City of Detroit Housing Development Specialist II (Underwriter II) in Detroit, Michigan

Housing Development Specialist II (Underwriter II)


$54,422.00 - $73,018.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Housing & Revitalization Department

Job Number



12/21/2018 11:59 PM Eastern

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The Housing and Revitalization Department is seeking to fill multiple Housing Development Specialist II positions. The Housing Development Specialist II is an intermediate level professional located within the City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department's Office of Housing Underwriting that receives close direction from higher level Housing Development Specialists and supervision from a Supervisor or Manager. The Housing Development Specialist II primarily serves as an advisor to management on the evaluation of the effectiveness and feasibility of programs and operations relating to housing development and policy projects, as well as government grant projects. Housing Development Specialists focus on reviewing, evaluating, and recommending approval of applications for program, projects, initiatives, and the associated grants and contracts. Housing Development Specialist professionals oversee the development, funding, and completion of mixed-use, single family, and multifamily housing developments as well as various economic and development programs funded with tax incentives. Housing Development Specialists develop housing policies for the City including long term planning, preservation, and other housing policy related issues. Other key services performed by Housing Development Specialists include assisting with continual timely and accurate tracking of activity and spending of City allocated resources, regardless of the source, to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations and program requirements. Housing Development Specialists support the implementation and data integrity of the technology systems that support the Housing and Revitalization Department. In addition, Housing Development Specialists ensure that all of the centralized program reporting requirements of the Office of Grants Management (OGM) are met.

Examples of Duties


The Housing Development Specialist II performs a variety of program and project management functions including but not limited to:

  • Analyzes and evaluates, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of program operations in meeting established goals and objectives;

  • Develops, administers, monitors or evaluates economic and community development programs, grants and/or contracts for conformance, effectiveness and timeliness;

  • Develops cost analyses of projects or performs cost benefit or economic evaluations of current or projected programs;

  • Utilizes data collection and analysis techniques to evaluate individual programs; submits oral and written reports to management personnel for their consideration and decision-making;

  • Researches and investigates new or improved business and management practices for application to agency programs or operations;

  • Attends meetings of other governmental agencies, businesses, and community groups as assigned and summarizes discussion and action items; drafts responses to requests for information;

  • Assists in drafting of proposed statements of work, requests for proposals and qualifications;

  • Responds to HUD monitoring findings as a result of periodic audits and reviews audit and investigative reports to determine appropriate changes or corrective action required;

  • Oversees, reviews, analyzes, and evaluates program, project, and initiative assistance applications, plans, and estimates;

  • Prepares, processes, issues, and tracks program, project and initiative assistance awards and ensures and monitors compliance with all terms and conditions of reporting requirements; and

  • Independently conducts field surveys and carries out routine research in connection with budget, legislative or management studies and/or performs analysis of actual expenditures compared to the budget or public policy issues

  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications



Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in business administration, public administration, public policy, economics, finance, accounting, urban studies, or a closely related field.


Two (2) years of professional experience involving the systematic review, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of grants, housing development, or other financial data is required.

License / Certificates



Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Applicants may be required to take written tests or perform work simulations to illustrate proficiency in skill sets specific to a particular technology application.


Applicants may be subject to background, criminal, and credit checks.


Valid government issued identification will be required at time of hire.

Supplemental Information

Subjects and Weights:

  • Oral Appraisal - 70%

  • Evaluation of Training, Experience, Personal Qualifications (TEP) – 30%

  • Total of Oral Appraisal & Evaluation of TEP= 60%(Min) - 100% (Max)

  • Military Service: 1-15 Points.

  • Domicile Credit: 15 Points.



City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.



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Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.

Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

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Please indicate the highest grade completed

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Associate's Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • PhD/J.D.


Describe your professional experience involving risk evaluation related to the granting of loans or insurance for housing development projects, as well as a systematic preparation, review, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of sub-recipient data, budgets, grants, loans, or other financial data.

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