DIRECTOR, POLICY AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) is seeking a DIRECTOR, POLICY AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT to manage the neighborhood department staff and the policy and research goals of the organization.
Who we are: Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. (MHP) is an active and growing nonprofit organization, founded in 1989, that develops, acquires, rehabilitates, and builds quality apartment homes to meet Montgomery County’s growing need for affordable housing. MHP’s community-based projects and programs includes providing affordable rents, developing educational programs for residents to develop skills that expand their opportunities and balance their lives, and implementing neighborhood revitalization efforts in troubled communities impacted by foreclosures and economic downturn.
Summary Job Description: The Director, Policy and Neighborhood Development reports to the President and is responsible for a wide variety of policy, research and neighborhood revitalization duties. The Director is responsible for managing the neighborhood department staff and the policy and research goals of the organization. The Director provides the organization with planning expertise that focuses on policy and neighborhood revitalization. The Director will coordinate the completion with designated neighborhood staff, the following:
- Set MHP’s annual Policy agenda, with input from the Board of Director’s Policy Committee.
- Serve as the MHP staff for the Board of Director’s Policy Committee.
- Track County activities related to housing, including all sector plan revisions.
- Prepare MHP testimony, both written and oral, before elected officials and boards on the County and State level.
- Represent and promote MHP’s policy position in the President’s stead at appropriate external activities.
- Meet with elected officials, policy leaders, and/or staff to represent MHP’s policy position in the President’s stead.
- Implement at least one policy forum annually under the MHP Circle of Builders tagline.
- Serve on the policy committee for the Community Development Network of Maryland, and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition.
- Attend Hill lobbying days for Enterprise and NNA.
- Keep donors, stakeholders, and residents informed through policy updates and alerts.
- Work cooperatively with local, state, and federal partners to further affordable housing policy and local neighborhood improvements.
- Manage outreach efforts for grassroots advocacy.
- Gather and analyze applicable demographic data.
- Conduct policy research and issues analysis.
- Conduct research on latest trends and issues affecting the affordable housing field, including the annual production of an environmental scan report.
- Prepare the President for policy related presentations and meetings.
- Manage MHP’s development of a robust indicator and data tracking system.
- Work with designated civic/homeowner associations on leadership development, strategies, meetings, and publications.
- Convene stakeholder groups to discuss issues of concern, needs, and proposed programs.
- Work cooperatively with County agencies and other partners for neighborhood improvements.
- Identify resources for information and technical assistance to advance community planning efforts.
- Design and implement assessment tools—surveys, interviews, needs assessments, etc.
- Develop plans to address identified problems and create linkage to resources.
- Oversee and manage the work of the neighborhoods staff.
- Conduct regular meetings with the neighborhoods staff.
- Meet regularly with the President to review work of the Department.
- Participate in meetings with MHP’s senior management team.
- Develop policies and procedures for Policy & Neighborhoods Department
- Present to the Board of Directors and its Policy Committee.
- Establish priorities and outcome measures for the department.
- Implement planning strategies.
- Assist with identifying funding source and grant writing.
- Monitor progress towards goals and make recommendations.
- Manage departmental budget.
- Manage grants received.
- Manages support staff.
- Recruit VISTA Members, and manage said members.
- Facilitates staff training and development needs.
Qualifications: Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Planning or related field, or Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Planning or related field plus at least three years professional experience. Experience with the legislative and policy making processes. Education, training, and experience in community planning, community development, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, housing, property management, real estate, or other relevant field. Proficient using MS Office software. Strong oral and written communication skills. Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills. Strong organizational and demonstrated project management skills. Ability to think strategically, use initiative, and work on a variety of projects with deadlines. Comfortable working in a “small shop” environment, handling multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal staff/administrative support.