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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
Salary Range: 
43.69 ph
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DEPARTMENT: Planning and Development
REPORTS TO: Director of Planning and Development

About Us

The Cambridge Housing Authority ("CHA"), a leader in developing and maintaining affordable housing communities, is seeking a qualified and highly motivated candidate. By focusing on policy innovation and family economic opportunities, the CHA is committed to developing and managing safe, high quality, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. CHA provides long-term rental housing and rental assistance to more than 5,500+ individuals and families through its Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Programs. CHA has been awarded accreditation by the Affordable Housing Accreditation Board (AHAB) and was the seventh affordable housing provider in the nation to receive this prestigious accreditation.

CHA offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Our generous benefits package includes health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, life and disability insurance options, tuition reimbursement, commuter benefits, retirement pension and deferred compensation 457b plans, and more! CHA employees enjoy flexible work schedules including a hybrid work environment consisting of a combination of on-site and work from home days.


The primary purpose of this position is to administer and coordinate the planning tasks associated with modernization, new development, and redevelopment of public housing at the Cambridge Housing Authority (“CHA” or “Authority”). 

All activities must support the CHA’s strategic goals and objectives and produce results that accomplish the goals of the Planning and Development department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in and experience in program administration, contract administration, or housing planning is required; Master’s degree in planning, business administration, real estate development, public administration, or architecture is preferred. Must have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and be insurable under CHA policies. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Technical Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and MS Outlook). Incumbent also should be capable of using financial, accounting, and file management software. The ability to learn other computer software programs may be required by assigned tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position.  This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists in the preparation of proposals and applications for funding under federal, state, and local programs
  • Assists in planning studies and data collection and analysis efforts as necessary for the effective implementation of CHA’s policies and programs
  • Assists in representing the Authority in meetings and discussions with funding agencies, city officials, and tenant/citizen groups in conjunction with modernization, development, and redevelopment activities
  • Responsible for implementation of the planning phases of modernization, new development, and redevelopment programs, as may from time to time be established by the CHA, utilizing available federal, state, and local programs to meet the housing needs of low-income persons in the City of Cambridge.
  • Performs design and project management functions, including preparing recommendations on the scope of projects for Director of Planning and Development or Assistant Director of Planning and Development; soliciting, selecting, and administering architects and engineers; maintaining records documenting project process; communicating with funding agencies; coordinating work with tenant councils, managers, various citizen groups, and staff in other CHA departments; coordinating site selection for new development projects; and reviewing reports, information, and schematic and construction plans and specifications
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Behavioral Competencies

Commitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; persists despite obstacles and opposition.  

Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands, monitors and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind; recognizes working colleagues as customers. 

Effective Communication:  Ensures important information is passed to those who need to know; conveys necessary information clearly and effectively orally or in writing; demonstrates attention to, and conveys understanding of, the comments and questions of others; listens effectively.  

Responsiveness and Accountability:  Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds oneself personally responsible for one's own work; does fair share of work.  

Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Job Competencies

  • Ability to identify, organize, and present data and information clearly and concisely
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, tenants, and various citizen groups
  • Ability to direct and supervise consultants
  • Ability to present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to perform research into technical areas of building maintenance and improvement

 Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk.  While the work is primarily sedentary, excessive walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items such as books, binders, files, and documents is required.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work may entail travel to meetings, conferences, and workshops in other cities.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To Apply: 


Date Posted: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Posting Expiration Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Job Location Details: 
Central Square, Cambridge, MA 0213
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