Job: Housing and Community Development Specialist II/III (Open and Promotional)

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Pay: $76,606.40 to $109,657.60/year

Salary : $36.83 - $52.72 Hourly $2,946.40 - $4,217.60 Biweekly $6,383.87 - $9,138.13 Monthly $76,606.40 - $109,657.60 Annually

Posted: 04/02/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 2033132

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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Housing and Community Development Specialist II/III (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 04/23/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.83 - $52.72 Hourly
$2,946.40 - $4,217.60 Biweekly
$6,383.87 - $9,138.13 Monthly
$76,606.40 - $109,657.60 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on Monday, April 16, 2018 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be Monday, April 23, 2018.

The Department of Housing is a catalyst for increasing access to affordable housing, increasing the supply of workforce housing, and supporting related community development, so that housing exists for people of all income levels and generations in San Mateo County. The Department consists of two divisions, Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.

Reporting to the HCD Supervisor and HCD Housing Program Manager, the Housing and Community Development Specialist II/III position will engage in a variety of functions aimed at increasing the supply of affordable and workforce housing throughout San Mateo County and forging partnerships working to address critical housing needs.  A portion of the job duties will be more programmatic in nature and will require the Specialist to provide a variety of program support services including developing program objectives, preparing Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs), evaluating project proposals and underwriting, understanding and applying HUD and other program regulations, managing the Department's role in facilitating affordable housing developments, preparing contract documents, monitoring the progress of funding recipients, and providing technical assistance to and working with community groups on housing-related issues.  Other job duties will be more policy oriented and will require the Specialist to provide a variety of policy and partnership support to the Department of Housing for its housing initiatives.       

The HCD Specialist's programmatic support duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Managing the County's relationship with, and providing technical assistance to non-profit and for- profit organizations funded or seeking funding from the Department of Housing to facilitate development processes while ensuring compliance with applicable County, State and Federal requirements
  • Negotiating contract terms with outside vendors, consultants or organizations and monitoring and evaluating fiscal and legal liability of same
  • Coordinating the funding cycles of various funding sources including but not limited to the County Affordable Housing Fund and Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Assisting the Housing Manager in the process of awarding funds from the County's Affordable Housing Fund, funded largely by Measure A/K sales tax proceeds
  • Developing and administering housing and community development programs such as affordable multi-family rental, new construction, real estate acquisition, rehabilitation and home ownership
  • Managing a portfolio of grantees to ensure compliance with local, State and Federal regulations, including environmental reviews and prevailing wage requirements
  • Managing a portfolio of grantees including negotiating contracts, processing requests for payment, and reviewing quarterly and/or annual progress reports
  • Providing support and oversight to planning and developing large scale housing projects sponsored or co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Department of Housing
  • Monitoring the performance of grantees and writing performance reports as needed
  • Preparing written reports such as The Annual Plan and Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
  • Conducting due diligence reviews on applications for community development and public services, housing grants and loans and coordinating with consultants on final staff recommendation reports
  • Preparing funding recommendations, memos, resolutions and other materials that will go to the Board of Supervisors
  • Managing the assets of loans and grants portfolio
  • Administering home buyer and home repair programs, including underwriting for eligibility and affordability, and preparing loan documents, and contracts
  • Interpreting, explaining, and directing the enforcement of all applicable standards, codes and regulations
  • May represent the Department of Housing at meetings of the County Board of Supervisors
  • Preparing detailed written reports, policies, procedures and contracts

The HCD Specialist's policy and partnership support duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Researching, analyzing, and summarizing data on key housing issues
  • Assisting with the development of Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) priorities, guidelines and processes
  • Researching, analyzing, and helping develop affordable housing policy solutions addressing County needs
  • Monitoring the progress of affordable housing-related collaborations and initiatives in which the Housing Department is participating, and engaging in problem-solving as needed when challenges arise
  • Developing plans, objectives and implementation strategies for Department of Housing outreach, technical assistance, and partnership initiatives
  • Acting as representative of the Department of Housing in collaborations with community stakeholders and inter-departmental work within the County
  • Evaluating grant opportunities and writing grant applications
  • Investigating and developing new opportunities for the Department to provide support and assistance to cities, housing developers, housing advocates, and others in facilitating the creation of housing

The HCD Specialist will have primary responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a variety of projects and work tasks as described above. In addition, the HCD Specialist will be expected to work productively on housing-related projects and initiatives with a variety of community groups, city and county staff, and elected officials, developers, community leaders, and other diverse stakeholders. 

Strong skills in program or project management and community outreach are required. Experience in one or more of the following is highly desirable:
  • Housing policy or housing program development and implementation
  • Federal or state housing programs
  • Affordable housing production and finance
  • Urban planning development and community revitalization

The Ideal Candidate for this position will possess the following qualities/qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Three years of progressively advanced skills and experience with CDBG/HOME programs (or three years of experience with CDBG/HOME and an advanced college degree)
  • Three years of progressively advanced skills and experience with affordable housing policies and programs (or three years of experience with affordable housing policies and programs and an advanced college degree)
  • Strong program and project management skills
  • Familiarity with other federal and state housing finance programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
  • A basic understanding of affordable housing finance and underwriting
  • A basic understanding of the complexities of housing development, land use, and affordable housing financing issues
  • Knowledge of issues related to urban planning and equitable community development
  • Experience in community outreach and partnership development
  • A solid track record of demonstrated accomplishments and of innovative and proactive problem-solving skills
  • A solid track record of successful collaborative leadership efforts with teams and groups
  • A positive attitude and sense of humor
  • An ability to embrace change with initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Candidates with an advanced education degree or training in housing, housing finance, public policy, urban planning, sustainable development, or related field are strongly encouraged to apply.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
  • HCD Specialist II: Two years of experience in community development project coordination, economic development, or loan application preparation and processing
  • HCD Specialist III: Three years of experience in a housing and community development program that has included responsibility for financing, community development, or economic development projects
Knowledge of:
  • Programs for facilitating and subsidizing low and moderate housing
  • Legislative process at local, state and federal levels
  • Federal and state housing initiative and programs
  • Principles and practices of public administration, community outreach and partnership-building, and effective communication with the public
  • Basic land use and zoning concepts
  • Project planning, budgeting, scheduling, supervision and monitoring
  • Statistical methods and data collection, tabulation and analysis
Skill/Ability to:
  • Manage and coordinate multiple complex projects and activities
  • Meet deadlines and finish work products within appropriate time frames
  • Prepare grant applications and performance reports
  • Evaluate proposals, manage project schedules, monitor compliance and progress, and evaluate performance
  • Negotiate scope-of-work and other individualized components of contracts
  • Research policies, analyze alternatives, and make concise recommendations
  • Identify problems and propose solutions
  • Express ideas effectively, orally and in writing
  • Compose and disseminate information to the community and general public through various media
  • Work effectively with the public and community groups
  • Make presentations to committees, special purpose groups, and the general public
  • Conduct meetings
  • Train and direct the activities of lower level personnel

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: Pass/Fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%).  Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANTApplications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date: April 23, 2018
Tentative Screening Date: April 30, 2018
Tentative Panel Interview Dates: May 16 and/or 17, 2018
At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Christina Chan (040218) (Housing and Community Development Specialist II/III - R002/R003)

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