Community Development Specialist/Funding Specialist

MSA Professional Services

job description

MSA is a true grassroots success story, founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in the 1930s. What began as a rural two-man surveying and engineering partnership has now grown into an employee-owned, multidisciplinary consulting firm employing 300+ engineers, architects, planners, funding experts, surveyors, GIS experts, landscape architects, environmental scientists, and other professional staff. We have multiple offices throughout the Midwest and collaborate to help strengthen communities across the nation.

At MSA, we’re about our people as much as we are about our portfolio, and as an employee-owned firm, when we say we “own” our work, we mean it. The employee-owned ownership culture at MSA fosters a positive team environment and allows owners to be an active part of the growth and success of the company. We are collaborative, we are impactful, and together as owners-we make a difference.


MSA’s Rice Lake office is looking for a Community Development Specialist to join our team. We are looking for a critical thinker with a passion for helping our clients with different funding and budgeting solutions so they are able to complete their infrastructure projects. Our funding team strives to help our client communities complete the necessary water, sewer, street, storm water, building, and general municipal infrastructure projects at the lowest feasible cost by helping them secure grants and loans.


  • Tax Incremental financing review and creation

  • Working with the funding team on various state and federal agencies grant and loan programs.

  • Attend client council and board meetings to help them with community and economic development

  • Federal wage rate monitoring

  • Grant and loan administration

  • Assist with Municipal Advisor requirements and keep up to date regarding the federal rules

  • This person will interact with many agencies including Wisconsin, Minnesota and federal agencies with emphasis on the WI DNR, WI DOT, WI DOA, USDA Rural Development, and WI CDBG.


Required Skills

Required Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Finance, Planning, Business Administration, or related degree required

  • The ideal candidate will have additional experience including tax increment financing, community & economic development, and downtown revitalization

  • Familiarity with state and federal grant and subsidized loan programs (HUD, CDBG, EPA (state SRF), USDA-RD, General Obligation borrowing) as well as local financing options available to municipalities preferred

  • Ability to achieve Municipal Advisor (MA-I) certification desired

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills required

  • Previous experience or knowledge of public administration, business law, engineering, construction would be a plus

At MSA, we help people live, work and play better. That goes not only for our clients and the communities we serve, but for our team members too. Join us and launch your innovative new career in a 100% employee-owned workplace that believes in flexible work schedules, honest transparency, a supportive team environment and a commitment to helping make communities stronger, together.

MSA also provides a comprehensive suite of benefits and incentives including competitive health, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, support of ongoing professional education, opportunities for community involvement and participation in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

MSA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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contact information

business: MSA Professional Services
address: 11 E. Marshall
Rice Lake, WI 54868-2299
phone: 715-234-1009 (Call Now)