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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Occupied Non-Profit and For-Profit Project Manager reports directly to the Occupied Properties Program Manager-Dispositions Department and is responsible for implementing, managing, and facilitating the disposition of property through the Occupied Non-Profit Program and Occupied For-Profit Program (“Programs”).

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage relationships with Program Partners and DLBA Departments.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with community partners, for-profit partners, and other organizations.
  • Interface with stakeholders on a consistent basis.
  • Works closely with the Inventory Department to identify DLBA properties that fit in the Program Agreement for conveyance.
  • Works closely with the other Disposition Teams to make sure Temporary License Agreements, Purchase Agreements, and Closing Documents are properly executed. 
  • Works with the Compliance Division to ensure that thresholds are properly met.  
  • Manage and maintain activities related to the Programs, reporting, and compliance.
  • Manage projects, from application intake and review to transaction processing.
  • Develop a Salesforce implementation strategy for the Programs.
  • Monitor progress of all projects to ensure compliance consistent with Agreement Terms.
  • Ensure project goals and objectives are achieved by appropriately tracking and reporting data using Salesforce.
  • Provide reporting metrics for the Programs.
  • Identify and resolve issues and problems related to the Programs.
  • Coordinate closings on transactions and other projects.
  • Develop strategies to increase the disposition of DLBA owned properties and identify development opportunities.
  • Ensure compliance with all DLBA procedures and guidelines.
  • Provides recommendations to the Program Manager for process improvement and serves as the Project Manager for Salesforce enhancements affecting the Programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Occupied Properties Program Manager.

 QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Community Development or other closely related field.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in economic development, real estate, project management, tax incentives, planning, public administration, or other related professions.
  • Ability to collaborate with various internal and external business partners to deliver outstanding customer service and build effective partnerships.
  • High level of customer service orientation.
  • 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.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite.
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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Sales and Programs Manager will manage and facilitate the disposition of property through various Detroit Land Bank Authority programs, including, but not limited to, Auctions, Own it Now, direct sales, side lots and Your Neighborhood, Your Lot (YNYL).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the Sales and Programs team to ensure productivity, accuracy, and output (meeting and exceeding targeted metrics)
  • Streamline processes to increase efficiencies within each program
  • Review program policies and provide constructive updates to improve the various programs
  • Identify and implement best sales practices to increase sales numbers
  • Develop new initiatives and upgrade existing programs to support the strategic direction of the organization
  • Using internal and external, develop strategies to increase the disposition of DLBA owned residential structures and side lots
  • Develop marketing strategies to attract more buyers to the website and ultimately increase monthly sales activity
  • Interface with applicants on a consistent basis to advance their applications through the process
  • Troubleshoot issues of concerned prospective buyers
  • Identify creative ways to keep prospective buyers informed of the step-by-step process of buying a DLBA home
  • Maintain consistent coordination with other divisions that contribute to the sales process
  • Facilitate a smooth transition of the prospective buyer from Sales and Programs to the Closing team
  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program
  • Ensure the accurate Salesforce tracking and reporting of any and all information gathered throughout the process
  • Operate within the annual operating budget set by the Department Director
  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
  • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
  • Report evaluation findings to the Director and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate SUPERVISORY

RESPONSIBILITY

  • Manages the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of Sales and Programs within the Disposition department. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with company policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, planning, assigning, directing work and providing input and feedback, rewarding and disciplining employees, performance reviews, and addressing complaints and resolving problems. Implement the human resources policies, procedures and practices. Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment. 

QUALIFICATIONS: (knowledge, experience, skills, abilities)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • At least three (3) years of experience in program management, other management or non-profit administration
  • In depth knowledge of Detroit communities and respect for diverse cultures/lifestyles
  • 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
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written, and grammar skills
  • 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
  • Ability to foster teamwork and build relationships, both internally and externally, to achieve goals
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Proficient in the use of computers and software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY

General Counsel is the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s (DLBA) Chief Attorney.  As such, he/she is responsible for overseeing and identifying the legal issues in all departments and their interrelation, as well as business policy.  They will also oversee the entire legal team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal opinions and counsel, and serve as a trusted advisor to the Board, Executive Director and Executive level staff
  • Keep abreast of DLBA’s legal context and advises and educates the Board, and executive team with regard to changes and trends that could affect their ability to advance their programs. These might be related to FOIA requests, real estate laws, land banking laws, etc.
  • Oversee the DLBA’s legal team
  • Provide advice to the Executive Director as to the selection and retention of external counsel; and manage the organization’s relationship with external counsel
  • Coordinate legal and policy reform efforts, including legislative drafting, analysis, testimony, and advocacy
  • Develop and maintain the legal and contractual infrastructure required of a Michigan public authority including organizational policy, document retention, filing and registration requirements, labor and immigration law, contracts, leases, and agreements
  • Develop, implement and maintain systems and processes for the documentation and tracking of legal matters, including, for example, filings and registrations, legal threats, business agreements, and the like
  • Act as a spokesperson and advocate for DLBA’s legal positions as requested by the Executive Director or the Public Affairs team
  • Meet regularly with all DLBA staff and program leaders to ensure information shared with partners and residents is accurate and timely
  • Strategize, renegotiate and conclude contracts with vendors, etc. as they arise; and provide effective support of other managers of the organization in their negotiations
  • Serve as one of the organization’s key contacts and negotiators with government agencies
  • Ensure a timely response to all legal claims and legal inquires directed to DLBA
  • Review and approve all legal documents
  • Assist in developing the values and unique strengths of the DLBA, which is highly transparent, collaborative and community-centric
  • Communicate regularly with Executive Director regarding status of special projects
  • Perform additional duties as assigned in Board resolutions and as directed by the Executive Director

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
  • At least six (6) years of related legal experience
  • Knowledge of land banking, tax foreclosure, municipal, and real estate law
  • Experience with legal issues for non-profit organizations and employment law is appreciated
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Detroit residency, preferred
  • Management experience, particularly supervising/managing legal work of others
  • Ability to become a trusted advisor who will be viewed as a strong resource with discretion in keeping sensitive material confidential; a hard worker with a high energy level; a strong manager and administrator with a high sense of personal responsibility and integrity
  • Ability to think analytically and write clearly
  • Must have a general orientation towards building appropriate processes and structures
  • Must be a mission-driven individual with a strong sense of public service to the residents of the City of Detroit
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DESCRIPTION

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
Employees in this job complete or oversee in a variety of professional assignments involving the design, maintenance, and implementation of accounting systems; the systematic classification and assessment of accounting data; and the preparation of related managerial and financial reports.


PRINCIPLE JOB DUTIES
• Oversee the work of Accountant I and Accounting Assistant staff
• Own the A/R process from Order to Cash
• Own the A/P process from Approved Contract to Pay
• Manage daily billing/invoicing
• Prepare and make deposits at bank
• Record deposits into accounting system
• Complete month-end closing
• Reconcile various general ledger accounts
• Work with auditor compliance for financial reporting requirements.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

NOTE: Some knowledge in the area listed is required at the entry, developing knowledge is required at the experienced level, and thorough knowledge is required at the advanced level.
• Solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) particularly in the governmental sector.
• Strong reconciliation and problem-solving skills, research and resolution skills, data analysis and multi-tasking skills; detail-oriented
• Thorough knowledge of applicable accounts payable & receivable/general ledger systems and procedures, financial chart of accounts and corporate procedures
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Ability to interact with employees and vendors in a professional manner
• Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high-volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness
• Ability to perform mathematical computations such as percentages, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly and accurately
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize essential while working as part of the team or independently
• Must have strong work ethic
• Must be well-organized and a self-starter
• Good understanding of non-profit audit requirements and preparation.
• QuickBooks and Financial Force experience highly desirable
• Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word
• Must be a team player, willing to assist and/or train co-workers

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

• Thorough understanding of sub-ledger to general ledger relationship
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

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DESCRIPTION

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.There are three levels in this job.

PRINCIPLE JOB DUTIES

This is the experienced level. The employee functions as a lead worker overseeing the work of others and performs a full range of administrative support assignments and uses judgment in making decisions where alternatives are determined by established policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • Provide work direction for two or more full-time employees, or their equivalent, on a regular basis
  • Assist with training of Sales & Programs Specialists
  • Coordinate the program with other departments
  • Assist with program development

NOTE:     Some knowledge in the area listed is required at the entry level, developing knowledge is required at the experienced level, and thorough knowledge is required at the advanced level.

  • 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

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Demonstrated reporting experience
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Ability to organize and coordinate the work of the unit
  • Ability to explain instructions and guidelines and train others effectively
  • Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and review work for quality and production standards
  • Ability to assist others in solving work problems
  • Ability to establish and revise operational standards

EDUCATION

  • Associate degree in business administration or related field, required; Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or other related field, preferred

EXPERIENCE

  • 1-2 years in customer service, real estate, and/or case management