Housing and Community Development Specialist II/III – 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 housing throughout San Mateo County and forging partnerships 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 and its interagency and private partners, nonprofit and for-profit, to support housing initiatives.

Salary Range: $8,467.33 – $10,587.20 Monthly
Application deadline: July 6, 2022
Link to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanmateo/jobs/3605756/housing-and-community-development-specialist-ii-iii-open-and-promotional?page=5&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

The HCD Specialist will have primary responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a variety of projects and work tasks as described above, including managing the loan-making processes for both multifamily and single-family first-time homebuyer programs. 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.

The Department of Housing is a catalyst for increasing access to high-quality affordable housing for households earning a variety of incomes, and supporting related community development activities, so that housing and robust services exist for people of all income levels and ages 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.

The Ideal Candidate for this position will possess the following qualities/qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • One year of progressively advanced skills and experience with affordable housing policies and programs
  • Strong program and project management skills.
  • One year of progressively advanced skills and experience with CDBG/HOME programs
  • Some 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.
  • Knowledge of programs for facilitating and subsidizing low- and moderate-income housing.
  • Experience in community outreach and partnership development.
  • A positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • An ability to embrace change with initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Experience in one or more of the following is highly desirable:

  • Housing policy or housing program development and implementation.
  • First-time homebuyer and/or home repair programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

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.

Final Filing Date:  July 6, 2022

To learn more about this career opportunity and how to apply, visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanmateo/jobs/3605756/housing-and-community-development-specialist-ii-iii-open-and-promotional?page=5&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs or visit the County jobs portal page at https://jobs.smcgov.org. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications are only accepted online.

County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.