ATTORNEY - HOUSING

POSITION OVERVIEW

PN#19971 HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ATTORNEY

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

• Quality & Service - Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
• Partnership & Teamwork - Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals,
• Integrity & Candor - Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
• Dignity & Diversity - Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
• Innovation & Imagination - Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.

Comprised of over 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, drafting ordinances, advising on ethics and conflicts of interest, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto - "Service Through Law."

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston Legal Department is seeking an experienced, efficient, and solutions-focused Housing and Community Development attorney with at least ten years of legal experience in affordable housing acquisition, rehabilitation, and development.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) in various affordable housing acquisitions, rehabilitations and developments.
  • Actively engaging with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Texas General Land Office (GLO), Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other state and local authorities to ensure the client department abides by and remains compliant with all federal, state and local fair and affordable housing requirements.
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements, including inter-creditor and subordination agreements, with commercial lenders, nonprofit and for-profit developers, tax credit investors, agencies, other governmental entities, and other stakeholders in affordable housing projects.
  • Drafting ordinances that relate to various HCDD matters including program guidelines, affordable housing programs and agency agreements.
  • Reviewing and commenting on proposed fair and affordable housing laws and regulations.
  • Performing title review and drafting documents related to the City's down payment assistance and single-family home repair, construction and reconstruction programs.
  • Rendering legal advice to HCDD and other City departments regarding housing and general real estate law and land use matters.
  • Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies to further the City's goal of providing fair and affordable housing in the City of Houston.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL:Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.

EXPERIENCE:10 years of experience handling affordable housing acquisition, rehabilitation, and development.

LICENSE:Must be a member of the Texas State Bar and have a valid Driver's License.

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to applicants that possess:
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience working with HUD, GLO, FEMA, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Experience working with real estate developers and commercial lenders working on affordable housing projects.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating contracts, loans, and grants for affordable housing, public services and/or public facilities.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Texas real property statutes.
  • Familiarity with municipal or public law.
  • Familiarity with procurement requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Experience providing legal and tax advice to city officials regarding Community Land Trusts.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate work load demands.
  • Proficiency with Word, Outlook, Excel and the use of technology in the practice.

Additionally, the selected applicant should be knowledgeableaboutHUD affordable housing, public facilities and public services programs, federal Home Investment Partnerships Program, federal Community Development Block Grants, federal Emergency Solutions Grants, federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids Grants, federal Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program/Economic Development Initiative funds, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and municipal bonds, City and TIRZ affordable housing funding methods, tax credit housing programs, and bond and commercial financing vehicles for housing and real estate.

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED:Yes
All applicants will be expected to provide a writing sample, transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION:Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION:
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in similar positions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: http://www.www.houstontx.gov

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or please call 832.393.6069.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. If you need special services or accommodations, call TTY 7-1-1.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.


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