Profession community development officer

Community development officers develop plans to improve quality of life in local communities. They investigate and assess the community's issues and needs, manage resources, and develop implementation strategies. They communicate with the community for investigation purposes, and to inform the community on development plans.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Budgetary principles

    Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures involved in the implementation of government policies in national and local governmental organisations.

Skills

  • Carry out strategic research

    Research long term possibilities for improvements and plan steps to achieve them.

  • Conduct public presentations

    Speak in public and interact with those present. Prepare notices, plans, charts, and other information to support the presentation.

  • Ensure information transparency

    Ensure that required or requested information is provided clearly and completely, in a manner which does not explicitly withhold information, to the public or requesting parties.

  • Liaise with local authorities

    Maintain the liaison and exchange of information with regional or local authorities.

  • Maintain relations with local representatives

    Maintain good relations with representatives of the local scientific, economic and civil society.

  • Provide improvement strategies

    Identify root causes of problems and submit proposals for effective and long-term solutions.

  • Work within communities

    Establish social projects aimed at community development and active citizen participation.

  • Build community relations

    Establish affectionate and long-lasting relationships with local communities, e.g. by organising special programms for kindergarden, schools and for dissabled and older people, raising awareness and receiving community appreciation in return.

  • Perform resource planning

    Estimate the expected input in terms of time, human and financial resources necessary to achieve the project objectives.

  • Analyse community needs

    Identify and respond to specific social problems in a community, delineating the extent of the problem and outline the level of resources required to address it and identifying the existing community assets and resources that are available to address the problem.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure public safety and security promote social awareness develop professional network perform public relations public law advise on economic development perform project management public finance public housing legislation advise on legislative acts present reports maintain relationships with government agencies project management principles manage government policy implementation conduct public surveys

Common job titles

  • Assistant director of leadership engagement
  • Development officer
  • Community relations administrator
  • Development associate
  • Development officer, community engagement
  • Development officer, major gifts
  • Development officer, major gifts & planned giving
  • Education officer