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Housing Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Health and Human Services

General Information

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Job Description

Housing Specialists perform a variety of specific activities within the functional areas of overseeing procurement, contract development, program implementation, and compliance determination and assurance of housing projects for homeless and low-income households various grant programs. These positions are located in the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Who has this title?

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree; AND one year of professional experience in a position with responsibility for the planning, development, financing, or administration of housing or housing programs* including one or more of the following duties: Planning, financing, or developing housing; community residences; or supported housing for the homeless and/or special needs populations; Developing or monitoring grant proposals and contracts with government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and foundations; Monitoring construction to ensure conformance to State and local building codes, and fire and safety regulations; Management of supported or low income housing;**AND one year of professional experience in a position of responsibility for assisting homeless, low income, and/or special needs individuals or families in obtaining such benefits as housing, education, employment, shelter, counseling, or other supportive services. This experience must be gained through one or a combination of the following duties: Provision of services through direct client contact; Administration and implementation of social services programs*** in a government, not-for-profit, charitable, or faith-based organization.

* "housing programs" is defined as programs which finance or otherwise assist in the development and/or operation of permanent, transitional, or emergency housing, including licensed, certified, or otherwise regulated shelters.

** "supported or low-income housing" is defined as permanent, transitional, or emergency residence or shelter for homeless and/or low income households which are owned and/or operated by a government, not-for-profit, charitable, or faith-based organization.

*** "social services programs" is defined as programs that provide services to homeless, low income, special needs individuals, and/or families to assist them in achieving the greatest degree of independence possible.

NOTE: experience as a realtor or real estate agent is not qualifying.

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Candidates may also be appointed to a traineeship to this job title from the PCO eligible list. See the Generalist Job Titles description for more information.

To Apply

You must have or expect to receive a bachelor's or higher degree by September 1, 2020.

The 2019 PCO will be open for application from January 18, 2019. To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 20, 2019, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2019, and take the PCO written test in April of 2019. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: