The Port is Hiring: Landbank Associate

POSITION DESCRIPTION

  • POSITION TITLE: Landbank Associate
  • FLSA CATEGORY: Exempt
  • IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Landbank Manager
  • POSITIONS SUPERVISED: None
  • DATE OF LAST REVISION: May 2021

DUTIES AND 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. Support all pre-acquisition analysis including: reviewing Landbank budgets, feasibility studies, zoning analysis, and coordination of market research.
  2. Support Senior Landbank Associate to coordinate maintenance of assigned Landbank properties with Port Facilities Manager to ensure property maintenance standards are being achieved including; coordinating with various contractors on repairing or stabilizing key Landbank structures, and coordinating with Port Facilities Manager on demolition of Landbank structures when necessary.
  3. Support the Due Diligence process for acquisitions including: title work, property surveys, environmental considerations, required infrastructure, and necessary site work.
  4. Develop and manage project budgets to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of projects.
  5. Coordinate tours of Landbank properties with Port Facilities Manager for third parties including: initial property assessments with community partners, city and county staff and/or third-party applicants.
  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: staying in constant communication with purchasers about their redevelopment progress, coordinating routine site visits with purchaser and/or Port Facilities Manager as needed, coordinating with other Port staff to check on permits for construction, and communicating with code enforcement officials from various jurisdictions on progress details as needed.
  8. Partner with government agencies and municipalities on projects to ensure timely approval of all zoning changes, permits, and other compliance requirements.
  9. Assist with Landbank communication and presentations to small groups of residents, stakeholders and community leaders, throughout Hamilton County neighborhoods.
  10. Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders including but not limited to vendors, contractors, neighborhood partners and local government partners.
  11. Support data collection and research of Landbank projects including: property research for Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives and key projects, property research for various Landbank programs, communication with various utility companies.
  12. Provide accurate and timely communication/data and prepare materials as needed to support the development of grant applications, presentations, board reports, news articles and all other communication requests.

MINIMUM EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Experience, Skills, and Education

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Urban Planning, Business Administration, Urban Sustainability 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, or community development, including basic knowledge of civic functions and basic landbank best practices; more experienced candidates are welcome to apply;
  3. Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with people of diverse social, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds;
  4. Ability to build strong relationships with cross-functional project teams to deliver key objectives;
  5. Proven skills in advanced-level problem solving, sound decision-making, exceptional follow-through, and precision in following procedures;
  6. Demonstrated success working as a team player to achieve organizational goals and objectives;
  7. Highly organized and willing to take the initiative to drive results;
  8. Extensive experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project. Experience with database programs and GIS mapping programs preferred;
  9. Proven ability to read and review design drawings and documents; and
  10. 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 cover letter and resume to:

Will Basil, Landbank Manager

wbasil@cincinnatiport.org