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Colorado State Program Manager, Community Development Block Grant in Denver Metro, Colorado

Program Manager, Community Development Block Grant



Program Manager, Community Development Block Grant


$5,322.00 - $6,556.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Local Affairs

Job Number

NAA80861 - 03/20


4/16/2020 11:59 PM Mountain

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Description of Job

About the Colorado Department of Local Affairs

The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) serves as the primary interface between the State and local communities. The Department provides financial support to local communities and professional and technical services (including training and technical assistance) to community leaders in the areas of governance, housing, and property tax administration. While all state governments provide such services through various Departmental structures, Colorado's approach is unique in that these local community services are gathered into one Department of Local Affairs, which has a central focus on strengthening Colorado communities and enhancing livability.


The Department of Local Affairs is responsible for strengthening Colorado's local communities through accessible, affordable, and secure housing. Implementation of property tax law; and increase capacity building, strategic training, research, technical assistance, and funding to localities.


Help strengthen Colorado's communities.

Why work for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs?

We offer a great location and great benefits which include:

  • Medical and dental plans

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Employee wellness programs

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and long-term disability coverage

  • Free RTD ECO Pass

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options,

  • Training opportunities, and more.


Under the mission of DOLA, the Division of Local Government (DLG), this position manages the day-to-day activities of the CDBG Economic Development Business: Local Funds, Community Develop Block Grant (CDBG) Infrastructure Assistance, and Feasibility/Planning Grants. This position will be closely aligned with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade's Division of Business Funding and Incentives and coordinating with this group on a daily basis to maximize the effectiveness of the business loan funds being managed.

This position exists to provide:

Project Management

  • Develops program funding strategies, systems, policies for utilizing the allocated dollars of the annual appropriation, processes, economic development guidelines (contained within the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Guidebook published by DOLA) and standards for the CDBG Economic Development Business Loan Fund Program, the CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Assistance Program, and the CDBG Economic Development Feasibility/Planning Study Program.

  • Implement policies and processes set forth for the 14 Regional Business Loan Fund administrators and staff and decisions made by the Governor's Financial Review Committee.

  • Makes recommendations and prepares presentations for review and approval by the Governor's Financial Review Committee.

  • Provides on-going grant monitoring and assistance to grantees.

Business Loan Fund Management

  • Completes analysis and review of individual Business Loan Fund projects submitted by the Business Loan Fund grant recipients

  • Review funding request and underwriting on the loans and make changes, prepare analysis and provide recommendation for approval

  • Ability to review, advise on and help design loan and capital structures for businesses involving CDBG Business Loan Funds in combination with multiple other funding sources including private bank loans, SBA and other federal funding sources and other state funding programs and sources.

Technical Assistance

  • Provides technical assistance to grantees, Office of Economic Development (OEDIT), Department of Local Affairs Staff.

  • Represent OEDIT and DOLA at various functions/meetings/forums pertaining to CDBG Economic Development programs with a variety of targeted audiences (including legislators, bankers, businesses, economic development officials, local elected officials, and local municipal and county staff).

  • Provides ongoing technical assistance on-site and by telephone (including interpretation of federal regulations and potential contract compliance).

  • Provides semi-annual training to the Business Loan Fund administrators.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in business management or financial field or a closely related field and (3) three years of professional experience in business/commercial underwriting on loans and/or managing a program. This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your application to be considered for employment.


Professional experience in program management or business or commercial underwriting, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.

A Master's Business Administration or related field will substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more year of experience with the Community Development Block Grant Program.

  • Experience in program management and evaluation

  • High level of knowledge of and experience with loan programs

  • Knowledge of and experience with contracts and contracts administration

  • Knowledge and experience with data reporting

  • Passion for and experience with supporting rural communities and businesses

  • Understanding of County Government Contracting and approval processes

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a team environment across multiple sectors

  • Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and provide technical assistance

  • Ability to make connections across sectors and organizations to meet goals

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Effective data analysis skills

  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to prioritize and organize work to accommodate and meet the changing needs of the Department and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work independently

  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, specifically MS Word and Excel

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Effective group facilitation skills

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be a resident of the State of Colorado to apply for this position

  • Must be able to travel independently within the State year-round by a vehicle

Application Checklist:

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Applicants MUST submit a resume and cover letter/letter of interest detailing how their experience and background address the stated minimum and preferred qualifications/competencies of the job and attach to the online application. Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be accepted.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online application.

  • A cover letter with a written narrative. The written narrative should describe your interest in this position and specifically how your education, abilities, skills, and experience relate to the requirements, responsibilities, and competencies listed in the job announcement.

  • A resume (attach to your online application).

  • A completed supplemental questionnaire.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions, and reinstatements) if applying are required to participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a structured review of your application materials and responses to any supplemental questions. The comparative analysis process may also include Telephone Screening, Oral Assessment, Written Assessment, Online Assessment, etc. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process.

APPEAL RIGHTS: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone:303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

DOLA is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Jennifer Clayman, DOLA ADA Coordinator at 303-864-7865 or