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Housing And Community Development Division Manager

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, directs, and manages the activities of either the Management Assessment and Planning Division or the Housing Finance Division of the Housing and Community Development Department; conducts program compliance reviews, analyzes performance outcome measures; administers all HUD and Redevelopment Housing and Local Funding Programs for the County, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the Homebuyer Assistance Program, (HAP), and the HOME program; supervises staff; serves as a member of the department's management team; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a management classification that reports to the Housing & Community Development Director. The incumbents are primarily responsible for the effective management of their respective divisions. The Management, Assessment, and Planning Division is primarily responsible for the planning and performance assessment activities for all Housing and Community Development (HCD) divisions as well as for department- and countywide HCD goals. The Housing Finance Division is primarily responsible for administering the various sources of funding received by the department for use in developing housing solutions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Management, Assessment, and Planning):

1. Directly and through subordinates, conducts program compliance reviews and analyzes performance outcomes of HCD programs in order to measure progress and effectiveness; reviews and revises program policies, procedures, and practices to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements; develops process improvement plans and strategies to enhance programmatic service delivery; prepares related written and oral narrative, statistical, and financial reports and presentations; and coordinates the departmental strategic planning process to ensure program operations integrate with department and County goals as a whole.
2. Analyzes legislative and regulatory changes to assess impact on operations; addresses legislative and regulatory bodies to influence or persuade them to form supportive opinions or take actions related to advancing departmental goals; and makes recommendations and decisions regarding the implementation of related changes.
3. Researches, develops, and negotiates public and private funding opportunities in order to support existing HCD programs and to generate additional funding opportunities to expand or create new HCD programs and opportunities.
4. Directly and through subordinates, develops and manages the departmental budget; establishes, revises, and maintains departmental accounting systems and procedures in order to effectively monitor the department's income sources and loan portfolio and to provide internal accounting controls; and develops and implements management information systems in order to track and analyze performance measures.
5. Stays informed on community, social, and political problems and their relevance to and impact upon the County's housing programs; represents the department at public forums; acts as liaison with the general public, local officials, other County departments, Board of Supervisors, and public and private funding sources in order to coordinate countywide housing and community development projects; and serves as a member of the department's management team.
6. Interviews, selects, and trains professional staff; assigns and reviews work; establishes performance standards; evaluates staff performance; and counsels employees; and takes or approves disciplinary actions.
7. May be assigned special projects and/or additional management responsibilities over departmental operations as needed.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Housing Finance):

1. Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the housing finance and community development division; establishes and implements housing finance and community development policy, procedures, and priorities; reviews and analyzes new/revised federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and ensures that the division's activities conform with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
2. Acts as liaison and develops partnerships with other public and private agencies in order to explain, defend, and advocate the County's position and actions; provides information to County departments, the public, developers, non-profit organizations, government officials, and community groups to gain acceptance of, cooperation with, and to obtain input to the County's existing housing programs, goals, and objectives; and speaks before the Board of Supervisors and various advisory committees to provide policy interpretation on matters such as long-term resale restrictions.
3. Develops the division's short- and long-range work program, business plan, and capital and operating budgets; monitors budget expenditures; analyzes staffing and expenditure requests; and recommends reallocation of staff and funds.
4. Interviews, selects, and trains professional and clerical staff; assigns and reviews work; establishes performance standards; evaluates staff performance; and participates in disciplinary action.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS (Management, Assessment, and Planning): Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, marketing, urban studies/planning, economics, finance, accounting or related field and:

1. three years of professional program analysis experience that included program compliance and performance measurement analyses and at least one year of supervisory experience; or,
2. two years of experience equivalent to Departmental Analyst-Program with Santa Barbara County that included one year of supervisory experience and knowledge of project management and performance measurement principles; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirement: Possession of a California Class C Driver's License is required upon appointment.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS (Housing Finance): Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, marketing, urban studies/planning, economics, finance, accounting or related field and:

1. three years of experience in affordable housing, community development, or a related field that included project development, grant application, and administration of CDBG and HOME programs and at least one year of supervisory experience; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Management, Assessment, and Planning
Knowledge of: principles and practices of project management, performance measurement, and supervision; basic principles and practices of budget preparation and monitoring, accounting, marketing, and public relations; research, data collection, and analytical techniques; report writing; grantsmanship techniques; negotiating techniques; long-range planning; database management; and standard English grammar, usage, and syntax.

Ability to: compile and analyze data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, and make recommendations and decisions; develop, revise, and implement program goals and objectives; develop, monitor, and revise standard operating procedures, performance objectives, and strategic and budgetary plans; read and interpret complex rules, regulations, policies, and legislation; prepare written correspondence and reports; make presentations before small and large groups; persuade and influence others; win acceptance of and support for controversial projects; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; exercise leadership, initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment; establish and maintain working relationships with elected and appointed officials, colleagues, representatives of other agencies, community groups, and the general public; plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of staff; and operate a personal computer.

Desirable knowledge: policies and philosophy of affordable housing and economic development strategies; major social and economic issues and practices affecting housing, community development, and redevelopment; HUD affordable housing programs; and housing and real estate finance.

Desirable Qualifications: Three years of experience monitoring, analyzing, and evaluating an affordable housing agency's progress toward accomplishing its strategic plans, performance objectives, and budgetary plans that included experience developing plans and strategies to enhance programmatic service delivery.

Housing Finance
Knowledge of: principles and practices of supervision, project management, performance measurement, and budget preparation; negotiating principles and methods; principles and practices of and current issues and trends in affordable housing finance and community development; federal and state housing and community development programs, including CDBG, HOME, Homeless Continuum of Care, and HAP; pertinent federal, state, and local statutes, laws, codes, regulations, and legislative overlays related to housing programs; principles and practices of mortgage banking, underwriting, market analysis, credit, loan, and escrow activities; research methods; basic math; report writing techniques; and standard English usage, grammar, and syntax.

Ability to: develop and implement program goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; analyze data, draw conclusions, make recommendations, and develop solutions; make presentations before groups; persuade and influence others; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; win acceptance of and support for controversial projects; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; establish and maintain working relationships with elected and appointed officials, colleagues, representatives of other agencies, community groups, and the general public; exercise tact and diplomacy in representing the program; select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; and operate a personal computer.

 



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