The Port is Hiring: Landbank Associate

POSITION TITLE: Landbank Associate

FLSA CATEGORY: Exempt 

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Landbank Manager 

POSITIONS SUPERVISED: None 

DATE OF LAST REVISION: September 2022 

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) is seeking a Landbank Associate to join a high-performing team of professionals dedicated to transforming communities for lasting impact, including residential properties and commercial business districts. The mission of the Hamilton County Landbank is to return vacant, blighted properties to productive use through the tools statutorily provided to it and by leveraging the resources of the Landbank’s executive arm, The Port. The success of the Landbank depends on the working relationships and partnerships that it has with governmental and community stakeholders. 

The Landbank Associate assists in the oversight and coordination of key elements and tasks associated with the Landbank’s work in key neighborhoods, cities, villages and townships throughout Hamilton County. As a member of the Hamilton County Landbank team, you will be responsible for supporting the county-wide work of the Landbank, which, in partnership with the other tools of The Port, includes a multi-faceted strategy to drive economic growth, job creation, social stability, and shared prosperity for all residents. The ideal candidate must be highly organized, self-motivated, and capable of managing multiple Landbank projects simultaneously. They must thrive in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment. They must be an advocate for neighborhoods and residents in our region. 

The successful candidate has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, capacity to create and maintain order, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Outstanding project management skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners are essential to overall success and effectiveness in this position. The Landbank Associate must appreciate the nuance, diversity, challenges, and opportunities that the varied stakeholder partners and communities in Hamilton County bring. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the repair or stabilization of key Landbank structures from bid request to completion of work, including appropriately managing project contracts and budgets to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of projects, with guidance from Landbank Manager. 
  2. Coordinate the Landbank’s home repair program, including application review and coordination with construction manager, with guidance from Landbank Manager. 
  3. Coordinate acquisition and disposition of properties to community partners.  
  4. Support data collection and research of Landbank acquisitions and projects including: property research for Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives and key projects, property research for various Landbank programs. 
  5. Support the Landbank Manager and Port Facilities Manager on demolition of Landbank structures when necessary. 
  6. Review Landbank applications from third-parties from initial screening of application through to final redevelopment of the project proposed including; vetting of projects, presenting projects to Port leadership, timely and accurate communication with applicants, key neighborhood partners, and Port teams. 
  7. Assist with monitoring the Post-Closing Compliance of properties sold by the Landbank to third parties including: ongoing communication with purchasers about their redevelopment progress, coordinating routine site visits with purchaser as needed and communicating with local code enforcement officials on progress details as needed. 
  8. Respond to inquiries from the public, businesses, organizations, and local governments. 
  9. Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including but not limited to, vendors, contractors, neighborhood partners and local government partners. Serve as a primary contact for the Landbank’s community partners. 
  10. Assist with Landbank communication and presentations, including content and materials, to residents, stakeholders, board members and community leaders, throughout Hamilton County neighborhoods. 
  11. Partner with government agencies and municipalities on projects to ensure timely approval of all grant applications, zoning changes, permits, and other compliance requirements. 

Minimum Employment Requirements:

Experience, Skills, and Education

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Real Estate, Urban Planning, Construction, Business Administration, Architecture or other relevant fields; Masters or secondary degree optional; 
  2. Minimum of 1-3 years of direct or related experience in real estate development, land reutilization, community development, or construction including basic knowledge of civic functions; 
  3. Interest in historic buildings and their preservation; 
  4. Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with people of diverse social, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds; 
  5. Ability to build strong relationships with cross-functional project teams to deliver key objectives; 
  6. Proven skills in advanced-level problem solving, sound decision-making, exceptional follow-through, and precision in following procedures; 
  7. Experience communicating and providing excellent customer service to the public; 
  8. Highly organized and willing to take the initiative to drive results; 
  9. Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook. Experience with database programs and GIS mapping programs preferred; 
  10. Proven ability to read and review design drawings and documents; 
  11. Ability or interest in learning to comprehend legal documents and processes, and 
  12. Previous experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. 

Other Prerequisites:

  1. Ability to be in the office during regular business hours. 
  2. Ability to operate all applicable office equipment. 
  3. Ability to tour Port project sites and attend out-of-office meetings. 
  4. Satisfactory results on pre-employment written and oral testing, as administered by appropriate practitioners at The Port’s direction. 
  5. Satisfactory results on background investigations. 
  6. Insurable and ability to maintain insurability for the operation of motor vehicles, as use of personal vehicle may be required to attend out-of-office meetings. 
  7. Ability to perform all of the essential functions of the position outlined herein without creating a direct or indirect threat to the safety of oneself or others. 

Please send resumes and cover letters to:

Amy Bancroft, Landbank Manager

ABancroft@cincinnatiport.org

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.