The Executive Director is directly responsible to the Clarksville Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Commissioners (BOC) and has total responsibility for administering, managing, maintaining, planning, and directing the Agency’s programs. The ideal candidate should have general knowledge of HUD housing management, HUD fiscal management principles and strong Development experience. The ED will potentially identify non-HUD funds and grants to supplement programs and develop a process for receiving non-HUD funds. Experience with non-profit fund raising would be highly regarded. The ED is the Agency’s primary liaison with the Board of Commissioners (BOC), HUD, and state and local entities as well as contact with the residents, the general public, federal, state, and local government, and community social service agencies. The ED should also possess knowledge of RAD conversion and Low-Income Tax Credits to assist the CHA in future modernization and developments.
Work includes making decisions involving policy interpretation or exercising independent judgment within the framework of established policy, procedures, and laws. Performance of the duties requires the application of executive skills, significant public relations and community engagement skills, and the exercise of initiative, tact, and independent judgment. Supervision and accountability of all professional, administrative, and technical staff. All activities must support the CHA mission, strategic goals, and objectives. In addition, the ED will attend board meetings as a professional member, advising and recommending on policies and matters such as fiscal affairs, construction and modernization of developments, and maintenance of existing properties. The ED will have oversight of 510 public housing units.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The position duties and responsibilities listed below describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.
- Supervises all phases of the Housing Authority’s operations, consulting employees in conference, reviewing records and reports, and periodically inspecting the condition of Authority owned buildings and grounds.
- Authorizes expenditures, maintains budget controls and reviews financial and status reports.
- Participates in the handling of bids, supervising the advertising and evaluation of proposals received, and making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners concerning the awarding of contracts.
- Responsible for maintaining all contracts, agreements, documents, and records for the Housing Authority, making sure of the implementation of all phases of operations are on schedule.
- Provides broad guidance in all stages of project renovation and modernization work done by the Authority.
- Selects, trains, and supervises department head staff, and other employee training and placement.
- Able to institute general office procedures, plan, assign, direct and review the tasks of workers in compliance with job descriptions.
Education and Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban studies, or related field.
- A Master’s degree is desirable.
- Public Housing Manager (PHM) certification is required. Qualified candidates will be required to meet the PHM requirement by obtaining certification within six months of employment.
- Any successful candidate will be required to obtain the Executive Director Education Program certification if not already attained.
- No less than six (6) years of progressively responsible experience administering low-rent Public Housing and/or Section 8 Programs, including no less than two (2) years as an Executive Director, Deputy, or top-level manager, at a PHA.
- Experience in successfully managing/administering 1) other types of subsidized housing programs and/or 2) other complex entities may be considered.
The ideal candidate will ideally possess the following additional skills:
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills in dealing with residents, commissioners, community partners, elected officials, city, state, and federal partners.
- Ability to cultivate a positive work environment and inspire staff to the highest levels of excellence.
- Expertise forging strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors.
- Keen analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- A competent working knowledge of public housing software programs/systems, HUD systems, business applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, etc.), and the internet.
- Experience in affordable housing development using tax credits, tax exempt bonds, private placement financing, etc.
- Knowledge of local housing markets, government, and community participation.
- Knowledge of federal housing programs and guidelines for grant applications, as well as pertinent knowledge of federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
- The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with vision and integrity who will be able to secure and direct resources to meet the long-term goal of sustaining CHA’s performance.
- Widely recognized for industry expertise and leadership.