Government & Community Affairs Officer - Department of Housing Stability, Denver, Colorado

Created 11/24/2021
Employer City and County of Denver
Reference 479664
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Colorado
City Denver
About Our Job

City employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment. Refer to the COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Mandate Candidate Q&A for additional information.

At the Department of Housing Stability, we are committed to support Denver residents as healthy, housed and connected. We invest resources, create policy, and partner with various organizations to help keep residents in the homes that they already live in, quickly resolve an experience of homelessness, and connect residents to new housing opportunities. To support these efforts, the department helps to:
  • Stabilize residents at risk of involuntary displacement and connect residents to housing resources such as home repairs, rent and utility assistance, and legal support. This work is led by our Homelessness Resolution and Housing Stability Division.
  • Support residents experiencing a crisis and connect them to housing, shelter and other services to get stabilized quickly. This work is led by our Homelessness Resolution and Housing Stability Division.
  • Create and preserve existing affordable housing and connect residents at any income level to new housing opportunities through programs such as down-payment assistance or counseling services. This work is led by our Housing Opportunity Division.
  • Support financial services, contracting and procurement, data analysis and strategic planning, administrative resources, and communications across the housing continuum. This work is led by our Operations Division.

The Government and Community Affairs Officer is part of our Operations Division.

We are seeking a highly professional, relational, and knowledgeable individual to serve in the role of Government & Community Affairs Officer to lead legislative and community engagement efforts. This highly organized, team-oriented and flexible individual will lead the crucial functions of coordinating the department's high volume of legislation through the City Council approval process, while supporting community engagement activities that help inform HOST's investment, programmatic and policy decisions.

Hybrid Work Environment: HOST supports a hybrid work environment for its employees to that includes a balance of virtual and in-office work. Employees are empowered to work with their manager to determine a hybrid work schedule that best meets the needs of the employee, the organization, and the community we serve. Any expected in person work at our downtown offices will be communicated in advance.

Specific duties of the Government & Community Affairs Officer will include:
  • Coordinate the department's resolution and ordinance requests through City Council, in close coordination with legislative staff from the Mayor's Office and City Council central office. This includes drafting of legislative requests (resolutions and ordinances), scheduling committee and other meeting dates, drafting presentations with program staff, preparing staff for presentations, and fulfilling related requests from Council for information.
  • Support executive management and the Housing Opportunity, Housing Stability, and Homelessness Resolutions teams with City Council activity, including briefings and preparing correspondence.
  • Coach HOST staff on the legislative process in order to help streamline the adoption of needed legislation
  • Report current snapshot of HOST legislative activity regularly to key staff
  • Research and track state and federal legislation pertaining to housing and homelessness, and coordinate HOST input needed to help inform City positions and policies
  • Serve as a staff coordinator supporting the HOST Strategic Advisors, an 11-member governance body. In coordination with facilitator, ensure key support functions are fulfilled (scheduling, correspondence, agenda/minutes preparation, etc.)
  • Lead and organize HOST's community engagement strategy supporting the Housing Opportunity, Housing Stability, and Homelessness Resolution team
  • Implement community engagement strategy including organizing meetings or other engagement opportunities with stakeholders and those with lived expertise across housing and homelessness
  • Establish standards/protocol for all HOST community meetings; work closely with other staff, to ensure the department is most effectively engaging with community, including impacted communities and other stakeholders

About You

Our ideal Government & Community Affairs Officer will have some or all the following skills and expereince:
  • Extensive experience working in legislative affairs, communications, or community engagement
  • Passion for building community and a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Spanish proficiency is a plus
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and motivated to help others
  • Ability to manage multiple processes simultaneously, with attention to detail
  • Ability to navigate complex subject matter and execute associated communications
  • Adept at creating relationships across departments and organizations with a variety of stakeholders

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have at least the following minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Work or a related field
  • Experience: Five (5) years of experience performing full performance professional level duties within legislative affairs, communications, or community engagement (This does not include clerical experience)
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CA2308 Administrator II
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$77,174.00 - $127,337.00

Starting Pay
Based on expereince and education

Department of Housing Stability

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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