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Housing Program Specialist, Senior

Salary: $28.74-$35.08 hourly / $4,998-$6,102 monthly / Range: 6066

DEFINITION: Under general direction, coordinates, implements, and maintains assigned federal, state, and local housing finance and community development programs, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME, Homebuyer Assistance (HAP), homeless, and redevelopment housing and funding programs; acts as a lead worker; provides technical expertise and training to staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Housing Program Specialist, Senior is the advanced journey-level class in the Housing Program Specialist series. It is distinguished from Housing Program Specialist I/II in that incumbents at the Senior level act as lead workers to Housing Program Specialists I/II and are responsible for coordinating the activities of major housing/financing or community development programs. Incumbents perform complex professional-level work and exercise independent judgment and initiative. Housing Program Specialist, Senior is distinguished from Housing Program Manager in that the Manager has overall responsibility for the Housing Finance and Development Division program operations and staff.


1. Coordinates the activities of federal, state, and local housing programs, including directing the activities of staff, consultants, local lending institutions, and title companies in program implementation; preparing state and federal grant applications and related documents in order to secure funding; developing program guidelines and contracts; marketing programs; monitoring programs and ensuring regulatory compliance with environmental, relocation, and fair housing laws and labor standards; preparing written and statistical consolidated plans and annual performance reports; and serving as staff to consortium steering committees.
2. Provides technical assistance to developers, local jurisdictions, and community groups in identifying funding resources for projects that meet the County's housing and community development goals and objectives; assists developers with planning and preparing project proposals, loan applications, and other documents to meet the legal submission requirements and to obtain housing grants and other funding; and evaluates housing proposals and makes recommendations to management and executive staff regarding the funding of such projects.
3. Evaluates and underwrites projects for public funding, including evaluating borrower and market risk, financial feasibility for homeownership, rental housing, and public facility proposals; and makes recommendations and prepares written staff reports to loan committee.
4. Develops schedules and establishes priorities to facilitate the implementation of new housing projects or modification to existing housing programs; identifies zoning, subdivision, and permitting conditions which may delay project progress; tracks and facilitates projects through the regulatory review process; assists in obtaining appropriate clearances for new projects; monitors project progress to ensure compliance with program requirements.
5. Acts as internal consultant to division, department, and County staff, including providing guidance and assistance in the interpretation of policy, procedure, and program requirements; determining appropriate corrective action to resolve issues; assuring compliance with program requirements; and reviewing and making decisions on complex cases involving housing eligibility requirements.
6. Assigns and reviews the work of staff; assesses the needs of and provides training for entry-level staff; and coordinates the work of housing consultants.
7. Monitors internal guidelines, procedures, methods, and systems to ensure compliance with technical standards and program requirements; analyzes local, state, and federal laws and policies to determine the impact on internal methods and systems; makes recommendations to the Program Manager for new or revised procedures and systems; monitors financial expenditures and assures proper reporting of program funds to state and federal agencies; and ascertains compliance with program reporting guidelines, with the assistance of the Auditor Controller's staff.
8. Organizes workshops and hearings to inform the public of available funding and promote the awareness of the need for and acceptance of affordable housing; speaks before 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; may speak before the Board of Supervisors and various advisory committees to provide policy interpretation on matters such as long-term resale restrictions.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a bachelor's degree in urban studies/planning, business administration, public administration, or closely related field and:

1. four years 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. two years of experience equivalent to Housing Program Specialist II with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

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

Knowledge of: the issues and trends affecting housing and community development; federal and state housing and community development loan and grant programs, including CDBG, HOME, Homeless Continuum of Care, and HAP; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and 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: assign and review the work of others; train and evaluate staff; organize multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities to meet deadlines; coordinate program activities; prepare, negotiate, evaluate, and monitor contracts; perform needs assessment and market analysis; analyze financial proforma and budgets; work independently; speak before small and large groups; represent the department at public hearings; read, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws; gather and analyze data, draw valid conclusions, make recommendations, and develop solutions; prepare a variety of complex written documents 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.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents must be willing to travel to project sites.


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