Urban Renewal Project Coordinator

City of Gresham

Gresham, OR United States

The City of Gresham has an exciting opportunity as the Urban Renewal Project Coordinator. This role will oversee and manage projects associated with urban renewal activities. Success in this position will require outstanding communication skills with the ability to understand complex projects and establish collaborative working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

This is a part-time (32 hours per week), one-year limited duration position. The duration may be extended beyond one year based on organizational need and budget approval.

This position will remain posted until filled. First review of applications will take place the week of October 4, 2021.

Position Description

  • Lead the planning and implementation of urban renewal capital improvement and redevelopment projects; develop project plans; facilitate the definition of project scope, goals, milestones, and deliverables; define project tasks and resource requirements; plan and schedule project timelines; identify project risks and develop contingency plans; assemble and coordinate project staff; manage project budgets; communicate with stakeholders; create and maintain comprehensive project documentation and various reports.
  • Coordinate real estate activities; research properties for acquisitions; gather data to support the Gresham Redevelopment Commission investment decisions; conduct research on topics related to urban development and economic development; draft policy alternatives for the Director and/or the GRESHAM REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION; prepare and present reports.
  • Assist with developing the annual Urban Renewal Area work plan and budget; forecast annual urban renewal tax revenues; assist with developing the Capital Improvement Plan; identify and manage funding from grants; participate in the preparation, interpretation, management, negotiation, and enforcement of consultant contracts.
  • Develop new urban renewal programs and updates existing programs; develop, design, and implement marketing materials to promote the programs to the City and to urban renewal stakeholders.
  • Provide information to staff, other departments, the general public and/or outside agencies; serve as a staff liaison to the GRESHAM REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, the GRESHAM REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION Advisory Committee, TriMet, Metro, Urban Renewal Area Business associations, and others; act as a representative on committees, interagency task forces, special projects, and other community outreach activities as assigned.

Qualities we are looking for:

  • Collaborative: A skilled relationship-builder who values partnerships and can adapt communication styles to a wide variety of external and internal stakeholders.
  • Practical: Excellent organization, problem solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Nimble: Adaptable and positive, with a “can-do” attitude when faced with competing or conflicting priorities.
  • Equitable: Ability to lead with equity and exhibit cultural competency, employing an equity lens to work and practices.
  • Curious: A continuous learner who remains informed and knowledgeable on local and regional urban renewal principles, policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Innovative: Seeks creative approaches to urban renewal projects.


  • Advanced technical knowledge in one or more of the following areas: redevelopment, real estate, planning and development, community development, or public administration.
  • Knowledge and experience with a community-centered development process. • Knowledge of federal, state, and local land development and public policy; urban renewal law, practices, processes, and strategies and real estate laws and regulations.
  • Advanced project management experience overseeing complex commercial and industrial real estate development projects often involving multiple stakeholder groups. 
  • Effective communication skills including interpersonal, persuasion, public speaking and business writing capabilities. 
  • Demonstrates experience and success in working with culturally diverse individuals across all levels and fields, including industry leaders and professionals, elected officials, and the community at large.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills, and ability to adapt to changing project assignments and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders ranging from business owners, developers, property owners and citizens to other public and elected officials. • Ability to build trust and confidence in others and exercise discretion in carrying out responsibilities independently.
  • Basic understanding of public administration including purchasing, contracting, and maintenance of public records.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use public presentation and speaking techniques
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and MS Project) and familiarity with business practices such as accounting, budget, customer relationship management and records management.
  • Knowledge of basic website development and content management; familiarity with social media as a communications tool.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, resolve conflicts, propose solutions and gain agreement and consensus with stakeholders that may have competing agendas or purposes.
  • Strong public speaking skills with ability to express and/or report detailed and/or complex information to others.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in urban planning, architecture, real estate development and/or other related studies 
  • 3 to 6 years of professional experience in economic development, urban renewal/TIF districts, and community facilitation/engagement.

Additional education or experience may substitute for a combined equivalent of 7-10 years of qualifying education, training, and/or experience.

Required application materials include:

  • A complete online application (do not put 'see resume' in any fields)
  • Answers to supplemental questions
  • A cover letter addressing your interest and experience as it pertains to this position
  • An attached resume
  • 3 Professional Reference

How to apply: Application and complete job announcement available online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gresham/jobs/3240779/urban-renewal-project-coordinator?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.

A review of all application materials submitted will determine candidates to be invited to the next step in the selection process.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Candidates will receive updates on this process through email. Some email providers may block these messages; therefore, candidates are encouraged to visit the inbox within GovernmentJobs.com for updates.

If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2549.

**Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.**

Direct questions about this position to 503-618-2549 or HR@GreshamOregon.gov.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Economic Development and Revitalization
Salary Range
$40.23-$51.35 hourly