Occupancy Specialist – Affordable Housing (127 views)

Stamford, CT
May 18, 2020 2020-07-17
Job Description

New Neighborhoods is seeking an experienced affordable housing (HUD & LIHTC) Occupancy Specialist for an immediate opening in Stamford, Connecticut. Must have a bachelor’s degree, industry certifications, and a minimum of 3-years’ experience in a similar position. Fluent in Spanish, or other foreign language preferred.

New Neighborhoods is a nonprofit affordable housing development, property management and resident-centered service organization. Since 1967, we have been committed to improving the quality of life in our towns and cities with affordable housing and social services that provide a safety net and springboard to economic self-sufficiency for families, veterans and retirees.

Job Summary:

The Occupancy Specialist position is responsible for assuring that New Neighborhoods properties operate within all compliance requirements for new leases and within the recertification process of our tenants. In addition, the Occupancy Specialist reports to the Property Manager of the assigned properties and assists in all facets of property management, tenancy, compliance and operations as needed.

New Neighborhood’s goal is to support the long-term growth of our employees and successful
Occupancy Specialists are highly considered for future advancement within our organization.

Job Responsibilities – Including but not limited to the following:

• Consistently provide residents, vendors and employees with the highest quality of service.
• Process initial, annual and interim recertification’s in addition to retroactive rent- calculations while conforming to HUD, LIHTC, Affirmative Fair Housing regulations and guidelines, as well as Federal, State and City government regulations and guidelines.
• Regularly communicates with tenants as needed and assist applicants with inquiries and questions regarding LIHTC, HUD, compliance and affordable housing availability.
• Ensure regulatory compliance, annual re-certifications and annual filing as it pertains to Section 42 LIHTC properties tax credit recertification processes, RAP, DECD and HUD project based and choice vouchers.
• Handle income and rent calculations for tenants using HUD and LIHTC formulas.
• Receive and process rent collections and delinquencies, late notices and posting rents.
• Participate in training including LIHTC, Compliance, Fair Housing, HUD, NCHM, CHFA, DOH, and other training seminars as requested by your manager.
• Train and assist other employees with occupancy, recertification and other related subjects.

• Understanding VAWA and Fair Housing compliance.
• Criminal Background, Credit Check and EIV coordination, review and assistance.
• MOR Review and Preparation.
• Provide coverage for Property Managers, Assistant Property Managers, or other New Neighborhoods personnel as needed during changes in workflow and personnel during vacations and/or other extended absences.
• Other duties as assigned by your supervisor or senior management as needed.

Education, Experience, Skills and Other Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree required.
• Must have a minimum of three years of initial, annual and interim recertification experience with HUD properties and/or Tax Credit properties in Compliance and/or as an affordable housing property manager.
• Must have excellent computer skills as well as proficiency in the following software programs: Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
• Ability to advocate, organize, problem-solve and provide.
• Strong written and oral interpersonal and communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and complex operational matters.
• Strong time management, follow up, administrative and organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently, organizes tasks, manage time and prioritize projects.
• Experience with Property Management Software. (Real Page, Yardi, Boston Post, etc.)
• Property management experience and certifications a plus (COS, TSC, LIHTC).
• Connecticut Real Estate license preferred.
• Ownership of an automobile and a valid driver’s license required strongly preferred.

Work Schedule
Full-Time, forty (40) hours per work week

Benefits packages:
Vacation Pay, Personal Days, Holiday Pay, Sick Time, 401k, Health Care, Vision & Dental


To apply send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]