Colorado State Housing Development Specialist in Denver, Colorado

Housing Development Specialist



Housing Development Specialist


$50,400.00 - $73,764.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Local Affairs

Job Number



11/21/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Open to Colorado residents only

Who We Are

For many communities throughout Colorado, the Department of Local Affairs is the "face of state government"--that initial and primary point of contact where local communities work in partnership with the State. Our department's mission statement, "Strengthening Colorado Communities," exemplifies the level of responsiveness and attentiveness that lies at the heart of our services. Through financial and technical assistance, property tax administration, property valuation appeals and programs addressing affordable housing and homelessness, our department works in cooperation with local communities to make them more sustainable and enhance their livability. For more information about the Department of Local Affairs go to

The Division of Housing (DOH) was created by statute in 1970 to improve the access of all Coloradans to decent, affordable housing. Working with the State Housing Board, the Division:

  • Provides state and federal funding to private housing developers, housing authorities and local governments to increase the inventory of affordable housing.

  • Offers Section 8 rental assistance statewide through local housing authorities and non-profit service organizations.

  • Certifies all factory/manufactured structures built in or shipped to Colorado, and approves multifamily construction in counties with no construction codes.

For more information about the Division of Housing go to:

What We Can Offer You

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference in communities across the State, consider joining the dedicated people of the Department of Local Affairs. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus optional 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • RTD EcoPass

  • Wellness Program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training opportunities and more

Description of Job

The Housing Development Specialist will analyze, negotiate, monitor and develop applications for financial assistance for affordable housing projects from private housing developers, local housing authorities, and/or local development organizations. The position will analyze complex financial information and market conditions, evaluate projects in reference to State and Federal housing regulations, and provide project funding recommendations to the State Housing Board.

The Housing Development Specialist will:

  • Advise private housing developers, local housing organizations, and local governments in using federal and state housing resources to finance acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction of affordable housing proposals;

  • Analyze applications for financial assistance by reviewing for completeness, accuracy, market demand, financial commitments, management capacity, regulatory compliance, financial feasibility, and development cost and provide funding recommendations to staff and the State Housing Board;

  • Write Project Summaries which are used to draft contracts for funding awards and establish the performance benchmarks that are included in contracts for each new applicant;

  • Assess the technical assistance needs for local housing organizations and decide whether this assistance can be offered by the Division of Housing or from other public or private resources;

  • Respond to staff and grant recipients daily for guidance and assistance on interpretation of federal and state regulations and laws governing the expendi¬≠ture of funds and eligibility of activities that have contributed to problems or complaints; and

  • Provide training and technical assistance to private developers, local housing organization staff, and local government officials regarding development of affordable housing, use of federal financial resources, market assessments, development cost, and housing operating expenses.

The geographic responsibilities of this position include the following counties: Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Lake, Park, and Teller counties and other regions as needed based on volume of applications (subject to change).

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in finance, business, law, urban planning, public policy, or a closely related field AND two years professional experience in multi-family mortgage lending, real estate development, affordable housing programs, and/or housing policy.

Requires a valid driver's license.

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications, the preferred applicant will have the following experience and skills as specifically demonstrated on the employment application and resume:

  • At least one year of professional experience in affordable housing finance and development;

  • Knowledge and experience with federal and state affordable housing programs;

  • Knowledge and experience in affordable housing financial packaging;

  • Knowledge and experience with financial underwriting;

  • Ability to provide technical assistance and formal training;

  • Budgeting skills;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills

  • Negotiating skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Proficiency with MS Office, especially MS Excel

Substitution: Professional experience in multi-family mortgage lending, real estate development, affordable housing programs, and/or housing policy which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. A master's degree in Business Finance or MBA with an emphasis in Finance, Urban and Regional Planning, or a JD, will substitute for one year of the required experience.

Conditions of Employment:

Occasional statewide overnight travel required. Requires the ability to travel independently by vehicle, statewide.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone:303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Applicants must submit a completed application and resume by 5:00 p.m. on the announcement closing date (postmarks will not suffice). Applicants may submit the resume along with the online application using the "Attach" feature, or via email or fax to the contact listed below. If your application and resume are not received by the closing date of this announcement, you will not be considered for this position. If not applying online, application forms are available at the Dept. of Local Affairs employment website at

As the first step in the selection process, applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and to determine the most qualified applicants for this position. Be sure your application specifically addresses all the requirements and preferences listed above.

Please include your current e-mail address on your application, as most correspondence regarding this position will be electronic-based. The department cannot guarantee the successful delivery of e-mail. You will be notified of the status of your application within two weeks after the closing date of the announcement. If you do not receive information regarding the status your application within this time, please contact (303) 864-7866.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.