Project Assistant

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

contact information

HCIDLA Personnel
2138088804
hcidla.persrecunit@lacity.org

job description

EXEMPT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY  

PROJECT ASSISTANT  

(1 POSITION)

 

LOS ANGELES HOUSING DEPARTMENT

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The Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) is seeking candidates for a Project Assistant position, Class Code 1542, to be filled on an exempt appointment basis. This position will be assigned to the Lead Hazard Remediation Program Unit of the Housing Strategies and Services Division and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant period is through July 2023 with the possibility of an extension subject to HUD’s approval.

  THE SALARY

 

The current salary range for the Project Assistant position is $52,826 to $77,235 annually.

 

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT

 

This position is an Exempt Civil Service position under City Charter Section 1001(d)(4).

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Under the supervision of the Community Housing Programs Manager and Project Coordinator, the Project Assistant will help coordinate LAHD’s Lead Hazard Remediation Program in the City of Los Angeles. This includes contacting and working with tenant groups, tenants, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), non-profit housing corporations, program applicants, contractors, LAHD’s Budget, Contracting and Accounting Units, lead technical experts, relocation consultants, other governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the County of Los Angeles Health Department, community groups and property owners. Additional duties include:

  • Assists in coordinating blood lead level testing of children living in targeted housing with community clinics, tenants and property owners.

 

  • Assists in coordinating lead-related construction workshops for contractors,

workers, inspectors, property owners and property maintenance personnel.

 

  • Assists in coordinating temporary relocation of tenants during lead hazard

remediation activities.

 

  • Assists with other outreach activities related to lead based paint hazards, including making public presentations.

 

  • Interacts with various grant and other programs housed in the Housing Strategies and Services Division in providing administrative support as needed.

 

  • Works with systems staff to develop and maintain various levels of program reports, prepares correspondence and performs other related administrative work

as needed.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS  

 

Candidates for this position must meet the following requirements:

 

1)    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college and two years of responsible administrative work experience that involves assisting management in carrying out administrative functions of a project or program; or,

 

2)    An Associate of Arts degree and four years of responsible administrative work experience that involves assisting management in carrying out administrative functions of a project or program; or,

 

3)    A High School diploma (or equivalent) and six years of responsible administrative work experience that involves assisting management in carrying out administrative functions of a project or program.

 

SKILLS

 

Desirable candidates should also have the following skills:

 

1)    Demonstrate outstanding working knowledge of Microsoft software, including Word, PowerPoint, EXCEL, Access and MS Project;

 

2)    Demonstrate an ability for working with or monitoring grass-roots community groups and/or community-based organizations, including low-income applicants and federal funding.

 

3)    The ideal candidate will demonstrate the above and also have excellent organizational skills, internal motivation and be able to demonstrate experience coordinating complex work functions preferably pertaining to housing rehabilitation or lead outreach and education, in a fast-paced environment.

 

License:  A valid California driver’s license, proper insurance and a reliable automobile are required for this position.

 

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

The selection process will consist of an oral interview and include a writing exercise to determine the most qualified candidates for this position. In the event that there is a large candidate pool, screening criteria will be used to bring the most qualified individuals forward to the interview process.

How to apply

TO APPLY

 

Interested applicants must submit a completed City of Los Angeles Application form and a résumé (ATTN: Project Assistant / Lead) to the following email address: HCIDLA.PersRecUnit@lacity.org no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

 

NOTE: The City of Los Angeles Application form may be accessed on-line at the Personnel Department website at http://per.lacity.org/application.pdf 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Los Angeles Housing Department Personnel Unit at (213) 808-8804.

 

Please also be advised that this Project Assistant position is not a permanent, civil service appointment and is subject to continued funding by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

 

 

 

EXEMPT EMPLOYMENT

 

If employment is said to be exempt, it is meant that the employment is exempted from the civil service provisions of the City Charter. In order to receive a regular civil service appointment, employees must have successfully participated in a civil service examination, received a high enough score on the examination to be placed on and receive an appointment from an eligible list, and they must serve a probationary period. Exempt employees do not compete in a civil service examination, they are not placed on an eligible list and receive an appointment from that list, nor do they serve a probationary period. As a result, exempt employees do not have what is referred to as a “property interest” in their job. Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority and can be terminated at any time without cause. Employees with a property interest in their job, i.e. civil service employees, cannot be deprived of their employment (discharged or suspended) without due process.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EXEMPT EMPLOYMENT

 

Exempt employees serve at the will of the appointing authority, and as such, they may be discharged, suspended or otherwise disciplined without cause. Exempt employees have no property interest in their employment, and any procedural benefit or other prerogative extended to them by their appointing authority is not intended to create and does not create any such property interest. No officer or employee of the City may make to any other officer or employee any representation of a property interest in employment which does not correspond to Charter provisions unless the City Council, by ordinance, permits such representation. No unauthorized representation can serve as the basis of an employee’s reliance on, or expectation of, a property interest.

 

EMPLOYEES SEEKING TO BECOME CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES

 

There is no protective leave for an exempt employee appointed to a civil service position. Upon receiving a civil service appointment and passing probation, the former exempt employee will be subject to the Civil Service provisions described in Article X of the City Charter. Upon appointment, the civil service employee will begin to accrue displacement and layoff seniority on the first day of his/her civil service appointment and may file for promotional examinations for which s/he qualifies. A full or half-time exempt employee appointed to a full or half-time civil service position continues to: contribute to the Retirement System; accrue vacation time; accrue sick time; receive anniversary date salary increases; and, receive health and dental benefits identical to those received in the civil service position.