Associate Director of National Leadership and Education

Center for Community Progress
Flint, MI
United States
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JOB TITLE:  Associate Director of National Leadership and Education   

POSTED: June 1, 2018

REPORTS TO:  Director of National Leadership and Education

BASED IN: Washington, D.C., or Flint, Michigan


The mission of Center for Community Progress is to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. Founded in 2010, Community Progress is the leading national, nonprofit resource for urban, suburban, and rural communities seeking to address the full cycle of property revitalization. The organization fulfills its mission by nurturing strong leadership and supporting systemic reforms. Community Progress works to ensure that public, private, and community leaders have the knowledge and capacity to create and sustain change. It also works to ensure that all communities have the policies, tools, and resources they need to support the effective, equitable reuse of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. More information is available at


The Associate Director will assist the Director of National Leadership and Education in shaping and implementing the organization’s work educating and connecting public, private, and community leaders who work tirelessly to tackle the challenges of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. National Leadership and Education oversees place-based trainings, online education, peer-to-peer learning, the Vacant, Abandoned, and Deteriorated Properties (VAD) Training Academy, and the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. Through these and other educational opportunities, we equip leaders with critical skillsets and help them to stay abreast of new trends and best practices in the field. More information about the National Leadership and Education program is available here.


  • Work with the Director of National Leadership and Education to determine strategic direction of National Leadership and Education programming.
  • Lead current National Leadership and Education projects, including the planning and implementation of peer learning exchanges, roundtables, and place-based trainings.
  • Develop and present trainings on the various systems that impact vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties for various legal and non-legal audiences, including a broad range of stakeholder groups throughout the country.
  • Manage strategic partnerships with local, statewide, and national organizations across the country to support the aims of and broaden the reach of Community Progress’ efforts.
  • In collaboration with the Director, develop scopes of work, budgets, manage teams of internal and external experts, and ensure timely completion of high quality deliverables.
  • Write or edit a variety of educational and practice materials including publications, event programs and agendas, talking points, and blog posts/web content.
  • Attend staff and other relevant meetings as necessary
  • Take on additional tasks as required.


The Associate Director of National Leadership and Education should:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to public and community service with an enthusiasm for Community Progress’ mission;
  • Possess knowledge and prior work experience related to preventing, acquiring, and reusing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties;
  • Have strong and effective public speaking skills and knowledge of strategies to effectively engage and educate an audience in a participatory setting;
  • Possess the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt to changing directions, and work independently;
  • Be a strategic thinker with ability to identify, prioritize, and leverage opportunities for trainings and educational programming;
  • Have experience in event planning;
  • Be detail-oriented and work well under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Possess knowledge of the policy issues facing America’s cities related to vacant properties, land use, and revitalization;
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Possess interpersonal skills that embody collaboration and a team-oriented approach; and
  • Be willing to travel frequently.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of directly relevant experience in government, nonprofit management, or other closely related experience.


Master’s degree in urban studies, planning, policy, or related field.


The Center for Community Progress provides a highly competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and excellent employee benefits package.


Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and two short writing samples that demonstrate versatility as a writer (for example: a blog post, funding proposal, or an excerpt from a research paper). All materials should be sent in a single PDF by 5:00 pm EDT on July 6, 2018, to


The Center for Community Progress is an equal opportunity employer.

Published on:
June 18, 2018 - 9:25am
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