Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development
SUMMARY: Under general direction, manages all aspects of the City of West Palm Beach single family and multi-family housing policies and programs, assists the Housing and Community Development Director in the day to day operations of the department; and performs related duties as may be assigned.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
- Manages operations of Housing and Community Development programs, including, but not limited to, staff supervision and budgets.
- Monitors federal, state and local housing program including CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program, and administration of grant projects.
- Designs and formulates market rate and affordable housing programs. Creates program policies and procedures for presentation to the Mayor and City Commission, and prepares project reports and other special reports as required.
- Creates and presents City Commission agenda items on issues related to the City's housing and community development programs.
- Represents the Department, when needed, with internal and external organizations such as, but not limited to, the Mayor and City Commission, non-profit and for profit organizations, financial institutions and neighborhood groups to identify goals and objectives for meeting community housing needs and project feasibility and funding.
- Ensures, through monitoring of programs, ongoing review and compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Extensive knowledge of federal economic development loan, grant, and tax credit programs.
- Extensive knowledge of federal HUD regulations - HOME, CDBG, HOPWA and NSP – and State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program.
- Thorough knowledge of real estate, finance, and leveraging capital resources through innovative public/private partnerships and the City of West Palm Beach planning process and techniques for policy development.
- Demonstrated skill in identifying critical issues and resolving identified problems and concerns.
- Demonstrated skills in supervision, planning, budgeting, and creating and monitoring standards.
- Demonstrated skill in marketing and public relations.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated skill in solving management problems, motivating employees, organizing and prioritizing work assignments.
- Demonstrated skill in negotiating with tact with special interest groups to build consensus and resolve conflicts or concerns.
- Demonstrated skills in planning, organizing, assigning, and coordinating the activities of professional staff.
- Demonstrated skills in the management of complex projects.
- Skill in making effective public presentations.
- Proven ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Proven ability to interact effectively with diverse community groups, elected officials, senior city staff, employees and the public.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves detailed concentration for long periods of time in a modified office environment. There may be occasional need for light lifting (up to 10 pounds). This position may also require the use of City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Urban Planning or related field, and (5) years of housing and community development related program management experience, or any equivalent combination of training an experience. One (1) year supervisory or managerial experience, required. Master’s degree, highly desirable.
A valid Florida driver’s license is required. A valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.
Last revision: November 2001