CDBG Planning Specialist

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Jefferson City, MO
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CDBG Planning Specialist

Harry S Truman Building – Jefferson City, MO

Division of Business and Community Solutions – Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

SALARY: $35,000 - $45,000 (based upon credentials)

REPORTS TO: Chief Community Engagement and Planning Officer

TRAVEL: up to 25% day travel, with occasional overnight required

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is seeking a talented planning professional that is passionate about serving communities, innovative in their approach to using funding to spur community development, and talented in facilitating community engagement.  If this sounds like you, apply today!

The CDBG Program administers over $100 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to serve communities, targeting three national objectives:

  • Benefit to low- to moderate- income (LMI) persons;
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and
  • Meet an urgent need

What You’ll Do:

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the designated lead agency for the Missouri Consolidated Plan and CDBG Action Plans. In this role, you will serve as the lead drafter for planning documents for CDBG, as well as across four State agencies administering HUD-funded programs, where planning support is needed.

This role is critical to ensuring that CDBG funds can effectively address pressing community development needs across the State.  Your team will be responsible for ensuring that the State of Missouri has a HUD-compliant, yet flexible planning platform that enables grants to be expended in a data-driven and stakeholder-responsive manner.  You will be responsible for designing and drafting Action Plans that include permissible activities and methods of distribution for CDBG funds, addressing community needs such as public infrastructure and disaster recovery. 

You can anticipate developing at minimum, Annual Action Plans for the State’s annual CDBG allocations (~$23M per year); Action Plans for specified disaster recovery and mitigation grants awarded to the State; any plan-related Amendments; and assisting with the Consolidated Planning efforts.

You will be responsible for providing planning expertise for the CDBG team’s planning activities, and support to CDBG training and engagement efforts, including:

  • All planning and related functions of the State CDBG Program, including, but not limited to:
    • Consolidated Plans
    • Action Plans (General, Disaster Recovery, Mitigation, COVID-19, other)
    • Action Plan Amendments
    • Implementation Plans
  • Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders and teammates, including developing and facilitating training activities for:
    • CDBG Program Manager
    • Designated CDBG specialists in Compliance, Disaster Recovery, annual CDBG funds, and the Financial /Grants Management team
    • DED’s Regional Engagement Division, DED’s primary points of business and community contact based in communities across the State
    • DED’s Strategy and Performance Division, DED’s lead team on economic research and performance measures.
    • Consolidated Plan partner agencies
    • Other, as identified and/or assigned
  • Work collaboratively with external stakeholders and agencies, including developing and facilitating training activities for:
    • Division of Regional Engagement staff
    • Regional Planning Commissions / Council of Governments 
    • County Leadership representatives
    • City Leadership representatives
    • Other, as identified and/or assigned
  • Act as Grant Application Manager and Facilitator of Application Review Committee for the Program, duties including (but not limited to):
    • Application development
    • Application distribution
    • Application collection
    • Applications presentation to Application Review Committee
    • Ushering Applications through rating process
    • Ushering Applications through the Funding Approvals, Decision Request and related tracking processes.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Community or Economic Development, Economics, Education, Statistical Analysis, or a closely related field.  Professional experience in these areas may substitute for education on a year for year basis.
  • Federal grant management experience, especially prior CDBG experience preferred but not required
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Understanding or willingness to learn in detail about applicable Federal and State regulations and policies
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data for use in planning and decision-making
  • Attention to detail and ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders during concurrent processes
  • Proficiency and passion for operational excellence and continuous improvement.  Familiarity with and experience implementing Lean/Six Sigma concepts strongly preferred.  Ideal candidate would be open to further developing these skills.




Posted August 24, 2021, 12:07 PM PDT

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