Programs Planner (CDBG-Disaster Recovery)

Recruitment #200212-UNCE-63



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The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 4, 2020. 


POSITION:  Programs Planner (CDBG-Disaster Recovery)
DIVISIONCommunity Development
JOB LOCATION: Oklahoma City
SALARY:  $55,000 – $62,000

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is seeking a full-time Programs Planner. This is a full-time unclassified position in state government. Oklahoma Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit allowance, [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $62,000, based on education and experience.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has received Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in multiple allocations for overlapping time periods.

• Develop and implement the Oklahoma CDBG-DR grant program.
• Collaborate closely with U.S. HUD, and coordinate involvement from other stakeholders such as Oklahoma Emergency Management, Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, ODEQ, and other Disaster Recovery related stakeholders.
• Act as a primary point of contact and coordinate the activities of contractors, monitoring staff and others working to implement all aspects of the CDBG-DR program.
• Assist in the development and implementation of CDBG-DR budget and state plan, and submission of quarterly reports.
• Ensure CDBG-DR program compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
• Develop appropriate criteria and rating tools for CDBG-DR projects.
• Prepare solicitations and selection process for funded projects.
• Provide programmatic, financial and software technical assistance for contracted units of local government who receive CDBG-DR funds.
• Coordinate with and train subcontractors in the implementation of CDBG-DR policies and procedures.
• Process, or coordinate the processing of requests for reimbursements, contract modifications, contract monitoring reports, and close out documents.
• Facilitate and ensure the completion of on-site monitoring visits to ensure subrecipient financial and programmatic compliance with program rules.
• Work with state programmatic and fiscal staff as well as HUD staff to ensure the successful closeout of Oklahoma’s previous CDBG-DR grant. This includes assisting with final reconciliation of financial reports, organizing programmatic reports, and assisting HUD staff with site monitoring.
• Some limited in state and out of state travel may be required.

Strong logistic and organizational skills required. Ability to read, interpret and apply federal guidance is required. Strong problem solving ability, knowledge of applicable federal and state laws pertaining to grants, general accounting knowledge, and the ability to balance and plan for competing demands required. Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks is critical. Leadership skills and the willingness to take ownership and responsibility are critical. Excellent written and oral communication skills required.

Candidates must have proficient computer skills for communication, data and project analysis. Candidates must also be eager and willing to add to their existing knowledge base and skillset.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Public Administration, Sociology, Community Planning or any closely related field. At least three years of professional experience with developing state plans, ensuring project management, and financial management/accounting or an equivalent combination of education and experience are required.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and experience in federal block grants, HUD funded programs, housing programs, infrastructure management, or other related fields.



Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.