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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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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

Staff Attorney, Human Resources and Legal Compliance, assists the Chief Counsel, Administration in providing all manner of legal advice and support to the DLBA Human Resources function, and in providing advice and counsel regarding legal compliance in various administrative and operational functions of the DLBA. The Staff Attorney, Human Resources and Legal Compliance, will also assist the Chief Counsel, Administration, in the development and maintenance of a legal compliance program for the DLBA.  

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide day-to-day legal advice to DLBA HR and Management regarding HR policy and practice
  • Provide legal advice and process leadership in enhancement and maintenance of robust HR and employment policy and practice infrastructure
  • Provide legal advice and process leadership in enhancement and maintenance of a legal compliance program for DLBA, including training and internal control resources
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the General Counsel and the Chief Counsel, Administration

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in HR/employment law and legal compliance
  • Experience supervising / managing legal work of others
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in public speaking and writing
  • Excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent judgment and people-skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse culture which celebrates the dignity of all employees and others with whom the DLBA interacts
  • Discretion in keeping sensitive material confidential
  • Detroit residency, preferred
  • Mission-driven individual with high personal integrity and a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

The Buy Back Project Manager reports directly to the Occupied Properties Program Manager- Disposition Department and is responsible for implementing, managing, and facilitating the disposition of properties through the Buy Back Program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage relationships with Program Partners and DLBA Departments.

  • Build and maintain relationships with non-profit partners and other organizations
  • Interface with applicants and stakeholders on a consistent basis
  • Work closely with other departments to identify DLBA properties that fit in the Program parameters.
  • Work closely with Project Liaison to ensure application intake and review processing meet Program parameters

 

 Manage and maintain activities related to the Program, reporting, and compliance.

  • Manage a Salesforce strategy for the Program
  • Enter, track and report components of approval processes and transactions into Salesforce database and maintain accuracy
  • Ensure project goals and objectives are achieved by appropriately tracking and reporting data using Salesforce.
  • Provide reporting metrics for the Program
  • Identify and resolve issues and problems related to the Program
  • Develop strategies to grow Occupied Programs
  • Ensure compliance with all DLBA procedures and guidelines.
  • Provide recommendations to the Program Manager for process improvement and serve as the Project Manager for Salesforce enhancements affecting the Program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Occupied Properties Program Manager

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, urban planning, community development, business administration, or a related field
  • At least two (2) years of experience in economic development, real estate, project management, planning, public administration or other related professions.
  • In depth knowledge of Detroit communities and respect for diverse cultures/lifestyles
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaborate with internal and external organizations and stakeholders and build effective partnerships
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written, and grammar skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask
  • High level of customer service orientation
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

Employees in this job perform a variety of paralegal activities related to assisting Attorneys in various aspects of legal work, including legal and general research, and preparing legal documents.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Support attorneys in responding to property owners, negotiating agreements, monitoring court docket including determining next 

     actions for pending cases based upon responses of property owners

•    Administrative tasks such as filing papers, answering telephone calls

•    Draft pleadings, process and serve court filings, perform legal research, review tax and ownership records, attend hearings, manage 

     files, and maintain reports

•    Participate in and contribute to other aspects of the legal process as needed to support entire legal team

•    Manage property files and maintain data for properties throughout various stages of

      the process

•    Update Salesforce database as needed

•    Perform additional duties as directed by the Attorneys, the Paralegal Ill, or Deputy

      General Counsel

•    Regularly handles the most complex and difficult assignments in the department

•    Resolves problems and answers questions for other workers

•    Ability to perform the most complex assignment as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

•    Associates degree in paralegal studies or High School diploma and Certification from

      An American Bar Association approved certificate program

•    Minimum 2 year's paralegal experience

•    Paralegal certification from an American Bar Association approved certificate

      program

•    Thorough knowledge of legal principles and practices

•    Thorough knowledge of legal research techniques

•    Thorough knowledge of legal terminology

•    Thorough knowledge of legal communication principles and practices

•    Knowledge of litigation

•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

•    Excellent time management skills, attention to details and accuracy, and ability to

      multi-task

•    Excellent critical thinking skills

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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

The Associate Attorney is responsible for all aspects of civil litigation, including gathering facts, reviewing records, drafting pleadings, interacting with internal clients as well as adverse parties and counsel, and representing the DLBA at court hearings.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Handle various duties in management of cases and investigations involving residential properties in the City of Detroit
  • Investigate and address matters relating to Detroit Land Bank Authority properties, including suspected occupancy, criminal activity, title issues, trespass, and more
  • Gather facts, review records, research law, draft pleadings, represent DLBA at court hearings, negotiate resolutions, and manage files in various stages of investigation and litigation
  • Interact with various DLBA departments, property owners, adverse and potentially adverse parties and counsel, and various external parties including City departments, police, non-profits and others
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the respective Staff Attorney or Principal Attorney

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

 

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

•     Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan

•     0-2 years of related legal experience

  • This position can be an entry-level attorney position for a reliable, responsible candidate committed to working hard to grow in the legal profession

•     Basic knowledge of district court or circuit court practice desirable

•     Knowledge of land banking, tax foreclosure, real estate matters, municipal government desirable

•     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

•     Understanding of and ability to apply attorney ethics rules

•     Excellent time management and organizational skills for a high-volume case load

•     Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, and writing

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse culture which celebrates the dignity of all employees and others with whom the DLBA interacts

•     Ability to grasp new and complex concepts and areas of law

•     Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team

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

•     Experience using and proficiency with MS Office

•     Detroit residency, preferred

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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

Employees in this job perform a variety of administrative support assignments for departmental programs where the processing of documents and recording, retrieving, and distribution of data or information is an essential and/or substantial part of the work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Search public records to verify property ownership and outstanding property taxes
  • Communicate with the Water Department to address and clear water liens on DLBA properties
  • Review title commitments for chain of title defects and curative title requirements
  • Submit release requests and follow-up on status of release requests with the Internal Revenue Service and Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED)
  • Correspond with various title companies and external vendors to obtain necessary documentation to assist with title clearance issues and gather updates relating to title status changes
  • Collect and disseminate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Nuisance Abatement Affidavits and Quiet Title Proof of Service Affidavits to title vendors
  • Communicate updates with internal and external individuals/teams in order to correct outstanding title conditions
  • Review of various types of conveyance instruments in order to track chain of title (Deed & Land Contracts)
  • Travel to and from Wayne County Register of Deeds & Wayne County Treasurer offices in order to gather documentation for title analysis
  • Manage title statuses for multiple sales programs
  • Communicate (both verbal and written) regularly with leadership regarding the status of projects
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by Title & Closing Examiner II and Director
  • Monitor and vet incoming request for new title orders and updates-
  • Retrieve FOIA packets & any other documents needed from the county/ scan & rename packets/ attach to Sales Force
  • Manage title orders outgoing & incoming; assemble batches and documents/upload to shared file for title company retrieval-
  • Review invoices submitted by title company for accuracy in billing (no duplicate charges)
  • Review each parcel for tax delinquency
  • Collect and submit documents needed to clear BSEED Lis Pendens, collect the release of Lis Pendens from BSEED and have the release recorded and submit to title company
  • For properties in special programs (R&R) track utility bills incoming, submit for payment, (Compliance) oversee the verification of utility service on requested properties, (Occupied) verify status of utility service/retrieve current status to assist program in their verification process.
  • Manage/Collect and request for removal of delinquent taxes at the City level (each parcel requires verification of tax status/Deed to DLBA attached and logged into Smart sheets

 QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • At least two (2) years’ experience in or with a title insurance company, mortgage company, real estate, real estate law firm or other real estate services company
  • One year of customer service experience
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Basic math skills
  • Ability to type and operate standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of customer service practices and principles
  • Meticulous and thorough with a strong attention to detail
  • Good time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Good telephone and listening skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good data entry and proofreading skills
  • Must be highly flexible and have the skill to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where priorities, demands and timelines can shift
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Must pass a background check
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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:

The Sales & Programs Specialist I, 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.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Using DLBA’s Sales & Programs Policies as a guide, this position will be able to perform these basic Sales & Programs functions.

a)    welcome call

b)    eligibility check and

c)    proper transition to the closing pipeline

This position will manage the workflow and productivity of Own It Now, Auction, Side Lot/Deed and Discount Programs.

OTHER DUTIES

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Urban Planning, Community Development, Public Administration or related field, preferred. An equivalent combination of education or work experience may substitute for the minimum qualifications on a year for year basis.
  • At least two (2) years of training in economic development, compliance, planning, real estate, closing experience, or other related experience
  • High level of customer service orientation
  • Ability to grasp concepts quickly, make sound decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaborate with internal and external organizations and stakeholders and build effective partnerships
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail and flexibility
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and can work well under pressure
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)
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DESCRIPTION

The Contract Project Liaison II is responsible for supporting the assessment and disposition of properties owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). This includes identifying home sale opportunities and demolition needs within the DLBA’s inventory of structures and assisting in selecting, vetting, and listing properties for sale through the DLBA’s sale programs. The Project Liaison will be charged with reviewing property data, triaging property inspection results and determining additional information needed to make evaluations and working with other DLBA departments to ensure properties move smoothly toward disposition. The Project Liaison will also perform a variety of administrative support assignments related to departmental projects and activities. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Evaluate DLBA-owned structures for demolition or disposition programs, accounting for a range of factors, along with guidance from the Manager, in making determinations.
  • Identify home sale priorities and vet houses for sale through one of the DLBA’s home sale programs.
  • Review property inspection data received from the DLBA’s property management vendors.
  • Triage inspection results and identify issues in need of immediate attention, working with the Manager and other team members for their resolution.
  • Determine additional data needed to make assessments.
  • Track and prepare regular reports pertaining to property assessments and project statuses.
  • Provide support for broader department efforts to monitor and act upon changes in property status, condition and/or resident input.
  • Coordinate the input of large quantities of property inspection data into the DLBA’s data management system.
  • Coordinate with a range of DLBA departments and teams as directed to ensure the movement of properties through DLBA pipelines
  • Triage resident requests related to the status of DLBA-owned structures.
  • Assist with home sale pipeline activities as needed and in close coordination with Project Manager I.
  • Create online property listings for DLBA sales.
  • Assist the Manager with special projects as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, political science, history, community development, architecture, real estate, construction management or a related field, preferred.
  • Familiarity with construction methods and building codes, preferred.
  • Familiarity with data analysis principles and methods, preferred.
  • Strong ability to multi-task, prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and work under tight deadlines.
  • Detail oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, with a sound grasp of English grammar and composition.
  • Ability to understand and carry out the terms and conditions of contractual agreements.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence related to the work.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook). Experience with Salesforce, preferred.
  • Possession of valid Michigan driver’s license.
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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

Employees in this job interacts, face-to-face, via telephone, and e-mail with clients; providing them with information to address inquiries and/or resolve complaints regarding Detroit Land Bank Authority programs and services. The employee works in a developing capacity with increased responsibility for performing a range of assignments under the supervision of the ISR III & CSM.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve clients via telephone, email or face-to-face interaction. Handle customer complaints, provide appropriate solutions and alternatives within the time limits; follow up to ensure resolution. Keep records of customer interactions, process customer accounts and file documents
  • Answer inquiries by clarifying client needs; researching, locating, and providing answers to inquiries, fulfilling requests; maintaining database to record all client activities
  • Resolve problems by clarifying issues with other departments; escalating unresolved problems to ISR III or CSM
  • Instruct clients on usage of Kiosk
  • Communicate regularly with manager regarding job issues and concerns
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation
  • Ability to de-escalate interactions with clients and maintain a peaceful work environment
  • Follow communication procedures, guidelines and policies
    • Answer inquiries by clarifying client needs; researching, locating, and providing answers to inquiries, fulfilling requests; maintaining database to record activities
    • Resolve problems by clarifying issues; escalating unresolved problems
    • Analyze client inquiries; direct callers and visitors to appropriate departments, as necessary
    • Instruct clients on the usage of the Kiosks
    • Reply to and track all inquiries from Kiosks
    • Communicate regularly with manager regarding job issues and concerns
    • Perform other related duties as assigned

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • One year of customer service experience
  • Bi-lingual – Fluent Spanish required
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Basic math skills
  • Ability to type and operate standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of customer service practices and principles
  • Meticulous and thorough with a strong attention to detail
  • Good time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Good telephone and listening skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good data entry and proofreading skills
  • Must be highly flexible and have the skill to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where priorities, demands and timelines can shift
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Must pass a background check