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The Detroit Land Bank Authority is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, or other criteria prohibited by the City, State or Federal law.

To qualify for a job, an applicant must meet the education, training, experience and any applicable license or certificate requirement for the job position. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide acceptable proof of their work record and history.

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6 MONTH CONTRACT


GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

The Research Fellow is responsible for completing interdisciplinary data analysis projects to improve understanding of the local housing market. Through the development of data evaluation methodologies, data interpretation, policy analysis, and the production of reports, maps, and graphs, the fellow will evaluate program impacts, assist with organization strategies, and support the organization’s data analysis activities.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide analytical support for programs within the department
  • Extract, load, model, and reconcile large amounts of data across multiple system platforms and sources
  • Develop reports, including data visualizations, maps, graphs, and written narratives
  • Review, interpret, summarize, and critique academic and professional planning literature
  • Assess, critique, and review housing strategies and planning efforts used in other geographies and develop reports on their applicability to Detroit
  • Review data to determine operational impacts and needed actions
  • Model data, create process flowcharts, provide reports and analyses for critical projects Identify and define data requirements
  • Determine data needed to be collected and the appropriate data resources
  • Develop data collection and evaluation methodologies
  • Ensure the integrity, confidentiality and security (data protected and backed up) of all datasets
  • Comply with all state, federal, and company guidelines, rules and regulations
  • Complete ad-hoc tasks as requested Perform other related duties as directed
  • Other duties as assigned

 

 

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor Science/Arts or currently pursuing an advanced degree in Computer Science, Geography, Statistics, Urban Planning or another technical major, or equivalent demonstrated analytical and technical ability.
  • Demonstrated professional or academic experience creating, cleaning, testing, and optimizing data tables
  • Professional or academic experience with Geographic Information Systems preferred
  • Demonstrated professional or academic experience working on research initiatives or projects (independently and/or with a team).

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to accomplish responsibilities, goals and projects
  • Must have strong organizational, analytical, diagnostic, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment (e.g. a personal computer, wireless equipment, copier and fax)
  • Proven track record of working in a highly dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with the following software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), Adobe version 10 or greater
  • Mission driven with a strong interest in Detroit communities or housing policy
  • Enjoys team collaboration
  • Committed to continuous learning and enjoys opportunities to expand skillsets independently and through project collaboration

 

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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

 The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) is a public authority responsible for turning Detroit’s vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed property back to productive use.  Currently the DLBA manages an inventory of approximately 80,000 properties through various programs including Auction and Side Lot sales, community partnerships, and demolition, and has robust legal and financial management functions in place to support those efforts. The DLBA thrives on a culture of openness, trust, and integrity.  Ethical behavior is a staple of any successful organization, a team effort that involves the participation and support of every employee and everyone that interacts with us.  Our goal is to conduct business fairly, impartially, in an ethical manner and in complete compliance with the law. We promote a trustworthy and honest culture, and we will reinforce the vision of that standard throughout the organization.

 

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is seeking a Communications & Public Relations Manager This individual will report to the Assistant Director of Public Relations & Strategic Initiatives to support the DLBA’s brand strategy through robust internal and external communications with an emphasis on multi-platform storytelling.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

 The Communications & Public Relations Manager will be an adept writer, storyteller, and brand ambassador, responsible for creating diverse, compelling, cross-platform content. This role will support the Assistant Director in implementing the DLBA’s communication and media strategy through a broad range of written and multi-media deliverables. This individual is expected to possess strong written and oral communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to work proactively, balancing multiple priorities. The ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people, media professionals, junior and senior staff, and both internal and external customers will also be key.  The Communications & Public Relations Manager will also support the Assistant Director of Public Relations & Strategic Initiatives in executing media and programmatic events, as well as identifying opportunities to improve brand image and storytelling.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Draft and revise internal and external communications documents including reports, programmatic overviews, and web page content
  • Generate DLBA news content for the organization’s website
  • Develop internal communications to increase intra-office connection and support morale
    • Assist with social media management as needed
    • Liaise with media outlets on inquiries as a back-up to the Assistant Director as needed
    • Research prospective DLBA stories
    • Collaborate with DLBA program managers to craft effective, strategic marketing materials and events
    • Represent the DLBA at interagency and public meetings as directed

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, media, creative writing, community development, or a related field
  • At least 5+ years’ experience in a related role or field
  • Ability to work under tight time pressures, prioritize workflow, problem solve and react quickly to changing business needs and demands, all in a fast-paced and high growth business environment
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, strategy, and tools
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills, as well as public speaking ability
  • Ability to respond effectively to constituent inquiries or complaints both in writing and orally
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with staff
  • Ability to interpret complex concepts covering the wide variety of programming performed by the DLBA
  • Outstanding organizational abilities
  • Must be a mission-driven individual with a sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit.
  • The highest level of moral character, honesty, and integrity

 

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Detroit resident or a Detroit background with a deep knowledge of community needs
  • Familiar with Detroit government and communities
  • Experience in journalism, social media, community development, real estate, or land use planning
  • Experience with not-for-profit or governmental program design, management systems, fund development and community change strategies
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1 YEAR CONTRACT --$21.50 PER HOUR 

The Sales & Programs Contractor, reports directly to the Sales & Programs Manager – Disposition Department and is responsible for daily management and facilitating the disposition of properties and side lots through the Own It Now, Auction and Side Lot Programs. This contrator will manage the workflow and productivity of Own It Now, Auction, Side Lot/Deed and Discount Programs.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Welcome call
  • Eligibility check and
  • Proper transition to the closing pipeline
  • Perform the Eligibility check for Auction, OIN, Side Lot and Rehabbed & Ready programs
  • Contact customers to perform the Welcome Call
  • Investigate and resolve client inquires related to S&P program properties including:
  • Face-to-face, phone, email & DLBA interface
  • Process Deeds: HHF & Non-HHF, e-recording, mailings, client & MSHDA inquiries 
  • Participate in District sales events and Annual sales programs and events
  • Ensure compliance with all DLBA procedures and guidelines for each program
  • Provide support to Sr. Sales & Programs Specialist as necessary
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by Sales and Programs Manager



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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

The Staff Attorney I is responsible for a variety of activities, mainly reviewing records of title to determine legal interest holders of real property.  This includes locating records pertaining to taxes, liens, judgments, bankruptcy, mortgages, and foreclosure proceedings. Additionally, the position will be responsible for managing all aspects of nuisance abatement civil litigation, drafting legal pleadings, negotiating contracts with owners of real property, and advocating on behalf of the client.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

NOTE:  The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification.  Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.

  • Manage caseload of properties to examine title and be responsible for timely case resolution as directed
  • Identify legal interest holders for specified properties from title examination
  • Determine if title issue exists preventing filing of civil litigation against a property
  • Input researched data into Salesforce database as directed
  • Ability to keep a high level of discretion with sensitive information
  • Working independently on title research caseload while maintaining a high level of productivity
  • Prepare and file pleadings, argue motions, and conduct litigation, predominantly in Third Judicial Circuit Court
  • Draft, negotiate, and enforce contracts with opposing parties
  • Collaborate with various departments and external third-party agencies
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Principal Attorney, Nuisance Abatement Program, and General Counsel

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Minimum of two to four years related legal experience, or title experience
    • Excellent communication skills, particularly in public speaking and writing
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to multi-task
    • Excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills
    • Understanding of and ability to apply attorney ethics rules
    • Familiarity with and ability to prepare litigation documents
    • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
    • Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team
    • Ability to conduct research that is relevant, accurate, and thorough
    • Experience using and proficiency with MS Office
    • Mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
    • Detroit residency, preferred

 

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of land banking, tax foreclosure, municipal law, real estate, mortgages, and landlord-tenant law
  • Knowledge of real property related subjects and databases, including register of deeds, TLO, LexisNexis, Probate Court records, etc.
  • Strong negotiating skills

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school

 

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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

The Jr. Developer / Website Backend UI/UX Designer is responsible for assisting the Systems Design Team Deputy Director (DD) and Developers in the overall design of the Salesforce application and mapping of department business requirements to system/technical requirements, delivering the complete solution for the department. . Assist the DD, Developer, and Web Developer to build web applications and user experiences that change the way people perceive and interact with the Detroit Land Bank Authority. 

 In addition to assisting the Backend Website Developer with the server-side web application logic and integration; maintain functionality and a stable web application to ensure efficient functionality of the organizations’ website. Under minimal direction and supervision, perform Internet/intranet support functions such as web page design, content development, and site updates.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist the Web and Salesforce Developers in design, development and configuration solutions using the full Salesforce toolset including custom objects and fields, validation rules, Visualforce pages, Lightning components workflows, triggers, process builder, etc.
  • Assist the Data Solution Developer to Create Apex classes, triggers, and APIs for full integration with the DLBA’s website
    • Administer daily configuration and manipulation of objects, fields, and page layouts
    • Assist in the creation of complex workflow rules, data validation, and triggers
    • Coordinate short- and long-term strategies with the Deputy Director (DD) for training protocols/best practices, including planning, documenting, and implementing training of end-users
    • Audit and document existing systems and workflows by liaising with cross departmental teams; analyze department applications, programming, and operations; coordinate with DD and make recommendations
    • Assist the Backend Website Developer with the server-side web application logic and integration; maintain functionality and a stable web application to ensure efficient functionality of the organizations’ website. Prepare and regularly review reports that assist in identifying interdepartmental conflicts; communicate irregularities to supervisor
    • Under minimal direction and supervision, perform Internet/intranet support functions such as web page design, content development, and site updates.
    • Evaluate website using site traffic and trends, latest research, and best practices to identify improvement opportunities.
    • Maintain data integrity throughout DLBA inventory and programs
    • Install revised or new systems by proposing specifications and flowcharts; recommending optimum access techniques; coordinating installation requirements
    • Liaise with other City Agencies and external partners as needed
    • Identify workflow efficiencies through automation, integration, and customization
    • Design, develop, test, document and deploy third-party integrations with Salesforce
    • Create and maintain views, reports, dashboards, and other salesforce.com forms, page layouts, custom objects, and new applications when necessary.
    • Design, create, and maintain user roles, security, groups, permission sets, queues, and profiles.
    • Execute test plans to ensure quality delivery.
    • Partner with Departmental subject matter experts, data and support teams on solutions, maintenance, and process improvements to ensure solutions align with business objectives and promote adoption
    • Produce workflow diagrams, component diagrams, sequence diagrams and similar documentation when appropriate
    • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies
    • Perform additional related duties as assigned by department Assistant Director or Director

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Knowledge of web-based systems architecture, service-based architecture, enterprise application architecture as well as experience managing expectations when balancing alternatives against business and financial constraints
  • Experience with Salesforce Lightning and Classic
  • Experience or knowledge of various Salesforce.com APIs like SOAP, REST, BULK, and Streaming API
    • Ability to understand business requirements and convert them into solution designs
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships and communicate effectively with all levels of staff
    • Must demonstrate good judgment and pragmatic approach to delivering a solution that optimizes architecture activities across company needs, business constraints and technological realities
    • Must maintain professional knowledge and relationships with the Salesforce ecosystem
    • Must be organized and analytical, adept at working in a team environment
    • Must be able to design and implement a project schedule and able to handle multiple priorities in a fast-moving environment
    • Proficiency with the following software: Microsoft 365 (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)
    • Must be a mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
    • Detroit Residency preferred

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Management Information Systems, or Urban Planning/Public Policy (with a focus on data manipulation) or related field
  • At least two (2) years of experience with data manipulation
  • Experience with enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • Experience with process review and improvements
  • Experience with Salesforce (or other relevant system) configuration and custom development strongly preferred

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS, LICENSES, AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • SFDC Certifications: Salesforce Certified Administrator or higher, preferred

(DLBA may provide payment for training/certification, if selected candidate remains employed with the company for at least one (1) year after certification has been obtained

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Investigate and triage client and program inquires related to the Program and escalate to Program Manager, if necessary
  • Coordinate with other DLBA departments to ensure the movement of properties through DLBA pipelines.
  • Contact occupants for documents needed for processing program eligibility and verification
  • Analyze all documents (eligibility documents, database entries, etc.) to ensure completion, accuracy and compliance with program rules and policies
  • Organize and upload documents to Salesforce database
  • Enter, track and report components of Program processes into Salesforce database and maintain accuracy
  • Provide documentation and liaise with organizations and partner agencies
  • Schedule and review property inspections
  • Miscellaneous reporting as needed related to occupied programs
  • Provide support for planning and facilitating occupied events
  • Provide support to and perform additional duties as directed by the Grants and Occupied Program Manager

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public policy, urban planning, urban studies, economics, community development, real estate, social work or a related field, preferred.
  • 2-3 years of customer service and case management experience
  • Strong sense of public service to residents of Detroit
  • Strong sense of urgency and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written, and grammar skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well with computers and multiple software interfaces
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Detroit resident, preferred

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the candidate must be able to move up to 30 pounds floor to waist and pushing/pulling up to 30 pounds a distance of up to 100 feet.  Must have ability to travel to and from various locations throughout the City of Detroit utilizing personal vehicle. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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PRINCIPAL JOB DUTIES

Board of Directors Support

  • Schedule and attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and its Committees
  • Prepare and disseminate agendas and materials for meetings
  • Draft resolutions to be presented and voted on at meetings
  • Prepare minutes for meetings
  • Manage pertinent documents related to meetings and ensure all records are properly and safely stored
  • Effectively communicate and provide administrative support to the Board as required
  • Help ensure compliance with Open Meetings Act requirements

 

Legal Support

  • Support the Corporate Governance, Disposition, and Inventory & Real Property Operations teams in management of projects and document review for timely processing and resolution
  • Assist with preparing responses to Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Manage property files and maintain data for properties
  • Update Salesforce property database as needed
  • Coordinate with DLBA staff and third-party vendors
  • Perform additional duties as directed

 

QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)

  • Associate degree in paralegal studies or paralegal certification from an American Bar Association certificate program, bachelor’s degree, or commensurate experience
  • A minimum of three years paralegal or related legal experience
  • Thorough knowledge of legal principles and practices, research techniques, and terminology
  • Familiarity with corporate governance practices required
  • Familiarity with Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act rules preferred
  • Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, and external customers/clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
  • Detroit resident preferred

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand or sit.  The employee is required to use hands to input, view and retrieve data from computers.  The employee is required to move and file paperwork, at times stacks of it.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The employee must also be able to occasionally drive and walk to events and appointments throughout Downtown Detroit.

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

· Manage real estate development projects, from application intake and review, to transaction processing, to compliance monitoring

· Assess and determine the market and financial feasibility of new real estate opportunities and prospective purchasers by review of development budgets, pro formas, and other financial indicators

· Strong understanding of tax increment financing, tax abatements, incentives, grants, and other funding sources and their interplay with the eligible tax reverted property specific tax

· Assist in identifying land assembly opportunities for development

· Review of project and architectural plans

· Prepare for and present organizational objectives and projects at community meetings

· Interface with applicants and stakeholders on a consistent basis to advance application processing and project management

· Provide technical, financial and development assistance to the DLBA

· Coordinate and execute closings on real estate transactions and other special projects

· Enter, track and report components of approval processes and real estate transactions into Salesforce database and maintain accuracy

· Monitor construction and/or implementation progress to ensure compliance consistent with terms of agreements

· Maintain coordination with City Economic Development Offices (Office of Jobs and Economic Growth, Planning & Development Department, Housing and Revitalization Department, and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation) and work collaboratively with Department of Neighborhoods

· Ensure compliance with DLBA economic development procedures and guidelines; ensure that economic development goals and objectives are achieved

· Develop strategies to increase the disposition of DLBA owned properties and identify real estate development opportunities

· Perform other duties as assigned by Director and Manager

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)

 

· Advanced degree in public administration, urban planning, community development, business administration, finance, or relevant field

· At least five (5) years of experience in economic development, real estate, project management, tax incentives, planning, public administration or other related professions. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the minimum qualifications on a year for year basis

· In depth knowledge of Detroit communities and respect for diverse cultures/lifestyles

· Experience with development-related services, from project conception through construction

· Knowledge of permitting processes and site plan approval processes

· Knowledge of development financing, construction budgets and schedules

· Experience with real estate valuation, prospecting and marketing residential and commercial properties

· Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with outside organizations and stakeholders

· Ability to work independently following guidelines, organize time effectively and set work priorities

· Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment

· Must be able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

· Strong written and verbal communication, negotiation, and presentation skills

· Understanding of real estate principles

· Detail oriented and organized work habits

· Ability to act and operate independently

· Excellent time management skills, ability to multitask, and attention to detail is required

· High level of customer service orientation

· Skilled in tracking information and providing reports on results

· Highly proficient with the following software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

· Must possess a dependable vehicle and a current and valid license to drive in the state of Michigan