Community Development Coordinator

City of Ferguson

Ferguson, MO United States

This position is responsible for professional and administrative work in planning, housing, and community development activities for the City.

Work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and participating in such diverse activities as home improvement loan programs, CDBG programs, Streetscape and other improvement programs and landmark initiatives. Work also involves responsibility for evaluating and developing City housing strategies for Council consideration. Work involves advising the City Manager, Council and citizen commissions on housing and directing diversified assisted and affordable housing programs and housing counseling. General services are also provided by the position for housing maintenance, occupancy services, and program planning and development. Incumbent also serves as the Director of the Ferguson Neighborhood Improvement Program. This position will also be involved in comprehensive and community planning projects, day-to-day planning and zoning tasks/inquiries, and facilitating/implementing a business retention program. Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Development and subject to evaluation based on results obtained.


  1. Administers the City's various housing programs; seeks local state or federal funds; writes and administers state and local grants including the CDBG program; develops program guidelines that are consistent with HUD and other funding partner regulations.
  2. Plans, organizes, and evaluates various housing operations to effectively mobilize the City's resources for providing and improving the housing of its citizens; directs studies and prepares recommendations about program development.
  3. Acts as liaison to state, county and federal organizations such as the St. Louis County Office of Community Development, HUD, etc.; monitors housing program participation and reviews/facilitates audits; monitors construction and public improvement contracts.
  4. Plans and reviews work relating to the department's budget.
  5. Consults with other governmental officials about the operation of housing and development programs.
  6. Negotiates resolutions of problems and contractual agreements, both internal and external to the organization.
  7. Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly with all stakeholders to provide quality and seamless customer service.


  1. Assists Department Director with communication, coordination, and payment approvals.
  2. Assist with floodplain development permitting and management
  3. Assists with day to day planning and zoning tasks and inquiries.
  4. Facilitating a business retention program for the City.
  5. Performs related duties as assigned.


  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning, public administration, or related field; a master's degree is preferred.
  2. AICP status is preferred
  3. At least 3 years experience in urban housing, regional planning and urban development at increasing levels of responsibility; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:
  4. Considerable knowledge of federal, state and municipal regulations for the administration of low-income housing programs and various other state and/or federal housing programs.
  5. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of urban housing programs.
  6. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of state and federal community development programs, including housing, community improvements, floodplain permitting/management, employment, retention and attraction of businesses, and financial tools available to municipalities to foster economic development.
  7. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of urban development and housing management.
  8. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of community programs and organizations.
  9. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.
  10. Considerable knowledge of urban planning and zoning, particularly in inner ring suburbs.
  11. 11. Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal organization and administration.
  12. Ability to interpret and understand community housing needs and problems.
  13. Ability to work cooperatively with employees, clients, city boards/commissions, and the public.
  14. 14. Ability to communicate orally with co-workers, customers, clients, and the public using a telephone and in-group and face-to-face, one-on-one settings.
  15. 15. Ability to comprehend and make inferences from reports, meetings and other materials.
  16. 16. Ability to produce written documents and reports.
  17. 17. Ability to analyze and interpret proposals and plans, and to determine whether plans conform to provisions of the applicable codes and ordinances.
  18. Ability to comprehend complex urban planning problems, to identify alternative solutions, and to prepare appropriate recommendations.
  19. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, developers, other City employees, and the public.
  20. Ability to research and analyze data with minimal direction, either manually or using common software.
  21. Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and presentations on technical subjects.
  22. Ability to prioritize and follow through on multiple tasks.
  23. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals, groups, and businesses.
  24. Proficiency with computer applications, including Adobe, Excel, Access, GIS, Innoprise, CoStar, and document management software, as well as internet searching and data sourcing.


Possession of a valid Missouri driver's license.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in an office setting as well as on-site involving outdoor work in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, and residential streets and parkways. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning, public administration, or related field; a master's degree is preferred.

Special Requirements

Must be able to pass a background, drug and records check.

Miscellaneous Information

Go to to find a job application. Apply with cover letter and resume. Email attachment(s) to; Or mail to City of Ferguson, Attention: Human Resources, 110 Church Street, Ferguson, MO 63135. Open Until Filled

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Community or Neighborhood Development
Salary Range