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Housing Specialist

Organization: City of Visalia
Date Posted: 11/7/2019
Date Needed: 1/1/2020
City: Visalia
Location: California
Country: United States
Primary Category: Admin/Budget/Financial
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details


Bargaining Unit: Supervisors & Managers


$36.34 - $45.69 Hourly
$2,907.51 - $3,655.21 Biweekly
$6,299.61 - $7,919.62 Monthly
$75,595.32 - $95,035.44 Annually


JOB TITLE: Housing Specialist


BASIC FUNCTION: Under general direction, independently plans, coordinates, oversees and evaluates activities related to housing projects and programs. Performs related responsibilities as required, under the direction of the Finance Director, or their designee.


•Establishes goals and objectives for City's housing and community grant programs based upon various planning documents, community participation, and applicable State and Federal law.

•Oversees and monitors housing programs including Community Development Block Grants, HOME investment partnership funds, Housing Funds and special grant programs.

•Negotiates complex legal and financial agreements with public and private housing providers for land sale/acquisition, development and project financing to ensure compliance with agency goals and funding requirements.

•Assists the Finance Director with preparation of planning documents and designing housing programs to meet objectives by identifying resources available from housing agencies and financial institutions and researching regulations and best practices.

•Prepares and administers bids for products and services, working with the City Purchasing Department from preparation of bid documents to contract completion.

•Monitors performance under housing agreements, reviewing financial and statistical data, and the condition of properties to ensure compliance with grant goals and objectives.

•Reviews State and Federal and program policy updates and recommends changes in local policies or procedures to maintain compliance.

•Serves as a resource to City Departments and staff, Committees, Council, Planning Commission and community groups on housing needs and funding source requirements.

•Assists Finance Director with preparation and monitoring of the operating and capital budgets for the housing divisions, including work program and production goals.

•Prepares various quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports for submittal to granting agencies as required.

•Runs financial reports and prepares draw requests for various grants (IDIS/DRGR).

•Provides training to Housing and City staff, as needed.

•Oversees lead based paint evaluation program.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.


This position reports to the Finance Director, or their designee, and may supervise staff as assigned.


Knowledge of/Skill in/Ability to:

•Demonstrate a high level of personal motivation and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks, focus on objectives, and meet deadlines.

•Principles and practices of single and/or multi-family housing development, construction, rehabilitation, and project management.

•Research, interpret, and educate City staff on Federal and State laws and regulations related to housing grant programs, public real estate acquisition and relocation for HOME, CDBG, and other grant funding.

•Research and interpret California Health and Safety Code related to housing funds remaining after the dissolution of California Redevelopment Agencies.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, governing bodies, agencies, committees, financial institutions and the public.

•Negotiate real estate and financial agreements for the development of low income housing.

•Project feasibility evaluation and underwriting practices.

•Plan, design, organize, and evaluate housing programs to achieve objectives.

•Design and administer effective testing and monitoring practices for housing projects and programs to ensure continued compliance with existing agreements, laws, and regulations.

•Prepare financial projections and budgets, and monitor expenditures and progress for variances and compliance.

•Governmental purchasing policies, practices and procedures.

•Prepare and present clear and concise reports for Council, committees, granting agencies, and the public.

  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups, both orally and in writing.


    •Possess or obtain proficiency with personal computer applications such as Excel, Word, and specialized grant reporting software.

    •Supervise staff including assigning, counseling, motivating, training and evaluating.

    Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skill and abilities would be:

    •Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of housing, HUD grants, real estate, or related field.

    •Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, economics, or related field.

    •Experience with developing projects with multiple funding sources is desired.

    • Possession of a valid California Drivers License by time of appointment.



    Positions in this class are typically situated in a standard office environment resulting in little exposure to the weather and requiring no unusual physical abilities.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

    FLSA: Exempt

How to Apply / Contact


Additional information and application materials are available on the City of Visalia website at under Jobs in the City.  Application filing deadline is November 25, 2019.