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Housing Financial Specialist - Limited Term

HOURLY WAGE RANGE: $22.07 - $28.88
*A limited-term, grant-funded position with an expected duration of 2.5 years.


GENERAL SUMMARY: Under general supervision, enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and housing programs transactions; examine, verify, or authenticate records; perform technical and administrative work in grants, financial reporting and loan management; and perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate possesses the ability to work effectively as a member of a team; and desires to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Work in this class involves the responsibility for specific projects and the administration and interpretation of specific programs policies and regulations. Employees in this class are responsible for monitoring grant and loan agreement compliance by external organizations, determining program eligibility, obtaining income verifications, calculating benefits and maintaining records of applicants. Although the work is performed in accordance with established policies and standards, employees in this class must exercise individual initiative and independent judgment and discretion. A supervisor provides general supervision and reviews work through reports, conferences and results achieved.

·        Collect applicant and participant information verification.
·        Confer with others about financial matters.
·        Ensure Affirmative Action requirement compliance.
·        Coordinate with external parties to exchange information.
·        Advise others on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) legal or regulatory compliance matters; and housing program and regulations.
·        Prepare notices; benefit changes; department purchase orders; written correspondence; and operational reports.
·        Assist in annual department budget and city audit preparation.
·        Maintain applicant list files; and financial reports.
·        Implement financial decisions.
·        Calculate changes in income, assets, deductible expenses, utility allowances and rent increases.
·        Examine financial records or processes.
·        Monitor inspections; financial indicators; and organizational processes.
·        Establish community, organizational, institution and participant relationships; and organizational guidelines or policies.
·        Evaluate program and project effectiveness; and applicable laws and regulations to determine impact on organizational activities.
·        Review license or permit applications.
·        Publish notices.
·        Verify accuracy of financial information.
·        Input data electronically.
·        Communicate with supervisor.
·        Refer participants to community agencies.
·        Recommend programming changes.
·        Respond to questions and service requests.
·        Participate in the City’s intercultural competency training and program.
·        Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic bookkeeping/accounting principles and practices, financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
·        Technology and Electronic Systems – Knowledge and skill in the use of spreadsheets, word processing and data base software.
·        Reading Comprehension - Reading and understanding contracts, leases, legal instruments and work-related information.
·        Critical Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways/options to solve a problem, and picking the best one.
·        Relationship Building, Social Perceptiveness and Active Listening - Listening, not interrupting, and asking good questions; understanding reactions; and establishing working relationships.
·        Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
·        Systems Evaluation and Analysis - Measuring how well a system is working and figuring out how to improve it.

·        Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related field; or
·        Associate’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related field; and
·        Two (2) years or more experience in customer service or bookkeeping related occupations; or
·        Related education and experience equivalent to 4 years or more.

·        Experience working with a diverse workforce and population.
·        Advanced use of Excel or similar applications in a finance/budget occupation.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Employee shall establish their principal place of residence within thirty (30) miles of the corporate limits of the city of Dubuque as soon as practicable after appointment, but within two years of appointment.

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
APPLICATION: To learn more and apply, please visit: to submit your application by the deadline of August 11, 2022. Questions regarding the position or recruitment process may be directed to the Human Resources Department at

The City of Dubuque provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. We encourage applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.