Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Housing Specialist 1

Recruitment #211109-2414AR-001

Introduction



About Us
Our mission at the State of Connecticut, Department of Housing (DOH) is to strengthen and revitalize communities by promoting affordable housing opportunities. DOH seeks to eliminate homelessness and to catalyze the creation and preservation of quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of all individuals and families statewide to ensure that Connecticut continues to be a great place to live and work. 

We are currently seeking a Housing Specialist 1 to join our development division within the DOH. 

Position Highlights
  • Monday-Friday work schedule, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • This position will be predominantly focused on Community Development efforts to include but not be limited to the following program(s) Community Development Block Grant, Small Cities (SC), COVID (CV) and Recovery Housing Program (RHP) and Community Shelter Capital (Shelter) and State Sponsored Housing Portfolio (SSHP). 
  • Flexible work hours to support a fast paced team
About the Position
In this role you will:
  • Review, analyze, and process financial assistance applications, program plans, budgets, term sheets, contracts, revisions to contracts to ensure accuracy and conformity with statutory and agency requirements
  • Provide funding and other recommendations on financial applications
  • Review and process requests for disbursements, contract modifications and other program and project modifications requested by the financial assistance recipients and make recommendations
  • Implement goals and objectives
  • Other related duties
Benefits and leaves will be subject to the appropriate collective bargaining contract language and Connecticut General Statutes.

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Application Information:
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  
Throughout the Recruitment Process:
  • Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 
Please Note: 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Michelle Gara at Michelle.Gara@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Housing, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks related to housing and/or community development programs and/or projects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Reviews, analyzes and processes financial assistance applications, program plans, budgets, term sheets, contracts, revisions to contracts to ensure accuracy and conformity with statutory and agency requirements; provides funding and other recommendations on financial applications; reviews and processes requests for disbursements, contract modifications and other program and project modifications requested by the financial assistance recipients and makes recommendations; provides technical assistance to staff, state agencies and federal government entities relative to housing related programs including but not limited to moderate rental housing, rental homes for elderly, urban revitalization, tax abatement, relocation, housing site development, housing development corporations, downtown revitalization, incentive housing zones, local programs to facilitate affordable housing development, lead abatement, emergency shelters, transitional living, rapid re-housing, accessibility, homelessness reduction or prevention, fair housing, transit-oriented development and housing code enforcement; assists local agencies and authorities in areas of program planning, design, operations and management; serves as liaison with agency administrative staff, state agencies and federal government entities, property managers, landlords, private consultants, advocates, service providers and attorneys on housing, housing related and community development matters including agency projects and programs; performs inspections, recertifications, reviews and evaluations to determine quality of program operation, conformance with program plan and other contractual requirements and effectiveness and makes recommendations; prepares comprehensive statistical, financial, budget, progress and other reports; maintains and monitors program budgets and completes related paperwork; monitors status of payment requests; may serve on committees, task forces and work groups; may represent the agency in meetings with financial assistance recipients and public fora; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of local, state, federal governmental and private resources available in the area of housing and community development; knowledge of the challenges and programs related to the expansion of affordable housing, community revitalization and homelessness reduction and prevention; knowledge of social and economic factors related to expansion of affordable housing, community revitalization and homelessness reduction and prevention; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to review, analyze or prepare financial assistance applications from local, state, or federal governmental entities; ability to plan, analyze and evaluate housing programs and projects; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of professional experience in the development and coordination of housing programs or projects or financial or technical advisory assistance to local, state, or federal government entities relative to housing or related housing matters.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.
2. A Master's Degree in housing and community development, housing studies, housing and human environments, urban planning, business administration, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees, one (1) year of experience as a Assistant Economic And Community Development Agent, with a concentration in housing and community development, may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in Commercial or Residential Underwriting
  • Experience with Federal Entitlement Programs; Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) or HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Experience with Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Reviews
  • Experience in Compliance with State or Federal programs 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1 Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.