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Under general supervision, provides highly responsible and complex analytical, research, and project management functions for the economic development programs and housing programs within the City; monitors grant loan programs for business and related housing programs; provides overall coordination, development, and administration for assigned programs and projects; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Community & Economic Development Director or designee; and performs related work as required.

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. May have direct supervision of staff.  Exercises project direction to professional, technical, or office support staff, and/or consultants on a project basis.

Class Characteristics
This classification develops and implements a variety of financial assistance programs for businesses, housing rehabilitation, housing assistance and first-time homebuyers programs.  Responsibilities include the implementation of redevelopment, housing, economic development, and real estate projects requiring the use of a high level of tact, discretion, and independent judgment, as well as knowledge of departmental activities.  The work has technical and programmatic aspects, requiring the interpretation and application of policies, procedures, and regulations and may involve frequent contact with the public, as well as performing various research and monitoring functions.

This class is distinguished from the Community & Economic Development Director in that the latter has overall responsibility for all economic, housing, and redevelopment functions and for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy. Incumbent may advance to Economic Development Program Manager or Housing Program Manager after gaining the knowledge, skill, and experience that meet the qualifications for, and demonstrating the ability to perform the work of, the higher-level class.

Examples of ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assists in the development, direction, coordination, and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the Community & Economic Development Department.
  • Coordinates, oversees, and performs professional-level research, administrative, operational, financial, legislative, and analytical duties in support of assigned programs; conducts studies, research projects, and analysis by selecting, adapting, and applying appropriate analytical, research, and statistical techniques.
  • Conducts a variety of analytical and operational studies regarding departmental and programmatic activities; evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and assists with the implementation of procedural, administrative, and/or operational changes after approval.
  • Plans, designs, develops, organizes, and oversees multiple highly complex programs; acts as the liaison between the City and outside agencies and vendors; oversees committees formed for these programs; receives, reviews, and organizes program applications; prepares periodic write-ups and reports detailing the success of the program.
  • Provides financial counseling and processes applications for low interest rehabilitation loans, business loans, housing assistance grants, and deferred payment loans for first time buyers programs.
  • Assists with the development and administration of the department’s budget; assists with the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment and supplies; assists with the monitoring of expenditures.
  • Monitors consultant contracts for housing and business revolving loan funds, first time buyer assistance programs, financial reporting, and grant funding programs.
  • Establishes and maintains records and files for assigned programs, including all documentation related to loans, contracting agreements, housing photos, and fund disbursements.
  • Serves as a liaison with employees, public, and private organizations, community groups, and other organizations; provides information and assistance to the public regarding the assigned programs and services; receives and responds to complaints and questions relating to assigned area of responsibility; reviews problems and recommends corrective actions.
  • Responsible for presenting AMBAG and RHNA information to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Responsible for applying to managing all CDBG, HOME, ESG or other County, State and Federal grant programs.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports to the Planning Commission, City Council and any other governmental body in addition to assisting in the setup of such meetings.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Acts as the City’s representative and liaison on relevant topics, including responding to questions and comments from the public in a courteous and timely manner and collaborating with involved parties to reach resolutions on identified issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, public policy, political science, economics, city or urban planning, housing or a related field preferred, and one (1) year of experience in developing and/or administering housing, economic development, or redevelopment projects and programs, preferably in a public agency. Five (5) years of relevant work experience in government may be substituted for the required education.

Valid California class C driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.

Tagged as: grants, housing loan programs, housing programs, liaison

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