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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005

HOUSING ANALYST

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under direction from the Housing Manager and/or the Director of Community Development, performs a wide variety of professional level work involving programs, projects, and activities related to the implementation and administration of the City’s and Redevelopment Agency’s Affordable Housing Programs; and serves as staff liaison to various local organizations and the public on affordable housing, redevelopment, and assigned residential development related matters.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the journey level class in the professional Housing Analyst series. Employees assigned to this level perform the full range of affordable housing related duties and also provide assistance relative to redevelopment. This class assists with the formulation and processing of the City’s affordable housing plan and policies, housing production plans, City’s Housing Element, implementation plans, development agreements, and affordable housing agreements. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and polices of the work unit.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assists the Housing Manager with the development of recommendations for immediate and long-term housing strategies, plans, and programs for the City’s and Redevelopment Agency’s affordable housing programs; assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the City’s and Redevelopment Agency’s housing programs.
  2. Assists the Housing Manager with the planning and implementation of the City’s and Redevelopment Agency’s approved housing production and neighborhood preservation programs.
  3. Interprets and applies federal, state, and other housing development program regulations in order to apply those resources in meeting local priorities.
  4. Assists the Housing Manager with development and management of the Housing Division budget as well as individual housing program and project budgets; provides recommendations to finance housing programs; locates and integrates suitable financing sources and implements funding strategies through federal, state, and local banking and private sources.
  5. Participates in negotiating, preparing, and monitoring the development, construction, and implementation of affordable housing agreements; assists housing developers in understanding and complying with City and Agency housing requirements; participates in coordinating affordable housing development requirements and issues.
  6. Participates maintaining the inventory of inclusionary and affordable housing stock within the City and within the Redevelopment Project Areas; tracks and maintains ongoing affordability restrictions and reports.
  7. Assists the Housing Manager with overseeing the City’s rental stock including rent establishment and collection, tenant selection and relations, maintenance needs and inspection, creation and enforcement of rental agreements, and day to day oversight of the outside property management firm.
  8. Serves as resource for developers of affordable housing, both for-profit and non-profit; assists the Housing Manager with the review of requests/proposals for City and Agency financial assistance and associated financial proformas to enable the development of below-market housing in compliance with Agency and City approved housing programs and policies.
  9. Assists the Housing Manager in negotiations related to level of City and Agency financial participation in development of affordable housing projects.
  10. Participates in the conduct of training classes for eligible households, lenders, title companies, and developers to educate the attendees on the City’s affordable housing program.
  11. Assists in the performance of underwriting functions to determine qualification of eligible households for the City’s affordable housing program.
  12. Assists the Housing Manager with administrative functions including re-sale controls and purchase options, mandated reporting, implementation plans, residential relocation and replacement housing plans, housing element amendments, housing production plans, and over concentration and eligibility and affordability levels.
  13. Represents the Housing Division and collaborates with other City officials and staff; participates in coordinating affordable housing activities with other City functions including finance, engineering, building inspection, planning, redevelopment, and community development.
  14. Participates in the preparation and presentation of staff reports and other necessary documents or correspondence to appropriate boards, groups, and/or committees.
  15. Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.
  16. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Basic theory, principles, and practices used in affordable housing, real estate, and governmental and conventional housing finance. Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of information related to housing programs including not for profit and private housing development. Basic principles and practices of program management. Public administration policies and procedures. Structure and organization of public sector agencies. Principles and practices of budget development and implementation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Research, financial analysis, and statistical methods applicable to area of assignment. Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation. Principles and techniques used in negotiations. Public relations techniques. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Perform professional level duties in support of the housing program. Learn, interpret, and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to housing, redevelopment, planning, and zoning. Perform analytical research and prepare statistical reports. Prepare clear and concise technical, administrative, and financial reports, statements, and correspondence. Initiate and prepare plans and proposals for development. Effectively present information and respond to questions. Explore and evaluate planning and project implementation alternatives in terms of goals and long and short range objectives. Participate in coordinating planning and project implementation activities with related agencies and individuals. Work with private sector and not-for-profit developers. Analyze, solve, and negotiate successful solutions to problems involving multiple interests of a development team, the Agency, the City, landowners, and the neighboring community. Participate in the negotiation of financial packages. Analyze administrative, operational, and organizational problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. Read and interpret legal documents. Establish and maintain accurate records and files. Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public administration, economics, or a related field.

Experience:
Two years of increasingly responsible professional experience in affordable housing, urban planning, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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