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Join the Team

Join the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo in the quest to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing to its communities. We encourage you to become part of our team and benefit from our competitive compensation, excellent benefits package, and pleasant work environment.

LHA provides all permanent full time employees with Health Insurance upon completion of their two month probationary period and a Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Annual Leave, and Sick Leave upon the completion of their six month probationary period.

Applications

Employment applications are available at the Housing Authority of the City of Laredo Administration Building, 2nd Floor.

You may also download the application on this website and submit in person, fax or by email listed.

Applications, resumes, and other supporting documentation may be submitted via email, fax, postal mail, or in person Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm at:

Housing Authority of the City of Laredo
2000 San Francisco Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78040
956.722.4521
956.722.6561 (fax)

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Benefits

Health Insurance

The Housing Authority provides and covers 100% of the premium of Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. A buy up plan is available.

Retirement Plan

LHA Employees are provided with a Retirement Plan through Housing Authority Retirement Trust (HART). The Housing Authority contributes 9% of the employee’s actual worked wages towards their plan. Employees are responsible for contributing 2% of their gross wages towards their own plan.

Life Insurance

The Housing Authority provides a Life Insurance of two times (2x) the salary of the employee. Additional coverage may be purchased.

Annual/Sick Leave

Hours of annual and sick leave are accrued at six months from the date of hire.  Each pay period an employee will earn four (4) hours for annual and four (4) hours for sick.

Elected Benefits

LHA employees may elect to purchase additional insurance coverage from the offered policies:

  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Life
  • Cancer
  • Accidental Death/Dismemberment
  • Air Evac Lifeteam
  • Legal Shield
  • Short-Term Disability

Direct Deposit Option

Direct deposit is a banking option that allows the transfer of funds without the hassle associated with paper checks. This is a free service that allows us to deposit you pay check directly into your personal checking or saving account. Download and turn in this form to our finance department.

Direct Deposit Form

Official Standard Holidays

Authorized Day

New Year’s

Martin Luther King Day

President’s Day

Good Friday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veteran’ s Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Personal Holiday

When Observed

January 1st.

Third Monday in January

Third Monday in February

Friday before Easter Sunday

Last Monday in May

July 4th

First Monday in September

November 11th

Fourth Thursday in November
Friday after Thanksgiving

December 24th

December 25th

Scheduled & Approved by Supervisor

Positions Available

Director of Community & Economic Development
Title: Director of Community & Economic Development
Reports To: Executive Director
Department/Division: Community & Economic Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Date: April 27, 2018
Position Summary

Responsible for developing and monitoring all Capital Fund Program (CFP) modernization and new development activities, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Conversion and Digital Library in the interest of the Agency. Responsible for contract and project management and ensures compliance with contract documents and specifications. These tasks are to be performed at a level that supports the Agency’s efforts to achieve the highest rating on HUD’s evaluation systems. Other duties include maintaining a filing system, and assisting with special projects. The omission of specific statements regarding duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment in association with this position.

Responsibilities

Undertakes and performs the following and all other work-related duties as assigned.

  1. Assists the Executive Director in the oversight of short term and long-range planning for demolition, physical improvements, new/existing modernization and development and other economic development projects.
  2. Responsible for overseeing implementation of the Agency’s Modernization Program. Performs administrative planning, managerial and supervisory work involving the administration and implementation of the CFP and RAD Conversion.
  3. Develops, plans and implements procedures for Agency modernization and new development activities, identifies the physical conditions of Agency properties, establishes improvement deadlines, analyzes problems, develops alternative solutions and makes recommendations to the Executive Director.
  4. Oversees the maintenance of accurate project files, the application of the Davis-Bacon Wage Rate regulations and other relevant wage requirements, and the preparation of project-related budgets, while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local residential building requirements.
  5. Confers with the architect to ensure conformity to Agency criteria and Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) requirements.
  6. Oversees Energy Audits, RAD Tool, and proformas.
  7. Oversees financial reporting for each funding source, ensuring timely generation and distribution of annual reports.
  8. Identifies scope of work and prepares detailed cost estimates, cost evaluations, project options, and maintains cost database. Monitors contract-funding analysis and expenditures with reference to the adopted Agency budget and prepares quality assurance plan.
  9. Oversees the development of Request for Proposal and Qualifications (RFP/Q) stipulating Scope of Work, Requirements, and Evaluation Criteria for architects and/or engineering firms (re: construction, mechanical, electrical, security, and life safety systems, etc.) and serves on interview committees for consultant evaluations, ranking, and selection.
  10. Conducts pre-bid, bid openings, and pre-construction meetings. Oversees the preparation of specification for invitations to bid on materials, contract services needed for the rehabilitation of low-income housing units.
  11. Ensures that all bid/quote documents include current information and requirements for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Section 3 as needed.
  12. Works with architects, engineers, and consultants during the preparation of assessment reports, schematic designs, design development, and construction bidding documents to ensure achievement of Agency project objectives and document accuracy and completeness. Reviews reports, studies, and bid documents to ensure conformity to Agency criteria and HUD requirements as appropriate.
  13. Supervises architects/engineers/consultants and capital improvement staff for compliance with contract requirements. Responsible for monitoring work performed, quality assurance, quality control, project tacking, and notification of contractors in writing of construction deficiencies. Negotiates claims and disputes.
  14. Reviews and approves pay requests, invoices, contractors work performance and change orders.
  15. Responsible for the preparation, presentation, implementation, and follow up of the improvement and upgrade activities necessary for keeping Agency properties/inventory physical integrity viable at all times.
  16. Tracks and controls construction schedules and associated costs to achieve completion of the projects within time and monies allocated.
  17. Conducts site visits to all communities to ascertain conditions of physical structures and to detect deficiencies and troubleshoot solutions.
  18. Coordinates and communicates Agency goals regarding MBE and Section 3 programs. Develops and maintains MBE and Section 3 database.
  19. May work with IT Department to post appropriate updates and maintenance of Agency’s annual construction and procurement plan.
  20. Responsible for update of departmental operating procedures in construction management and contract administration.
  21. Qualifies and establishes a network of reliable general and sub-contractors. May conduct procurement fairs, introducing and facilitating communications among general contractors and other business concerns, and presenting Agency annual construction and procurement needs, Agency goals, objectives, and procedures.
  22. Oversees the recruitment, selection, employment, training, direction, supervision, utilization, evaluation, discipline, and termination of subordinate staff.
  23. Routinely and comprehensively informs the Executive Director of operations, business, and finance issues and problems facing the project. Prepares full, accurate, timely, and comprehensive reports on subjects requested by the Executive Director as required.
  24. Prepares purchase orders and contracts for the purchase of project materials, supplies, equipment and services. Assures the delivery of such goods and services, approves invoices and monitors and contracts compliance.
  25. Prepares CFP, RAD and new development requests for proposals, soliciting proposals from architectural and engineering firms wishing to contract for the rehabilitation of low-income housing units.
  26. Schedules and coordinates periodic conferences and meetings with tenant organizations or tenant group, for input on needs and priorities for modernization purpose.
  27. Maintains and checks labor and material costs weekly to ensure that expenses will not exceed the modernization budget item and to determine completion timing.
  28. Maintains CFP, RAD and development fund accounts and monitors expenditures of fund to ensure compliance with HUD and department of Labor guidelines.
  29. Conducts studies and analyzes operational procedures; prepares detailed and comprehensive reports of findings and recommendations; assists in developing programs and policies; maintains records and files of reports and studies.
  30. Prepares applications to HUD for new development programs to include Agency and HUD requirements during the development phase of both new construction and modernization projects.
  31. Attends staff meetings with Executive Director, HUD, city, governments, and other employees to provide and obtain information about programs.
  32. Ensures ongoing compliance with the licensing, Agency agreements, permit conditions, contracts with third parties, local, state, and federal laws and/or codes governing the project.
  33. Reviews Federal Registers, Codes of Federal Regulations, HUD regulations for reports on progress of construction, change orders and payments to ensure compliance and to comment on proposed regulations.
  34. Modernizes Agency’s housing stock in keeping with goals set forth in the CFP Program 5-Year Action Plan, undated annually. Make assessment of physical needs annually for all housing develops and non-dwelling facilities for the following five-year period covering all legally-mandated or statutory requirements as well as all physical improvements needs.
  35. Attends Board meeting and represents the Agency at other meeting conferences or seminars with HUD, city and governmental entities
  36. Designs, implements, monitors and coordinates Agency efforts in regards to the Accident Prevention and Safety Plan.
  37. Prepares reports CFP, RAD and new development contractors and subcontractors, advances and expenditures of fund, and status of implementation of management improvements, and submits these to the Executive Director.
  38. Accountable for consistent adherence to strong Agency standards regarding the ethical, responsible, and appropriate use, care, and safeguarding of Agency materials, supplies, resources, and other assets.
  39. Establish and implement an Economic Development program to include but not limited to homebuyer program.
  40. Oversight of digital library operations, budget, and programming.
Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Building Construction Management, Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university. Architectural or Engineering license is desirable. Five (5) years of progressively responsible construction management experience (multi-story education and experience preferred) with proven ability to manage major development/capital improvement projects. A combination of experience and formal education may fulfill this requirement.

The following Certifications must be obtained within one (1) year of employment or other allowable period of hire as authorized by the Executive Director or his/her designee:

  • Housing Quality Standards (HQS)
Knowledge and Skills
  1. Thorough knowledge of construction principles, methods procedures, and materials.
  2. Thorough knowledge of specification writing, bidding procedures, cost of labor and materials for construction.
  3. Thorough knowledge of applicable Housing Agency operating policies, procedures, HUD regulations, and federal, state, and local housing construction, modernization, and rehabilitation ordinances.
  4. Ability to prepare and analyze appropriate cost estimates for construction budgets.
  5. Thorough knowledge of purchasing regulations as they relate to HUD, state law, and the Agency’s procurement policies.
  6. Working knowledge of EEO, ADA, and Section 3 requirements.
  7. Ability to detect defects and faults in construction and to assess compliance with established standards.
  8. Ability to read and interpret blueprints/shop drawings.
  9. Ability to interpret regulations and standards, grants, and contracts; for compliance with relevant requirements and Agency standards.
  10. Thorough knowledge of the relationship of the Agency to other federal, state, and local jurisdictions and their abilities to provide fund or other support to the Agency.
  11. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, co-workers, and persons outside the Agency.
  12. Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the work of others, to delegate responsibility and authority, and to hold subordinates accountable for tasks assigned.
  13. Ability to present information in a clear, organized, and convincing manner.
  14. Ability to accurately and completely document in writing appropriate events and activities.
  15. Ability to read and comprehend complex material.
  16. Ability to prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports and deal effectively with situations requiring tact and diplomacy, yet firmness.
  17. Ability to operate appropriate Agency computer equipment and software packages.
Supervision Controls

The Director of Community & Economic Development receives instructions from the Executive Director. The employee initiates and follows through on routine activities without supervisory direction. Assignment, deadlines, priorities, and objectives are established by the Executive Director. Problems or situations not covered by instructions are either dealt with independently or in consultation with the supervisor. The employee’s work is spot-checked for compliance with procedures and attainment of objectives.

The employee supervises and provides guidance to subordinates in the Director of Community & Economic Development, setting priorities and deadlines. Such guidance may be specific or nonspecific depending on the circumstances and work to be done. The employee monitors the work of subordinates for accuracy, completeness, conformity to policy, and achievement of goals or objectives.

Guidelines

Guidelines followed by the Director of Community & Economic Development include established policies and procedures, handbooks, traditional practices, published laws, regulations, and ordinances, and guidelines per HUD and the Department of Community Affairs.

Complexity

The Director of Community & Economic Development performs a wide variety of tasks in the overall performance of essential job functions. The employee must successfully work with architects, engineers, and contractors to meet deadlines during design and implementation stages, while staying within budget and ensuring design and technical specifications are met, quality product results, and compliance with applicable codes/regulations, the employee must coordinate costs, timing, funding availability, contracting requirements, and working relationships throughout the overall project/process. Professional judgment and thorough knowledge of all aspects of construction, modernization, and rehabilitation issues is required to successfully achieve Agency objectives.

Scope and Effect

The employee’s work primarily impacts (1) implementation of applicable plans and new development goals and those who assist in these areas such as architects and contractors, and (2) the Agency’s tenants and non-tenants. Successful accomplishment of duties will result in timely completion of projects and provide better and more housing for low-income families in the community.

Personal Contacts

The Director of Community & Economic Development has contact with a broad range of individuals including: coworkers, business firms, attorneys, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, tenants, public officials, and the general public. Personal contacts serve multiple purposes including: giving or gaining information, planning, coordinating, and advising motivating, influencing, directing persons or groups, and justifying, defending, negotiating, and making decisions.

In some instances, contacts may express differences of opinion and the employee is called upon to gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Physical Requirements
  1. Work is performed both in-office and on-site and involves physical exertion common to the construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance industries, such as periods of standing and walking on rough terrain.
  2. Work sometimes involves moderate risks and discomfort common to architects, engineers, and contractors; and may require occasional use of personal protective equipment.
  3. Must be able to sit and/or stand for up to eight (8) hours at a time while preforming work duties.
  4. Must be able to bend, stoop, push, and pull in the performance of office-related duties.
  5. Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to operate job-related equipment.
  6. Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
  7. Must maintain a professional appearance and portray a positive image for the Agency.
  8. Must maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  9. An employee may request a reasonable accommodation to mitigate any of the physical requirements listed above.
Work Environment

The employee works indoors and outdoors and is exposed to weather extremes. The employee may occasionally be subjected to electrical shock hazards, dangerous heights, dangerous chemicals, fumes, dusts, gases, and skin irritants. The employee may be required to use hard hats, goggles, gloves, masks, lumbar support belts, safety boots, and other personal protective equipment.

Other Requirements
  1. Must possess a State of Texas driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  2. May be required to work an unusual work schedule.
  3. Must work with the highest degree of confidentiality.
  4. Must be available for occasional overnight travel for training.
  5. Must pass a criminal background check.

The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. The duties herein are representative of the essential functions of this job. This job description reflects management’s assignment of functions; however, it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. The qualifications listed above are guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Employment with the Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and does not constitute a promise of continued employment.

Disclaimer:The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.

Accountant
Title: Accountant
Reports To: Director of Finance
Department/Division: Finance Department
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Date: April 26, 2018
Position Summary

Responsible for protecting the assets of the Agency and perform all financial functions required for the successful administration of all funds received by the Agency in accordance with HUD and by GAAP regulations. This is accomplished by conducting monthly bank reconciliations, preparing HUD subsidy drawdowns, calculating monthly assets, bookkeeping, and property management fees; preparing reports, filing of unclaimed property report to the State, and preparing year-end, semi-annual, quarterly and monthly reports. Within these functional areas this position is responsible for performance that positively contributes to the Agency receiving satisfactory ratings in HUD Agency performance evaluation systems. The duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements regarding duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment in association with this position.

Responsibilities

Undertakes and performs the following and all other work-related duties as assigned

  1. Ensures assigned accounting, financial, and budgetary systems are maintained in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and Agency rules and procedures.
  2. Prepares or reviews various financial statements, balance sheets, and internal and external reports, applying financial, statistical, and accounting principles and ensuring the timely flow of information to the Director of Finance, Executive Director and to the Board of Commissioner (BOC) regarding status of all programs within area of responsibility.
  3. Maintains all financial records and files in compliance with protocols established by the PHA.
  4. Reviews and prepares financial statements, balance sheets and internal/external reports.
  5. Pulls Tenant Accounts Receivable (TARs) report & calculates monthly assets, bookkeeping, and property management. Completes journal entry to record charges to each AMP and management fees.
  6. Enters and completes all data on HUD forms for operating subsidy request on all AMPS of the Low Income Public Housing Program and submits to HUD.
  7. Maintains, analyzes and reconciles general ledger and subsidiary activity to identify accounting discrepancies and recommends corrective action and methods for resolution at fiscal year-end closing.
  8. Assists in preparation of Audit Reports. Reviews account balances for AMPs. Analyzes general ledger accounts and completes necessary journal entries to correct any error. Collects retainage information on all construction jobs in progress, verifies amount with copy of invoices and prepare journal entry to record information. Collects demographics for PH, HCV, employees, collects bond data from banks and enters information into Audit Report.
  9. Assists in pulling drawdowns of funds from HUD eLOCCS for operating subsidies and Capital Fund grants. Assists and may enter audit info into HUD system for submission.
  10. Maintains and reconciles a variety of ledgers and accounts for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and/or Public Housing Programs, examines financial transactions to ensure accuracy, and corrects financial records as necessary; Enters and posts rent cash receipts received from bank lockbox to the tenants’ accounts in a timely and accurate manner.
  11. Reviews and processes the HCV/ PBV, HAP and UAP payments.
  12. Performs analysis and collection services on HCV portable accounts.
  13. Works with Director of Housing Management and/or Director of Section 8 in reconciling tenant accounts to ensure credit/debit balances tie to the general ledger and to the computer-generated and manual sub-ledgers.
  14. Enters and posts journal entries to allocate bank fees and to allocate maintenance work orders to proper accounts.
  15. Balances Security Deposit, Accounts Receivable and Utility Reimbursement accounts for each AMP in general ledger and prepares journal entries.
  16. Assisting in processing monthly draws and obligations for the Capital Fund Program, prepares any budget revisions and submits to HUD. Enters approved revisions into the Accounting job cost system. Works with the Director of Community and Economic Development to verifying expenses posted to the general ledger for the Capital Fund Program and related grants; verifies eligibility of expenses, classifications and availability of funds.
  17. Verifies corrections by reporting for each grant through accounting and job cost systems. Assists in updating grant funds obligations on HUD’s eLOCCS website in accordance with established deadline. Prepares and assists in submitting final grant close-out forms to HUD when all funds have been expended in accordance with grant agreement and any applicable funds are reimbursed.
  18. Reclassifies expenses for sites upon request. Reviews all AMPs at year end and prepares necessary entries to correct as needed.
  19. Ensures privacy and maintains security of confidential materials sent to the Finance Department.
  20. Oversees accounts payables and receivables for accuracy.
  21. Accountable for consistent adherence to strong Agency standards regarding the ethical responsible, and appropriate use, care, and safeguarding of Agency materials, supplies, resources, and other assets.
Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Accounting, Finance, or related field. Two (2) years accounting experience in public housing preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge and Skills
  1. Must have knowledge of the State General Statutes, HUD Financial Accounting and Budgeting Requirements, HUD notices and regulations, Agency policies and procedures, and Generally Accepted Accounting (GAAP) Principles.
  2. Ability to perform financial analysis.
  3. High level of communication, leadership and supervisory skills.
  4. Must assume agency-wide fiscal responsibility.
  5. Ability to establish priorities in workload and to assure continuity of work flow.
  6. Ability to commuicate in English and Spanish is desired.
  7. Computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), general office machines.
  8. Advanced ability to read and understand advanced literature, books reviews, technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  9. Advanced ability to understand and apply fundamental concepts of theories, work with advanced mathematical operations methods, and functions of real and complex variables.
  10. Must be skillfull in prioritizing, problem solving, formulation, reasoning, analyzing and proofreading.
  11. Sensitivity to and expience working with the ethnically and culturally diverse individuals, communities, agencies and organizations which comprise the constituency of the Agency.
  12. Ability to establish and maintain effective, professional and tactful working relationships with co-workers and persons outside the Agency.
Supervision Controls

The employee receives instructions from the Director of Finance. Courses of action, deadlines and priorities are established by policy, procedure, rules or regulations, depending upon the assignment. Routine duties are initiated by the employee without direct supervision.

Guidelines

Guidelines include established federal regulations, policies and procedures, traditional practices, reference materials such as dictionaries, desk manuals, handbooks and the Internet. If guidelines do not cover a situation, the employee consults the supervisor. Sound judgment, consistency and accuracy are needed to successfully perform duties.

Complexity

The employee performs a variety of routine and generally related tasks. The course of action is determined by established procedure, the supervisor, or the employee. Tasks have to be coordinated, integrated, and/or prioritized to be accomplished within set deadlines. Routine work is relatively structured and problems may require consultation with the supervisor.

Scope and Effect

The employee’s work affects all Agency employees and outside partnerships. A high degree of accuracy is required to ensure that financial reporting is correct and that adequate funding is continuously made available. Successful accomplishment of tasks by the employee can enhance the Agency’s ability to provide housing that is decent, safe and sanitary and to render adequate services for its tenants.

Personal Contacts

The employee has contact with co-workers, tenants, landlords, partners and other housing agencies for the purpose of giving or exchanging information, and resolving problems.

Physical Requirements
  1. Must be able to sit and/or stand for up to eight (8) hours at a time while performing work duties.
  2. Work is principally sedentary, but may involve some physical exertion, such as kneeling, crouching, or lifting to obtain files and records, and eyestrain from working with computers and other office equipment.
  3. Must be able to bend, stoop, push, and pull in the performance of office-related duties.
  4. Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to operate office equipment.
  5. Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
  6. Must be able to perform essential job functions in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress.
  7. Must be able to type a minimum of 45 wpm.
  8. Must maintain a professional appearance and portray a positive image for the Agency.
  9. Must be able to maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  10. An employee may request a reasonable accommodation to mitigate any of the physical requirements listed above.
Work Environment

Work involves the normal risks or discomfort associated with an office environment and is usually in an area that is adequately cooled, heated, lighted and ventilated.

Other Requirements
  1. Must possess a State of Texas driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  2. Must be available for occasional overnight travel for training.
  3. Must pass a criminal background check.
  4. Must work with the highest degree of confidentiality.

The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. The duties herein are representative of the essential functions of this job. This job description reflects management’s assignment of functions; however, it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. The qualifications listed above are guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Employment with the Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and does not constitute a promise of continued employment.

Disclaimer:The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.

Security Patrol Officer
Reports To: Director of Housing Management
Department / Division: Housing Management
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Employment Status: Full-Time
Date: January 24, 2018
Position Summary
Serves as a visible security presence in matters relating to Agency security. Responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for residents and employees through effective performance of assigned duties and for safeguarding Agency property against theft, fire, vandalism, and illegal entry. These tasks are to be performed at a level that supports the Agency’s efforts to achieve the highest rating on HUD’s evaluation systems. The duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements regarding duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment in association with this position.
Duties and Responsibilities
Undertakes and performs the following and other work-related duties as assigned.
  1. Safeguards residents, employees, and assigned areas including buildings, equipment, and property by patrolling in and around Agency premises including parking areas before, and after business hours as assigned on foot, or vehicle.
  2. Patrols through assigned area to check for fire, prowlers, lighting and unsecured locks, and unauthorized personnel. Notes irregularities and responds appropriately.
  3. Notifies department supervisors of suspected illegal activity on Agency property and reports hazardous and unusual conditions or malfunctions observed.
  4. Promptly responds as needed to alarms and safety/security calls and investigates disturbances. Interviews witnesses and obtains signatures. Conducts routine investigations of minor incidents.
  5. Immediately reports any in progress criminal activity or emergency situation to 911 and carefully monitors the incident and acts as a professional witness for responding emergency units. Intervenes only when injury or death to any party is eminent.
  6. Conducts follow up investigations of incidents on Agency properties.
  7. Communicates with the Project Managers regarding any concerns about Agency properties.
  8. Assists the Project Management staff upon request with unit inspections.
  9. Assists the Project Management staff regarding police calls on Agency properties.
  10. Assists staff with recommendations for properly securing sites.
  11. Is available on an on-call basis for emergencies.
  12. May assist law enforcement officers with incident calls at the developments as requested.
  13. May assist with crowd control and patrol at development events or emergencies.
  14. Escorts people/property to desired destination when monies, documents or safety of property or persons are a concern.
  15. Provides appropriate assistance to employees and residents, as necessary.
  16. Prevents loss and damage by reporting irregularities and informing persons of rule infractions or violations and apprehends or evicts violators from Agency premises.
  17. Identifies, observes, and questions persons on Agency property or on Trespass List when the reasons for their presence or intentions are questionable.
  18. Calls police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire of the presence of unauthorized personnel. Reports undesirable activities to police and requests assistance if necessary.
  19. Circulates among visitors, residents, and employees when appropriate to preserve order and protect property.
  20. Writes timely and accurate reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences, by recording observations, information, occurrences, and surveillance activities. Generate a report on a monthly basis on all security activities.
  21. Maintains rapport with local law enforcement, civil defense, and first-aid agencies by establishing personal contact and cooperating to resolve situations.
  22. Appears as a witness in the Agency’s administrative grievance procedure, civil dispossessory hearings, or other civil or court proceedings where the issue includes criminal or quasi-criminal conduct in or near public housing developments involving any resident, member of a resident’s household, or any guest or guests of a resident or household member.
  23. Maintains accessibility and professional demeanor with residents to ensure resident confidence in discussing or reporting issues of concern.
  24. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies as appropriate.
  25. Assists in developing or enhancing crime prevention programs.
  26. Performs other duties as assigned by the Security Supervisor.
Education and Experience
High School graduate or GED Required. Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice preferred or related field and two (2) years’ experience in police or security related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The following Certifications must be obtained within one (1) year of employment or other allowable period of hire as authorized by the Executive Director or his/her designee:
  • State Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification including firearm requalification.
  • Fair Housing
Knowledge and Skills
  1. Thorough knowledge of pertinent laws of arrest, search and seizure. Ability to learn and apply applicable provisions of state and federal laws and district policies, including laws concerning theft, burglary, arson, malicious mischief and trespassing.
  2. Working knowledge of state Penal Code and Vehicle Code.
  3. Thorough knowledge of methods and techniques of report preparation and writing.
  4. Thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
  5. Working knowledge of pertinent Agency policies and procedures.
  6. Thorough knowledge of local resources available to assist in cases of emergency or dangerous situations
  7. Ability to exercise sound judgment and reason effectively during emergency situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  8. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  9. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  10. Ability to recognize illegal, unsafe, and contraband substances or weapons.
  11. Ability to conduct investigations and security patrol.
  12. Ability to remember details such as faces, license plate numbers, names, and incidents.
  13. Ability to collect and preserve evidence.
  14. Ability to understand and follow moderately complex written and oral instructions and to communicate and relate to persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  15. Ability to operate appropriate computer equipment and software packages.
Supervision Received and Given
The employee receives instructions from the Director of Housing Management. Normally, the employee plans and carries out work activities with minimal supervision and independently resolves problems that arise. The employee receives specific instructions when complaints are brought to the attention of the supervisor; and when the supervisor is contacted by the employee for direction. The employee’s work is reviewed for conformity to organizational policies and attainment of objectives. The employee has no supervisory duties.
Guidelines
The employee references the state Criminal Code, and other applicable state, federal, and local laws and ordinances, Agency regulations, rules and policies and procedures as needed in performing assigned duties. All other guidelines are generally given orally and supplement established procedures. If a situation not covered by guidelines arises, the employee consults the supervisor for guidance or, in the case of emergency situations, exercises sound judgment as to the best course of action and notifies law enforcement and/or emergency responders as appropriate to the circumstances.
Complexity
The employee performs a variety of tasks which are usually routine and repetitive; however, emergency situations do arise. All tasks require personal judgment and decision-making based on technical knowledge, sound judgment, and experience.
Scope and Effect
The employee’s work directly affects Agency employees and the residents. Through successful accomplishment of the job duties, the incumbent enables the Agency to offer a high degree of continued safety and security to its residents and employees.
Personal Contacts
The employee’s personal contacts are primarily with residents, nonresidents, suspicious persons, and other security personnel. Contacts with residents are particularly important to establish a professional presence and ensure resident confidence in discussing or reporting issues of concern. The purpose of contacts is to give and obtain information necessary to successful performance and fulfillment of security-related job duties. Conditions under which contacts occur can range from normal to stressful in emergency situations.
Physical Demands
  1. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a security operations capacity or in an office setting as required.
  2. Must be able to sit and/or stand for up to eight hours at a time while preforming work duties.
  3. Must be able to walk, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights.
  4. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, residents, service agencies, and work-related contacts in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress.
  5. Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to perform job-related functions.
  6. Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
  7. Must maintain a professional appearance and portray a positive image for the Agency.
  8. Must be able to maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
  9. An employee may request a reasonable accommodation to mitigate any of the physical requirements listed above.
Work Environment
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and the employee is exposed to weather extremes. The employee is subject to normal risks associated with visits to housing developments and confrontations with residents and nonresidents.
Other Requirements
  1. Must possess a State of Texas driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  2. May be required to work after office hours on the on-call work schedule.
  3. Must work with the highest degree of confidentiality.
  4. Must be available for occasional overnight travel for training.
  5. Must pass employment drug screening and criminal background check.
The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is subject to change and in no manner states or implies that these are the only duties and responsibilities to be performed. The duties herein are representative of the essential functions of this job. This job description reflects management’s assignment of functions; however, it does not prescribe or restrict tasks that may be assigned. Nothing in this document restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time. The qualifications listed above are
guidelines, other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Employment with The Housing Authority of The City of Laredo is on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and does not constitute a promise of continued employment.
Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions.

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