Vice President of Development

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
Job Location: 
Knoxville, TN
Salary Range: 
Commensurate with experience
Full Job Description: 



Under the supervision of the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Vice President of Development is responsible for performing responsible administrative and professional work related to planning, organizing, evaluating, and directing all KCDC redevelopment, development, construction, and asset management programs and activities. The incumbent works closely with development partners, the City of Knoxville, KCDC staff, external design and construction staff, contractors, county representatives, and others having jurisdiction in resolving project development and construction issues. This position also oversees the development and execution of strategic and business planning activities for the Authority and Board of Commissioners along with budget preparation related to annual strategies and Authority goals.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The position duties and responsibilities listed below describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.


  • Works with Executive Staff, Directors and Administrators to help identify and articulate strategic objectives, annual goals, action plans and related performance measures and data gathering strategies to further affordable housing and redevelopment in Knoxville and Knox County
  • Provides internal project management for KCDC development projects including: concept development, site investigation and acquisition, due diligence, community engagement, financing, design, construction, and contract administration.
  • Oversee the execution of large-scale affordable housing construction projects, utilizing LIHTC, CITC lending, Fannie Mae, FHA, and various grant programs.
  • Manages and coordinates master planning efforts related to redevelopment of KCDC owned properties.
  • Coordinates with owner’s representative and other development partners to oversee construction projects.
  • Monitors program functions and activities for quality and performance standards; makes decision on all critical and important matters concerning projects implementation.
  • Supervises and assists in preparing budgets and estimating development and redevelopment project costs; and monitors timeline and budget.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the implementation of redevelopment plans, policies, procedures and regulations for center city and neighborhood redevelopment programs and activities.
  • Attends staff meeting with other executive management team members to discuss the status of KCDC programs and activities.
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with local, state and federal agencies, community groups, consultants, private developers, and the public at large to create, implement, and coordinate plans designed to improve Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Meets and collaborates with local government and business officials regarding development and redevelopment matters.
  • Provides consulting services to other housing and redevelopment related entities in Tennessee.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • May direct, coordinate and evaluate the work of professional and administrative team members; interviews, hires, coaches, and disciplines employees; and plans and implements training programs for professional development. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Thorough knowledge of the laws, regulations, rules, guidelines, policies and procedures applicable to the administration of redevelopment programs.
  • Considerable knowledge of the KCDC organizational structure, programs and objectives.
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations, rules, guidelines, policies and procedures applicable to development programs, including, Rental Assistance Demonstration, Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance, and Section 8 Project Based Vouchers.
  • Knowledge of financing and legal requirements relating to affordable housing and redevelopment projects, including familiarity with the T.C.A. 13-20, the Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD Insured Loans, New Market Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and Opportunity Zones.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
  • Knowledge of local government structure and processes.
  • Knowledge of management principles, methods, and practices.
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinate employees, governmental officials, development partners, contractors, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Ability to understand, act on, and interpret laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures relating to department programs and activities.
  • Ability to analyze and supervise the systematic compilation of financial, technical and statistical information, and to prepare and present complex reports.
  • Ability to prepare or oversee the preparation of cost estimates and project schedules.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Behavioral Competencies


This position requires the incumbent to exhibit the following behavioral skills:


Problem Solving and Analysis: Systematically identifies, analyzes and resolves existing and anticipated problems in order to reach optimum solutions in a timely manner.


Program and Project Management: Plans, manages, and evaluates specific activities in order to deliver the desired outputs.


Strategic Capability and Leadership: Provides mission, sets direction, and inspires others to deliver on the organizational mandate. Manages performance by providing regular feedback and reinforcement. Decisions are based on ethical and social responsible principles.


Effective Communication: Employee is prepared, clear, concise, and organized in all facets of communication in order to fully establish understanding. Actively listens and understands the audience to adapt message appropriately.  Communicates information with appropriate personnel in a timely manner.


Customer Service: Provides timely, courteous, and quality service to all internal or external customers by anticipating individual needs, following through on commitments and ensuring that our customers have been heard.


Initiative: Proactively seeks solutions to resolve unexpected challenges.  Actively assists others without formal/informal direction. Possesses the capacity to learn and actively seeks developmental feedback. Applies feedback for continued growth by mastering concepts needed to perform work.


Job Knowledge: Exhibits requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position effectively. Demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, operational entities, requirements, and activities as they apply to the assigned organizational entity of the Authority. Uses appropriate judgment and decision making in accordance with level of responsibility.


Responsiveness and Accountability: Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness. Holds oneself personally responsible for one's own work and does fair share of work.


Teamwork: Employee balances team and individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views and gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; and supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Education and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration, construction management or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the administration of affordable housing development and/or redevelopment programs in the public or private sector.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.  Applicants with post graduate degrees may be given preference.


Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations


Must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to be insurable under the Authority’s automobile insurance plan at the standard rate.


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


To perform this job successfully, the employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position. Daily movements include sitting; standing; reaching and grasping; operating computers and other office equipment; moving about the office; and attending onsite and offsite meetings. The employee must be able to exchange information in person, in writing, and via telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Office environment. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. The position may work on Authority properties, which may cause the employee to experience a range in temperatures and other weather conditions. The noise level may be loud and the environment may be more hazardous than a standard office environment. This position may be required to work with contractors as well as Authority residents.


Posting Date


December 11, 2018


Application Deadline


January 6, 2019


Equal Opportunity:  KCDC is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.  Our agency is a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace.

To Apply: 

Must submit an online application at



Date Posted: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Posting Expiration Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2019

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