(dep Dir Housing & Comm Dev) Deputy Director Of Real Estate Development

Fairfax, Virginia
$97,635.62 - $162,725.27 Annually
Sep 21, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Manages and oversees all aspects of real estate development and planning, and real estate finance, home ownership and relocation services for a housing department and public housing authority with revenues in excess of $110 million generated from a variety of federal, state, and local programs and a real estate portfolio of approximately 4,000 affordable housing units. Directs the agency's Real Estate Finance; Design, Development and Construction including Private/Public Partnerships, Capital Projects, Property Maintenance, Land Development, the Affordable Dwelling Unit Program, the Workforce Dwelling Unit program, Home Repair for the Elderly; HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME); and Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) activities. Oversees Capital Projects in the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority's real estate portfolio and represents the agency in evaluation of Public/Private Partnerships; oversees Capital Improvement planning and implementation; oversees implementation of the county's Inclusionary Zoning Affordability Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program and Ordinance, county's Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) policy and other related homeownership programs; and serves as assistant secretary to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). Oversees the operations and administration for major federal grant programs, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program. Directs the Divisions of Real Estate Finance and Grants Management, Design, Development and Construction, and Homeownership and Relocation, comprised of more than 50 professional, technical and support staff reporting through three division directors. Interacts with investors, financial institutions, federal, state and local officials, residents and clients and acts for the director when required. In partnership with the director, the deputy creates an environment of collaboration to support system-wide approaches to program planning and decision making. Interfaces with county agencies including the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Department of Public Works and departments within the county's Human Services System as well as an extensive network of nonprofit and for profit community partners.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with the capacity to set high and attainable goals, and possess a willingness and ability to take responsibility and apply relevant education, knowledge and/or experience to direct strategic real estate design and development and to create and preserve affordable housing in Fairfax County. The deputy director will model entrepreneurship, external awareness, financial stewardship, global strategic thinking and communication, and cultivate our future leaders by creating a culture of engagement and innovation.

Note: Please click here for more information. Relocation benefits may be considered.

Illustrative Duties

  • Under the policy and administrative direction of the Director of DHCD, is responsible for planning and supervision of complex and sophisticated housing and community development programs and operations;
  • Directs the staff in the use of federal, state, and local funding and financing to produce affordable housing;
  • Establishes and administers housing program operating procedures, reviews work progress, develops metrics, initiates operational surveys, and determines overall housing program direction;
  • Assists the department Director in formulating, processing and implementing housing policy and actions of the FCRHA;
  • Acts as policy and program liaison with the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and commissioners of the FCRHA;
  • Consults with and serves as housing policy and program expert to the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and other government, non-profit and community organizations;
  • Stays current on federal, state and local housing and community development legislation and advises Director, FCRHA and staff on implications of legislative changes for FCRHA;
  • Initiates and reviews agency correspondence, reports, grant/loan/tax credit applications and BOS and FCRHA agenda items to ensure accuracy, completeness and adherence to federal, state and local policy;
  • Responds to FCRHA, BOS and public inquiries on behalf of the Director of DHCD;
  • Collaborates with the department director and finance director in the development of the department's budget and contributes vital data and expertise regarding critical needs, funding strategies and opportunities;
  • Works directly with the Office of the County Attorney and other legal counsel to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  • Establishes goals, objectives and priorities for division areas, establishes performance measures, monitors progress and evaluates the effectiveness;
  • Ensures a high level of customer service, public trust and positive work culture;
  • Provides supervision, coaching and guidance to division directors and coaching, disciplinary action and recognition to other staff;
  • Oversees professional development of staff, increasing productivity and capacity and ensuring staff meet required certifications in order to adhere to federal, state and local requirements;
  • Works in concert with the department director and division directors to examine and anticipate workforce needs and responds with a detailed plan and strategy, utilizing the county's workforce planning process in concert with the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Management and Budget;
  • Member of the FCRHA Loan Underwriting Committee, reviewing and approving applications and ensuring accuracy, completeness and consistency with policy;
  • Responsible for development, construction, and management of major projects;
  • Provides technical assistance to partners, private developers, and other county staff;
  • Works in concert with the Human Resources Manager and division directors to ensure the recruitment, development and retention of a qualified workforce;
  • Ensures implementation of a consistent, fair and timely performance management process for subordinate staff;
  • Ensures collaboration with other county and state agencies;
  • Acts in the capacity of the department director in the director's absence and as delegated.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration (including personnel, budgeting, accounting, and management analysis), and the ability to apply them in overseeing a variety of housing and community development projects and programs;
  • Skill in financial management, real estate finance and development;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local housing programs and the services they provide;
  • Knowledge of housing laws and programs, site planning, real estate and land-use law and the ability to interpret and apply them correctly;
  • Skill in solving problems and resolving conflicts;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other governmental units and agencies, private developers, and citizen organizations;
  • Ability to ensure diligent and responsible management of resources;
  • Ability to leverage county resources by developing partnerships internal and external to the county;
  • Ability to analyze data and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to make data-based decisions that are aligned with department, FCRHA, and Fairfax County strategic plans;
  • Ability to develop and implement departmental goals and objectives;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and implement departmental changes;
  • Ability to effectively manage, train and motivate employees;
  • Ability to develop and apply strategies to develop and retain talented employees;
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of a large staff;
  • Ability to develop leadership in others through coaching and mentoring;
  • Ability to delegate effectively;
  • Ability to manage a large span of control;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in public forums;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers, county officials, public and private sector organizations, community groups, and the public.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following : a bachelor's degree in business, public administration or related program area; and at least seven years of increasingly responsible managerial and administrative experience in public administration, financial management, housing management, real estate finance, or design, development and construction. A master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

Valid driver's license

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, and a credit history check to the satisfaction of the employer. Emergency Service Personnel.

  • Bachelor's or master's in finance, architecture or civil engineering
  • License as Professional Engineer or Architect
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional
  • Proven experience and ability in managing a budget in excess of $100 million
  • Experience managing complex public/private partnerships
  • Skill in architecture/engineering and/or real estate finance
  • Skill in managing large scale redevelopment and development projects
  • Proven ability to establish, maintain and sustain partnerships with boards, other governing bodies that have policy and administrative authority, diverse communities, and non-profit/for-profit community providers
  • Knowledge of HUD programs and regulations
Duties are generally sedentary in nature, performed in an office environment. Ability operate a vehicle. Visual acuity to read computer monitor and review plans and documents. Manual dexterity to operate keyboard driven equipment. Ability to clearly communicate verbally. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise

This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.