9775 Senior Community Development Specialist II

Housing Construction Representative

Recruitment #TEX-9775-087848






Under the supervision of the Construction Management Supervisor, the Housing Construction Representative supports the Housing Development team of the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).  This position is responsible for a range of construction monitoring and management responsibilities relating to a variety of MOHCD-funded affordable housing projects or programs, including new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of rental and for-sale housing with the goal of facilitating the construction or preservation of high-quality affordable housing for San Francisco’s low and very low income residents.  

Primary Duties:  Under the supervision of the Construction Representative Supervisor, the primary duties of the Housing Construction Representative are:  

Advise Project Managers regarding the evaluation and modification of requests for funding by reviewing and approving proposed scopes of work and construction cost estimates for appropriateness, compliance with MOHCD quality standards and assist in preparation of recommendations to the Loan Committee for funding;

Review architectural documents and cost estimates, and work with MOHCD Project Managers to review the impact of these on the project development budget at key stages of preconstruction, i.e. schematic design, design development, construction documents, and prior to bidding;

Evaluate construction cost estimates, identify discrepancies, propose and/or evaluate value engineering strategies for appropriateness; 

Ensure that MOHCD pre-construction requirements are met (relative to Loan Agreement and Ground Lease requirements as well as MOHCD policies and procedures), prior to approving a request to issue Notice to Proceed (NTP);

Evaluate change order requests for cost, scope and appropriateness, identify potential cost-savings or alternative solutions;

Review draft pay applications, inspect project site prior to approval and routing of pay applications and approve/disapprove pay and construction change orders for cost and time extension;

Maintain or monitor contingency balance reports in order to identify and address potential cost overruns by informing the Construction Representative Supervisor and the Project Manager of these potential impacts;

Provide monthly updates to project management staff, Construction Management Supervisor and Director of Housing Development;

Facilitate effective teamwork among development team members, including advising project sponsors on construction management, scheduling, and contract enforcement issues, anticipating and helping to resolve problems impacting costs, schedule and scope. 

Maintain project files (predominantly electronic) including copies of all Construction Documents, such as Notices to Proceed, Permits, and Certificates of Completion, site inspection and meeting notes, plans and specifications, lien notices and releases and executed change orders;

Promote “green building” in a cost effective manner to support durable, energy and resource efficient, durable, and comfortable affordable housing;

Develop and maintain productive relationships with City departments such as the Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD), Contract Monitoring Division (CMD), Fire Department (SFFD), Department of Public Works (DPW), Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE), etc. in order to expedite permit approvals, field inspection services and generally facilitate the delivery of affordable housing on time and on budget.

Minimum Qualifications

1.        Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

 2.       Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, urban planning, government, social work, education, finance, criminal justice, or related field AND three (3) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice or elections related work; OR

 3.       Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, planning, social work, public administration, finance, education, criminal justice, or business administration AND two (2) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice; OR

 4.       Possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years of administrative/professional experience in community development, housing and/or housing development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, or criminal justice.    

SUBSTITUTION: Verifiable administrative/professional experience involving community development, housing and/or housing development, finance, education, social work, children/youth work, criminal justice, and/or elections may substitute for the educational requirement in Minimum Qualification #1 on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

1.   Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year college/university, preferably in related field, such as architecture, engineering, public administration, construction management, etc. 

2.  Three years practical experience construction or related field(s) such as architecture, real estate development, public or non-profit housing program administration, construction, or engineering.

3.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with a diverse set of individuals including real estate development, banking, architects, engineers, and other design professionals, city building inspection, construction field personnel and the public. 

 4.  Familiarity with residential construction technology, including green building, sustainable design, accessibility, building materials and application, industry procedures and practices, and standard construction and architectural contracts.

5.   Familiarity with construction documents, cost estimating procedures and resources and ability to make reliable judgments regarding appropriate construction scope and costs.

 6.  Commitment to the goal of increasing and preserving the stock of well-designed housing affordable to low and very low income persons and households in San Francisco.

7.   Familiarity with personal computer word processing and spreadsheet programs (Microsoft Word and Excel).  

8.  Advanced degree or professional certification in a related field including architecture, engineering, project or construction management.

9.  LEED Accredited Professional, certification and/or working knowledge of GreenPoint Rated, or other applicable green building standards. 

10.Lead Certified, and/or familiarity with residential lead hazard reduction procedures and other toxics remediation requirements and procedures.

11. Familiarity and experience with contractors, architects and other construction professionals active in the residential construction industry in San Francisco, preferably with non-profit sponsored affordable housing. 

12. Familiarity with San Francisco labor union contracting requirements and practices. 

13. San Francisco residency.

Desirable Qualifications:  The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

How To Apply

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Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

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Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Karen Henderson, by telephone at 415-701-5557, or by email at Karen.henderson@sfgov.org.


Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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Exam Type:  Exempt - Issued:  06/28/2018 - Micki  Callahan Human Resources Director - Department of Human Resources - Recruitment ID Number: TEX-9775-087848 - Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development /KH/415-701-5557


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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