Facilitating community-based strategic planning for provision of services and capital investments benefiting low to moderate income members of the community, performing life-cycle grants administration required to disperse federal, state, and local funds for implementation of strategic plans, developing and managing contracts and/or grant agreements, monitoring project performance, and evaluating/reporting on project and system performance.POSITION PURPOSE
Develops and implements policies, procedures and practices in community development, housing rehabilitation, human services, grant applications and administration. Serves as the City's primary contact for social service and housing partners as well as the primary staff liaison to the Community, Housing and Human Services Board.SUPERVISION EXERCISED
Work is performed with considerable independence within the framework established by the director or designee. Provides supervision to direct and indirect reports in professional, administrative and technical positions. The following Responsibilities and Requirements are functions the individual who holds or desires the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Oversees and directs the administrative policy and work programs of the Community Housing and Human Services department.
- Identifies various funding sources and oversees the development of programs and applications for consideration and approval.
- Directs the development and preparation of recommendations on homelessness, housing, community, neighborhood and economic development projects and issues.
- Engages citizens, neighborhood councils and other community stakeholders in community development activities, social service and housing investments.
- Facilitates between nonprofit organizations and City internal stakeholders as an effective partner in our community to support an effective safety net for citizens in need.
- Works with funding agencies, internal and external partners to ensure compliance with federal audit standards, grant agreements and local policies.
- Works collaboratively with human service agencies and community coalitions to establish or expand existing programs to address human service needs.
- Principles and practices of community housing and human services including current literature and recent developments in these areas;
- Regulations governing housing and community development projects and programs, including HUD and Washington State regulations;
- Community programs and organizations; underlying social and economic challenges; state and federal laws affecting human services programs; and service providers;
- Principals of budgeting, supervision, training, and performance feedback.
- Effectively lead and manage staff by developing and directing people as they work;
- Manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and work under pressure;
- Work cooperatively with others and maintain positive relationships;
- Identify and be responsive to community needs;
- Proficiently operate office equipment and programs including computers and supporting work processing, spreadsheet and program-specific applications;
- Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate complex data and facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations;
- Compose clear, concise and accurate reports using data and research gathered by self and others to present to effectively present to various audiences both orally and in writing;
- Adapt to other duties as assigned and prioritize, organize, and plan work as needed to meet objectives.
Research, interpretation and application of City Municipal Codes, Council Ordinances, Statutes, and applicable rules and regulations. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally this will include:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a major field related to community and economic development, planning, sociology, social work in public administration, planning or related field,
AND, eight (8) recent years of progressively responsible experience in community housing and human services, to include five (5) years' in managing federal and state grant funded programs,
AND four (4) years in a supervisory capacity.
Work is conducted primarily in an office setting. It may involve frequent attendance at meetings to include some irregular hours and potentially out-of-town travel. Incumbents in this classification are expected to communicate verbally, in person and by telephone. A computer terminal is used an may require the use of repetitive arm-hand movements.BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS
As an exempt employee of the City of Spokane, the Director of Community, Housing and Human Services is subject to the City's Code of Ethics set forth in Chapter 1.04A of the Spokane Municipal Code. As such, "it is the policy of the City of Spokane to uphold, promote, and demand the highest standards of ethics from all of its employees who shall maintain the utmost standards of responsibility, trustworthiness, integrity, truthfulness, honesty and fairness in carrying out their public duties, avoid any improprieties in their roles as a public servant including the appearance of impropriety, and never use their City position, authority or resources for personal gain."
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.