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CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVES (CNI) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST-GRANT FUNDED

May 28, 2013 - June 28, 2013
Location:San Antonio, TX
Salary Range:$41,392 - $52,208
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Exempt
Benefits:FULL
Employment Type:Other
Department:Development Services & Neighborhood Revitalization
Description:The ideal candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and public speaking ability. Candidates must have the ability to analyze and interpret data and make recommendations for action based on this information; be creative and energetic. Must be able to read, analyze and interpret community development periodicals. Ideal candidates will have experience in the use of Microsoft Office Suite applications (Outlook, WORD, PowerPoint, Excel, accounting and financial software, and internet use). Extensive knowledge in real estate development, economic development and urban planning is highly desirable.

NOTE: The first screening of external applications will take place on June 12, 2013.

SUMMARY

Facilitates, promotes and negotiates planning and community development projects. The Community Development Specialist will work at the community level to ensure that CHOICE Neighborhood Initiatives are respectful and inclusive of area residents, businesses, educational institutions and local government. All activities must support the San Antonio Housing Authority’s strategic goals and objectives for the Choice Neighborhood Programs and produce results that accomplish the goals of the Development Services and Neighborhood Revitalization department.
Duties:ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Essential functions require presence in the workplace on a regular basis: in order to accomplish this, regular attendance MUST be maintained.

•Provides staff assistance in the creation, planning and implementation of all Neighborhood Initiatives defined for the CHOICE grant, including but not limited to, in-fill housing neighborhood campaigns, funding, human services program interface, economic development.
•Responsible for involving community and residents activities that lead to improving social, residential, and economic outlooks. Establishes goals and deadlines for program related work.
•Leads community outreach and engagement efforts required to ensure respectful and collaborative participation among residents, neighborhood leadership, and local businesses and key CHOICE Implementation Plan partners.
•Leads and supports agreed upon community development initiatives and conducts due diligence to ensure initiatives are financially sound and comply with SAHA, local and federal requirements.
•Coordinates with the various project consultants, partners and contractors to ensure all parties have the necessary access and information to perform their role in carrying out the objectives of the CHOICE Neighborhood program.
•Assists in the preparation of grant applications, bid documents and program proposals; identifies potential funding sources and assists with the preparation of funding applications.
•Prepares requests for proposals (“RFP”) for a wide range of professional services needed for due diligence or construction related activities.
•Aids in the preparation of reports for federal, state and local agencies and the development of procedures and guidelines for effective implementation of programs.
•Other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

•Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relations among residents and internal and external partners
•Ability to integrate and synchronize internal and external program and project efforts to meet goals of CHOICE.
•Ability to read, analyze and interpret community development periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
•Write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
•Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
•Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of complex variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
•Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications (Outlook, accounting and financial software, and the Internet).
•Must be capable of learning other computer programs as required.
•Extensive knowledge of key policies, procedures, and functions in the Development Services and Neighborhood Revitalization.
•Knowledge of the principles and practices of program development and implementation.
•Familiarity with federal, state and local funding sources available for housing and community development.
•Extensive knowledge and proper application of the principles of research and report writing techniques.
•Knowledge of budget preparation and management.
•Knowledge and understanding of real estate finance, development, acquisition, or similar activities.
•Proven ability to interpret and apply applicable policies, regulations, and procedures.
•Knowledge and proven ability to prepare grant applications.
•Proven ability and interest in assisting in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of community development programs and project programs.
•Ability to prepare and analyze statistical and financial reports and make recommendations for action based on this analysis.
•Knowledge and ability to prepare feasibility analysis of potential real estate developments and investments.

Qualifications:MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

•Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Community Development, Urban Studies or a related field.
•Two (2) years of experience in real estate development, finance, grant writing, budget management, financial analysis, urban planning, or general administrative experience in a private or public agency required.
•An additional (8) years of experience in real estate development, finance, grant writing, budget management, financial analysis, urban planning, or general administrative experience may be considered in lieu of the education requirement
•Texas Class “C” driver’s license at time of placement and be insurable by the Housing Authority’s liability and fleet insurance carrier.
•Successful completion of a criminal history background check, education and work history verification and drug screening test.

QUALIFICATION PROCEDURES

Applications will be reviewed for relevant experience, education, and training. Applications must be detailed and complete for proper evaluation. The best-qualified applicants may be required to complete further testing, which may consist of any combination of written, oral, or performance examinations. Responses to supplemental questions are required if applicable.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

•Work a flexible schedule if required.
•Work involves the normal risks and discomforts associated with an office environment.
•The employee is frequently required to maintain a stationary position, operate computers and other office equipment, move about the office, attend onsite and offsite meetings, and communicate.
•Moderate physical exertion such as bending, stooping, crouching and climbing stairs is needed for field visits.
•The employee must be able to accurately exchange information in person, in writing and via e-mail and telephone.
•The employee must occasionally transport up to 10 pounds.

ETHICS

As a state-chartered agency, SAHA is committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards. Applicants selected for employment are expected to perform work responsibilities with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and honesty, to merit the respect of our co-workers, clients, partners, vendors and the general public. Applicants selected for employment are also expected to serve the public with dedication, concern, courtesy and responsiveness.

Disclaimer

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

This position specification is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this position specification at any time, without notice

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the San Antonio Housing Authority will make reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified applicant or employee to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities, if it would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of the employer’s business.

WHEN A HIGHER LEVEL POSITION EXISTS CANDIDATES WITH GREATER QUALIFICATIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION.



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