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Specialist, National Homeownership Programs & Lending 

Category National Initiatives - National Homeownership Program  

NeighborWorks America: Working Together for Strong Communities

Purpose of Division:

The National Initiatives Division of NeighborWorks® America (NeighborWorks) is responsible for developing, testing, and managing innovative national programs and services designed in support of the approximately 240 NeighborWorks Organizations with the overall objective of sustaining a network of excellence that creates opportunities for people to live affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

In addition, the division oversees grant programs beyond the NeighborWorks Network, including other non-profit and governmental agencies throughout the country. The areas of focus within National Initiatives include homeownership and lending, financial capability, community and resident engagement and real estate programs. The division is led by the Senior Vice President of National Initiatives, who is responsible for establishing the priorities and procedures for programmatic and grant offerings. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Sr. Manager

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Senior Manager of National Homeownership Program & Lending, this specialist works within the National Initiatives Division to support network strategies that ensure successful sustainable homeownership. The specialist will support the network and other NeighborWorks’ divisions through data analysis, communication efforts, supporting the operations for the HUD Housing Counseling program and the National Full Cycle Homeownership Certification Program, and oversight of the network of NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers. This specialist will also be responsible for coordinating with the program Budget Manager and the Procurement division for all professional services acquired under the HUD Housing Counseling program. This a term-limited, full-time position.

“Due to the current pandemic circumstances and our commitment to provide the highest care for our community, NeighborWorks America requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before being hired. Candidates should be prepared to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire or discuss accommodations in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.”

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the NeighborWorks Network's readiness for the HUD housing counselor certification program.
  • Assistance with preparing the application for the Comprehensive HUD Housing Counseling Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
  • Providing support and technical assistant as the program expert to sub-grantees of the HUD Housing Counseling program.
  • Developing the design of HUD Housing Counseling Program quality control and compliance efforts;
  • Gathering and analyzing homeownership network data to assess level of network performance and activity across homeownership lines of business.
  • Supporting the policy updates and document designs for NeighborWorks Homeownership Centers and the rebranding of Full-Cycle Homeownership.
  • Managing the NeighborWorks Full Cycle Homeownership National Certification Program in coordination with the Field and Organizational Assessment Divisions.
  • Maintaining a newsletter to regularly update network member's information
  • Facilitating quarterly training sessions with HUD Housing Counseling subgrantees via zoom.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Nature of Work Contacts:

  • NeighborWorks® America leadership and staff including National Housing Counseling program, NeighborWorks® America Officers and managers, and staff in each of NeighborWorks® America’s four Districts and the Washington, DC headquarters.
  • NeighborWorks® organizations, national HUD-approved housing counseling intermediaries, and state Housing Finance Agencies.
  • Leaders from staff of local, state, regional, and national organizations, and government agencies.
  • External consultants, including evaluators, researchers, financial coaches, trainers, writers/editors, and others.

Fiscal Responsibilities:
Not applicable

Position Requirements

Required Minimum Qualifications:
(a) Education: Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public affairs, nonprofit management, or related field.

(b) Experience: Professional experience in developing and implementing projects and initiatives, administering, and awarding grants, communicating, and presenting project and policy information, managing budgets.

(c) Licenses, Certifications: None specified.

(d) Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Housing Counseling Industry knowledge
  • Demonstrated management of multiple complex projects in a fast-paced team environment paired with the ability to meet critical deadlines. This includes managing timelines and coordinating with a diverse group that will include but not be limited to staff, consultants, and advisors from within and outside the NeighborWorks® network.
  • Strong analytical skills, systems, and problem solving skills needed to initiate and prepare reports and recommend / implement system solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others and successfully interact with people at all management and support levels, as well as people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to edit and critique writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems, analyze quantitative and qualitative information, and make recommendations.
  • Accomplishments that reflect teamwork, integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency, including demonstrated leadership, ability to influence and bring about consensus, and to work independently.
  • Maintain timely and regular attendance.

(e) NeighborWorks America Staff are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

  • Sensitivity to racial, gender, sexual orientation and cultural differences
  • Effective, respectful, and timely communications with internal and external stakeholders
  • Listening effectively, seeks and accepts feedback
  • Effective teamwork
  • Analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinking
  • Considering the mission, objectives, and goals of NeighborWorks and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his/their decisions and behavior on the organization

(f) Technology: Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite. Excellent database and spreadsheet skills required.

Preferred Qualifications: None specified.

Working Conditions:
(a) Travel: up to 20%

(b) Physical/Sensory Demands: Fast-paced working environment, extensive computer usage. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with senior leaders within NeighborWorks America, the NeighborWorks Network and the nonprofit sector.

Special Provisions:
Occasional work outside of normal business hours, such as weekends and evenings required.

Duration Term-Limited  
Division National Initiatives  
Department National Homeownership Programs & Lending  
Travel up to 20% when COVD travel restrictions are lifted  
Working Conditions Fast-paced working environment, extensive computer usage. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with senior leaders within NeighborWorks America  
Close Date 3/21/2022  
Location CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: District of Columbia Office  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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