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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1945 - Community Development Specialist

Job Description

GRADE: 111

Under direction, performs work of considerable difficulty, in the development of comprehensive plans and planning programs and administration and implementation of the funding and programs that result from such planning efforts, including, but not limited to, DuPage County’s Community Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Home Investment Partnership Program, Emergency Solutions Grants Program, Continuum of Care programs, and performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for planning work to obtain and management of Federal entitlement funds given to DuPage County through programs such as, but not limited to, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Emergency Solutions Grant, and Continuum of Care programs. This position is distinguished from the Project Coordinator by the advanced level of accountability and decision making ability required.
Work objectives are guided by Federal regulations and work is reviewed through analysis of the accuracy of decisions made, the effectiveness of the technical assistance given, and an evaluation of reports submitted. Direction is received from the Community Services Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Compiles, analyzes and interprets data used in the preparation of required comprehensive planning documents, including, but not limited to, the DuPage County Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development
• Responsible for management of assigned projects
• Monitors overall project performance and assures timeliness of individual compliance activities
• Monitors HOME Program projects for compliance during the HUD-required affordability period
• Interprets and enforces Federal laws and regulations as they pertain to project completion
• Provides technical assistance on all phases of the federal and local programs and county policies
• Reviews projects to determine compliance with eligibility, environmental, labor, equal opportunity, acquisition/relocation laws and county contract
• Conducts and prepares Environmental Reviews
• Implements projects in compliance with Davis – Bacon requirements
• Completes projects following Uniform Administrative and Cost Principles requirements
• Reviews sub grantee payment claims for completeness of documentation
• Reviews project accounts
• Reports periodically on project status to superiors
• Prepares and presents information on programs to employer, community groups, municipalities, or contractors.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning or community development
• Techniques of planning research and how to apply them to general and specific urban planning studies and projects
• Federal and county regulations pertaining to federal and local grant programs
• Computer applications for project planning, monitoring and reporting.
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Project organization and tracking of project performance as it relates to the federal and local grant programs
• Maintaining project records
• Interpretation of federal regulations and county policies to sub-grantees
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Planning or related field, with an emphasis on housing and community development; and one to two years of experience in community development, grant administration, or real estate; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.