Community Development Specialist

Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County
Athens, Georgia

The purpose of this job is to provide technical assistance to sub-recipient agencies in implementing programs and assure compliance with government regulations and contract provisions. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and economic development related projects and activities for program operations, monitoring, and oversight, overseeing the daily operations of sub recipients and assuring compliance with issues such as labor, common rule compliance, programmatic and regulatory technical assistance and monitoring and performing additional tasks as assigned.

REPORTS TO: Community Development Administrator
FLSA STATUS: Exempt – Administrative
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System – Requires satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period.
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, occasional evenings and weekend meetings

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Reviews and approves reimbursement requests and budget revisions from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded sub recipient agencies in order to insure that program expenditures are aligned with goals and are in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Reviews and understands federal regulations and communicates understanding with applicable agencies to insure sub-recipient agency programs comply with federal regulations; assists agencies in applying for grants.
  • Assists the Housing Coordinator with the voluntary demolition program.
  • Maintains records of accomplishments of agencies for consolidation into the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and quarterly reports.
  • Serves as departmental contact and provides technical assistance to sub recipient agencies and their contracted agencies in implementing their programs and abiding by government regulations.
  • Consults and coordinates sub recipient agency projects with other departments; prepares and presents reports on the activities of sub recipient agencies to local, state, and federal agencies; prepares reports for inter-office use.
  • Evaluates the appropriateness and content of proposals for assistance received from community agencies.
  • Assists in developing inter-departmental policies and working relationships; assists with the development of operating policies, procedures, goals and objectives for the department.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of programs and individual projects; prepares periodic status reports.
  • Assists with preparation of agenda items; public hearings and meetings.
  • Analyzes a variety of socio-economic data to assess the needs of the community.
  • Monitors the activities of sub recipient agencies for contract compliance and budget.
  • Assists in preparation of grant applications on behalf of the unified government.
  • Assists in developing programmatic funding strategies;
  • Provides technical assistance to other departments and non-CDBG agencies when requested; interprets federal regulations for Housing and Community Development and sub recipient agencies.
  • Assists in preparation of funding applications for release to the community and non-profit agencies.
  • Assists in preparation of sub recipient agency contracts; reviews agency statements of services, grant budgets and performance goals for accuracy and compliance with consolidated plan, reviews contract with attorney, prepares contract for execution.
  • Inspects sub recipient agencies and other Housing and Community Development
    Department related projects for compliance; maintains files on individual projects.
  • Works closely with sub recipient agencies through project completion.
  • Inspects sub recipient agencies’ projects for quality and compliance; monitors their expenditures; recommends payment for projects and professional services.

When assigned to Economic Development Housing:

  • Assists with completion of Historic Preservation Section 106 assessments and environmental reviews.
  • Assists with the administration of the small business revolving loan fund through the provision of technical assistance to applicants in the development of loan packages.
  • Monitors and provides technical assistance to: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act funded housing and economic development sub-recipient agencies; s to ensure compliance with Federal regulations, and achievement of required performance standards: 3) HOME Investment Partnership Act
  • Assists with the facilitation of Revolving Loan Review and the Loan Review Committee for small business loan recommendations.

Performs other duties as required.

  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the Housing and Community Development Department.
  • Knowledge of the terminology used within the department.
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of human services program delivery, current trends in the development of public-private partnerships, statistical analysis techniques, accounting and budget analysis, local policies and procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.
  • Skills in interpreting contract language, performing moderately complex mathematical computations and statistical analysis, delivering presentations and in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors and other staff members.
  • Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations. Ability to handle required math calculations.
  • Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques as necessary in the completion of daily assignments.
  • Ability to plan, organize and/or prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply the HUD regulations and department procedures and policies.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, or Public Administration or related field; and three years of experience in professional-level housing finance, credit underwriting, accounting, auditing, or financial management; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits
$45,300.00 Annually with full benefits including fully paid life insurance and short-term disability insurance along with health, vision, and dental. The opportunity to earn through participation in a stellar Wellness Program and other voluntary benefits.

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