CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 273
Revised:   07/80, 01/93
Reactivated: 10/13
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  1

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under administrative direction, to plan, organize and direct the administrative operations and program activities of the Housing and Community Development Division; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Housing and Community Development Division within the Health, Housing and Human Services Department, manages programs to provide decent and affordable housing and economic opportunities, community improvement projects and housing rehabilitation loan programs for low and moderate income residents of the County.

The division is comprised of the Housing Authority of Clackamas County (HACC) and the Clackamas County Community Development Division.  The HACC is an independent public corporation which owns, manages, leases, maintains and develops housing for low and moderate income persons particularly for those with special needs.  The Community Development Division administers and implements community development and housing programs, primarily funded by federal Community Development block grants.  Programs include neighborhood revitalization, construction and renovation of community facilities, public works projects, and housing rehabilitation loans directed at homeowners and owners/investors of rental housing.

The Housing and Community Development Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, evaluating and administering all services provided by the division.  As the Director of the HACC, the incumbent carries the title "Executive Director of the Housing Authority." The Housing and Community Development Director reports to the Director, Department of Human Services and provides general direction to program coordinators and managers.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

1. Recommends and implements new and revised policies to respond to service needs; establishes goals and objectives and supervises the preparation of the division's annual program plan; ensures provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, and regulations; ensures proper internal recordkeeping procedures and documentation.

2. Develops, recommends, implements and evaluates programs; interprets and clarifies federal regulations; develops and recommends goals, policies and procedures; prepares and submits County and HACC annual grant applications.

3. Communicates program and project information to public and private groups and individuals; facilitates and evaluates proposed projects to determine eligibility and feasibility; responds to complaints and inquiries.
 
4. Participates in national, regional and state organizations, commissions, task forces and groups to promote and coordinate division programs; represents the County in drafting, introducing, advocating and testifying on related legislation; responds to citizen, tenant, city and landlord concerns regarding program operations.

5. Oversees the development of annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to department head, County budget committee, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Board of County Commissioners; oversees the monitoring of revenues and 
 expenditures; researches alternative funding sources including preparing and/or approving grant proposals.
 
6. Oversees the day to day HACC activities including housing management, development, maintenance and accounting/finance functions; coordinates County audit activities.  Oversees and prepares materials, reports and supporting documents; implements findings and recommendations; participates as a member of the management bargaining team and administers division labor contract.
 
7. Oversees community development construction project management and rehabilitation loan activities; approves housing rehabilitation loans; directs and coordinates County-wide grant application process for community development block grants and other federal funds; develops and submits annual performance reports to HUD.
 
8. Hires and directs division management staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
 
9. Provides administrative direction to staff members in program planning and development, and in sensitive issues which could subject the County or HACC to significant liability.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: Principles, methods and techniques of public administration, personnel management and budget/grant/contract administration; participative management theories; principles and techniques of housing, property and construction management; applicable federal, state and local statutes, rules and regulations; division functions in housing and economic programs; state and local government operating methods and procedures; funding sources and financing methods; techniques of negotiation and public relations; land use design principles; community and urban planning principles and practices; housing needs of low and moderate income people; public finance and tax increment financing.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; develop and implement operational and administrative policies; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; perform data analysis and reporting; interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations; organize, direct, train, evaluate and discipline management, professional, technical and administrative staff; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain accounting and budgetary control procedures; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.