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ASSOCIATE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

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Arlington, VA

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Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a Development Specialist Associate to work with a team of professional and administrative staff on the Housing Finance and Asset Management team. This position in the Housing Division supports the unit's compliance and asset management functions by ensuring the County's affordable housing stock complies with occupancy and affordability requirements, and provides technical information and outreach about our programs via the telephone, email or in person.

The Housing Division is responsible for helping to create and sustain affordable housing that strengthens the community. This area of the Housing Division is responsible for managing budgets for the Division and its housing programs, developing new financing opportunities for affordable housing, monitoring compliance of the County's Committed Affordable (CAF) units, providing asset management of the County's CAF portfolio, and overseeing administrative functions of the Division.

Specific duties include:
Monitoring units in the County's CAF portfolio and ensuring units are compliant with County and Federal requirements;
Conducting physical compliance inspections of CAF units to ensure Housing Quality Standards (HQS), VA Maintenance Code, and other federal/state/local requirements are met;
Working with the County Ombudsman to research unresolved tenant-landlord issues and concerns;
Assisting Housing Information Center clients with issues related to leases, evictions, and tenant-landlord conflicts;
Providing training and technical assistance on occupancy and affordability requirements to owners, developers, tenants and staff;
Monitoring affordability expirations and facilitating negotiations with owners to extend unit affordability when applicable;
Delivering presentations to housing advocates, citizen groups, commissions and the County Board as needed;
Researching and analyzing demographic and housing supply data to assess affordable unit needs within the County; and
Assisting with education and outreach efforts that support the County's affordable housing programs.
The successful candidate in this position uses their technical expertise and interpersonal skills to communicate and advance the County's affordable housing goals and objectives in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
Selection Criteria
Minimum
: Bachelor's degree in urban planning, policy, real estate development, finance, or a related field plus significant professional experience in affordable housing program compliance and asset management (including Tax Credit and other federal financing programs), which may include the following:
Applying, utilizing and/or reviewing requirements for affordable housing finance programs including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), historic tax credits, local financing, federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs; and/or
Developing and/or managing multifamily affordable housing.
Substitution:
Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable:
Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

Experience in the development and use of spreadsheet analysis to inform policy decisions;
Certified Occupancy Specialist or equivalent knowledge;
Knowledge of tenant landlord laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act;
HQS Certification, ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Certification, or related demonstrated familiarity with HQS and the VA maintenance code; and/or
Master's degree in Real Estate Development, Public Administration, Planning or related field.
Special Requirements
Please submit a cover letter addressing how your experience and training meet the qualifications requirements. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach it to your online application. Please be sure to address any qualifications related to the following:
Applying, utilizing and/or reviewing requirements for affordable housing finance programs including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), historic tax credits, local financing, federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs;
Developing and/or managing multifamily affordable housing;
Providing customer service to inform stakeholders of program rules and related regulations/laws;
Performing technical research and preparing written reports and materials that explain technical terms to stakeholders; and/or
Analyzing data/metrics to inform policy decisions or to drive program changes or other improvements.
Additional Information
This is a 40-hour per week position with flexible work hours generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional night and weekend meetings as well as out-of-County travel.
Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. website: (please use the apply button below).


Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.


Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.


Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.


Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.
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