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Two Positions Available

For Immediate Release


January 7, 2021

SDHDA Contact: Chas Olson

Housing Development Officer Position 

DESCRIPTION: Primarily responsible for the administration of federal financing programs for the development of affordable housing in South Dakota. Successful candidate will conduct research; analyze applications for need, desirability, program requirements and financial feasibility; assist in preparing legal documentation and program allocation plans; and market the programs to potential development sponsors.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successfulcandidate must possess innovative financial, analytical, and negotiating skills; an assertive attitude towards relationship building; experience working with a variety of partners; and the ability to interpret federal and state regulations and communicate concisely, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of real estate mortgage lending is required with an emphasis in underwriting single and multifamily development in the affordable housing industry. Ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business, real estate, or a related field and/or a combination of related education and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities. Strong PC skills are required, including database and spreadsheets. Individual should be a self-starter with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and in teams.

LOCATION: Pierre, SD (limited in-state and out-of-state travel)

STARTING WAGE: $23.73-$27.10 per hour. SDHDA offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, January 22, 2021, by 5:00 PM (CT). Apply in writing with cover letter and resume to: Chas Olson, Director of Rental Housing Development, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, PO Box 1237, Pierre, SD  57501-1237; or email

Veterans' Preference Eligible

Equal Opportunity Employer

SDHDA Contact: Lorraine Polak

SD CARES Housing Assistance Program Specialist (Temporary Full-Time Position) 

DESCRIPTION: Performs routine administrative duties requiring independent judgement, analysis and decision-making skills as they relate to the SD CARES Housing Assistance Program (SDCHAP). The SDCHAP provides temporary financial assistance for rental, mortgage, or utility expenses for South Dakota residents who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. This position will serve as a primary steward for answering applicant questions and aiding the general public as it pertains to SDCHAP.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have ability to communicate professionally and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must be able to outline, organize, and establish priorities in a very time sensitive environment. Proficient typing, data entry, and computer skills required. Successful candidate must have a High School Diploma or equivalent; ability to review documents, forms, data, and files to ensure accuracy, completeness and approval; knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; and 3-5 years of customer service and/or office experience beneficial.


STARTING WAGE: $30.00 per hour. Please note this is a temporary, non-benefited position, exempt from civil service.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, January 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Apply in writing with resume and cover letter to: Lorraine Polak, Executive Director, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, P.O. Box 1237, Pierre, South Dakota, 57501; or email

Veterans' Preference Eligible

Equal Opportunity Employer

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