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Affordable Housing Program Specialist

Company: City of Longmont, Colorado
Location: Longmont
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

20210327 Affordable Housing Program Specialist CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled APPLY ONLINE AT LONGMONTCOLORADO.GOV/JOBS Department: Community Services Division: Housing & Community Investment Hiring Range: $5,301 - $5,889/month Monday --- Friday, 8:00am --- 5:00pm Some evenings and weekends required Regular Full-time with Benefits Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending, Defined Benefit Pension Plan, 401(a) Money Purchase Plan, Life & Survivor, Term Life & AD&D, Long Term Disability, Bereavement, Jury & Witness Duty, FMLA, Military Leave, Sick, Vacation, Holiday pay, EAP, Tuition Assistance. Other benefits: Optional, employee elected, voluntary benefits are available. Definition: The Longmont Housing and Community Investment Division is hiring a Program Specialist position to manage the city---s Affordable Housing Programs: Inclusionary Housing Program (requiring that 12% of all new residential development be affordable) and the Affordable Housing Financing and Incentive Programs. This position will work with developers from the planning stages through construction of units and to issuance of Certificates of Occupancy to determine how they will meet their requirement and ensure that all units are provided or payments-in-lieu of units are received. The candidate will also ensure Inclusionary Housing requirements are tracked through the city---s internal approval processes, prepare Council Communications, deed restrictions and other legal documents and present options for meeting Inclusionary Housing requirements to Council on behalf of the developers. This position will make available, analyze and present recommendations for funding from the City---s Affordable Housing Fund and CDBG Program. It will also accept and process applications for AH incentives including fee waivers, fee offsets, height/density bonuses and other development incentives. The position will coordinate with the City---s Planning and Development Services department, legal staff, Building Permitting and internal Division staff. This position will also work with potential homebuyers of the affordable housing units and track data related to units provided for reports to Council and the community. We are looking for someone who can interpret and communicate federal, state and local regulations. Candidate should know how to manage multiple projects and establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in the community (developers/builders, engineers/architects, internal staff, members of the community, etc.). Candidate should be able to analyze and compile technical and statistical information on the program and prepare effective reports and written communications. Principal Duties: Process and review development proposals for inclusionary housing compliance and review development plans for conformance to the City of Longmont---s Affordable Housing codes. Confer with and advise applicants, developers/builders, city departments, other agencies, and the public regarding City of Longmont Affordable Housing programs, development policies and standards. Prepare agreements or contracts with agencies, developers or builders, non-profits, businesses and other groups receiving funding or providing or building housing. Set up and maintain project files. Monitor projects for program and contract compliance. Conduct funding processes for CDBG, HOME and the City---s local Affordable Housing Fund. Review and analyze applications for housing financing assistance. Determine eligibility for funding from the various funding. Meet with applicants to explain program requirements. Formulate recommendations and prepare written materials for City Council, Development Review Committee, and the Housing and Human Services Advisory Board. Prepare legal documents including, but not limited to, Deeds of Trust, Promissory Notes, Truth-in-Lending, Good Faith Estimate of Closing Costs and Settlement Statements. Manage and monitor the ongoing requirements of the legal documents to ensure compliance. Track projects and budget fund expenditures and financial transactions. Prepare contractor vouchers and review invoices for accuracy, approve or seek revisions and submit for payment. Prepare periodic records and reports for city, state, and/or federal compliance with statistics tracking, grant funding, and project completion. Update sales and rental prices when HUD publishes the annual income limits. Develop and maintain databases for tracking developer, client and development records, demographics, project completion, housing units built, payments received, land donated, etc. Track projects and budget fund expenditures and financial transactions. Track agreement compliance status and address any defaults. Coordinate services with internal departments/divisions and staff as well as outside agencies such as lending institutions, real estate firms, title companies, private land developers, housing builders, non-profit and for-profit developers, and service providers. Conduct required periodic program and agency monitoring to ensure compliance with all program requirements. Work with residents and neighborhood groups to proactively identify housing and other community investment needs. Maintain project and/or participant files maintaining and ensuring confidentiality of specific information. Performs essential duties and additional tasks in a manner which enhances City Attributes. Working Environment: Most work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, with some movement between office locations, and occasionally in people---s homes or at a construction site. Work requires visual and physical capabilities to work on computers and associated equipment for prolonged periods of time, sitting for extensive periods, continuous use of fingers and hands to operate standard office equipment, for writing and frequent light lifting, carrying, and transporting of files (under 15 pounds). Work requires continuous reading of documents, written and verbal communication in person and via telephone, detailed work, confidentiality, and performing multiple concurrent tasks. Work requires frequent reading of flood plain and street maps, problem solving, use of math and reasoning, and customer contact. Work involves occasional moderate lifting/carrying (15-49 pounds), pulling, pushing, reaching, walking, standing, climbing, crawling, bending/stooping, twisting, kneeling, and squatting to conduct construction inspections, occasional exposure to noise, dust, sun, slippery/uneven walking surfaces, and working around machinery and moving vehicles. Position works alone to complete daily tasks and frequently works closely with clients and others in providing and coordinating services. Periodic after-hours work may be required for meeting attendance. Qualifications: A Bachelor---s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Community Development, Social Science, Public Administration, or related field and three to four years--- experience in affordable housing, planning, human services, loan financing, city rehabilitation programs, housing construction, or related field. Master---s degree in a related field may substitute for one year experience. Equivalent education and experience may be considered. Special Qualifications: Bilingual (English/Spanish) proficiency preferred. Selection The selection process will include complete job description review, personal interview, background investigation, criminal background check, and substance screening. DEADLINE: Open Until Filled An ONLINE APPLICATION is required. This job is Open Until Filled. The online application process is available for this position on our website at www.longmontcolorado.gov/jobs . Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the City Application. For more information, call (303) 651-8609. The City of Longmont offers Equal Opportunity for employment to all qualified applicants. It is the policy of the City of Longmont not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, veteran status, or disability unless related to a bona fide occupational requirement. If you need special assistance in the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department in advance to make arrangements. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER ALL CITY OF LONGMONT FACILITIES ARE SMOKE FREE

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