The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and 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 Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan, which was expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0, to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.
The Office of Neighborhood Strategies (ONS) is charged with ensuring that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement and coordinated with public investments in infrastructure and services, as put forth in the Mayor’s Housing Plan. ONS is composed of two divisions:
As the Director of Queens and Staten Island Planning for the Division of Planning and Predevelopment, you will be part of a talented group of professionals and experts in helping to meet the goals and vision of Housing New York 2.0. The Queens and Staten Island Planning unit is at the forefront of HPD’s new construction pre-development pipeline and regularly engages developers, community groups and faith-based organizations to create and advance affordable housing opportunities in the Boroughs of Queens and Staten Island. Over the past five years alone, the Queens and Staten Island Planning unit has been responsible for driving projects that will ultimately result in the creation of thousands of homes, dozens of new community facilities, as well as significant new retail opportunities.
Your role as Director of Queens and Staten Island Planning will be to create and supervise a team of energetic, thoughtful, and engaged planners that manage the development approval process and environmental reviews of City-owned parcels and/or projects financed or sponsored by HPD for the development of affordable housing in Queens and in Staten Island, and to ensure that projects meet HPD and other City policy objectives.
Under the supervision of the Assistant Commissioner of Planning & Predevelopment, the Director of Queens and Staten Island Planning develops, implements, and manages all Queens and Staten Island Planning activities. Specifically, you will be expected to:
- With office leadership, define, manage, and track priority projects and planning issues in Queens and Staten Island that promote HPD and City policy objectives.
- Meet regularly with individual staff members as well as team to review and evaluate work, communicate priorities, and provide coaching
- Identify staffing needs and advocate for resources
- Ensure that all projects move efficiently through the approvals process and fulfill all requirements
- Identify risks and troubleshoot problems, involving senior management and key stakeholders as needed
- Create, implement, and maintain consistent, efficient operational procedures
- Collaborate with fellow ONS teams, including Predevelopment Planners in the Request for Proposals (RFP) review and selection process, and the Division of Neighborhood Development and Stabilization on neighborhood planning and preservation efforts
- Coordinate with other NYC agencies, such as the Economic Development Corporation, Department of City Planning, for- and non- profit housing and community developers, Community Boards and local organizations, public officials, and neighborhood residents through the predevelopment process.
- Perform technical analyses of sites that require advanced understanding of zoning, land use and general planning principles, and create clear reports on them.
- Present at meetings of the community board or other stakeholders.
- At the discretion of the Assistant Commissioner, represent the Division and/or Agency at additional public meetings and forums.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and three years of full-time satisfactory professional experience in the development, appraisal, financing, negotiation, or disposition of real estate, or in real estate law, or in urban planning or analytical or coordination work related to housing programs; or
- A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and seven years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “1” above; or
- A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. Graduate study in the field of urban studies, city planning, business or public administration, finance, architecture, engineering or other related fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of 30 credits equaling one year of experience. Graduation from an accredited law school may be substituted for one year of the required experience. However, all candidates must have at least two years of experience as described above.
- The ability to combine quantitative and qualitative information from disparate sources, identify gaps in logic, draw conclusions, and make clear recommendations
- The ability to combine analytical abilities with empathy and persuasion to break complex challenges into manageable tasks, generate consensus on contentious issues, and influence both subject matter experts and senior-level decision-makers
- The ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects in a timely manner, and adjust priorities and project scopes as conditions shift
- The ability to work productively with a wide variety of professionals in a team-based, collaborative environment
- The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
- Familiarity with principles and practice of New York City land use, real estate development, community development and/or government operations strongly desired
- Knowledge of best practices in urban planning, affordable housing, and/or community development
- Master’s degree in urban planning, real estate development, business or public administration, or related field
Proposed Salary Range:
$ 95,000.00 – $105,000.00 (Annual)