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Working As A Community Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Community Development Specialist Do

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Duties

Training and development specialists typically do the following:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization. Once those needs are determined, specialists develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held electronic devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training also may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.

Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.

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How To Become A Community Development Specialist

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.

Education

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but many have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.

In addition, as technology continues to play a larger role in training and development, a growing number of organizations seek candidates who have a background in information technology or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is important for most training and development specialists. Many positions require work experience in areas such as training and development or instructional design, or in related occupations, such as human resources specialists or even teachers.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience. Increasingly, employers prefer candidates with experience in information technology, as organizations introduce more e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Advancement

Training and development specialists may advance to training and development manager or human resources manager positions. Workers typically need several years of experience to advance. Some employers require managers to have a master’s degree in a related area.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.

Creativity. Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.

Instructional skills. Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.

Interpersonal skills. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams.

Speaking skills. Speaking skills are essential for training and development specialists because they often give presentations. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.

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Community Development Specialist Career Paths

Community Development Specialist
Consultant Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Sales Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Case Manager Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Case Manager Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Case Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Executive Assistant Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Office Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Office Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Owner Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Reviewer Adjunct Professor Training Manager
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Reviewer Supervisor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Reviewer Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Development Administrator Grants Administrator
Grant Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Minot, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Community Development Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Community Development Specialist in the United States is $62,777 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Community Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Community Development Specialist Luna & Stella LLC New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $75,000
Community Development Specialist Streetlab LLC Ann Arbor, MI Nov 04, 2009 $51,314
Community Development Specialist National Council of La Raza Washington, DC Sep 02, 2014 $51,200
Community Development Specialist Buena Vista United Methodist Church Alameda, CA Oct 01, 2010 $48,000
Community Development Specialist The Curators of The University of Missouri Princeton, MO Jul 01, 2011 $47,333
Community Development Specialist Nextfab Studio, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 15, 2011 $39,653

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Top Skills for A Community Development Specialist

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Community Resources
  3. Girls
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create community outreach events and connections to bring interested community members and potential donors into closer contact with the department
  • Provided information and referrals regarding ABCD programs and other community resources for families successfully diverted from shelter.
  • Mentored 12 girls ages 12-19 from the girls' group in service learning, volunteer, and leadership activities.
  • Identified and prepared grant-funding applications to federal, state and corporate entities for support of community and economic development activities.
  • Planned, implemented and evaluated Income Development activities and special events within assigned geographic area.

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Top 10 Best States for Community Development Specialists

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alaska
  3. Virginia
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New Jersey
  6. Ohio
  7. North Carolina
  8. Nevada
  9. Idaho
  10. Massachusetts
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Community Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

62.4%

Male

27.8%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.3%

French

14.3%

Portuguese

6.6%

Arabic

5.5%

Russian

4.4%

German

3.3%

Mandarin

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Cherokee

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Sindhi

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Tswana

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%
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Community Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Berea College

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.2%

Arizona State University

5.4%

University of Oregon

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

5.4%

Howard University

4.6%

University of Central Missouri

4.6%

Walden University

4.6%

DePaul University

4.6%

Missouri State University

4.6%

George Washington University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

University of Iowa

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.8%

Florida International University

3.8%

University of Kansas

3.8%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Communication

8.2%

Public Administration

6.7%

Psychology

6.4%

Social Work

5.6%

Marketing

5.1%

Political Science

4.7%

Management

4.0%

Public Relations

4.0%

Education

3.6%

Urban Planning

3.6%

Sociology

3.6%

Economics

3.5%

Human Services

3.5%

English

3.1%

Finance

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Human Development

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.7%

Masters

35.5%

Other

11.8%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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