Dept. of Housing and Community Development–Administrator VII

Agency Name: Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Official Title: Administrator VII
Functional Title: Director, Bureau of Housing Development and Construction
Position Type: EX – Exempt from Civil Services
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
Salary Range: $44,590.00 to $95,500.00 Annually
Bargaining Unit: M99
Shift: Day
Number Of Vacancies: 1
City/Town: Boston
Facility Location: 100 Cambridge Street Boston, Ma 02114
Application Deadline: 08-16-2013
Apply Online: No
Posting ID: J36775 EXT RES

This position is funded from the Commonwealth’s capital budget.
The Director, Bureau of Housing Development and Construction (BHDC) is a senior level position within the Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Public Housing and Rental Assistance Division. The Bureau of Housing Development and Construction Director oversees all of the capital policies, programs and projects for 242 housing authorities that own and operate 46,500 state-aided public housing and 1,537 federally-assisted low-income housing units for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities (building replacement value over $10 billion). These public housing programs play a significant role in meeting several key aspects of DHCD’s mission including: providing decent affordable housing for the Commonwealth’s poorest residents; increasing income and assets for this population and; reducing and preventing homelessness. The Director serves on a senior leadership team charged with creating and implementing innovative programs that further the preservation of state-aided public housing including annual capital planning, formula funding, mixed-finance, sustainability and other targeted capital programs. The Director also provides leadership in the design and implementation of a regional housing authority system. The Director is responsible for the review, revision, development and implementation of all policies and procedures regarding the modernization and development of state-aided public housing. The Director manages a team of approximately 40 professional staff charged with administering the capital programs and is responsible for building and maintaining positive, responsive and informative relationships with multiple stake holders including housing authority commissioners, staff, and residents.

1. Provide leadership and management to a staff of approximately 40, including the Bureau of Housing Development and Construction (BHDC) Senior Staff in accomplishing the following:

A. Direct and monitor the effective, timely and efficient management of all capital policies, programs and projects by DHCD staff and local housing authorities. Ensure that DHCD spends 100% of its annual spending cap effectively and efficiently. Establish, implement and measure guidelines, standards and procedures for capital planning and capital projects, including budget, scope, and project schedules; establish and measure internal and external standards of performance for such programs and, projects.

B. Ensure that state and applicable federal laws, regulations, and guidelines are followed; monitor and enforce compliance with all regulations, policies and guidelines established by the Department. Develop and implement corrective actions when policies, guidelines or procedures are not followed.

C. Work with DHCD’s legal department to assist in drafting new legislation when needed.

D. Conduct training programs for housing authority commissioners and staff and residents. Establish and reinforce a culture of professional partnership between DHCD and housing authorities.

E. Oversee the capital plans, budgets and the capital program and procurement practices for all housing authorities including procedures for making and communicating binding approvals and decisions in the planning, design and construction phases. Review, revise, and sign capital improvement plans, project budgets, and capital project documents.

F. Oversee effective utilization and up-to-date maintenance of DHCD’s capital planning system including ensuring the data is regularly updated by housing authorities.

G. In close collaboration with the Directors of the Bureau of Housing Management and the Policy and Program Development Unit, develop and implement programs, policies and systems to support cross bureau collaboration in order to ensure innovative practice and strategic use of capital and operating funds. Particular focus will be on innovative capital programs to assure the ongoing maintenance, modernization and preservation of real estate assets including mixed-finance and sustainable investments.

2. Manage, supervise, motivate and evaluate staff of the BHDC by providing leadership and clear and consistent direction to the Bureau’s senior management team to ensure that all staff has the support, skills, knowledge and technical tools necessary to accomplish their work. The Director meets with all staff in groups and individually. The Director ensures that DHCD’s data systems and office and field procedures are fully and effectively utilized and oversees the maintenance of timely and accurate records of all work in the BHDC.

3. Coordinate activities with others inside and outside DHCD. This work includes meetings with DHCD staff, local housing authorities, affordable housing and public housing advocates, non-profits, advocates for persons with special needs, state legislators, public housing residents, and concerned citizens.

4. Reform the public housing operating and governance systems. The purpose of the reform is to ensure the long-term viability of public housing as an affordable housing resource, including the reform of the statutory governance structure with a goal of creating a practical, cost-effective and modern regional governance structure.

5. Participate on Public Housing and Rental Assistance Senior Management team to address division-wide issues of management, organizational culture, and planning.

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a managerial capacity.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. This position requires an extensive knowledge of low-income subsidized housing design and development and conventional public housing capital modernization including planning, budgeting, design and construction and knowledge of procedures related to public contracting, personnel administration and housing finance.

2. The individual must possess excellent organizational, management, interpersonal, public speaking, and writing skills, and a working knowledge of state and federal housing programs, regulations, and guidelines.

3. Ability to negotiate issues with diverse constituents and to identify and analyze complex problems in order to intervene and achieve solutions is essential.

4. It is preferred that applicant possess an advanced degree in public policy or administration, planning, architecture, real estate development, business administration or a related field and at least 5 years of progressively more responsible professional experience, in the design or management of complex housing development projects or agencies engaged in housing design or development or related projects.
How To Apply:
Please mail 2 copies of both your cover letter and resume referencing the CEO ID#J36775 EXT RES number to:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Human Resources Department
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114-2524

Fax: (617) 573-1299
TTY: (617) 573-1140

To ensure consideration, resume and cover letter must be postmarked by midnight on the deadline date. Please reference posting ID number on all correspondence.
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Diversity Officer:
Ms. Nancy DePaul, (617) 573-1100
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.