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Community Development Specialist

Aug 9, 2017
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Seattle Office of Housing
Seattle, WA
Position Description

The Seattle Office of Housing builds strong, healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city. Our initiatives help stimulate housing development, allowing families to thrive and neighborhoods to provide a full range of housing choices and opportunities.

We are looking for a Community Development Specialist to join the Office of Housing's Policy and Equitable Development team, whose impact will span to both program administration and policy analysis. Reporting to the Policy and Equitable Development Manager, you will be primarily responsible for administering the affordable housing component of the City's newly implemented Mandatory Housing Affordability program--a policy that requires new commercial and residential development to contribute to affordable housing through either direct provision of affordable units (performance) or a payment option. You will work in close coordination with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections on program administration and play a pivotal role in examining program policy to ensure its effectiveness. In addition, you will cooperate with other departments, including the Office of Planning and Community Development, to track City planning and land use actions, including zoning changes and urban design planning efforts.

Job Responsibilities

Other key accountabilities and responsibilities will include:

  • Administering the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program and predecessor Incentive Zoning (IZ) programs:
    • Responding to real estate developers' detailed questions on the MHA and IZ programs, including: policies, Land Use Code requirements, and administrative processes.
    • Assessing applicant projects' satisfaction of program requirements; preparing and reviewing agreements and covenants; reviewing and recording plan sets for identification of performance units; preparing and sending acknowledgement letters; collecting fees.
    • Tracking and anticipating applications; maintaining complete and accurate project files. 
    • Coordinating with Seattle Department of Construction & Inspection to ensure MHA-related data integrity in Accela.
    • Designing and preparing regular and ad-hoc reports to City Council.
    • Designing and preparing program materials, including materials for new interdepartmental MHA website.
    • In conjunction with Office of Housing senior staff, reviewing existing State and City code; drafting Director's Rules and other interpretive documents to guide program implementation.
    • Coordinating with Office of Housing's Asset Management staff to ensure ongoing compliance monitoring of performance units.
    • Improving and streamlining administrative processes, where needed.
  • In cooperation with the Office of Planning and Community Development, tracking planning efforts and proposed zoning changes that have an impact on affordable housing programs, such as MHA and IZ, or affordable housing development opportunities.
    • Reporting to Office of Housing management on City land use actions and timelines.
    • Supporting Office of Housing senior staff in navigating with Office of Planning & Community Development regarding including properties in various planning processes or other special considerations about properties.
  • Actively participating in multidisciplinary Office of Housing and Citywide teams in support of special projects and the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.
  • Other related duties as required



In addition to the ability to perform the tasks described above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in planning, real estate, research, architecture, program management, affordable housing, community redevelopment, or a related field
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or public administration, urban planning, architecture, or a related field
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