Community Development Assistant

Job Overview

Performs a variety of complex clerical tasks of a responsible nature and field inspections in support of low and moderate income housing and economic development programs; performs related duties as required.


Essential duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Performs a variety of duties necessary for providing rehabilitation grants, rebates and loans to property owners. Participates in the design and implementation of housing, economic development and neighborhood revitalization programs. Conducts outreach activities such as making public presentations, canvassing target neighborhoods and preparing informational materials. Conducts interviews with applicants to obtain information to determine eligibility; verifies income, family composition, and related information obtained in interviews through third party verification or other means; performs and verifies computations. Conducts scheduled inspections as well as work write-ups and code inspections; prepares cost estimates and work write-ups for eligible applicants related to rehabilitation work; serves as liaison between contractors and property owners to facilitate receiving bids; packages loan applications; monitors construction activities of contractors. Sets up and maintains accurate files and accounting records for assigned projects. Participates in monitoring of subrecipients, loan recipients, and affordable housing projects. Submits written reports to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in accordance with Federal regulations; maintains accurate records in IDIS. Participates in the development and implementation of the City’s Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, CAPER, and Fair Housing Plan. Prepares Request for Proposal/Qualifications and agreements.


Knowledge of: general office methods and techniques; preparation of complicated documents; housing rehabilitation program guidelines and regulations; mortgage procedures related to federally assisted housing programs; HUD’s Integrated Disbursement & Information System; Community Development Block Grant regulations. Ability to: perform complex office work; prioritize and coordinate work activities; work with a diverse population; develop effective working relationships with the public, clients and business people; perform arithmetical calculations; prepare detailed reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Education and/or ExperienceAny combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary. Example combinations include: Graduation from high school or equivalent and two years of experience in community development programs, affordable housing development, housing rehabilitation or a related field. One year of college courses in a related field such as planning, architecture, or public administration may be substituted for two years of experience.


Supplemental InformationRequired Licenses and Certificates Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver license and a satisfactory driving record. Physical Demands and Work EnvironmentThe physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical DemandsWork is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection ofvarious land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary tooperate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand or sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work EnvironmentWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weatherconditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborneparticles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field.SELECTION PROCESSApply online at Employment application must be completed. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a City application. Applicant must be specific in describing qualifications for this position on application. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration. Stating “See Resume” is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application. Faxed materials or postmarks will not be accepted. Applications will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the job announcement. Candidates with qualifications that best relate to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure continuation in the selection process. The selection process will include an oral interview and other testing processes designed to predict successful job performance.For a complete copy of the class specification, please click here.Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling the Department of Human Resources at least three (3) business days prior to the scheduled examination/interview date. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The City of Norwalk, in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation in its employment actions, policies, procedures or practices.

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