Current Positions Open

The Kingston Housing Authority is seeking a housing specialist with excellent people skills to assess candidates for housing and assist clients with securing affordable, permanent housing. The housing specialist’s responsibilities include liaising with community organizations, government agencies, and property owners to source the means and negotiate terms that enable clients to rent suitable housing.

To be successful as a housing specialist you should have good listening skills and a great deal of patience. An outstanding housing specialist should be an excellent mediator and highly knowledgeable about the property market, social services, and legal restrictions. This is a Civil Service Position, and the candidate would be hired provisionally contingent on successful completion and scoring in the top three of the Civil Service exam

HOUSING SPECIALIST

DISTINGTIISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This Housing Assistance Program position exists in the City of Kingston Housing Authority and involves responsibility for processing candidates and re-certifying residents for Housing Choice Vouchers. The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Section 8 Coordinator with latitude to exercise independent judgment in carrying out work assignments. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL, WORK ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: (Illustrative Only)

  • Screens and interviews candidates for Section 8 vouchers and determines eligibility for such rental assistance
  • Assists candidates in completing rental applications
  • Processes applications for rental assistance in accordance with established policies and guidelines
  • Provides information to clients, as to their rights and responsibilities under the program
  • Performs annual re-certification of eligibility for rental assistance to program participants annually in accordance with federal and state regulations
  • Provides assistance to clients in the selection of eligible apartments
  • Maintains application files and waiting lists in accordance with Federal and State regulations
  • Processes paperwork and obtains necessary information regarding client affairs including apartment transfers, client grievances, client eligibility and counseling of delinquent clients
  • Assists the Section 8 Coordinator in resolving tenant and lord problems
  • Notifies clients of re-certification dates and sets up appointments for review, re-inspections prior to leasing or re-inspections and follow up to ensure deficiencies are corrected
  • Evaluates and assists the Section 8 Coordinator in performing routine inspections prior to leasing or re-inspections and follows up to ensure deficiencies are corrected
  • Assists clients with financial or social problems by providing information and referral services to clients regarding available community resources
  • Maintains detailed and confidential records and prepares reports as required
  • Conducts annual safety inspections – performs inspection prior to leasing or reinspection
  • Completes move-in / move out inspections and follow up to ensure deficiencies are corrected
  • Maintains a close relationship with resident associations, community leaders and local and federal agencies

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Working knowledge of laws, regulations and policies pertaining to public housing; Working knowledge of economic and social factors related to housing programs; Working knowledge of social services, health-related and financial resources available to local residents, Working knowledge of the principles of real estate management; Working knowledge of the broad problems and objectives of public housing; Skill in conducting an interview to acquire information; Skill in resolving tenants grievances or disputes; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to maintain detailed and confidential records and prepare reports; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Ability to learn to inspect and evaluate condition of housing units; Ability to make eligibility determinations by comparing applications to criteria; Initiative; Resourcefulness; good judgment: Physical condition suitable to the demands of the position.

HOUSING SPECIALIST MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s degree; or

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate degree and four (4) years of experience in property management or social services or a similar program operating under established criteria for eligibility, one (1) year of which must be in a supervisory capacity; or

C. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and five (5) years’ experience as described in (B)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must obtain a valid New York State Driver’s License within ninety (90) days of appointment and maintain a clean record throughout employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 7 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Kingston, NY 12401: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience: