City of Central Falls
Title: Executive Director, Central Falls Nuisance Task Force & Assistant City Solicitor
Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: October 21, 2014
Type: Full Time
Starting Date: Immediately
The Central Falls Nuisance Task Force was created by Executive Order of Mayor James Diossa on October 15, 2013. The mission of the Nuisance Task Force is to address, in a holistic and systematic way, properties identified as nuisances that negatively impact our neighborhoods, the quality of housing available, and the health and life of city residents, businesses and visitors. The Task Force is a cross-departmental effort designed to create collaboration among city officials in identifying and abating nuisance properties. The Task Force includes representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Law Department, the City Council, Code Enforcement, the Fire Department, the Department of Public Works, the Police Department, the Planning Department, the Tax Assessor and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office. The Task Force recently was awarded a grant from Attorney General Peter Kilmartin which provides funding for 3 years for an executive director for the Task Force.
The goals of the Nuisance Task Force are as follows:
(1) identify nuisance properties in the City of Central Falls and create a system to document, track and report on nuisance properties;
(2) develop and implement strategies for nuisance abatement that are individually tailored to targeted nuisance property;
(3) meet with and assist owners and interested parties of nuisance properties in abating the nuisances;
(4) request prosecution for those liable for nuisance properties who fail or refuse to abate nuisances;
(5) facilitate the transfer of abandoned or otherwise severely neglected properties to responsible owners;
(6) identify potential urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization opportunities and to facilitate the coordinated and efficient realization of these opportunities;
(7) complete a comprehensive review, identify improvements and propose revisions of city ordinances;
(8) research and document best practices to address nuisance properties;
(9) provide community education and awareness with respect to nuisance avoidance and abatement, responsible ownership, and landlord-tenant relations; and
(10) improve the overall quality of housing stock and quality of life in the neighborhoods in the City of Central Falls.
The Executive Director and Assistant City Solicitor will be charged with the following scope of work:
- Community Outreach. In battling the ills of foreclosures, knowing how to reach the people at-risk is critical. The director will create a list of all homeowners in the City, rank them in order of priority need and develop strategies to reach them including a website, various social media strategies like Facebook and Twitter, as well as the use of email, newsletters and public signage. In addition, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools, business leaders, and sports programs will be utilized and targeted as participants and partners.
- Community Education. The executive director will create a foreclosure toolkit and develop a trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) presentation for current and future homeowners. This toolkit will involve financial literacy, home ownership and the possibilities of foreclosure, and quarterly public events will be held at City Hall, the High School and the Central Falls Library. In addition, this trilingual presentation will be circulated through various communications systems including a website, social media and in city business networks.
- Community Data. The director will post all of the relevant research, presentations and data on housing and foreclosures in Central Falls on an innovative and public website so that the community has access to all of the relevant data to understand how to fix the foreclosure problem in Central Falls.
- Foreclosure Abatement. The director will create a foreclosure abatement fund, which the City will use to ensure that foreclosing or foreclosed properties remain safe and secure. The director will work with Task Force members as well as with property owners and the Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation to take all appropriate action to prevent foreclosures when possible and to facilitate a timely foreclosure process that takes city objectives in to account when foreclosure is unavoidable or has already taken place. This will include recommending legal action in situations with uncooperative property owners whose assets pose a continual nuisance to public health, safety, and well-being, as well as connecting corrective property owners with the resources that can help them address code or safety issues.
- Legal Research, Writing and Representation. Working under the direct supervision and direction of the City Solicitor, assists the City Solicitor in all duties as set forth in the Central Falls Home Rule Charter and Code of Ordinances including prosecution, defense, drafting legislation, legal research and writing and contract review.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Must have a JD degree from an accredited law school and be a member of the Rhode Island Bar admitted to practice before state courts.
- Must be highly motivated, problem-solver with interest and experience in housing, urban policy and the law.
- Bi-lingual preferred, not required.
$40,000 - $50,000 depending on experience
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to City Solicitor Matthew Jerzyk via email at MJerzyk@CentralFallsRI.us
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The City of Central Falls is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.