The Housing Director has the unique opportunity to work on a variety of housing solutions for one of the country’s most densely populated and well-educated communities. Recently, Arlington County has attracted new and expanding companies that have or will be bringing tens of thousands of new, high paying jobs to the County over the coming decade. This significant influx of workers will further stress the region’s already competitive housing market. Leading a new Housing Arlington initiative through a multi-department effort, while remaining responsible for other housing programs and initiatives that serve a diverse community, will be a major focus of this Housing Director. It will require innovation, creativity, continued and expanded partnerships, and regional solutions to solve the complex challenge of serving the growing needs of the low and moderate income residents in the County.
The Housing Director leads one of six divisions in the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) and reports to the Director of CPHD. The Housing Director has four direct reports: Housing Development Supervisor, Housing Planning and Community Section Supervisor, Housing Finance and Asset Management Section Supervisor, and Housing Arlington Coordinator. The Housing Director works closely with the other division heads in the department, especially the Planning Director, as well as the Human Services Department and County Attorney’s Office. Staff members in the Housing Division serve as liaisons to three County Board-appointed citizen committees: Housing Commission, Tenant Landlord Commission, and Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee.
Experience and Education
The minimum qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree and 10 years’ experience in housing policy and/or program administration; supervision/management in a multicultural workplace; housing policy development and implementation; working with government and private sector partners (non-profit, for profit, and philanthropic); and knowledge of federal, state, and local housing programs and land use and financial tools to create affordable housing for a wide range of incomes.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree; five years of supervision; leadership experience within a local government, housing authority, or housing developer in an urbanized area; experience working with volunteer commissions and elected officials; a background building coalitions and consensus on difficult community issues; and experience with strategic planning and implementation, as well as finance and land use tools to achieve housing affordability.
Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at https://bit.ly/2pbhlN8 Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with the first review of applications on December 3, 2019.
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