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Housing Program Specialist

Salary: Housing Program Specialist I (#0304)

$21.31-$26.01 hourly / $3,706-$4,524 monthly / Range: 5466



Housing Program Specialist II (#0305)

$24.74-$30.21 hourly / $4,304-$5,254 monthly / Range: 5766

DEFINITION: Under close (I) and general (II) supervision, administers federal, state, and local housing finance and community development programs, including components of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP), redevelopment, and homeless housing programs; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a flexibly staffed professional class series. Incumbents are responsible for administering individual housing projects that provide mortgage assistance to first-time homebuyers and make loans to homeowners and developers for housing development and rehabilitation projects. Incumbents receive supervision from the Housing Program Specialist, Supervising.

Housing Program Specialist I is the entry-level classification in the series. Incumbents learn housing program operations and procedures in order to assume responsibility for the day-to-day administration of housing finance and community development programs and related activities. Incumbents perform the less complex housing assignments, such as preparing performance reports, monitoring contracts for compliance, and performing loan-servicing duties.

Housing Program Specialist II is the journey-level classification in the series. Incumbents work with considerable independence while performing the more responsible or complex housing assignments, such as preparing housing and market studies and evaluating project performance data. Incumbents at this level are expected to be knowledgeable of HOME and CDBG housing programs. The Housing Program Specialist II is distinguished from Housing Program Specialist, Supervising by the latter's supervisory responsibility.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Researches, gathers, and analyzes census, demographic, and housing data in order to assist in identifying housing or housing market study needs or to evaluate and/or support proposed projects or programs.
2. Assists senior-level and management staff by preparing and assembling written documents, including recommendations for projects requiring review and approval by a loan committee and/or Board of Supervisors; program performance documents, financial status reports, loan agreements, grant applications, redevelopment area reports, and other related housing documents, plans, and applications; and presentations to redevelopment agencies, the County Housing Loan Committee, and the Housing Advisory Council.
3. Monitors housing contracts or agreements between the State, sub-recipients, or project developers to ensure compliance with contract terms; obtains appropriate project clearances; conducts on-site housing project inspections; defines and reconciles issues/problems with developers, contractors, and the public, including income certification, occupancy standards, prevailing wage enforcement and compliance, and requests for variances from established standards; and develops, implements, and maintains internal project monitoring and reporting systems.
4. Coordinates and oversees construction and related escrow process with consultants and title companies; and senior-level staff in due diligence and underwriting activities for affordable ownership and rental housing projects.
5. Answers questions from and provides program or project development information to potential applicants seeking affordable housing, developers seeking funding for projects, concerned residents, the media, financial institutions, and representatives of various community agencies; and responds to inquiries from the State Department of Housing and Community Development regarding performance reports and financial statements.
6. Coordinates public hearing and notification process; prepares and maintains hearing/meeting minutes and records; and provides information to the Treasurer, Auditor-Controller, and developers regarding trust fund use and documents.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Housing Program Specialist I:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in urban studies/planning, business administration, public administration, or closely related field; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: research methods; basic math; report writing techniques; and standard English usage, grammar, and syntax.

Ability to: read, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws; gather and analyze data, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations; prepare written and statistical reports; monitor program activities; operate a personal computer and learn specific computer applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; learn principles and practices of mortgage banking, credit, loan, and escrow activities; and learn the pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to housing programs.

Housing Program Specialist II:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in urban studies/planning, business administration, public administration, or closely related field and one year of professional experience in the administration of affordable housing and community development programs, including HOME, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and affordable housing financing; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in urban studies/planning, business administration, public administration, or closely related field and one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Housing Program Specialist I with Santa Barbara County; 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 Requirements: Incumbents must be willing to travel to project sites. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: federal and state housing and community development loan and grant programs, including CDBG, HOME, and HAP; principles and practices of mortgage banking, credit, loan, and escrow activities; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to housing programs; research methods; basic math; report writing techniques; and standard English usage, grammar, and syntax.

Ability to: work independently; speak before small and large groups; represent the department at public hearings; organize multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities to meet deadlines; read, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws; gather and analyze data, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations; prepare written and statistical reports; monitor and coordinate program activities and projects; operate a personal computer and learn specific computer applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

 



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