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Housing Development Planner, City of Newton

Housing Development Planner
City of Newton

DEPT:                   Planning and Community Development
Starting Salary:  $56,801 – $60,261
DIV:                      Current Planning
Job Title:              Housing Development Planner
Reports to:          Director of Housing & Community Development and Chief Planner

The Housing Development Planner works under the supervision of the Director of Housing and Community Development, Chief Planner, and other senior staff to advance the goals of creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities in the City of Newton.  Specific responsibilities would include defining the need for affordable housing, identifying opportunities for the City to pursue, facilitating funding and partnership to accomplish objectives and day-to-day project management.

Essential Elements

  • Reviews applications for and makes recommendations concerning funding for affordable housing projects. When applicable, reviews development and operating pro formas, identifies eligible uses of funds, researches relevant regulatory requirements, etc.
  • Manages affordable housing projects on a day-to-day basis to ensure timely completion and regulatory compliance. Coordinates with elected and appointed officials and other City departments to facilitate funding and approval process.  Monitors construction progress, when applicable, by attending site visits and project meetings and conferring with project architects and housing office staff, if applicable. Ensures required project or program files, records and reports are prepared, current, appropriately filed and in compliance with regulations.
  • Prepares draft CDBG and HOME program grant and loan agreements, mortgages, notes, covenants and other documentation for review by the Law Department and sub-recipient. In conjunction with the Law Department, prepares final documents and participates in closings.  Interacts with non-profit organizations, community representatives and City personnel on project-specific issues and activities.
  • Reviews and authorizes payment for Newton housing development (funding for acquisition and mortgage subsidies) projects and HOME Consortium projects. Maintains up-to-date project/activity information using HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and the City’s Finance Plus accounting system.
  • Responsible for annual Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) certification process and payments for HOME CHDO operating funds.
  • Responds to questions and inquiries from the public and housing developers regarding housing development processes, programs content, eligibility, funding, applications, and proposals. Responsible for ensuring all program information is current and available.
  • Maintains current information on City’s website for all housing programs.
  • Attends evening meetings, as necessary.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of new and existing housing programs including the housing rehabilitation program. Conducts research, identifies funding sources and develops affordability analyses, as applicable.
  • Assists in developing affordable housing policies and strategies, including preparation of the housing element of the Consolidated Plan.
  • Assists in implementing affordable housing strategies identified in the Consolidated Plan and the Newton Comprehensive Plan. Responsibilities include researching the applicability and feasibility of affordable housing strategies as well as producing applicable programmatic documents and outreach materials.
  • Provides staff support to the Fair Housing Committee including meeting preparation, minutes, correspondence, etc.
  • On an as-needed basis, coordinate the resale process for previously assisted housing development homeownership projects, including verification of income eligibility of prospective first time homebuyers, etc.
  • Provides staff support to the Newton Housing Partnership, including preparation of monthly meeting agendas and minutes and attendance at meetings.
  • Overall responsibility for managing the department’s annual monitoring and compliance review process for all federally-assisted housing projects as well as affordable housing created through the special permit or comprehensive permit process.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Housing and Community Development, Chief Planner and other senior staff, collaborates with department staff to plan and implement housing, community development and/or economic development programs and services which meet the needs of the community.
  • In conjunction with the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, ensure that federally-funded housing development projects meet federal accessibility laws.

Secondary Elements

  • Attends and participates in staff, department or other meetings. Serves on assigned committees, task forces.  Coordinates and participates in special events. Maintain required contacts to keep abreast of developments within field or areas of interest; liaison with community or other groups.
  • Assists in answering housing and community development questions, inquiries.
  • Performs other related duties as required or directed.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Part-time supervisory relationship with others doing the same or related work.

QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. Must be able to work on numerous projects at the same time, all with varying deadlines, and be able to prioritize individual workload.  This person must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, both in dealing with staff and the public, as well as elected and appointed officials.  Experience with personal computers, including spreadsheets, and word processing, is essential.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in city planning, public administration or related field; plus three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  At least two years experience with programs funded by the Community Development Block Grant and/or HOME program and broad knowledge of community development and housing issues and programs is essential.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific data, demographics, technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, and elected and appointed officials.  Ability to present information, which may be controversial in nature, in written or oral format that conforms to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to public groups, clients and employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to calculate figures and amounts pertaining to housing development finance such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical information in mathematical or diagram form and make related decisions within the limits of established policies.

Individuals interested in the above position should email a resume to Individuals interested in this position must submit a completed application, cover letter and resume through https://cityofnewton.hyrell.com

The City of Newton is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.

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