City of Peoria, Illinois
Please note that this position is a grant funded position expected to last until December 31, 2025.
The City of Peoria Community Development Department is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Housing Coordinator. The position assists with developing and administering an overall affordable housing strategy and works to develop relationships with stakeholders in the housing industry. The position is the staff liaison to the Housing Commission and works with other members of the Community Development Department staff to improve and implement strategies related to providing safe and affordable housing for citizens of Peoria. The position also manages the Department’s Rehousing Program and provides direct case management to participants. The position will also carry out other grant funded programs for the division. An ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about serving our community, has a thorough knowledge of affordable and fair housing issues, and has excellent customer service skills.
INITIAL SCREENING DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
- Examples of Duties
Housing Strategies and Programming: Under supervision of the Grants Manager, develop a City-wide affordable housing strategy based on previous strategies and housing best practices. This will include researching the affordable housing strategies of other communities, researching best practices for development and content of the strategy, ensuring appropriate stakeholders are engaged, and implementation of the strategy once it is developed. The position will also carry out programming to further housing strategies in accordance with federal and state grant requirements.
Rehousing Program: Operate rehousing program for tenants displaced due to landlord neglect of properties. The process will include working with code enforcement to design a referral process to ensure participants meet program requirements, contacting tenants and serving as a case manager to rehouse tenants. This may include arranging for hotel stays while locating alternative housing, providing potential apartment locations that suit each tenant’s needs, providing assistance in completing paperwork or contacting landlords on the tenants’ behalf. The position will also process financial charges for the project to be billed to the original landlord and carry out other program oversight and improvements.
Planning and Community Outreach: Assist grant division staff with data reporting and written summaries for required federal reports such as the Consolidate Plan, the Annual Action Plan, and the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). Assist in organizing and conducting community outreach and public comment periods according to HUD requirements. Conduct outreach to housing industry representatives about strategies and program implementation.
Commission Staff Liaison: Provide staff support for the Housing Commission, including agenda preparation, providing educational presentations to educate commission members on the complex issues of affordable housing and the specific issues in Peoria. Develop yearly work plan for the commission.
Best Practices and Program Evaluation: Assist in researching best practices for program implementation of CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs to meet housing and other strategies. Conduct research for required policies and procedures for all HUD grants. Evaluate programs and internal processes to suggest improvements to grants management division staff.
Housing Resource Compilation: Assists the Department in staying up to date on existing resources for homeowners and tenants related to housing concerns such as tenant rights, housing repair programs, first time home buyer resources, etc.
- Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Public Administration, Economics, Business Administration, Communications, Social Work, Political Science, or related field; and one to three years progressively responsible related experience required. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, considered.
- Supplemental Information
IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES: Knowledge of principles and practices of grant administration; financial administration, accounting, and budgeting; community planning and development; proposal development and grant writing; applicable state, federal, and local ordinances, laws, rules, and regulations; and methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation. Skill in researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials; organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction; using a computer terminal to accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data and information; using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines; and communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
MENTAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Work is performed in a normal office environment with little exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust. Working conditions are typically moderately quiet. *Please notify the Human Resources Department if accommodations are required to participate in the selection process.