Director of Housing Assistance

Job Location: 
Alhambra, CA
Salary Range: 
The annual salary range for this position is $120,000 to $176,436 per year, DOQ. In recognition of the value its employees deliver, the CDC/HaCoLA offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes 12 paid holidays per year, vacation leave, medical and dental insurance for employees and their eligible dependents, optional Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, life and disability insurance, deferred compensation options, and retirement benefits though the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).
Full Job Description: 

Position Summary

Imagine yourself as the next Director of Housing Assistance for the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority (CDC/HACoLA), an agency that is currently engaged in an exciting time of transformative organizational change.  Imagine leading a Division that thrives on innovative ways to break the cycle of poverty and provide viable, affordable housing solutions for their most vulnerable populations.  If you have the passion, creativity, skills and vision to take this Division to the next level, this could be your next career move.

The new Director must embrace and advocate for the Agency’s vision, the communities they serve, and will embody and inspire their continued commitment to deliver exceptional customer service.  The new Director is a leader that has an affinity for multi-tasking in a dynamic environment, and a drive to improve the quality of life for Los Angeles County communities.  The ideal candidate will direct the activities of the second largest housing authority in Southern California, which receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, as well as other targeted and grant funded rental subsidy programs for more than 24,000 low-income households. In addition, the Director is responsible for enforcing housing quality standards, coordinating affordable housing preservation activities, and ensuring sound management of CDC/HACoLA housing policies, procedures and regulations, as well as for the development and implementation of their Homeless Initiative Strategies.

The ideal candidate will be a key executive developer of, and contributor to, strategic solutions in support of a variety of federally and locally funded housing assistance and preservation programs. The candidate must possess a thorough and substantive, experience-based understanding of the principles and priorities of public sector administration and management, and have extensive understanding of federal, state, and local regulations related to various types of affordable housing programs and funding mechanisms.

If you are willing to commit in heart and mind to this agency’s vision and the people they serve, and can generate momentum and readiness to energize, engage and inspire others, join them as they answer the call and Build Better Lives and Better Neighborhoods in the County of Los Angeles.

 

Professional/Behavioral Competencies

  • Is a bold and inspiring leader, has high energy, and is a collaborative problem solver and team player.
  • Has exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to work well with staff, executive management, outside agencies and other County departments.
  • Possesses the desire and confidence to work with new agency leadership in a highly visible role to carry out the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the CDC/HACoLA.
  • Commits to agency transparency and accountability.
  • Is flexible and willing to exchange and encourage new ideas and has the ability to build consensus while helping to shift the Division toward an exciting new and prosperous direction.
  • Has a solid understanding on how public, social and human service agencies function.
  • Is customer service focused and passionate about serving the agency’s customers while being respectful of cultural and economic differences.
  • Creates and fosters stability in the Division through succession planning, accountability, and positive morale through leadership.
  • Has the ability to forge excellent interpersonal relationships, has versatile communication skills, conveys self-confidence, takes initiative, and consistently demonstrates good judgment.

 

Skills & Abilities

  • As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, supports the Executive Director in ensuring the vision, mission, goals, objectives, and requirements of the Division are achieved on time and within budget.
  • Oversees the development, utilization and enhancement of established administrative structures to ensure that internal and external policies, procedures and resources are developed and dedicated to support full adherence to contractual and regulatory compliance obligations associated with each of the Division’s funding sources. 
  • Performs supervisory responsibilities including assigning and reviewing work, training, addressing employee problems, establishing objectives, interviewing applicants, hiring employees, discipline, discharge, salary increases and performance plans and evaluations.
  • Ensures all division staff to maintain a high degree of professionalism and exceptional internal and external customer service, including but not limited to waiting list administration, intake/assessing clients’ needs, occupancy, inspections, and quality assurance.
  • Maintains program compliance for the certification and HUD compliance with Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP), and agency plan certifications.  Identifies areas of compliance risk and oversees risk audits as necessary pertaining to HQS, SEMAP, Finance, Fair Housing, etc.  Presents thoughtful solutions for managing and mitigating risks.
  • Ensures that program operations are performing at a high level throughout the year and are achieving all performance standards, quality metrics and SEMAP goals as identified and required.
  • Oversees the planning, development, implementation and administration of housing subsidy programs (i.e., Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8), Family Self-Sufficiency Services (FSS), Continuum of Care (CoC), VASH, Housing Opportunity Persons Living With Aids (HOPWA), etc.), tenant protection programs and family self-sufficiency programs.
  • Prepares new or reapplies for grant applications to secure maximum program funding.
  • Develops and manages the annual Division budget including Section 8, VASH and CoC, as well as CDBG and HOME funds.  Tracks budget goals, revenues, and expenditures. 
  • Manages the development and implementation Division services and Homeless Initiative Strategies by coordinating and facilitating programs and projects with other County departments, outside agencies and/or organizations. 
  • Represents the agency in a highly professional manner to various representatives of federal and local agencies, professional groups, and/or community meetings.
  • Interacts with businesses, public officials, and public agencies; attends professional meetings, seminars, and conferences to keep abreast of new trends, activities, and concepts in affordable housing, particularly as it relates to housing subsidies and preservation.   Travel to various locations throughout the County is required. 
  • Communicates clearly both orally and in writing. Is concise, accurate, organized, professional and timely. Demonstrates effective communication techniques and adapts to the unique needs of different people and circumstances; connects with peers, subordinates, and others. Actively listens, clearly and effectively shares information and asks for clarity/direction as needed. Participates and shares ideas and opinions through individual and group interactions.
  • Monitors and tracks non-routine legal matters and their dispositions to ascertain long- and short-term effects and impacts as it relates to the agency’s practices, budget, and image in the community; initiates, coordinates, and monitors eviction proceedings.

Education and Experience                          

OPTION I

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or closely related field. 
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience comparable to the duties of a Manager I with CDC/HACoLA, performing professional level duties involving activities related to housing development, housing preservation, housing rehabilitation, housing management, Section 8 and community development programs.
  • Three to five (3-5) years of supervisory experience is required.

 

OPTION II

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or closely related field. 
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in the administration of public housing and/or assisted housing programs.
  • Experience in the management of a Section 8 rental assistance program.
  • Must obtain program-related certifications as required.
  • Three to five (3-5) years of supervisory experience is required.

 

​About Us

The Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (CDC/HACoLA) is a dynamic and innovative local government agency created in 1982 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The agency is an industry leader in four core service areas: affordable housing, community, economic, and housing development. Funded primarily with federal grants, the CDC/HACoLA prides itself on sponsoring new solutions to local issues and forming partnerships with private and public agencies. To learn more about the agency's work in support of its mission to Build Better Lives and Better Neighborhoods, please visit www.lacdc.org.

 

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $120,000 to $176,436 per year, DOQ. In recognition of the value its employees deliver, the CDC/HaCoLA offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes 12 paid holidays per year, vacation leave, medical and dental insurance for employees and their eligible dependents, optional Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, life and disability insurance, deferred compensation options, and retirement benefits though the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

To Apply: 

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, please submit a detailed resume immediately to:

 

Ernest Barefield

Gans, Gans & Associates

7445 Quail Meadow Road, Plant City, FL 33565

Phone: (813) 986-4441 ext. 7127

Fax: (813) 986-4775

E-mail: ernest@gansgans.com

Date Posted: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
Posting Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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