WANTED: Executive Director for community redevelopment agency (Tennessee)

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Memphis & Shelby County, Tennessee seeks an Executive Director to administer and manage existing and new Community Redevelopment Areas funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

The Executive Director will be the principal officer of the Agency and is responsible for its overall administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities. The Executive Director will provide leadership and expertise as she/he reports to the Agency Board as well as City and County administrations. The Executive Director will work with the Board and its Committees to develop sound work plans that translate the Agency’s core purpose and vision into realistic goals and objectives.

The Agency seeks applicants who can both operate and manage complex redevelopment activities within current Community Redevelopment Area boundaries as well as identify opportunities for new possible redevelopment areas. The Community Redevelopment Agency is guided by state legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly on April 29, 1998 (as amended). A link to the Community Redevelopment Act of 1998, may be found here.

The Agency is instrumental in the ongoing rehabilitation of the Uptown neighborhood, for example, with over 850 homes and apartments built and 30,000 square feet of roads sidewalks and alleyways improved in the past 15 years. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has recently announced $1 Billion facilities expansion and plans to hire 1,800 new employees. This expansion is expected to result in additional investment of private and public funding for infrastructure improvements, housing and commercial real estate development. Since a current TIF district serves the area around St. Jude it is anticipated that the Agency will be instrumental in the additional investments.

The ideal candidate must have a thorough understanding of the function and role of place-based redevelopment agencies within a Memphis/Shelby County context.

A highly energetic, creative self-starter who is well organized, and capable of functioning effectively in a very independent situation is well suited for this position; the Executive Director will function in a team context intended to leverage available assets, so the ability to conceptualize and help organize and lead working partnerships is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, and good judgment is a must.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

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