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Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5 PM PST

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In Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team.  At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we’re looking for the “right person” to serve as Housing Manager in the Community Development Department.

The Community Development Department consists of Planning, Building, Permit Counter, Housing, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development.  A knowledgeable and experienced municipal, detail-oriented affordable housing professional with strong analytical and critical thinking skills is desired.  The Housing Manager will report directly to the Deputy Director of Community Development and will manage, administer, plan and oversee the affordable housing programs and projects.  The City has an inventory of over 2,000 affordable housing units.  The ideal candidate will have substantial affordable housing experience within a government agency, including experience with CDBG, HOME and homeless programs.

Here in Huntington Beach, we value soft skills such as emotional intelligence and attitude just as much as technical skills and competency.  Primary importance to our organization is the identification of individuals that are team-oriented, dedicated, genuine to the organization’s values, and confident yet grounded in humility.  Successful candidates will understand and value the critical importance that people play in building a successful organization.

Key traits for our ideal Housing Manager include:

  • A relationship builder and connector.  Someone who can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people, and readily inspires others to action.
  • Leadership through consensus.  Someone who is an approachable consensus-builder, but is also capable of independent and decisive thought and action.
  • A keen sense of ethics.  Someone who recognizes the importance of personal and organizational integrity, and someone comfortable raising and discussing ethical issues with the goal of “doing what’s right,” not “being right.”
  • Innovative and flexible.  Someone able to see beyond what currently exists, and is constant in their pursuit of realistic game-changing breakthroughs for the Huntington Beach organization and community.
  • Objective accountability about outcomes.  Someone who makes data-driven decisions and stays laser-focused on truly audacious goals while balancing the day-to-day needs of the organization.
  • A strategic problem-solver.  Someone able to break large challenges into smaller, manageable pieces, and then works to identify trends and prioritizes solving the root cause of issues.
  • Intellectual curiosity.  Someone who is an excellent listener, and who applies strong critical thinking skills and business judgement to complex issues.
  • A polished and professional demeanor.  Someone who will take great pride in representing the Huntington Beach community, and one who will serve as an ambassador for the City.
  • A Positive Attitude.  Someone who understands that even the best laid plans can go wrong, and has the self-confidence to course-correct with positivity and grace.

The primary reason this classification exists is to assist the Deputy Director of Community Development in managing, administering and strategically planning key programs in support of the City’s affordable housing development interests, and to perform a variety of complex professional and technical administrative duties related to affordable housing.

Reports to: Deputy Director of Community Development
Supervises: Professional, technical and/or administrative support staff

Assists the Deputy Director of Community Development in overseeing the day to day operations of the City’s affordable housing programs; acts independently and performs the duties of the Deputy Director of Community Development in the absence of the Deputy Director; coordinates the Department’s affordable housing mission closely with other City departments; maintains effective and extensive professional relationships with representatives of other local, state and federal agencies.

Note: This job description is currently being updated and is under review for final approval. 


  • Manages a variety of state and federal housing programs and activities
  • Plans, organizes, and controls the functions and activities of affordable housing development programs; develops and makes recommendations on goals, objectives, and policies
  • Analyzes and applies various local, state, and federal policies, codes, and laws relating to the operations and administrations of the various programs
  • Develops and implements new programs and changes in existing programs as required by laws, regulations, and other rules
  • Evaluates effectiveness of affordable housing programs
  • Prepares, publishes, presents and maintains a variety of reports, including financial reports and records, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Audits program compliance and design and implements program corrections and improvements; conducts complex studies and related research
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of housing program operating budgets and cash flows
  • Coordinates program activities with other departments, outside agencies, and community groups; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of program delivery methods and activities
  • Monitors compliance with housing programs and grant-funding requirements; evaluates work activities, projects and program performance outcomes; resolves complaints and mediates disputes
  • Identifies funding resources and develops funding proposals; implements and coordinates financial strategies
  • Evaluates proposals; negotiates contracts and development agreements; conducts feasibility studies
  • Provides administrative and technical assistance to managers, City employees, the public, and other interested parties
  • Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of staff
  • Prepares applications for program funding from new and renewable sources; prepares staff reports for Council
  • Develops program policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Oversees and participates in housing loan processing, counseling and field inspection operations
  • Directs and participates in the preparation of loan/grant applications and related documents
  • Explains relocation benefits to eligible persons and processes claims for relocation payment
  • Provides information to the City Attorney in the execution and administration of housing program activities
  • Attends leadership, management, supervisory and subject matter training to stay abreast of industry best practices
  • Travels to offsite locations
  • Works various hours to conform with changing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Reports to work as scheduled, maintains satisfactory attendance record
  • Performs other related duties.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification.  The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.


Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:
Knowledge of: 

  • State and federal housing programs 
  • Redevelopment Agency set-aside, CDBG and HOME funded programs
  • Inclusionary and density bonus programs for multi-family projects;
  • Principles and practices of public administration, accounting and budgeting, economics, and redevelopment
  • Principles and practices of housing program development and housing assistance programs including applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations regarding affordable housing programs
  • Operational characteristics and activities of complex housing programs
  • Research methods and techniques
  • Financial and statistical analysis methods; financial and real estate procedures and transactions
  • Contract negotiations and contract law
  • General housing program code provisions; tax exempt financing structures and tax credit programs
  • Community resources; group dynamics and community socio-economic factors
  • Equal employment and affirmative action guidelines and policies
  • The use of present and emerging automated services and technologies
  • Principles and practices of  supervision, training and performance management
  • The legal instruments used in affordable housing programs and real estate transactions

Ability to:   

  • Manage and coordinate the activities of complex housing programs 
  • Analyze and accurately interpret a variety of documents and materials and prepare clear, comprehensive reports and recommendations
  • Prepare, analyze and negotiate complex contracts and agreements
  • Generate and maintain accurate records
  • Develop, implement, and manage long range housing programs; effectively monitor program development and improvement; interpret program guidelines, analyze problems and identify alternative solutions; implement plans, strategies and program recommendations
  • Interpret and apply state, federal and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations
  • Follow instructions and directions
  • Make public presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, other government agencies, financial institutions, developers, and the public
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Effectively supervise; coordinate, direct and prioritize the work of self and others
  • Review and evaluate job performance; plan, design, and implement staff training; instruct staff on policy matters and proper safety procedures
  • Work both indoors and outdoors and travel on City business and meet with members of the public
  • Use computer equipment and related software including, but not limited to MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook; operation of various office equipment and motor vehicle 

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Planning, Business Administration, Economics or a related field.
Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible professional-level work experience in the areas of affordable housing and community development programs, including at least two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
Certification: A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required at time of appointment and during course of employment. 

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach City employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.

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