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Housing Program Coordinator, City of Laguna Beach

Filing Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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Are you a housing specialist looking to make a big impact? The City of Laguna Beach is excited to recruit for a new position to develop and implement the City’s 6th Housing Element, support the creation of new market-rate and affordable units, serve as liaison to the Housing and Human Services Committee, develop tools to map and track market trends and stay current with changes to local and state housing legislation. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who thrives in a fast-paced environment and enjoys working with a wide range of stakeholders, including developers, nonprofit organizations and community members.

Your Role: Under the general supervision of the Planning Manager, the primary responsibility of this position is to increase the City's supply of market rate and affordable housing. Job duties include the following:

  • Serving as staff liaison to the Housing and Human Services Committee and working with them on the implementation on certain Housing Element programs and receiving policy input.

  • Evaluating potential sites within the City where affordable housing could be located by reviewing factors such as geographic location, environmental impacts, financial feasibility, land-use codes, and community support.

  • Working with housing developers to facilitate the entitlement process.

  • Identifying and pursuing County, State, and Federal housing grants and Notices of Funding Availability processes.

The Ideal Candidate will be a:

  • Self-starter who can work independently, while also taking direction.

  • Masterful collaborator and negotiator who can build consensus between a wide variety of stakeholders including elected and appointed officials, developers and community stakeholders.

  • Strong communicator who can speak on a variety of topics.

  • Politically astute without being political.

  • Knowledgeable of what other jurisdictions are doing to successfully meet their housing needs.

  • Inclusive, engaging and dedicated to the community we serve.

Schedule: This is a regular full-time position, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (with alternating Fridays off). A hybrid telecommuting schedule is available for this position. The schedule and hours are subject to change with reasonable advanced notice.

The Application/Selection Process: Interested candidates must submit a completed online application by the closing deadline of Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PST in order to be considered. Applications will be screened carefully and selected candidates will be invited to undergo a Structured Panel Interview to evaluate their knowledge, skills and abilities. The appointing hiring authority will further review the job-related qualifications of those deemed eligible for hire before making selection decisions.

Pre-Placement Process: Selected candidates must successfully pass a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-placement physical including a drug test. Educational and employment verification and reference check(s) will also be conducted.

Examples of Duties

This position has a working title of Housing Program Coordinator within the Senior Management Analyst job classification. To view the complete job description, please click Senior Management Analyst.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination demonstrating the ability to effectively and successfully perform the duties of the position is considered qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in housing policy, public administration, urban planning, social sciences, or a closely related field.

Experience: Six (6) years of professional experience in business analysis with at least three (3) years in administering policies and programs related to the production of market-rate and affordable housing and/or land-use. Experience in local government is preferred.

License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver’s license and an acceptable driving record is required.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of: Housing and land use principles and practices; modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment. Ability to: Develop and implement housing programs and to apply provisions of the City’s Zoning Code, General Plan and Subdivision requirements; read technical documents, communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; appear for work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; accept constructive criticism and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions: The duties and responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment and involve sitting, standing, and walking for prolonged or intermittent periods of time, and include reaching, bending, and twisting at the waist to perform desk work and operate general office equipment including a personal computer with keyboard for prolonged or intermittent periods of time. The operation of a personal computer requires finger and wrist dexterity and the ability to withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from the computer. Employee must be able to safely lift and carry books, files and reports weighing up to 25 pounds. Must be able to lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers and withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from a computer. An incumbent must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with others encountered during the course of duty.

City of Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. The City of Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department & Division: The Community Development Department is organized into five divisions - Administration, Zoning, Building, Planning, and Code Enforcement with 38 full-time employees and 5 contract positions. The Planning Division is responsible for long range planning programs and commercial/mixed-use projects. This Division ensures the implementation of the goals and policies of the General Plan, administration of the Municipal Code, and provides staff support to the Planning Commission and Housing and Human Services Committee. There are several long-range planning projects occurring that the Planning Manager will oversee, including the adoption and implementation of the 6th Cycle Housing Element, an updated Downtown Specific Plan, a Local Coastal Program amendment establishing new development standards along the coastal bluffs, and a Low-Cost Visitor Accommodation Policy. The Department is also in the process of updating its procedures and processes and is implementing a new permitting system to allow for electronic plan review.

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