Housing Development Officer

City of Boston, MA Boston, MA
Overview

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):

Do you want to contribute towards the City's efforts to end homelessness for all Bostonians?

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Housing Development Officer, the Housing Development Officer is responsible for managing a variety of supportive housing and homeless programs, including those funded through the City of Boston's Continuum of Care (CoC) and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) awards. Both of these programs are pivotal resources to the City's plan to end homelessness in Boston. The incumbent is responsible to assist with the coordination of internal and external programs and funding to ensure appropriate and efficient allocation of resources and to assist with achievement of Divisional and City strategic goals.

Responsibilities

* Lead the City's strategy and effort to prevent and end homelessness among people living with HIV/AIDS in Boston.

* As part of that effort, prepare the annual HOPWA CAPER, as required by HUD, including the provision of training to project sponsors on reporting requirements, the collection, analysis and compilation of useable program data, the dissemination of draft report for review and public comment and the submittal of the finalized HOPWA CAPER to HUD in accordance with statutory guidelines.

* Manage the City's Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program (HOPWA), including providing administrative and programmatic oversight of all HOPWA-funded contracts, guiding the procurement and monitoring spending of HOPWA funds.

* Coordinate with the Ryan White Area Council regarding allocation of HOPWA resources to PLWHA in shared service area.

* Lead Rapid Rehousing (RRH) system change effort and other related efforts in concert with other initiatives of the City's plan to end homelessness.

* Oversee the CoC's portfolio of Rapid Rehousing (RRH) projects to ensure individual and family programs are operating in accordance with HUD requirements and the CoC's Written Standards and coordinating their performance and program policies with RRH system.

* Co-chair and facilitate meetings of the Rapid Rehousing Working Group and other Working Groups as needed, including leading discussions of proposed policies and incorporating provider feedback into final system policy.

* Conduct on-site and remote monitoring including, but not limited to, RRH programs to ensure all provider staff are familiar with HUD and CoC requirements and expectations and that programmatic operations uphold fidelity to the same.

* Manage a number of contracts funded through the City's competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) program, including all administrative and programmatic tasks.

* Assist in the evaluation of existing HOPWA, ESG, City-funded and CoC programs to ensure strategic allocation of resources and develop program redesign recommendations as warranted.

* Utilize knowledge of mainstream benefits to complement and coordinate with limited program resources, focusing on Medicaid resources, to provide support services to homeless and disabled persons in permanent supportive housing including the chronically homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS.

* As part of the goals of Boston's strategic plans to end homelessness, assist with stakeholder management and engagement at all levels of government to ensure improved housing outcomes, including but not limited to management and coordination of discharge planning from institutions and other systems of care.

* Assist on program evaluations and policy development to achieve system performance measures and outcomes.

* Assist with preparation of the City's annual competitive Continuum of Care funding application.

* Provide technical assistance and training to project sponsors, including targeted assistance to ensure that programs are meeting all program match requirements and are supplementing client services with mainstream benefits and resources, such as those available to the homeless and other sub-populations through the Affordable Care Act.

* Manage the City's response to constituent inquiries, emergencies and displacements as necessary.

* Maintain project records.

* Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications

* At least two (2) years of experience in policy development, program evaluation and design, and stakeholder management, including programmatic experience in Supportive Housing or AIDS services required. Additional experience preferred.

* Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Public Health preferred.

* Familiarity with HUD regulations, specifically the Continuum of Care program, the HEARTH Act and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

* Understanding of housing issues and programs including those that serve people with AIDS and/or other disabilities (specific program knowledge preferred but not required).

* Working knowledge of administrative procedures including program requisitions, contract management and budget oversight.

* Comprehension of housing development or finance principles and practices.

* Strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

* Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google, Salesforce and HUD reporting systems, such as HMIS and esnaps preferred.

* A valid Massachusetts driver's license and willingness to work evenings and weekends throughout the city.

* Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

BOSTON RESIDENCY REQUIRED

Terms:

Union/Salary Plan/Grade: N-22

Hours Per Week: 35