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Community Development Specialist At City of Compton, CA

Location: Compton, California

Job Description

Under general supervision, oversees and monitors the progress and compliance of existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded projects to ensure compliance with grant agreements, collects, reviews and completes periodic grant status and related reports; and performs other related duties.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED: Works under the general supervision of the Grants Manager; does not exercise supervisory responsibility.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following essential functions are those that are critical, integral, necessary, crucial, primary and fundamental to the job. Incumbents who possess the requisite skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of a position are expected to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
  • Monitors grant performance to ensure conformance with Department goals, and compliance with local, state and federal codes and regulations and prepares a variety of compliance-related reports for the funding agencies including progress reports and grant close-out reports.
  • Responds to inquiries and assists City departments and citizens with grant funding/performance and technical issues; provides technical assistance to CDBG funded agencies; explains the City's processes and requirements and provides guidance within scope of authority.
  • Develops procedures, forms and evaluation criteria for Requests for Proposals for CDBG funds and other program activities.
  • Collects and reviews quarterly reports from City departments and CDBG funded agencies to ensure grant compliance; follows-up with departments to ensure projects are carried out in a timely and appropriate manner; submits grant reports to local and State funding sources.
  • Coordinates annual workshops and meetings or events for agencies awarded CDBG funding, City departments and the Federal Grants Advisory Commission; attends meetings and takes minutes.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience:
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Public/Business Administration or a related field; AND two (2) years experience in community development, redevelopment, grant administration or related field; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
  • Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License.

EXAMINATION
The purpose of this examination is to establish an eligible list from which vacant position(s) may be filled.

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination and interview process.

A written examination, weighted 50% will measure all or portions of the above knowledge, and skills. An oral examination, weighted 50% will be administered by an appraisal panel to evaluate professional qualifications, background and suitability. The oral examination may include graded simulation exercises, writing exercises, and oral presentations. The tentative date for the written examination is the week of February 25, 2019. Each candidate will be notified via mail or e-mail.

The City reserves the right to utilize alternative testing methods, if deemed necessary. Failure to qualify in one phase of the examination process disqualifies the applicant from further consideration and participation in the remaining phase(s) of the examination.

GENERAL INFORMATION TO EXAMINATION APPLICANTS
The City of Compton does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or provisions of services.

Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must give advanced notice to the Human Resources Department prior to the final filing date.
ELIGIBLE LISTS
Recruitment may be conducted on a (a) promotional basis, (b) open-competitive basis, or (c) promotional and open-competitive basis simultaneously. All candidates who attain an overall score of at least 70.00 (open-competitive) and at least 75.00 (promotional) will be placed in rank order on the relevant eligible list(s).

PLEASE NOTE:
All permanent City employees that attain an overall score of at least 75.00 will be placed on both the promotional eligible list and the open-competitive eligible list. All City employees that attain a score of at least 70.00 on EACH PHASE of the examination but an overall score of less than 75.00 will be placed on the open-competitive eligible list only.

Each eligible list shall remain in effect one (1) year from the date of its establishment unless it is extended, abolished or exhausted. Whenever possible, three (3) names are certified to fill any one (1) vacant position. No candidate may be certified more than three (3) times for any one classified position. When certifying eligible lists to appointing powers, the promotional eligible list takes precedence over the open-competitive eligible list. A department manager's recommendation for employment is subject to the City Manager's approval.

EXAMINATION APPEAL PROCEDURE
A candidate, may within five (5) days after taking the written examination, file in writing with the City Manager an appeal against any part of the test, citing the item or items against which the appeal is directed and the reason(s) for such appeal. The Personnel Board will consider appeals from the decisions and ratings of qualifications appraisal (interview) boards if such appeals meet the conditions described in the Personnel Rules and Regulations (Section 6.8).

EXAMINATION RECORDS
All examination papers, including the employment application, resume, and other attachments submitted by competitors are the property of the Personnel Board and are confidential records which may be open to inspection only for purposes and under conditions established by the Personnel Board.

VETERANS PREFERENCE
In all entrance examinations (open-competitive only) for positions in the Classified Service, veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States during time(s) of war, and who attain an overall passing score in the examination, are allowed additional preferential credit in accordance with the Personnel Rules and Regulations. In order to claim veterans' credit, the applicant must submit proof of service and honorable discharge (showing specific dates of service) on a U.S. Military form (DD-214) at the time of application or not later than the final filing date for the examination.

FRINGE BENEFITS
The City's comprehensive fringe benefits program includes: retirement (Public Employees' Retirement System), medical, dental, life and vision insurances, deferred compensation, sick and vacation leaves, after-hours education reimbursement, ride share program, uniform allowance and other provisions.