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Job Title: 

BHA Administrator

Boston Housing Authority
Job Location: 
Boston, MA
Salary Range: 
Grade 18
Full Job Description: 


Boston Housing Authority (BHA) provides quality affordable housing for low-income families and individuals through the public housing and Section 8 rental assistance programs. We foster vital communities essential to our city's economic diversity and way of life.  As the largest housing provider in Boston, we bring stability, opportunity, and peace of mind not only to the thousands of low-income families we support, but to the city as a whole. To learn more, visit bostonhousing.org.



The Administrator reports to the Mayor of the City of Boston in close collaboration with the BHA Monitoring Committee and Resident Advisory Board. The leader is responsible for BHA’s day-to-day operations, including planning, administration, and coordination of all public housing and voucher programs for low-income families. They direct BHA staff in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, and work with resident communities to implement the most effective and responsive policies and programs.



Care deeply about our residents and take a resident-first approach.

  • Center the experience of public housing residents, voucher holders, and applicants.
  • Prioritize well-maintained, clean, safe apartments that are welcoming for families and kids.
  • Build trust with residents and staff, and inspire staff collaboration with tenants to continuously improve services and responsiveness.

Committed to a big vision and ambitious goals for BHA’s future.

  • Lead implementation of policies, programs, and directives of the Mayor in planning, construction, maintenance, revitalization and sustainability of public housing – e.g. fossil-fuel-free BHA, other innovative initiatives, etc.
  • Serve on the Mayor’s Cabinet and ensure BHA policies and initiatives are consistent with broader City goals.
  • Oversee the Authority’s portfolio of public-private partnerships and redevelopment, including ongoing management of redeveloped properties.

A dedicated team-builder.

  • Build and hire staff with a collaborative approach.
  • Lead negotiations with labor unions. 
  • Continuously improve people operations processes and personnel policies over time (open door policy, etc.).

An effective operations manager.

  • Deliver the most effective and efficient housing services to BHA residents.
  • Financial responsibilities; prepare budgets and apply for funding to continuously modernize our units.
  • Oversee the administration of federal, state and local housing vouchers and advance strategies to enhance housing choice.    
  • Prepare periodic reports on overall operations (and as requested by regulators).
  • Oversee all contracts, ensure proper performance from contractors, and utilize purchasing power to advance equity in contracting. 

A collaborative leader with partner agencies.

  • Coordinate with other public agencies, particularly U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, City of Boston, etc.
  • Lead overall relations with other public and private agencies, press, and the general public.



Must be an excellent oral and written communicator. Demonstrated experience in fields related to public and affordable housing, public administration, policy, social justice, business administration, law, economics, sociology or urban affairs. Experience at a relevant administrative level serving the needs of low-income families, including responsibility for policy formulation, fundraising and implementation and coordination of all aspects of housing development and management. We are open to equivalent experiences of other kinds.

A strong commitment to serving the interests and needs of low-income persons and a demonstrated record of work in programs addressing the concerns of low-income households.  Familiarity with BHA programs and resident population is preferred. Must be committed to the revitalization and improvement of public housing.  A working knowledge of current legislation and court decisions (federal, state and local) affecting the operations of BHA, and of federal and state regulations (particularly those of HUD and DHCD) which govern the Authority.  Demonstrated ability to lead operations, analyze information, and direct staff work.  The Administrator shall be, or within six months after the date of acceptance of the position shall become, a resident of the city of Boston and shall continue to maintain principal residence in the city of Boston during the tenure of appointment.

BHA's benefits’ package includes 14 paid Holidays, 4 Personal Days; 3 weeks of vacation; 3 weeks of paid sick leave; participation in the City's pension plan, and healthcare through the Commonwealth, and more.

To Apply: 

Please email your resume with a few sentences on why you’re the right candidate for the role to Daniel Lander, Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor, at daniel.lander@boston.gov by Friday, March 24, 2023 at 12pm. 

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 24, 2023
Posting Expiration Date: 
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Job Location Details: 
52 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

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