Special Information: This is an open and continuous recruitment until vacancy is filled. Priority deadline screening is scheduled for July 13th 2020.
Under the direction of the City Manager or his / her designee, develops, recommends, plans, implements, and monitors, the City's Housing Programs; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; and performs related work as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives direction from the City Manager or his / her designee. The work provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines. Exercises general direction and supervision over professional, technical, and administrative support staff either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
This classification that oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the City's Housing Program. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs. Responsibilities include developing, recommending, and planning new housing programs. This position engages in extensive outreach to the community, non-profit housing partners, and other jurisdictional agencies.
- Examples of Duties
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
- Developments, implements, and evaluations affordable housing goals, policies, and procedures to assist in the development of long and short range objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives.
- Analyzes, develops, and implements new programs to promote affordable housing which address a broad range of housing needs and income levels, including rehabilitation, development incentives, homebuyer assistance, special needs, and transitional housing and related community development and zoning programs to assist housing initiatives.
- Collaborates with other City departments to recommend innovative policies that address: increasing the housing supply, housing affordability, reducing the cost of housing production, and comprehensive Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) policies.
- Applies for grants for various housing program needs.
- Acts as staff to the Housing Successor Agency for the City and tracks loan repayments.
- Maintains loan databases, performs loan monitoring, processes legal documents, updates resale prices and affordability rates, ensures adherence to covenants, maintains files, and acts as authorized signatory for agreements and recorded documents.
- Identifies funding resources for housing programs and develops funding proposals, implements financial strategies to fund desired housing projects and programs.
- Analyzes permit activities related to affordable housing.
- Manages a variety of housing assistance programs.
- Complies with mandatory reporting requirements.
- Makes presentations to the City Council, Successor Agency Board, and a variety of other boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of affordable housing and other services as they relate to the area of assignment.
- Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned.
- Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Typical Qualifications
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field and four (4) years of recent experience in housing, economic development, planning, financing, or a related field. A Master's degree is desirable.
Licenses: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.
- Housing program management.
- Planning, zoning, and environmental laws and regulations.
- Principles and basic elements of legislation establishing Housing and Community Block Grant programs, including neighborhood revitalization strategy areas.
- Procedures and standards required in the planning and development of local grant program proposals.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including Federal environmental regulations, Federal fair housing laws, tax credit laws, and housing element law.
- Methods and techniques for the development of presentations, contract negotiations, business correspondence, and information distribution; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
- Record keeping principles and procedures.
- Modern office practices, methods, financial programs, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
- English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
- Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
- Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
- Plan, organize, and supervise the activities involved in carrying out the provisions of the Community Development Block Grant program and other related programs.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with funding agencies, lending institutions, business and community groups, other public agencies, and the general public.
- Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
- Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
- Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
- Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
- Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
- Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Supplemental Information
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, as well as to work in the field to inspect sites; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification, and standing in and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to potentially hazardous physical substances. Employees also may work in the field and may be exposed to hot and cold temperatures, inclement weather conditions, loud noise levels, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.