Location: Memphis, TN

Community Development Associate

Reports To: Director of Planning and Development

Supervises: None

Application Deadline: 12/15/20 or until the position is filled. Email application to

CRA Mission and Goals
The City of Memphis Redevelopment Agency was established to be a catalyst for the restoration of communities through removing blight and providing affordable housing. The CRA serves as a joint agency of Shelby County and the City of Memphis and was created as a stand-alone entity, with policies, procedures, accounts, board of directors and staff. Our community-based approach to the redevelopment of neighborhoods needing reinvestment relies on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an important and strategic tool for implementing the goals of the agency.

Position Overview
The primary responsibilities of this position involve supporting other CRA staff members at the direction of the Director of Planning and Development by:

  • compiling and analyzing demographic, economic and other descriptive data;
  • performing spatial analyses and producing maps and charts in geographic information systems (GIS);
  • utilizing spreadsheets and database management tools to communicate critical information to board members, elected officials, community stakeholders and the general public in furtherance of the CRA’s goals and mission; and
  • providing administrative support for meetings, preparation of reports and other internal operations of the CRA

Job Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Assembling and regularly updating real estate databases utilizing GIS and other software systems to track the status and condition of properties in support of the CRA’s real estate acquisition/landbank program within TIF districts
  • Performing GIS and spatial analyses and preparing reports as part of the CRA’s efforts to evaluate potential TIF projects
  • Managing and publishing GIS analyses in written reports and on the CRA website for presentation to varied audiences
  • Reviewing draft reports and providing feedback to staff regarding TIF Applications to assure compliance with applicable CRA regulations and requirements
  • Regularly attending community and project meetings as requested by the CRA President and Directors as part of carrying out these responsibilities
  • Preparing meeting minutes, summaries, internal reports, and other administrative tasks
  • Maintaining project schedule and tracking the completion of project deliverables
  • Performing desktop publishing tasks including the formatting of charts and tables, preparation of GIS mapping exhibits and carrying out other document design, proofreading and editing tasks in support of project teams
  • Participate in internal meetings and support internal agency operations including selection of vendors for certain tasks and projects
  • Participate in and provide support to staff for community outreach meetings; cultivate and maintain relationships with community stakeholders to build better communication and gather information essential to completing data analysis tasks
  • Provide support for new projects and initiatives identified by the CRA President
  • Be responsible for maintaining and protecting potentially confidential information
  • Coordinate and support internal document control and management tasks in support of other CRA staff members

Education, Experience, Knowledge & Skills

  • Associate’s Degree/Bachelor’s degree preferred in Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Urban Planning, Computer Science, Information Systems, Community Development, or related field
  • Combined education or work experience- of 3 years in community development, community planning, project management or GIS mapping services
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook with aptitude in Microsoft Project preferred
  • Proficient in ArcGIS Skills including ArcGIS desktop and online versions, ArcCollector (or similar), and web interfaces
  • Aptitude in managing multiple GIS informational layers to effectively communicate information and facilitate decision making.
  • Proficient in relational database software and knowledge of spatial/statistical modeling and statistics a plus
  • Proficient with Adobe PDF Pro, InDesign, and preferably a strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Ability to represent the agency with integrity and empathy/compassion to the neighborhood residents and the general public 
  • Demonstrated time management skills with the ability to organize competing priorities and work independently with limited supervisory direction to meet deadlines

Physical Requirements to Perform Duties

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time and perform data entry and computer related tasks throughout the workday
  • Little or no lifting or physical exertion required