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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

The Paralegal II, working to support the Disposition and Occupied Property Legal Team, will perform a variety of paralegal activities, including preparing legal documents, legal research, and data review and management.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support Disposition and Occupied Property Legal Team in management of case load and document review for timely processing and resolution
  • Initiate investigations in response to reports of suspected occupancy in Detroit Land Bank Authority owned properties
  • Draft pleadings, process and serve court filings, perform legal research, review tax and ownership records, manage files, and maintain reports
  • Review property records and data from third parties to determine appropriate path forward for Detroit Land Bank Authority owned properties
  • Manage property files and maintain data for properties
  • Update Salesforce property database as needed
  • Coordinate with DLBA staff and third-party vendors
  • Support governance activities in support of the Chief Counsel, Disposition and Governance
  • Perform additional duties as directed

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Associates degree in paralegal studies, Paralegal certification from an American Bar Association approved 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 landlord tenant litigation practices, preferred
  • Familiarity with corporate governance, preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Highly organized, handle pressure well, and understand the importance of deadlines
  • 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
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Relevant computer knowledge and experience
  • Detroit residency, preferred

 

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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 Principal Attorney, Litigation and NAP, will assist the General Counsel by developing and maintaining DLBA litigation policies, procedures, and infrastructure; managing the majority of significant litigation and government investigations relating to the DLBA (excluding Quiet Title actions); managing the DLBA legal staff and outside counsel handling such matters directly; and managing and overseeing the operations and staff of the Nuisance Abatement Program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advise the General Counsel and the DLBA on matters of law and policy, including particular litigation and government investigations
  • Enhance and maintain litigation policy and procedure for DLBA legal staff
  • Oversee and manage the Nuisance Abatement Program
  • Provide day to day oversight and management of litigation and nuisance abatement program staff inclusive of attorneys, staff attorneys, paralegals and support staff
  • Manage outside counsel and outside professional services contractors including title, clerical, and administrative services
  • Complete special projects as assigned and communicate regularly with General Counsel regarding status of special projects

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; or a member in good standing of another US state bar, subject to admission to the Michigan bar within six months
  • At least eight (8) years of related legal experience, including courtroom experience
  • Experience supervising/managing legal work of other attorneys, as well as paralegals
  • Experience managing a large docket of cases
  • Knowledge of nuisance and real estate law
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse culture which celebrates the dignity of all employees and others with whom the DLBA interacts
  • Ability to motivate and inspire team to deliver high quality legal services
  • Ability to manage a wide array of legal matters and projects
  • Ability to think strategically, demonstrate a practical approach to managing legal matters
  • Ability to work under tight time pressures, prioritize workflow, react quickly to changing business needs and demands, all in a fast-paced, high growth business environment
  • 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

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  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Discretion in keeping sensitive material confidential
  • Detroit residency, preferred

 

 

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GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

As a key member of the Executive Management team, the Chief Financial Officer will report to the Executive Director and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the organization. The CFO will have primary day-to-day oversight for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the organization. This will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, job costing, property management, deal analysis and negotiations, investor relationships and partnership compliance and private and institutional financing. The CFO will be a service-oriented manager, ensuring that the annual budget is operationally focused and aligns with the mission of the entire organization.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct and oversee all aspects of the finance and accounting functions of the organization.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of the introduction of new programs/strategies, long range planning, and regulatory action.
  • Provide executive management with advice on the financial implications of business activities.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Finance staff.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with senior executives to identify operational needs and seek full range of business solutions.
  • Provide leadership and responsibility for the annual budget process.
  • Manage processes for financial forecasting, budgets and consolidation and reporting to the Board of Directors.
  • Take hands-on lead position for developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive job cost system.
  • Provide leadership in the development of continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives.
  • Generate timely and accurate financial and management reports on a consistent basis: monthly, quarterly, and annually.
  • Provide recommendations to strategically enhance financial performance and business opportunities.
  • Report on the financial health and stability of the organization to key external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
  • Interpret operating results as they affect the financial aspects of the organization and makes specific recommendations for cost reduction and/or profit improvement.
  • Participate in monthly Board of Director meetings and present as necessary.
  • Assist in due diligence and post-acquisition integration for add-on investments.
  • Develop accounting policies to comply with GAAP, GASB, tax requirements, and management reporting requirements.
  • Exercise accounting control to ensure that budgeted expenditures do not exceed amounts authorized without proper approval.
  • Assume responsibility for accounting classifications of all expenditures and documents.
  • Research grant funding opportunities and locate funding sources that complement the organization's program needs.
  • Write proposals and complete grant applications in order to secure financial support from private and/or public organizations.
  • Complete and submit proposals as necessary for (government) grants compliance and reporting as necessary.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by Executive Director.
  • Approve and endorse tax returns, checks, contracts/agreements, and other documents per approved organizational policies and procedures.

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Master’s Degree of Business Administration or CPA license preferred.
  • 10+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles, preferably in real estate development, property management, and/ or construction industry.
  • Knowledge of GAAP, GASB and FASB.
  • Skilled in budgeting and planning
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization and with outside auditors, bankers, customers, vendors and board of directors.
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
  • Excellent organizational skills and process/project management abilities, with a strong attention to detail.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Experience managing government contracts/grants and compliance.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Computer proficiency is essential, including advanced experience with Microsoft Excel.

 

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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 90,000 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 City Council & Government Liaison. This individual will be a key member of the DLBA team that will foster dialogue and maintain open lines of communication between the DLBA and Detroit City Council and other government offices. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Liaison will be responsible for receiving, researching, and responding to requests from the offices of City Council members or other government entities in a timely matter; ensuring all requests are properly documented. This individual is expected to possess strong communication and research skills and a demonstrated ability to work proactively, balancing multiple priorities. The ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people, junior and senior staff, and both internal and external customers will also be key. The Liaison will also support the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Strategic Initiatives in identifying roadblocks and inefficiencies faced by DLBA clients through City Council requests and feedback. QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities) • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, communications, or a related field. • 1+ year 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. • Outstanding verbal and written skills, as well as public speaking ability. • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints both in writing and orally. • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with staff and motivate multiple teams to respond to requests. • Ability to interpret complex concepts covering the wide variety of programming performed by the DLBA • Outstanding research and 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 government, community development, real estate, finance, or land use planning. • Experience with not-for-profit or governmental program design, management systems, fund development and community change strategies. PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. Little to no travel is expected for this position.
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The Data Solutions Architect I is responsible for supporting DLBA Partner Users in the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) Salesforce application and ensuring both Internal and External program/business requirements are met through configuration, integration, manipulation, and documentation. Specifically, this position will be assigned to the Demolition function, assuring data management needs are met for the City-led demolition effort that involves multiple City departments and the Detroit Building Authority.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, develop and configure solutions using the full Salesforce toolset including custom objects and fields, validation rules, workflows, triggers, process builder, etc.
  • Manage day-to-day External user administration, security settings, and permissions in the DLBA’s Salesforce platform.
  • Administer daily configuration and manipulation of Community-Based objects, fields, and page layouts
  • Assist in the creation of complex workflow rules, data validation, and triggers.
  • 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, City agencies, and Contractors/Vendors on solutions, maintenance, and process improvements to ensure solutions align with business objectives and promote adoption.
  • Participate in cross-functional project teams with City Partners.
  • Produce workflow diagrams, component diagrams, sequence diagrams and similar documentation when appropriate.
  • Provide detailed estimates of the level of effort associated to implement capabilities based on business requirements and solution design.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned by the Assistant Director or Director

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Management Information Systems or equivalent. Master’s preferred.
  • At least four (4) years of relevant experience in professional services, sales or customer support operations
  • Experience or knowledge of Visualforce pages and Lightning Components.
  • At least two (2) years of Salesforce systems (or other relevant system) integration and/or implementation experience
  • Experience or knowledge of various Salesforce.com APIs like SOAP, REST, BULK, and Streaming API
  • Salesforce Certifications preferred
  • Experience with enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • Proven solutions consulting experience
  • Advanced experience with Salesforce configuration and custom development
  • Experience or knowledge of Demolition-related activities preferred
  • Experience with large government projects and compliance with Federal funding requirements     
    • preferred
    • Experience with Salesforce Lightning and Classic preferred
    • Experience with Amazon Web Services preferred

 

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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 SUMMARY:

The Community Relations Representative will work alongside the Community Relations Manager to manage the relationships necessary to the growth and success of the company.  The Community Relations Representative will promote the organization's image in a positive and community-oriented way and focus on raising public awareness of the organization and its work by attending community meetings held by community groups, block clubs, churches or any other organization that requests a presentation.

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty element satisfactorily while exercising independent judgment and discretion under the general supervision of the Manager of Community Relations.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist covering community meetings, DLBA office hours and other related neighborhood events
  • Answer emails, phone calls, social media questions in a timely manner.
  • Help re-establish, gather and create content for the DLBA electronic newsletter
  • Develop plans for greater outreach of the DLBA into the neighborhoods of Detroit’s seven districts
  • Distribute flyers, handouts and other DLBA materials
  • Assist in updating social media sites of the DLBA (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
  • Interact and work with members of the Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods, (DONS) and staff of Detroit City Council
  • Must be able to work evenings and some weekends

 

QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)

 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ year’s customer service experience
  • Associates degree with 3+ years customer service experience
  • Must have calm, professional demeanor when engaging angry customers
  • Experience in PowerPoint presentation and public speaking before large and small crowds required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office & Adobe desired
  • Knowledge of the city of Detroit, its neighborhoods, districts and leadership a plus