Housing & Grants Supervisor


Salary: $77,524.39 – $118,874.55/annually*
*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.

Schedule: Monday-Friday   Full-Time   37.5 hours per week

This position is responsible for expanding affordable housing, creating jobs and economic opportunity, and supporting a broad range of services that advance City goals to provide equitable opportunity for low- and moderate-income residents to thrive. The position manages Housing and Grants staff responsible for developing the City’s HUD Consolidated Plan, Action Plans and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investments Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs, as well as for the City’s Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) and Human Services Fund (HSF) allocated to external partners. This position conducts research and develops recommendations focused on addressing the needs of underserved residents using a racial equity lens. It contributes to planning and community development projects including but not limited to the comprehensive and affordable housing plans, and is responsible for monitoring projects and programs funded from the sources listed above to ensure compliance with Federal and local requirements and achievement of goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignments will include some or all of the following):

  • Manages the Senior Grants and Compliance Specialist, two Housing and Economic Development Analysts, and one Customer Service Coordinator.
  • Manages the implementation and monitoring of housing and economic development activities, and social services programs funded with CDBG, HOME, ESG, AHF, and HSF, including project and subrecipient agreements, and a comprehensive record retention and document destruction plan following federal requirements.
  • Develops and oversees a monitoring and compliance plan for the portfolio of City-funded affordable housing units, including loan servicing, and inclusionary units in market-rate developments consistent with Federal and local government requirements; ensures accurate and timely maintenance of records in IDIS and CDM databases.
  • Works with nonprofit agencies and developers receiving funding to leverage external resources and expand capacity to provide for the needs of Evanston residents and businesses.
  • Ensures the timely completion of the City’s HUD Consolidated Plans, Action Plans and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports for CDBG, HOME, and ESG.
  • Ensures the timely completion and submission of various reports relating to federal CDBG, HOME, ESG, and local AHF, and HSF funding in compliance with federal and local requirements and policies.
  • Reviews and approves underwriting by direct reports of funding requests for housing projects, including evaluations of applicants’ capacity to carry out proposed work, budgets, staffing estimates, financial pro formas, etc.; requests additional data needed to determine feasibility.
  • Develops and updates policies and procedures relating to the City’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and other programs to address the housing needs of low/moderate/middle income residents, as well as changes in the housing market and needs of all residents.
  • Oversees field investigations, economic or public opinion surveys, demographic studies, or other research such as the collection of socioeconomic, environmental, and regulatory data related to housing and services as appropriate that are needed for planning purposes.
  • Reviews plans and proposals from other governmental planning entities and private organizations to support the development of affordable housing locally and regionally.
  • Staffs and manages staffing of boards/committees/commissions in compliance with Open Meetings Act, including meeting notices, agendas, packets, and minutes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a preference for Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Planning, Accounting, Political Science or substantially similar area; Masters degree preferred.
  • Must possess three (3)  years of work experience in one or a combination of the following fields: affordable housing policy, development and/or management of affordable housing, or services for the homeless or other underserved populations in local, county or state government, nonprofits or businesses
  • Must possess two (2) years of progressively greater managerial and staff supervisory responsibility
  • Must possess three (3) years of experience with HOME or substantially similar affordable housing finance source, including methods and forms of documentation used to maintain affordability.
  • Substantial knowledge of:
  • A broad range of housing issues, including affordability for different income levels and fair housing, and the strategies, tools and best practices to address them.
  • Budgeting and financial management, including federal single audits.
  • Housing and economic development finance documents, including project agreements, mortgages/loans, subordination agreements, and land use restriction agreements.
  • Skills and abilities to:
    • Develop policy and strategic recommendations for a variety of housing, community and economic development programs and projects.
  • Analyze real estate pro formas, business plans, and other documents used to determine financial feasibility and return on investment.
  • Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; interpret a variety of federal statutes and regulations, and technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure; to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions; to compute ratio, rate, and percent; draw and interpret graphs; perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.
  • Read business letters, memoranda, technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and legal documents; write business letters, memoranda, abstracts, and financial reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar; and use principles and methods of effective and persuasive speaking to present to diverse audiences with poise and confidence.
  • Use personal computers and associated software, including G-Suite, Microsoft Office, iCompass or similar agenda management software, relational databases, and internet search engines and other electronic tools for research purposes.
  • Attend evening meetings when necessary.
  • Work with and relate to a diverse group of people from varying socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds and to deal with individuals and groups at all levels.
  • Have excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Be self-motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable. Innovative, creative, resourceful and independent thinker.

Light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Type of physical demands: balancing (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces); stooping (bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist); crouching (bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine); reaching (extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction); handling (seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hands); fingering (picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers primarily); feeling (perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by means of receptors in skin, particularly those of finger tips); talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word); hearing (perceiving the nature of sounds by ear); seeing (the ability to perceive the nature of objects by eye); far vision (clarity of vision at 20 feet or more); near vision (clarity of vision at 20 inches or less); depth perception (ability to judge distance and space relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are, including safety to oneself and others); field of vision (observing an area that can be seen up and in a given point, when required to see a large area while keeping the eyes fixed); accommodation (adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus, especially important when doing near-point work at varying distances from the eye); color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors).

Reports to the Housing & Grants Manager who outlines work assignments, reviews work in progress, and completed work. Works closely with all relevant departments/ divisions to assist and inform in the processing of planning related issues and policies, as appropriate. Employee is expected to provide leadership/guidance to all City departments in administration and management of grant-funded programs and projects. Guidance is provided via the strategic plan, City Code, City policies and procedures, applicable state and federal laws and regulations, and Consolidated Plan to ensure compliance with requirements.  Work is evaluated at least annually to determine progress toward achieving goals, leadership, communication skills, customer service, ability to work productively and effectively with employees at all levels in the organization as well as elected and appointed officials, community groups and the general public.

The employee has regular and frequent contact with department and division employees and other City employees; regular contact with individual citizens and groups, including elected officials.  Presentations during public meetings are part of the scope of work for this position.


Structured Oral Interview

To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date.

Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-866-5095 (TTY).

Mary Dankwa

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