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Job Title : Deputy Commissioner, Office of Policy and Strategy (NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development)
Date Posted : October 24, 2017
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Description :

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling the Mayor’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers from the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class.

Job Description:

The work of the Office of Policy and Strategy (OPS) cuts across traditional areas of responsibility within HPD’s organizational structure to support and strengthen the work of the agency’s various divisions holistically, in close collaboration with the Commissioner’s Office.  OPS’s high-performing divisions use their wide-angle view of the agency to conduct activities with both broad-reaching and tightly-focused impact, working with almost every other Office across the agency.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of OPS reports directly to the HPD Commissioner and is a critical member of the agency’s senior management team.  The DC is responsible for leading the development of strategies to advance HPD’s housing policy objectives and overseeing initiatives to help achieve agency goals and improve operations.  With a longer- term strategic focus, the office creates, refines, and promotes HPD and City housing strategies and policies using all analytical tools available across the agency; conducts targeted data and policy analyses; designs and streamlines operational practices and regulatory procedures; promotes and increases opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs), and ensures property owners and contractors comply with integrity, labor law and economic opportunity requirements.  The DC interfaces with and convenes key external stakeholders on a wide range of strategic and policy issues.

Key Responsibilities:

In addition to the responsibilities described above, the selected candidate’s duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide leadership and management for three divisions:
    • Division of Strategic Planning: The Division of Strategic Planning works with leaders from across the agency and the City to identify and define high-priority initiatives, leads projects that advance key policy goals, and conducts internal engagements that refine HPD’s operations and programs.
    • Division of Research and Evaluation: HPD’s Division of Research and Evaluation is responsible for the design and execution of data collection and statistical analyses in support of HPD’s programming and policy agenda, as well as various analyses of New York City’s population and housing stock.
    • Division of Economic Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance: The Division of Economic Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance supports the Agency’s mission by reviewing the integrity and competence of applicants seeking to do business with the Agency and ensuring contractors’ compliance with labor, employment, and construction obligations. The Division also implements and enforces socioeconomic diversity and inclusion requirements and related initiatives on procurement and development projects receiving financial assistance from the Agency.
  • Serve as a thought leader on complex issues involving Fair Housing laws, federal housing policies and funding, zoning, marketing, tenant harassment, and market analyses.   Lead HPD’s engagement with housing leaders locally and nationally and ensure HPD continually advocates for fair and progressive laws and policies.
  • Work with the Commissioner and senior staff in identifying key areas of opportunity or need across the agency and City for innovation and improvement to help meet the goals of the Housing New York Plan.
  • Work closely with colleagues in HPD’s Development, Neighborhood Strategies, Enforcement and other areas to ensure the coordination and operational integration of strategies and agency policies.
  • Oversee major housing-related research, which may include large-scale data collection, processing, and analysis.  Integrate cutting-edge research and analytics into strategy and policy formation.
  • Define and lead agency activities that enhance HPD’s work with M/WBEs and prevailing wage laws.
  • Ensure frequent and open flow of communication of agency policy priorities and expectations to HPD leadership, staff and external partners.
  • Coordinate senior staff on intra-agency projects.

Required Background, Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience is required in urban planning, public policy, strategic planning, real estate development, finance, research, or a related field.
  • Master’s Degree is required in one or more of the following: Urban Planning, Urban Design/Architecture, Urban Policy, Business Administration with a focus in Housing and Development, or a related field.
  • Experience in housing policy, law or regulation.
  • High level of intellect, creative thinker, problem solver, and motivated team player, with superior policy analysis skills.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills, as well as excellent analytical, organizational, and quantitative skills.
  • Strong people and project management skills, including experience managing large teams or teams with indirect reporting relationships.

How to Apply:

Please go online and apply at  www.nyc.gov/careers .  Search for JOB ID# 310539

City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at  www.nyc.gov/ess. Search for JOB ID# 310539

Salary range for this position is: $180,000 - $185,000

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

NYC residency is required.


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