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Community Development Specialist

Company: MSA Professional Services
Location: Appleton
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


MSA has an opportunity for a Community Development Specialist in our Appleton or Madison office. We are looking for a critical thinker with a passion for helping our clients with different funding and budgeting solutions so they are able to complete their infrastructure projects. Our funding team strives to help our client communities complete the necessary water, sewer, street, storm water, building, and general public works infrastructure projects at the lowest feasible cost by helping them secure grants and loans.

Who we are & how we helpAs a full service, 100% employee-owned consulting firm, MSA is all about creating communities that thrive. We partner with clients to solve complex and multi-faceted challenges and improve the quality of infrastructure and neighborhoods. Our focus is to provide exceptional service that builds strong communities. Above all, MSA's purpose is to enable people to positively impact the lives of others.

Our engineering professionals work alongside our architects, environmental scientists, funding experts, urban planners and surveyors to provide a full suite of professional services to our clients. From bike trails and interstate highways to drinking water and wastewater, we have supported municipal and private projects from start to finish since the 1930s.

We are collaborative, we are impactful, and together as owners-we make a difference.


The work you will do

  • Tax Incremental financing review and creation
  • Working with the funding team on various state and federal agencies grant and loan programs.
  • Attend client council and board meetings to help them with community and economic development
  • Federal wage rate monitoring
  • Grant and loan applications and administration
  • Utility Rate Assistance
  • Assist with Municipal Advisor requirements and keep up to date regarding the federal rules
  • This person will interact with many agencies including Wisconsin, Minnesota and federal agencies with emphasis on the state SRFs, DOTs, EDA, USDA Rural Development, and CDBG programs.


What you bringSkills & Knowledge / Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Finance, Planning, Business Administration, or related degree required
  • Prefer 5 or more years of experience including tax increment financing, community & economic development, and downtown revitalization
  • Familiarity with state and federal grant and subsidized loan programs (HUD, CDBG, EPA/state SRF, USDA-RD, General Obligation borrowing) as well as local financing options available to municipalities preferred
  • Municipal Advisor Individual (MA-I) certification or the ability to achieve certification desired
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills required
  • Previous experience or knowledge of public administration, business law, engineering, construction would be a plus

Personality & Cultural Fit:

  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Commitment to learning
  • Respect & care for employees
  • Openness
  • Client focused
  • Independent yet collaborative
  • Results oriented
  • Creative problem solver
  • Positive attitude
  • Cooperation / teamwork
  • Flexible
  • Dependable

Benefits We tried to narrow it down to just 5 reasons to work at MSA, but we couldn't stop ourselves! All employees have the opportunity to enjoy the following perks.

  • Collaborative work environment
  • Opportunities to apply your skills and experiences with an established multi-disciplinary consulting firm
  • Support of over 350 close-knit professionals working towards the same common goal
  • Co-workers with a passion for what they do
  • Casual and flexible work environment
  • Competitive pay and perks
  • Work life integration - we know your career should accommodate your life style, not the other way around
  • Office summer outing, companywide competitions that benefits our community, coffee, and Friday breakfast (fuel up!), and more
  • Internal & external training opportunities

Eligible employees will have the opportunity to enjoy the following benefits.

  • STEM outreach and volunteer opportunities
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage that start on your hire date (no waiting period!)
  • 17 days of PTO in just your first year (whoa!)
  • 8 paid holidays in a calendar year
  • Paid parental leave
  • 100% paid by company life insurance, long term disability and short term disability
  • ESOP that gives employees beneficial ownership stake in the company (we're 100% employee owned!)
  • 401k plan with generous employer match

MSA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Keywords: MSA Professional Services, Appleton , Community Development Specialist, Other , Appleton, Wisconsin

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