City of Lawrence Seeking Housing Manager – Community Development Department

TITLE: Housing Manager
DEPARTMENT: Community Development Department
PAY GRADE: Exempt, $65,000 – $70,000
UNION: SEIU
Job Description and Duties: Oversees the City’s policies and programs to create and preserve both market rate and affordable housing. Employee is responsible for managing employees and work flow to achieve specific goals in activities related to several housing programs in the City. Performs all other related work as required. The position is a supervisory position, and reports directly to the Community Development Director.
Functions:

1. Plan and implement the City of Lawrence’s housing programs, including the Lead Abatement Program, Housing Rehabilitation program, First-Time Home buyer Education and Financial Assistance programs. Supervise a staff of 6-8.

2. Coordinate Lawrence Continuum of Care, including McKinney-Vento Grants and HEARTH Act implementation. This work will include application preparation, chairing monthly Continuum meetings, HMIS oversight, project tracking and monitoring, and management of consulting contracts.

3. Manage HOME investments in housing development, formulate and analyze pro-formas for said developments, and manage work of underwriting contractors

4. Formulate new housing policies and strategies.

5. Coordinate with government agencies, local non-profit organizations, lenders and community groups and work to create effective public/private partnerships.

6. Assist with the administration of grant and program compliance-monitoring efforts, including environmental review, CAPER, IDIS and other performance measurement systems where appropriate.

7. Assist in collection of housing information for inclusion in housing databases.

8. Liaison with relevant federal, state, and local agencies as well as elected and appointed officials and other city departments including the Inspectional Services Department and Lawrence Housing Authority. Oversee the data base related to the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development‘s subsidized inventory of housing units under Chapter 40B.

9. Track program and grant budgets to ensure appropriate spending levels. Responsible for new program development, including research, grant applications, program design and implementation.

10. Develop educational and other technical assistance to local non-profit community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to build internal capacity. Analyze housing development proposals by for-profit and non-profit developers. Assists community service agencies with organizational development, program implementation and grant applications.

11. Ensure financial spending is within budget, and meets eligibility requirements of various federal, state and local programs.
Qualifications: A master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related fields, and at least three years of affordable housing experience preferred. Expertise with HUD (or similar State) programs, policies, and regulations, particularly HOME, McKinney-Vento, and/or Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) required. Superior oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in the English and Spanish languages desired.
Appointing Authority:
William Lantigua, Mayor
Posting Date: February 7, 2011 Deadline: March 7, 2011
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN THE PERSONNEL OFFICE
A completed City Employment Application form, a resume, and three references are required
The City of Lawrence is an Equal Opportunity employer
Full Job Description and Application available at the City Personnel Department in City Hall.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS are provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Personnel Director at (978) 620-3060. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

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