Director, Bureau of Housing Development & Construction

Job Type
Senior Level Positions
Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Contact Name
Human Resources Department

United States

Job Description

Official Title: Administrator VIIPrimary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street
Job: Management
Agency: Department of Housing & Community Development
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Oct 6, 2017, 2:12:05 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: $44,590.00 - $120,932.40 Yearly
The Director of the Bureau of Housing Development and Construction (BHDC), is a senior level position within the Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Public Housing Division. The Director oversees all of the policies, programs, and staff related to capital projects at the 242 Local Housing Authorities (LHAs) that own and operate approximately 45,000 state-aided public housing units for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities (building replacement value over $10 billion). Public housing capital 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 capital planning, formula funding, mixed-finance redevelopment, mixed-income redevelopment, sustainability, and other targeted initiatives. The Director also works with other division leaders to develop innovative ways to strengthen public housing administration, including, but not limited to, strategies for regional innovation, comprehensive asset management, performance and compliance monitoring, bulk procurements and economies of scale, resident engagement, aging in community, and long-term asset preservation.
The Director oversees a team of approximately 31 professional staff charged with administering the capital programs and is responsible for building and maintaining positive, responsive and informative relationships with multiple stakeholders including LHA staff and their elected/appointed board members, residents, and state and local officials.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
1. Provide leadership, direction, and management to BHDC staff in accomplishing the following:
a) Work with Bureau senior staff to establish or revise guidelines, standards and procedures for capital planning and capital projects, including budget, scope, and project schedules. Work with Bureau senior staff to develop protocols to measure and monitor the effective, timely and efficient management of all programs and projects by DHCD staff and LHAs. Work with Bureau senior staff to develop protocols to ensure that the Bureau spends 100% of its annual spending cap effectively and efficiently. Review internal and external performance to address deficiencies and/or change policies and procedures as necessary.
b) Work with Bureau senior staff to ensure that state and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines are followed; monitor and enforce compliance with all regulations, policies and guidelines established by DHCD; 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 and regulations, when needed.
d) Oversee the delivery of training programs for housing authority commissioners, staff, and residents. Establish and reinforce a culture of professional partnership between DHCD and LHAs.
e) Oversee effective utilization and up-to-date maintenance of DHCD’s capital planning system including ensuring the data is regularly updated at five-year needs assessments.
f) 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 practices and strategic use of capital and operating funds. Particular focus is on innovative capital programs to assure the ongoing maintenance, modernization and preservation of real estate assets including mixed-finance, mixed-income, 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 have the support, skills, knowledge and technical tools necessary to accomplish their work. The Director meets with all staff in groups and senior staff individually.
3. Participate on the Division’s Senior Management team to address division-wide issues of management, organizational culture, and planning including efforts to 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 governance structure.
4. The Director ensures that BHDC’s data and IT 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. Provide leadership and decision making regarding retirement of existing data systems and development of new ones.
5. 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 as the need arises.
This position requires an extensive knowledge of housing design and development and conventional capital asset management, including planning, budgeting, design and construction and knowledge of procedures related to public contracting, personnel administration, and housing finance. 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. Ability to negotiate issues with diverse constituents and to identify and analyze complex problems in order to intervene and achieve solutions is essential.
It is preferred that applicants possess an advanced degree in public policy or administration, planning, architecture, real estate development, business administration or a related field; 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.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is within the Housing and Economic Development Secretariat and its work touches the lives of all Massachusetts residents. DHCD's mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents by providing leadership, professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.
Salary placement is determined by years of experience and education directly related to the position and the Human Resources Division’s Recruiting Guidelines.
A background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Human Resources Division prior to the candidate being hired.
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
Please attach a resume when applying for this position.
Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience.
II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.
IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Nancy DePaul - 617-573-1100

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