Occupancy Specialist

Job Type
Property/Asset Management
-Brookline Housing Authority
Contact Name
Susan Halpert
Contact Email
Contact Phone

90 Longwood Avenue
Brookline, MA
United States

Job Description


The Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) is a high-performing, mid-sized Public Housing Authority. The BHA is seeking a Occupancy Specialist to perform various duties related to:  the Section 8 Voucher, Public Housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs, wait lists management, applicant selection, eligibility and landlord-participant relations for a total portfolio of more than 1,100 Section 8 vouchers and 800 state and federal public housing units.  This position will be an addition to a three-member Admissions Department.   

Job Duties Include:

  • Assist prospective residents with the application process; provide support by briefing prospective residents with BHA selection and eligibility criteria and outline the responsibilities of applicants.
  • Prepare documentation for occupancy, eligibility, and rental process; prepare notices to applicants for changes of status for the Section 8 and Public Housing Programs.
  • Prepare correspondence to agencies and businesses to verify applicant data, including   total household income, assets, and household composition; verify applicant information as required; prepare information for input into data systems and obtain output reports as required.
  • Responsible for application intake, selection and qualification of elderly and disabled applicants for public housing and RAD developments.
  • Responsible for applicant preference screening for the Section 8 Voucher Program.  Periodically will qualify, brief and issue rental vouchers to applicants.  
  • Provide support to the BHA Director and Assistant Director of Admissions.  


  • Experience conducting state (MRVP), federal (HCV) and LIHTC eligibility certifications. 
  • Capacity to maintain strong, positive working relationships with BHA colleagues, applicants, residents, participants, and regulators.
  • Strong organizational, and written and verbal communication skills.  Detail oriented, precise in calculations.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, rental assistance software, Word, Excel.
  • High school diploma or GED required, and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in performing clerical or client intake work in the field of public housing, affordable housing and/or rental voucher programs.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Application Instruction

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications along with a resume to: jobs@brooklinehousing.org.  No phone calls or letters.  Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Full job description at www.brooklinehousing.org.

The BHA offers a competitive salary and strong benefits package, including state GIC health insurance and a defined-benefit pension.  This is a union position.

The BHA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action, Section 3 employer.  Females, LGBTQ individuals, minorities, veterans, Section 3 qualifying individuals, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.