Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments

Washington, D.C
May 28, 2022
Jun 01, 2022
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments reports to the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to provide executive leadership and operational oversight to a workforce of approximately 90 full-time equivalents located both in Headquarters as well as field locations. The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) is responsible for ensuring the overall development and management of several grant programs which overall result in a financial responsibility for over $4 billion. This position is tasked with ensuring confidence in the Office of Public Housing Investment's ability to effectively and efficiently administer a program that is complex. The organization is comprised of four Divisions: Capital Program Division, Urban Revitalization Division, Choice Neighborhoods Division, and Moving to Work Division.

The DAS for Public Housing Investments administers the Capital Fund program which provides funding to Public Housing Authorities for development, financing, modernization, and management improvements. The DAS for Public Housing Investments concentrates on the revitalization of severely distressed public housing, developing partnerships with public, private, and non-profit entities, and manages self-sufficiency programs and test innovation policies.

The DAS for Public Housing Investments is responsible for but not limited to:

Assessing Public Housing Investments policy, program, and project feasibility. This includes handling special management needs, developing and evaluating demonstration programs efforts, and analyzing departmental on-site monitoring of public housing agencies. Determining Public Housing Investments program goals and developing implementation plans. Design an organizational structure to promote effective work relationships. Set effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and management/internal control standards.

Obtain financial, technology, and human resources necessary to accomplish the program/project and assume responsibility for their effective use; coordinate with key officials from within and/or outside the agency to gain understanding and support for the program/project . This includes representing the Department, Assistant Secretary, and the General Deputy Assistant Secretary in meetings and in negotiations with national organizations, national and regional housing organizations, resident groups, mayors and representatives of other departments, agencies, and the general public.

Direct, coordinate, and assure consistency of the basic policies and procedures with the other offices of Public and Indian Housing, HUD, and Federal, state and local organizations; review staff recommendations or policies developed to affect the organization's mission; consider political, social, economic, technical, and administrative factors with potential impact on the recommended policies; and approve the policies or formally recommending action to the approving official.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain the clearance level required by the position.
  • A one-year probationary period is required, if not previously completed.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Will be required to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
  • Will be required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising many employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature is at the GS-15 or equivalent level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

Your application should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as:
  • Leading the work of an organizational unit
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
  • Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions

If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST fully address the MTQs.

In addition to the qualifying experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each MTQ separately, not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ. You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.

MTQ 1 - Ability to implement laws, regulations, policies, funding, and programs in support of programs and operations pertaining to public housing, HUD-assisted housing and/or affordable housing development and/or operations. Ability to set priorities for current and future initiatives, allocate resources, and provide oversight of various complex and sensitive programs.

MTQ 2 - Experience leading a diverse team to resolve issues and implement complex programs as well as and experience collaborating and influencing colleagues, agency senior/executive leaders, and external entities.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each ECQ, not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. You must fully address each ECQ to be rated for further consideration. Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions - not whether they are the most superior candidates for a particular position. Successful competence in the SES requires competence in each ECQ. Candidates must demonstrate executive experience in all five (5) ECQs. Your application should reflect an overall record of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the SES.

Examples of good qualifications statements and the use of the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs, is provided in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications .

Format: For each of the five ECQs, provide two examples of your qualifications using the four C-C-A-R elements.

1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

2. Context - Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

NOTE: Your responses to the five ECQs must describe the context and the results of your achievements in lay terminology, free of jargon and excessive reliance on acronyms.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment . (Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, strategic thinking and vision).

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others and team building).

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and technical credibility).

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership competencies: financial management, human capital management and technology management).

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and Local governments, nonprofit and private-sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy and influencing/negotiating).

Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available here.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development strives to ensure that the public perceives HUD as a fair and equitable agency that administers its programs in an objective and impartial manner. As such, HUD is committed to its government ethics program, which advises employees on applicable ethics laws and regulations designed to protect the agency against real and apparent conflicts of interest. As a federal employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct and the U.S. criminal conflict of interest statutes. As a HUD employee, you will also be subject to the HUD Supplemental Ethics Regulations which restrict the extent to which a HUD employee can engage in certain activities and hold certain investments. Depending on your position, you may also be required to file a public or confidential financial disclosure report. Upon your new appointment, you will receive guidance regarding your ethics obligations. You will also be required to attend a mandatory ethics training within 3 months of appointment.