Compliance Specialist-Tax Credit Programs

  • 1149 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Founded in 1968, Abode Communities mission is to “create service-enhanced affordable housing and socially-beneficial community facilities that promote the social, economic, and physical transformation of underserved communities.” The organization’s impact is realized through a fully integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to community development. The organization’s professional services – real estate, architecture and property management – ensure Abode Communities’ high-quality standard is brought to each and every residential community we place in service. Above and beyond, the organization provides complimentary mission-critical on-site resident (social) services that ensure low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs can achieve economic and personal growth, long-term self-sufficiency, and housing stability.

Job Description

The Junior Compliance Specialist reports to the Director, Compliance and is responsible for ensuring Abode Communities’ portfolio, which is currently comprised of 39 properties, remains in compliance at all times with the requirements of various local, state and federal agencies including, but not limited to, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC), the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC), the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD), the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission (LACDC), and the Housing Departments and Housing Authorities of various cities including Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach. The Compliance Specialist is also responsible for maintaining current and accurate affordability mix abstracts for all properties in the portfolio and working closely with the Property Supervisors and Property Managers to ensure actual tenant income and rent levels meet eligibility requirements. Finally the Compliance/Occupancy Specialist is responsible for tenant file reviews, audits, onsite file reviews, tracking and completing certifications, and input into property management software (Boston Post).

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct site audits to ensure compliance to policies and regulatory agreements, procedures regarding waiting list, resident files, and filling systems.
  • Support the annual income recertification process for the portfolio. Conduct internal annual recertification audits to ensure files are accurate and meet compliance requirements.
  • Maintain and regularly update the Compliance Calendars for reporting requirements, audits and inspections.
  • Prepare annual SRIs for HCD funded properties and regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible to complete Urban Future reporting requirements as needed.
  • Conduct files audits on site at properties in preparation for audits/inspections from various agencies, not limited to: TCAC, HCD, HOME, Urban Futures, County and City Audits.
  • Ensure required reports are received timely from on-site staff as requested by TCAC for scheduled audits and inspections, PSRs, rent rolls, audit/inspection notices. Reports must be reviewed for accuracy prior to sending to any agency requesting the information.
  • Attend site audits.
  • Assist with lease-ups: Oversee the application intake and logging of applications during the lease-up period to ensure all applications are accounted for and properly logged on a waiting list. Prepare the unit designation spreadsheet and oversee the application process to meet lease-up schedule. Assist in other areas including applicant interviews, file review and approval as needed throughout the lease-up process.
  • Review and approve move in files for the properties in compliance with regulatory restrictions applicable to each property.
  • Conduct a post move-in file audit to ensure the file contains all pertinent documentation and required forms and lease.
  • Ensure the move-in process in Boston Post is completed.
  • Update utility allowance schedules and make appropriate changes in Boston Post. Plan of action must be discussed and approved by the Compliance Manager prior to implementation.
  • Coordinate Compliance and Occupancy training for staff.
  • Respond to staff’s compliance questions.
  • Assist with Work Number requests from site staff.
  • Provide feedback to the Property Supervisors of Property Management of staff’s performance of compliance responsibilities for annual performance evaluations.
  • Assist the SVP and Director, Compliance with other property management matters and situations which may be outside Occupancy as required.
  • Ability to analyze necessary portions of Regulatory Agreements

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in monitoring Tax Credit programs.
  • Knowledgeable and verifiably trained in Tax Credit programs (TCAC, CDLAC, State HCD, HUD, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles) or ability to obtain certification.
  • Knowledgeable and trained in Fair Housing regulations.
  • Computer literate for the production of compliance reports, correspondence to regulatory agencies, etc.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Ability to take initiative in problem solving and possess strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to travel to visit properties and attend required training.
  • Experience in property management software, preferably Boston Post.
  • Familiar with nonprofit, multi-funded organization.
  • Familiar with LAHD procedures a plus.
  • Experience in working with Urban Futures a plus
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Sensitive to the needs and concerns of low-income persons and possess a commitment to affordable housing.

 

Additional Information

This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Abode Communities’ employees enjoy an abundance of benefits include a competitive benefits package (health, dental, vision); 9/80 work schedule, voluntary retirement plan, Flexible Spending Plan, subsidized parking, and vacation and sick leave.

We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

Abode Communities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.