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5/21/2017
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Human Services Specialist (Homeless Prevention...
City of Livermore | Livermore, California
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The City of Livermore is currently conducting a recruitment for a limited duration full-time position of Human Services Specialist. This position will be responsible for homeless prevention functions. For a copy of the job flyer, click here.

* DEFINITION

Under general supervision, provides professional level support to and coordinates the Housing and Human Service (HHS) Grant Program that disburses the City's federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) allocations in conjunction with local funding sources, and homelessness prevention programs; provides staff support to the Human Services Commission; coordinates matters concerning the operations of the City's Multi-Service Center; works with other City divisions/departments and community-based organizations to develop and administer other related human service programs; and performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Incumbents in this classification have a broad range of independence relative to individual programs within policy and procedural limitations. This classification is distinguished from the Administrative Technician in that the Human Services Specialist is a professional level classification that performs broader human service related program duties that include coordinating the City's HHS Grant program and conceptualizing, designing, and implementing programs for low income City residents and the homeless community.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

General supervision is provided by the Human Services Programs Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide technical and functional direction to office support staff and/or temporary employees.

Examples of Important and Essential Functions:Administrative Functions

Maintains administrative records system for program area to which assigned; collects, verifies, and organizes statistical and informational data from a variety of sources; analyzes and interprets collected data providing comparative analyses as required; may assign work, train, check-on work in process, and provide input on employee evaluations of office support staff; responds to inquiries from other departments, organizations, public agencies, and the general public; prepares contracts and works with the City Attorney Dept; monitors recipients of grant funds for compliance; interfaces with tenants on issues concerning daily operations at Multi-Service Center and monitors on-going activities and issues; negotiates lease space and rental rates, drafts lease documents and prepares council reports for approval of lease renewals for the Multi-Service Center; prepares studies and evaluations and makes recommendations and proposals to City Council, boards and commissions, and/or community groups; provides staff support to the Human Services Commission; participates on various social service committees and consortiums; conducts public presentations and outreach activities; coordinates work with staff in other divisions/departments, the school district, and community agencies; writes grants to obtain funding for programs; coordinates and monitors local and private foundation grant funds; markets programs by attending neighborhood meetings, develops marketing materials, and advertising; and utilizes personal computers to perform word processing and spreadsheet functions.

Specialized Program Support Functions

Housing and Human Service Grant Program Functions

Develops, coordinates, and monitors human service related city programs designed for low to moderate income residents; administers and implements the Housing and Human Service Grant Program that disburses funding from the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership programs (HOME) allocations in conjunction with local funding sources; solicits proposals for HHS Grant programs from nonprofit and government agencies; explains program requirements to potential applicants and ensures their activity meets existing federal and local program guidelines; provides technical assistance and training to sub-recipients; reviews applications for funding from the HHS Grant program and determines eligibility; guides the Human Service Commission through the grant recommendation process; assists with the preparation of the HHS Grant recommendations and budget for City Council and Human Service Commission consideration; conducts financial and program monitoring of the grant sub-recipients; assists in the preparation of the annual Action Plan and CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report) and 5 year Consolidated Plan, and presents these documents to City Council for consideration; reviews invoices for compliance and forwards to clerical staff to process payment; works with the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office (HUD); prepares annual grant agreements with the City's grantees; completes required federal reports to maintain compliance including environmental reviews, Section 3, and Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise; reviews projects that require implementation of the Federal Wage rate; and works with City Attorney Dept to ensure agreements with recipients of the City's grant funds are legal, binding, and in compliance with specific requirements; reviews and approves applications for programs; and provides program administration for City homeowner rehabilitation programs.

Homeless Services Program Functions

Develops, coordinates, and monitors homeless prevention and intervention programs; assists in the development and implementation of new strategies in collaboration with other agencies and non-profit services providers; conducts public outreach and educational programs and promotes programs within the local neighborhoods and localities; researches grants, donations, and other funding sources; develops and establishes effective working relationships with local service providers and the homeless community; and serves as the City liaison on homeless issues with non-profit and public agencies and coalitions.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications:Demonstrated Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, procedures, terminology, methodology, research techniques, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the program area to which assigned; principles, practices, and techniques of grant administration and monitoring; program monitoring and evaluation methods; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG and HOME policies, procedures, rules, regulations, terminology, reporting requirements, and schedules; CDBG and HOME record keeping and budgeting; Federal grant requirements/regulations and grant processes; types and functions of local non-profit social service agencies and activities; affordable housing programs, issues, and resources; mathematics and program budgeting; principles and practices of effective communication, including public speaking techniques, effective negotiation techniques, written communication, and group dynamics; and use of a personal computer and software applications.

Demonstrated Skills to:

Analyze and solve complex problems that involve collaborating with one or more parties; interpret and apply appropriate regulations and requirements; administer and monitor contracts and grant funds; keep accurate records and files and review for compliance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; make effective and articulate presentations to a variety of audiences, including the City Council and Human Services Commission; analyze data, develop strategies, and write complex reports in a clear and effective manner; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with City staff and work effectively with other government entities and social service agencies; work independently under general supervision to complete assignments in a timely and accurate manner; exercise initiative and creativity in performing assigned duties; work well under pressure of deadlines; articulate both sides of an issue and define consensus among competing interest groups; and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective service attitude with the public and co-workers.

Ability to:

Effectively apply the required knowledge and skills in the daily performance of assigned duties; and learn the City's policies, procedures, rules, and regulations that are necessary for this job classification.

Experience, Education, and Training Guidelines:

Any combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of human services related program experience, including administering local governmental grant programs.

Education: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university in public administration, political science, sociology, social work, or related field.

Training: Any recent training such as academic courses and certification programs which are relevant to this job classification.

License: May require the possession of a valid California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record, as determined by the City of Livermore.

Other Requirements: Willingness and ability to work scheduled and emergency overtime; and attend meetings, workshops, and seminars during work and non-work hours.

Special Requirements: Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to work in a standard office environment; read fine print and computer monitors; operate a computer; converse by telephone, in person, and to large groups and be clearly understood; and strength to safely lift and maneuver office supplies and equipment weighing up to 30 pounds.

Additional Information:The City of Livermore is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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