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  • Category: Full-Time
  • Application Closing Date: 12/22/22, 5:00 p.m.
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Salary and Benefits:

  • Hiring Range:  $45,448 – $57,844
  • Annual Step for Performance Pay Plan
  • 12 Paid Holidays Per Year
  • 12 Vacation Days Minimum, Earned Per Year
  • 12 Sick Days Earned Per Year
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance Benefits
  • 401(a) Retirement Plan and Social Security Coverage
  • Flexible Education, Training, and Development Opportunities
  • Education/Tuition Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program – to Include Mental Health Assistance/Services

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With a history in citrus, lakes, and Americana rock & roll, the Winter Haven, Florida experience is a chorus of modern lifestyle possibilities in harmony with our roots. Winter Haven is where affordable lake living is a reality, and water play is a natural requirement. It’s a place where there’s a concert on every corner and family excite- ment in every park. It’s that classic small town that chooses to differentiate itself with an understated cool vibe. Arts and culture, playful fun, music fusion, affordable homes, a craft brewery, and local eateries are just a sampling of daily life. And let’s not forget about Winter Haven’s hometown connection to family-friendly LEGOLAND Florida Resort just down the block from the City core.

Winter Haven continues to experience steady, quality growth as it transforms into a distinctively unique City, embracing the values and needs of its residents. Partnerships and a cooperative spirit make Winter Haven an attractive City for new businesses and entrepreneurs. The City’s progress and success are owned by each of its residents, and planning for the future can never stop. Winter Haven is an exceptional destination offering all of life’s desires within its boundaries. The City of Winter Haven staff looks forward to serving its residents, businesses and visitors as we all enjoy Winter Haven’s special lifestyle.


The City of Winter Haven operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. Five elected City Commissioners are responsible for City policy. The City Manager, who reports to the Commission, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of 530+ employees.

Winter Haven is a full-service City, providing services in the areas of Police, Fire, Water & Sewer Utilities, Solid Waste, Roads & Drainage, Building Permitting and Inspections, Planning, Parks & Recreation, Libraries, Cemeteries, and multiple internal support functions. The current population is 49,219; however, the greater service area is estimated at 83,000.

The City recognizes, embraces and celebrates the diversity of our great community and strives to include these unique voices, ideas and cultures in all aspects of City services.


 This position’s primary focus will be on projects within the Winter Haven CRA.

The Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency, established in 2000, fosters and promotes community redevelopment activities in two designated districts: Downtown and Florence Villa.

The CRA is a “special district” under Florida Statute. Activities of the CRA are detailed in redevelopment plans customized for each district and include:

  • Infrastructure Improvements
  • Streetscaping or Beautification
  • Affordable Housing
  • Recreation & Park Facility Improvements
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation
  • Neighborhood Enhancement

The CRA is operated by a Board of Directors, including the five current City Commissioners and two City residents. The board receives input from two advisory committees, one for each district.

The CRA is primarily funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a process of capturing property tax revenues that would normally go to Polk County and the City. TIF funds are deposited into a Redevelopment Trust Fund that can then be spent on specific projects or used to leverage additional financing for larger projects.

Essential Job Functions:

The CRA Coordinator will assist with a variety of programs and projects, in partnership with the CRA Manager and other City team and community members. These projects will aid in the implementation of the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and the Community Redevelopment Plan for the Florence Villa CRA. The CRA Coordinator may also work on projects within the overall CRA District, which includes Downtown Winter Haven.

The CRA Coordinator will work on projects from conception to completion, including monitoring the budget. They will work closely with the CRA Advisory Committee, various City departments, and community stakeholders to implement budgeted programs and projects. They will work closely with the Affordable Housing Programs Manager around housing efforts within the district.

It is essential that the CRA Coordinator establish and maintain lines of communication and coordination with internal staff, property and business owners, and appropriate federal, state and local agencies. They should deliver exceptional customer service as they consistently work to fulfill the City’s mission.

The CRA Coordinator should be observant and a critical thinker. They will help identify needs in the community and will assist in developing future programs and projects designed to fulfill those needs. They will also work to identify economic development opportunities, particularly along 1st Street North.

The CRA Coordinator will be responsible for preparing agendas and compiling agenda packets for CRA Advisory Committee Meetings. They will need to attend evening and occasional weekend meetings, events, conferences, training sessions, and seminars on behalf of the City, including the Florence Villa CRA Advisory Committee meetings. They will also aid in the procurement of materials and services, community engagement initiatives, and progress tracking and reporting requirements. They may assist with the development of agreements, strategic planning, and other related tasks.

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, program management, public administration, political science, real estate, business administration, or similar field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and relationship building are essential.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.

Special Requirements:

  • Flexibility to work a varied schedule as required by the uniqueness of the position.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and a good driving record as determined by the City.

Physical / Environmental Factors:

  • Must have the physical ability, strength, and flexibility to perform the job functions in the work environment.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

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