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The Housing Specialist works in one or more of Community Frameworks’ homeownership lines of business, which may be operated throughout our four‐state service area (Washington, Idaho, Oregon & Montana). The purpose of Community Frameworks homeownership initiatives is to contribute to the creation of vital communities by building local affordable housing capacity where it is sustainable and providing services where it is not.
The Housing Specialist is engaged in direct homeownership activities and / or activities that increase the capacity of local organizations or jurisdictions to improve affordable housing opportunities and community redevelopment in rural and urban communities throughout the Northwest. This position may include direct homeownership services including supervision of and / or provision of homebuyer education and counseling, delivery of down payment assistance lending, and / or facilitation of homeownership production activities. It may also include lending to affiliate clients in the Self‐Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), as well as providing technical assistance in a wide range of affordable housing development skill areas. Technical assistance provision may include (but is not limited to) organizational development, community needs and project feasibility assessment, affordable housing program design and administration, property management, and/or resource development.
The Specialist may also work in the programs Community Frameworks directly operates, using similar skill sets.
This position requires experience in many of these complex skill areas, as well as the capacity for good time management, and to be self‐motivated and use independent judgment. This position requires excellent problem solving skills, good teaching skills, and the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with both the internal team and external clients.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Depending on qualifications and primary line of business assignment, the Housing Specialist will (independently and/or as a team member be given direction to) plan, schedule and complete assigned projects and tasks as directed by Program Management.
Duties may include:
- Underwrite and close acquisition and infrastructure loan applications from Self‐Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) affiliates throughout the Northwest, evaluating risk related to site selection, program design, construction process, additional funder requirements, financing viability and other factors
- Deliver technical assistance to clients in housing project/program development and management, including but not limited to preparation of needs assessments, feasibility and market analysis, site selection, infrastructure development, resource identification and financial packaging, construction planning and management, program policy and procedure development, and program/project administration.
- Deliver technical assistance in community development, including but not limited to organization and facilitation of community groups, negotiation and mediation of stakeholder interests, facilitation of public information and input processes, and development support for housing or community development activities.
- Provide technical assistance to clients to improve their organizational capacity to provide affordable housing, including but not limited to organizational or board development, strategic planning, budgeting and fundraising, and property and asset management.
- Assist in resource development to support homeownership initiatives and activities, participate actively in internal planning and activities, and pro vide backup and support to other team members on their projects.
- Maintain organized and accurate records and produce reports to meet compliance requirements for program and project work.
- Independently perform down payment assistance lending activities including loan origination, underwriting, closing, and servicing.
- Independently perform homebuyer education and housing counseling activities, including provision of counseling, client management, and reporting.
- Process billings for homeownership production activities.
- Support homeownership production including assisting with preparation of budgets and permits, and contractor coordination.
- Assist with carrying out marketing strategies, including relationship maintenance with homeownership stakeholders such as Realtors and lenders to promote Community Frameworks’ lines of business.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
- Experience in several aspects of affordable housing funding, development and management is required, including knowledge of project feasibility, market analysis, site selection and acquisition, infrastructure development, project management and financing models.
- Working understanding of real estate lending practices, loan packaging and compliance.
- Working knowledge of housing program design and administration, such as resource identification, policy and procedure design and implementation, budgeting, oversight and management, regulatory compliance and reporting.
- Working knowledge of organizational administration, such as strategic planning, budgeting, financial management and personnel and operations management. Familiarity with nonprofits, housing authorities, community action agencies, community land trusts and other organizational structures is desired.
- Experience in writing successful grant applications/proposals or conducting fundraising activities.
- Very skilled in maintaining customer and partner relations, oral and written communication, and problem solving.
- Able to succeed under pressure with multiple, simultaneous task assignments.
- Well‐developed computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and Internet.
- Minimum of three years program and project development, real estate and/or community development and / or experience in a related field is required.
- A degree in a related field from an accredited, four‐year college or university is also preferred. Additional relevant work experience above and beyond the minimum may be substituted for the college degree.
- Active Mortgage Loan Origination license in the State of Washington may be required within 90 days of employment, if required for specific duties of the position.
- HUD Housing Counseling certification, if required for specific duties of the position.
Ability to move or transport up to 20 pounds as needed; ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; ability to position self as needed for routine office work such as accessing filing cabinets or using the phone; ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer; and ability to be mobile as related to business needs.
To apply for this job please visit communityframeworks.org.