Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
 
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Community Development activities target a wide range of issues, from basic needs such as the availability of affordable housing for families and individuals, to overall community quality of life issues such as the reduction or elimination of blighting influences in Original Aurora, which is the city's historical business and residential district. In addition, Community Development addresses economic opportunities within the community, the provision of support services for all residents, and the prevention of homelessness.

POSITION
The City of Aurora is seeking a  knowledgeable Monitoring and Compliance Specialist who plans, coordinates, and monitors community development and affordable housing programs funded under Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) federal programs and performs project management functions during all phases of City projects funded via Community Development Block Grants for the Community Development Division of the Neighborhood Services Department.

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinates, promotes, and implements housing/community development programs and community revitalization projects
  • Responsible for regular and proactive review of CDBG, HOME, and ESG case files for monitoring process in preparation of single and HUD audits.
  • Conduct onsite compliance monitoring; identify and communicate compliance issues; and ensure policies and procedures are complete and up to date 
  • Work closely with Division staff members in measuring project outcomes, developing local capacity for various programs, and ensuring successful performance for the Division and its subgrantees
  • Work with community partners to provide robust and ongoing annual training to support CDD's mission
  • Interpret government publications and regulations pertaining to project implementation
  • Monitors projects and programs for compliance with federal, state, and local requirements; complies, researches, and analyzes program data
  • Reviews funded projects for compliance with applicable environmental regulations
  • Prepares and Reviews agreements, contracts and disbursement of funds
  • Attends pre-bid conferences to answer questions and to brief contractors on expectations regarding federal requirements and project performance
  • Monitors expenditures
  • Serves as liaison with other departments when assigned to special projects
  • Monitors projects for contract compliance and mediates contract disputes when necessary
  • Makes presentations to citizens and community groups regarding Division programs and initiatives
  • Assists the CD Planner in the preparation of HUD-required plans and reports
  • May act as lead worker over assigned employees
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:     Associates degree in public administration, planning, real estate, construction management, or a directly related field.  Bachelor's degree preferred.

Experience:    At least 1 year progressively responsible experience in HUD, CDBG, HOME, ESG programs, community development and affordable housing programs, planning, and/or grant administration.  Bilingual in Spanish preferred. 

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Knowledge:  Knowledge of structure, purpose, and administration of government and foundation grant programs, community development and housing programs and planning principles; project management and related techniques; community or citizen outreach principles and strategies. 

Abilities:  Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with City Departments, community organizations and citizens; good problem solving; ability to demonstrate a command of high quality and professional written and verbal communication skills; ability to handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; capability to conduct research and prepare concise reports on findings.

Skills:  Public speaking, research, writing, and strong interpersonal skills.

Licenses, Certificates, and/or Equipment Required:  Colorado Driver's License with a good driving history.  This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands:  Sedentary to light physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 25 pounds; occasional lifting and carrying; frequent walking and standing both indoors and outdoors; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens; vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer system and motor vehicle.

Work Environment:  Works both indoors and outdoors in varying types of weather.  May work in a dusty and/or noisy environment.

Equipment Used:  Uses standard office equipment including a personal computer system.
 

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For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
            
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
                                         
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
 
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies

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