Contract and Program Auditor- Housing

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Sep 09, 2019
Full Time Accounting and Finance Housing Human and Social Services Real Estate
  • Salary: $63,169.60 - $80,953.59 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Community and Economic Development Department has an additional opening for afull-time Contract and Program Auditor position in the Housing Division. This position is open until filled.

Under the direction of the Housing Division Manager this position will work to further affordable housing efforts in Tacoma. This position will develop, monitor, and evaluate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) contracts and funding; assure adherence to contract guidelines and federal, State and City laws, regulations and policies; and assist with the day-to-day management of the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority's extensive affordable housing loan portfolio.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Manage activities within the confines of HUD pass-through grants such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
  • Work as part of a team to provide recommendations to the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) and Tacoma City Council for how federal and non-federal funds should be utilized on an annual basis.
  • Draft and manage grant, loan, developer and subrecipient agreements with third parties funded by the Housing Division with HUD funds to provide housing and economic development activities.
  • Audit grant, loan, developer and subrecipient agreements to ensure proper compliance with federal regulations.
  • Issue and manage a competitive Notice of Funding Availability process in which applicants compete for federal funding to perform affordable housing and/or economic development activities.
  • Evaluate proposed projects for eligibility with federal requirements and City Council adopted funding priorities.
  • Underwrite housing and economic development activities.
  • Work with citizen committees such as the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority to seek input and award public funds.
  • Perform environmental assessments in compliance with federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) regulations.
  • Complete and annually update federal reports.
  • Ensure activities benefitting from HUD funds provided by the Housing Division comply with prevailing wage, Section 3, and other cross-cutting federal requirements.
  • Manage the disbursement of public funds to single-family and multi-family affordable housing projects in construction or undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Audit affordable housing projects receiving federal funds from the Housing Division once placed into service for compliance with federal, state and other applicable regulations including the requirement that the project serve low and/or moderate income households.
  • Interface with HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) tracking system to establish, update, report on and close out projects receiving federal funds from the Housing Division.
  • Complete various reports, updates and memos to the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) and City Council relative to various projects, programs and annual budgets.

The City of Tacoma has a very generous benefit package including:
  • Great retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Personal time off
  • Outstanding working conditions and a supportive work environment
  • Medical, dental and life insurance coverage for eligible employees
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code

For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play.


Any combination equivalent to: graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, urban studies, or community development/planning and experience in contract management and program evaluation involving complex regulations.

Desired Qualifications:
A Master's degree in public administration, business administration, urban studies or community development/planning plus two years' experience in contract monitoring; working knowledge of federal housing and community development programs such as HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grant programs. Experience in banking and commercial lending, or operations of nonprofit organizations is appreciated.

Valid Washington Driver's License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Principles and practices of business administration.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Statistical analysis and other evaluation methods.
  • City organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Negotiating techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.

  • Prepare, negotiate and monitor contracts.
  • Monitor progress and contract compliance of projects and programs.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain detailed records of activities.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your responsibilities as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. NOTE: Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process.

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview process, which may include a work problem. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folder.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.
Closing Date/Time: