have supported DID programs to ensure that Downtown Lancaster is safe, clean, attractive and vital.
• Reporting to the Vice President, the Community & Economic Development Manager will serve as the primary liaison with residents, property owners, small business owners and landlords in the strategic focus areas of Lancaster City. Plan, develop, implement and manage a wide variety of community development projects to improve quality of life, build grassroots neighborhood capacity and implement streetscape improvements and organize and empower neighborhood groups.
• Working closely with the President, lead the implementation of the Building On Strength, a multi-faceted economic development strategic plan that includes data collection, analysis and maintenance; GIS mapping; business recruitment, outreach and retention; real estate development and any other appropriate activities.
• Act as facilitator/bridge between community and economic development and represent LCA at various meetings and activities.
• Establish, build and maintain close working relationships with community contacts, business and property owners, commercial real estate brokers, government officials and others to advance neighborhood and economic development efforts.
• Educate the community – particularly residents, property owners, tenants and other community stakeholders – about LCA, its roles and responsibilities and about neighborhood opportunities
• Support and empower community leaders and provide technical assistance in order to enhance quality of life in neighborhoods
• Maintain strong relationships with key City/County staff in order to align priorities and develop/maintain vital data sets
• Build and maintain inventory of property ownership, uses and vacancies for Downtown and the City’s Commercial Hubs
• Track, monitor and analyze data and statistics as outlined in Building On Strength to measure progress of plan implementation as well as track data and information to gauge the health of City neighborhoods and the impact of LCA activities
• Serve as primary Team Member working with prospective small businesses looking to locate in the City
• Manage all aspects of capital and infrastructure projects as assigned
• Communicate to team members issues, opportunities and challenges facing neighbors and the community and lead discussions to advance solutions
• Assist in managing the LCA Neighborhoods Executive leadership Team and the Economic Development & Planning Executive Leadership Team
• Understanding of, and relevant experience in, urban planning, neighborhood organizing and community development.
• Program administration/project management, including planning, budgeting and marketing.
• Extensive research and data collection.
• Strong computer skills, particularly ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Experience in working with government and the general public
• Public speaking/testifying at public meetings.
• Ability to manage committees and lead discussions/meetings.
• Consensus building and strong customer-service orientation.
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• At least 5 years experience in a related field.
• Strong writing skills for correspondence, marketing materials and other documents.
• Excellent verbal communication skills.
• Detail-oriented and organized.
• Ability to work independently.
LANCASTER IS A CITY of makers. Creating. Innovating. Collaborating.
There is a rhythm to our city. It’s fast. It’s authentic. It has soul. There is a sense of community. It’s fun. It’s fresh. It has flavor.