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Associate Planner - Grants SpecialistCITY OF IOWA CITY – Job Description Job Class #15-01E FLSA Exempt Civil Service Identification Position Title: Associate Planner – Grants Specialist Department: Neighborhood & Development Services Division: Neighborhood Services Supervisor: Neighborhood Services Coordinator Job Summary Under direction, administers various federal, state and local housing and community development programs and initiatives enabled through CDBG-CV, HOME-ARP, and Iowa City American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities Coordinates administration of federal CDBG-CV, HOME-ARP, and Iowa City ARPA programs; monitors allocation of funds; ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Interprets and applies federal, state and city grant policies and regulations to day-to-day activities. Prepares agreements and contracts; writes grant applications for federal and state funds. Develops procedures, process flows and program designs; maintains orderly files. Tracks project budgets; processes reimbursement requests and invoices in accordance with program regulations. Prepares progress reports and other required reporting; advises appropriate boards and commissions, City Council and general public regarding housing and community development programs. Monitors housing projects during their compliance period based on federal, state and local requirements. Researches, analyzes and recommends strategies and guidelines for development of City Council policies and procedures related to COVID-19 recovery and other community development and affordable housing issues. Assists with special initiatives. Communicates and maintains relationships with subrecipients and partner agencies throughout all phases of each project. Works independently to make decisions and work through complex issues; uses critical thinking skills and sound judgment in completion of work. Job Class #15-01E Neighborhood Services Page 2 Updated 01/19/2022 Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Physical and Environmental Conditions The physical demands and work environment conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and are encountered while performing those essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop or kneel. The job is performed in a professional office environment. The work is primarily sedentary with occasional travel to meetings and project sites. Ability to lift up to ten (10) pounds and bend and stand as necessary. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Minimum Education, Experience and Certification Bachelor’s degree in public affairs, public administration, urban planning, business administration, accounting, non-profit management or a similar field from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body required. One year of experience in grant administration, project management or housing and community development required. Or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree from an educational institution accredited by a DOE recognized accreditation body may substitute for experience requirement. Valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record required. Must be 18 years of age per Iowa Code 92.8. Must pass criminal background check. Preferred Education, Experience and Certification Three or more years of related experience in grant administration, project management or housing and community development preferred. Knowledge and experience administering federal programs relating to housing and community development, specifically programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of community development programs and affordable housing issues, techniques, and financing. Strong written and verbal communication. Must be able to serve as a liaison between the City and grant applicants/recipients. Ability to analyze and critique plans and proposals for community development. Ability to read and interpret legal agreements and documents. Ability to prepare and present technical reports and resolutions. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, city departments, service providers, state and federal officials, and the public. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position