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Staff Analyst (Special Projects/Emerging Issues)

City of Houston - Housing and Community Development Department


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November 30, 2020
November 17, 2020

The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) seeks to create a city in which every resident has an affordable home in a community where they can thrive. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local entities, HCDD strives to strengthen Houston’s neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor’s vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout. Since Hurricane Harvey, HCDD is managing more than one billion dollars dedicated to helping low and moderate-income families recover.

 

To achieve this vision, HCDD is seeking a Staff Analyst (Special Projects/Emerging Issues) to join its team. In this position, you will perform analyses of emerging issues and trends in the external environment that may influence departmental policy deliberations, decision-making, programming, and/or priorities. Candidates should be highly skilled in conducting research to include qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation; producing well organized/structured written material tailored to the intended audience and the work product being developed; and relationship development/management and group facilitation methods/practices. Highly qualified candidates will possess the ability to work independently from broad goals to set and deliver on work objectives, exercise judgment and diplomacy in engaging with internal and external stakeholders at all levels; and manage frequently changing work priorities and competing deadlines with an appropriate sense of urgency.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting exploration of the external environment focused on emerging issues, trends, and changes or potential for change including those related to public policy, social impact, social justice, or other issues relevant to the department’s policies, operations, programs, activities, and/or populations served.
  • Developing a formal, systematic approach to environmental scanning and documenting an appropriate methodology to include approach, assessment priorities, impact/risk/prioritization continuum and evaluation criteria; presentation of results, frequency, etc., in conjunction and aligned with department leadership needs.
  • Analyzing and interpreting policy, qualitative, quantitative, or other analyses and associated research, to include collaborating with other department staff to obtain departmental or programmatic input.
  • Evaluating both internal and external efforts from a racial equity and social justice lens and recommending changes necessary to correct existing systemic bias in hiring, employee development, and promotion practices and program planning, policy development, and delivery.
  • Raising awareness on or elevating key strategic issues through the development of executive summaries, briefing papers, reports, position papers, proposals, presentations, etc. resulting from environmental scanning or directed analysis and reviewing, editing, and/or summarizing complex technical materials, reports, or analyses produced by internal subject matter experts.
  • Representing the department and/or promoting departmental objectives in a variety of meetings, committees, task forces, etc. and producing meeting notes or executive summaries to keep department leadership informed of meeting content and up to date on discussion topics of relevance to departmental objectives.
  • Developing and managing professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders, facilitating small and large groups discussions, and effectively communicating with and/or presenting to a variety of audiences.
  • Working under pressure to manage a high volume of requests, competing deadlines, and changing priorities, and succeeding in a fast-paced environment.
  • Implementing best practices, principles, and methodologies and developing standard operating procedures, document templates, and tracking mechanisms related to work performed.
  • Additional related special projects or assignments, as required.


Essential Attributes

  • Critical Thinker: Displays well developed analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Articulate: Ability to organize complex ideas and write persuasively and articulately.
  • Accurate: Sets and maintains high personal work standards, while demonstrating an attention to detail and a focus on quality .
  • Self-motivated: Exhibits initiative and strong desire to succeed by identifying and resolving issues that arise.

This is a grant funded position subject to cancellation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.

WORKING CONDITIONS     

There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.


MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS 

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance or a field closely related to the job.

Graduate degrees related to the type of work to be performed may substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Three years of professional administrative, financial or analytical experience related to the type of work being performed are required.

Professional experience related to the type of work to be performed may substitute for the education requirement on a year of year basis.

PREFERENCES

  • Experience with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), and/or other federal, state, or local grants and associated departmental programs and activities.
  • Experience researching, interpreting, and applying federal, state, and local regulations associated with the development of new programs and initiatives.
  • Skilled in performing complex qualitative and quantitative analyses statistical analysis tools, methods, and methods, and principles and practices associated with the interpretation of data.
  • Skilled in performing policy analysis, evaluating or assessing implications, summarizing results, and making reasoned recommendations.
  • Exceptional written communication skills with ability to create clear, concise, well organized reports, plans, and other written documents.
  • Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerBI, SPSS or other statistical analysis tools, PowerPoint, OnBase, Adobe Pro, MS Access or other data base program/software, SharePoint, SAP, ArcGIS; with an ability to quickly grasp specialized software programs.

The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) seeks to create a city in which every resident has an affordable home in a community where they can thrive. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Information on City of Houston benefits can be found here:

http://www.houstontx.gov/hr/benefits.html

Information on City of Houston benefits can be found here:

http://www.houstontx.gov/hr/benefits.html

Location

2100 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

How to Apply

To apply:

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.


EEO 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.

To apply:

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications…

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