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City of Champaign, Community Development Specialist

Are you a champion of fair and equal access to affordable housing? Are you committed to being a change agent for neighborhood revitalization? If so, then apply today to be a Community Development Specialist.

As a member of the Neighborhood Services Department, the Community Development Specialist is a subject matter expert in receiving and allocating federal and other funding to make meaningful, tangible, and personal impact in the lives of our community members.

Benefits include paid sick, personal, and vacation leave and 11 holidays per year as well as health and life insurance and a pension through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). View the full Non-Bargaining Unit Exempt Fringe Benefit Summary at

Responsibilities of Position

The Community Development Specialist collaborates with area partners such as non-profit housing development agencies, financial institutions, and contractors in the implementation of the City’s Neighborhood Plan. They work on multiple projects simultaneously, administer contracts, perform grant compliance and monitoring, and conduct real estate negotiations for the acquisition and sale of City-owned properties.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, real estate, finance, or a related field.
  • 3 years of related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and administer programs and strategies for local need.
  • Current valid state-issued driver’s license and good driving record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of or experience with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs (CDBG, HOME).
  • Experience with research and analysis.
  • Experience with HUD eConPlan Suite, IDIS or similar databases.
  • Finance experience.
  • Experience with grant compliance and monitoring, regulatory compliance, case management, contracting, underwriting, site inspection, revitalization programming, the Uniform Relocation Act, or conducting training or educational workshops.
  • Knowledge of real estate procedures and practices.

Drug screening and criminal background check will be required.  The annual starting salary range is $67,974 – $77,382, DOQ, plus an excellent fringe benefits package.  Applications must be submitted online no later than Sunday, February 5, 2023.

The City’s mission is to provide responsive, caring, cost-effective service in partnership with our community. The following values guide our work: Personal Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Teamwork, Results.  The City of Champaign is committed to promoting a work environment and a community that values and supports diversity and inclusion.

To apply, visit the City’s Jobs Page at


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