Director Community Development


The Director is an advocate providing strategic planning and support to underserved populations in the organization’s focus neighborhoods and resident communities in Anchorage and other Alaska communities. We are looking for an intrinsically motivated professional with a high attention to detail and creativity, who has significant experience with recruiting and coordinating community partners, managing contractors and grant programs and providing volunteer opportunities to focus communities and residents. The Director is responsible for creating and maintaining a sustainable funding platform to support the Department mission. Effective communication, both verbal and written, is essential. Must be able to professionally and effectively collaborate with a wide range of individuals both internally and in the community. The ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and independently is essential. Experience and success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations with five years’ experience in economic development, community engagement or community development, preferred. Occasional evening and weekend work.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education or Experience: Minimum bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent job experience. Demonstrated knowledge of community and economic development principles and practice. Experience in grant management, feasibility analysis, government relations, project planning and management.

Language Skills: Must be an excellent written and verbal communicator and possess fluency in social media and public outreach tools. Ability to communicate in a professional, pleasant, tactful way with the public, partners/contractors and NWAK staff. Skilled in communication and management of interactions with a diverse and sometimes challenging population.



Mathematical Skills: Ability to perform basic arithmetic functions. Must understand accounting, financial and economic concepts and use analytical abilities and good judgment in creating and interpreting organizational funding/business documents.

Reasoning and Judgmental Abilities: Ability to form goals which effectively move the organization’s mission forward. Must be able to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and work with high degree of independence.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations, and Certifications: Must possess a current driver license, auto insurance, and reliable transportation.

Conflicts of Interest: The incumbent of this position must avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest with contractors of NWAK and those who bid on contracts with NWAK.

Confidentiality: This position requires the confidential handling of information, both internal to the organization and external materials submitted by clients and residents.



Five years economic development, community engagement or community development experience.

Experience and success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations.

Familiarity with the neighborhoods and communities in Anchorage.

NeighborWorks Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

Qualified candidates may submit an application and resume to: [email protected]



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