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Housing & Community Development Manager

Number of Vacancies: 1

Recruitment #210312-201900-001

Introduction

The Housing & Community Development Manager is a senior leadership and managerial position whose primary focus is to lead the division in support of the City’s strategic vision for housing and to initiate and support programs and direct efforts that support the Mayor’s strategic priority concerning housing affordability across the community, administer the Division’s federal and state housing programs including the Strategic Action Plan, and guide implementation of the City’s T3 (Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow) Housing Affordability Initiatives.

Details about the City’s Housing Affordability Strategy and key recommendations is available online at  https://www.tampa.gov/t3/housing-affordability

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class, under general direction, performs tasks of unusual difficulty and responsibility involving housing rehabilitation and affordable housing programs. There is an extensive array of programs and initiatives to grow and cultivate including, but not limited to owner-occupied and rental rehabilitation programs, first time home buyers down-payment assistance program, and housing counselling services. 

The Manager also leads implementation of a multi-county program for those infected and affected by HIV and coordinates and oversees the City’s homeless outreach program. The position requires the application of considerable initiative and independent judgment in planning, directing, and supervising redevelopment and housing affordability activities; formulating and monitoring programs and programmatic, administrative, and escrow budgets; coordinating activities with other city departments and with public and private agencies; and, negotiating and implementing programs with local lending institutions. 

The manager will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the division, including ensuring effective oversight and guidance for all personnel, budget, and administrative matters. Establishing and maintaining an efficient and accountable work environment is a top priority. Developing a culture of innovation, creativity, collaboration, and professionalism will be emphasized. The use of metrics and data to manage performance of staff and programs is expected, including a focus on delivering quality customer service. 

The Manager must demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service. The manager must ensure division activity complies with federal and state legislation and programmatic requirements. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Sets a vision and direction for the Division and its staff and provides strategic and tactical methods to achieve goals and objectives.

Directs and manages staff in developing and implementing a comprehensive community housing program, including evaluating housing needs and resources and monitoring housing statistics; directing the development of housing goals and objectives; and providing housing counseling and rehabilitation assistance to residents.

Responsible to implement the 2020 Mayor’s Housing Affordability Advisory report recommendations (https://www.tampa.gov/t3/housing-affordability).

Responsible to evaluate and adopt, as appropriate, the 2020 ULI Advisory Report recommendations. 

Develops policies and procedures related to construction requirements, loan processing and underwriting, housing counseling, and inspections for housing programs facilitated or directed by the Division.

Develops, reviews, monitors, and submits federal, state, and local reports related to program participation and funding.

Interprets federal and state housing program regulations; supervises the preparation of grant applications; implementation of federal, state, and local housing programs; development of sub-recipient agreements and vendor contracts; and preparation of grant performance reports. 

Participates and responds to all audit activity including internal, external, federal, and state.

Prepares and manages Division budget, including integration of federal and state funding allocations and strategic alignment.

Oversees the coordination and collaboration of the City with external stakeholders including, but not limited to, The Tampa Housing Authority, the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) and with developers, realtors, mortgage lending institutions, and others on matters relating to community development and improvement. 

Consults with nonprofit housing delivery organizations and coordinates housing plans and programs with participating organizations; interacts with lenders on various loan programs, lines of credit and escrow accounts; interacts with builders and developers on delivery of affordable housing; approves letters of loan guarantee, construction vouchers for payment, and grant payments and documentation.

Routinely assesses the performance of all initiatives to determine best use of resources.
Establishes and publishes performance metrics that reflect the Division priorities and progress toward Mayoral goals.

Supervises the preparation of marketing materials for programs.

Participates in City Staff meetings; makes presentations to City Council; makes speeches and presentations for department-related activities. 

Prepares reports and correspondence; manages unit budget and work processes.

Cultivates an inclusive and engaged work environment for all staff with an emphasis on transparency and accountability, structured and continuous communication, a team-oriented approach to work assignments and responsibilities, and a commitment to a positive culture within the Division.  

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: federal and state housing program regulations; principles and practices of urban development and housing management; community redevelopment and housing programs, including public financing principles, loan processing procedures, and practices used in construction contracts; current federal, state, and local housing redevelopment rules and regulations; modern management practices and procedures; real estate practices, procedures, and laws; public and private agencies rendering social, economic, and related assistance.  

Working knowledge of: housing, building and energy codes; procedures used in title search, property description and property assessments; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules and regulations of the programs administered by the Housing and Community Development Division, including State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP), the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and associated financial software systems  

Ability to: create and implement initiatives associated with federal and state housing and economic development programs; plan, assign, direct, empower and coordinate the work of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical employees in a manner that promotes full performance; provide strategic and tactical methods to achieve goals and objectives; write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, directors, managers, and employees, representatives of banks, credit unions and other lending institutions, nonprofit groups that support housing rehabilitation programs, and the general public; set clear objectives and measures and monitor process, progress and results; interpret rules, laws, and regulations applicable to redevelopment; maintain cooperative working relationships with peers, employees, City, State, and Federal  officials, and the public.

Suggested Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public or business administration, real estate, economics or related area and five (5) years of experience relating to land acquisitions, housing rehabilitation, loan processing and contract administration, including one (1) year of supervisory experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid drivers' license may be required.

Examination

Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.

Comments

During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

Conclusion

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