Under general direction, this position administers and implements the community development block grant program for the City of Thornton.
(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)
Performs a variety of professional duties and responsibilities to administer and implement the community development block grant program, projects, and activities.
Ensures program activities are in compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations and City policies and procedures.
Provides support for and reports on results of other grant programs.
Assists with creation of the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, CAPER, and amendments to these plans and reports.
Helps identify community needs related to community development and affordable housing for low and moderate income residents. Evaluates current programs to determine whether the City is meeting the priority needs listed in the Consolidated Plan.
Communicates information on grant programs, plans, and opportunities to local nonprofit organizations and City departments as well as Thornton residents. Coordinates application process for funds. Reviews and verifies eligibility of requests for grants.
Trains and guides organizations through grant processes starting from the application and running through the project close out.
Monitors projects and ensures conformance with contracts, budgetary requirements, environmental reviews, and other federal, state, and local regulations. Conducts site visits and inspections of projects and programs as needed.
Identifies and documents regulatory non-compliance issues and guides grant recipients to a successful resolution.
Reviews invoices and project change requests. Submits expenditure of funds for authorization. Tracks activity balances. Enters, modifies, and retrieves data and information from HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS).
Prepares documents, reports, public notices, and authorization forms. Responsible for current, accurate and complete files and databases.
Keeps up to date with new HUD policies, procedures, and annual funding allocations.
Responds to inquiries; researches answers and provides technical assistance to grant-related questions based on federal, state, and local regulations.
Manages competing priorities to meet grant deadlines.
Attends user groups, conferences, and training to increase the City's effectiveness of administering the grant programs.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with team members and staff from all City departments, the County and sub-recipient organizations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in planning, public administration, finance, social work, nonprofit management, or related field from an accredited college or university; three years of experience working with government grants. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
May need the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as the job requires.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and goals of the City of Thornton and the division.
Knowledge of structure, purpose, and administration of government grant programs.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local regulations and reporting requirements of government grant programs.
Knowledge of the City of Thornton's current plans, studies, and reports related to housing and community development.
Skill in organization and attention to detail.
Skill with Microsoft computer programs, as well as spreadsheet and accounting programs.
Skill in effective communication techniques, both oral and written.
Skill in handling sensitive and stressful situations with tact and diplomacy.
Skill in understanding and responding to customer needs.
Skill in addressing multiple demands and meeting deadlines.
Ability to work with economically and culturally diverse people and groups.
Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment.
Ability to listen well and communicate effectively orally and in writing with various audiences.
Ability to conduct research, analyze statistic data, prepare documents, and compile technical reports.
Ability to monitor and track projects and budgets.
Ability to enforce regulations and document regulatory non-compliance issues.
Ability to organize information in a clear and logical format.
Ability to research and analyze issues and to develop strategies and recommendations to address them.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, other City departments, and members of the community.
Physical and Mental Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, sit, talk, hear, see and demonstrate manual dexterity. The employee is also required to perform light lifting.
Examinations may include but are not limited to application screening beyond minimum qualifications; written, oral, practical exercise or any combination thereof or other job related assessment deemed appropriate by Human Resources.
Your application will be used as a screening tool. Completeness and accuracy are important! Any false or untrue statements or material omissions in the application and related paperwork or during the selection process could disqualify you from consideration.
As a condition of employment, the city of Thornton conducts background investigations for all positions which may also include a review of credit report and/or driving record. A drug screen, physical, and/or psychological examination administered by a city-designated provider will be required for pre-determined positions.