The Community and Economic Development (CED) division of the Housing and Economic Development (HED) department is seeking an experienced community development professional to join our team as a Principal Project Coordinator. This position is a senior-level project manager, leading complex community and economic development programs and projects, and will lead evaluation, data collection, and outcomes reporting needs within the Community and Economic Development division. This position will oversee evaluation and data collection for CED’s economic recovery planning and coordinate efforts to develop/refine metrics and indicators for evaluating its portfolio of programs, including those related to disparity reduction and climate change mitigation.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit employee referral program. Location and hours:This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at the 701 Building, 701 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55415, and remote as job duties require. Work hours are flexible, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This position may require attending some evening and weekend meetings. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin. New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.About the position type: This is a full-time, benefit earning position. This position is internally classified as a Planning Analyst, Principal.Clickhere to view the job classification specification.In this position, you will:
· Economic Recovery Program Evaluation:
o Support CED’s implementation of economic recovery programming by working with program managers on refining and implementing a results-based accountability approach, including metrics, benchmarks, and evaluation plans for the department’s programming.
o Work with program and division management on using data and evaluation results to make recommendations on programming for 2025 and beyond.
o Serve as CED data resource by identifying and following regional dashboards, providing data support to team members, identifying team research and data needs.
· CED Program Support:
o Review existing program guidelines and applications and work with program managers to ensure alignment with program goals, county disparities reduction and climate action goals, and HED goals.
o Work with community development staff to develop and refine indicators for evaluating the effects of CED community development programs.
· CED Program and Project Management:
o Lead land use and redevelopment planning projects as assigned in collaboration with other agencies.
o Lead or support programs that provide competitive funding to land use and development projects across the county.
· Countywide Initiative Alignment:
o Track impacts of CED programs on reducing racial and other disparities within HC populations.
o Develop and align indicators for tracking impacts of HED programs on mitigating and adapting to climate change.
o Work with team members to track and report these outcomes annually.
· Internal and External Coordination:
o Liaise with internal teams on coordinated data collection efforts.
o Identify research or partnership opportunities through the U of M and other groups.
o Work with Hennepin County Communications on content that demonstrate program impacts.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Bachelor's degree or higher in any field and a minimum of two courses in research methods, analysis, statistics, project management, planning or evaluation and four years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
o Bachelor's degree or higher in one of the fields listed below and three years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
o Master's degree or higher in one of the fields listed below and two years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
o Ph.D. degree in business administration, public administration, research methods, statistics, behavioral/social science, public health, computer science/MIS, management science, urban/city planning, or a field appropriate to the area of specialization.
Nice to have:
· Conducting program evaluation.
· Working in urban planning or land use planning, public or private sector real estate development, or in other community development related efforts.
· Using research, analysis, and synthesis skills to help support program design and implementation.
· Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with peers, managers, community and agency partners and the public.
· Developing benchmarks and indicators, developing evaluation plans, conducting program evaluations, including experience with results-based accountability approaches.
· Working at the intersection of economic development and place-based investment.
· Coordinating ongoing data collection and report preparation to meet internal and external reporting requirements.
· Project or program management and policy analysis.
· Metrics to measure and track both the impacts of programs and initiatives on addressing racial and other disparities and the county.
· Best practices in research design and methodologies.
· Economic, labor market, and development data sets and data bases.
· Synthesize data, write technical papers, and prepare written, visual, and verbal presentation for internal and external audiences.
· Apply research, planning and evaluation techniques and strategies.
· Work with peers to develop program metrics, logic models, and evaluation plans.
About the department:The mission of Housing & Economic Development is to build and strengthen communities by developing quality, affordable housing and creating healthy built environments that provide transportation choices and community connections, attract investment and create jobs.About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge. Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.If you have any questions, please contact:Pajoua ChangPajoua.Chang@hennepin.us