Planner, Housing Specialist

BOROUGH OF STATE COLLEGE   State College, PA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on February 11, 2024
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Title:   Planner, Housing Specialist

 Location:  State College Municipal Building

 Starting Salary Range:  $56,960 - $71,200

 Position open until filled.

 Position includes Competitive Benefits (Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance), 401 Employer Pension Plan, paid vacation, holidays, sick time plus additional benefits to be discussed during the interview process.


The Planner/Housing Specialist is a significant member of a small team that administers affordable rental and homeownership opportunities by collaborating with community housing partners, lenders, housing rehabilitation managers and contractors, housing counselors, etc. on projects that involve property acquisition, demolition, new construction, rehabilitation and related activities. Additionally, this position assists in tracking project finances, recordkeeping, analyzing community-needs data, and engaging with the public to promote housing programsWork is performed independently under limited supervision with considerable latitude. The Planner, Housing Specialist will be a member of a high-performing, cross-disciplinary team, with opportunities to significantly impact the future of State College.


High school degree supplemented by ten or more years’ experience in local government planning or housing related activities or bachelor’s degree in planning, urban studies, public administration or related field supplemented by five or more years’ experience in local government planning or housing related activities; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience. Must have Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) certification training for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Communities and Determining Income and Allowances certification training or be willing to obtain it within six months of hire. Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. Employer supported education opportunities are available to develop expertise in affordable housing and disability topics.


Master’s degree planning, urban studies, public administration or a related field with experience administering housing and public finance programs including CDBG and HOME and experience in securing grant funding for projects.