The City of Norfolk is seeking a Management Analyst III (Housing Policy Analyst).
The Department of Housing and Community Development oversees a variety of housing and community development programs and services for those who wish to be a part of the City of Norfolk's vibrant communities. The department seeks to provide opportunities for City of Norfolk residents to live in safe, quality, affordable housing by developing, preserving, and revitalizing communities through responsible and transparent processes. Join us as we work to build great neighborhoods.
The Housing Policy Analyst will plan, develop, analyze, and prepare studies and research projects related to housing, review housing financial models and prepare recommendations for Department leadership. The incumbent will provide sufficient detail to support departmental long-term planning, problem-solving, policy and program development and management action around neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Essential functions include but are not limited to:
- Conducts a variety of research and other assigned projects by compiling and reviewing internal and external organizational information, preparing position and issue papers; and recommending changes for management consideration
- Analyzes problem areas in service delivery and formulates recommendations for improvement for housing and housing financial policy (i.e. equity in homeownership rates, housing affordability, household wealth creation).
- Provides technical assistance to affordable housing developers throughout project development including: site acquisition, initial financial feasibility analysis, environmental review process, overseeing design development, securing all necessary financing, construction, lease-up and permanent conversion.
- Coordinates with city departments and state agencies during predevelopment and construction to obtain their input.
- Consults with senior departmental managers and provides advice and counsel on management issues, potential impact of varying courses of action. Coordinates interdepartmental program elements with City-wide goals.
- Promotes communication by preparing a variety of materials to disseminate program and policy information on a departmental or City-wide basis on senior or executive management's behalf.
- Absorb complex programs, policies, and initiatives and synthesize it in a consumable product; Developing presentations, facilitating meetings, and writing policy.
- Assists management by constructing sensitive documents and correspondence, producing special research reports, serving as liaison on internal and external issues, participating in task forces and special issue meetings and coordinating various projects.
- Performs related duties by touring neighborhood areas, conducting research projects and long-term plans, reviewing expectations for accuracy, validity and variances, designing work plans, coordinating grant activities and proposals, managing program funds and budgets, and studying similar organizations for new ideas.
- Coordinates and assists with daily project management duties for staff and department director.
- Collects, researches and analyzes housing, data, information, and trends. Research and analyze housing policies and related trends.
- Liaises effectively with teams within the organization and external housing policy organizations.
- Establishes effective performance reporting process and procedures to include the development and maintenance of annual outcome measures.
- Develops cost analysis of projects and cost benefit or economic evaluations of current or projected programs.
- Conducts initial screening on acquisition opportunities.
- Prepares and updates financial models for potential developments and acquisitions.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
Four years' experience in data analysis or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The preferred candidate will possess:
- A Master's degree.
- Three years of experience in affordable housing programs and policy development & analysis, housing finance, and long-range planning; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of key aspects of real estate development and finance, land use and entitlement, property due diligence and acquisition, and site planning and design. Experience with all phases of the development process
- Familiarity with structuring and negotiating real estate development transactions and affordable housing finance including public subsidies, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD grants, and tax-exempt bonds; ability to creatively combine financing tools to leverage housing funds
- Experience in urban planning, Housing economics or financing, particularly related to affordable housing
- Experience using large housing related datasets, such as American Community Survey or American Housing Survey
- Experience with writing policy briefs
- Experience preparing housing elements and/or other housing-related ordinances, programs, and studies. Government experience is desirable.
- Proficiency in publication, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.
Additional Information & Requirements
- Valid Driver's License required.