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Hiring: Housing Justice Director

The City of Hudson is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a position of Housing Justice Director. The position is a new position funded by an Anti-Displacement Learning Network Grant. This is a leadership position responsible for the management of housing initiatives to prevent displacement and support equitable, inclusive development. The position requires attention to and understanding of racial justice and equity. The Housing Justice Director will report to the Mayor.

For job description and qualifications, see the civil service job description.

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Manage the implementation of the Anti-displacement Learning Network Grant
  • Establish the creation and subsequent management of a City Housing Trust Fund
  • Collaborate with a local program administrator to create and support anti-displacement initiatives such as homeownership program, rental rehab program, and emergency repairs program
  • Work with consultant to create the City of Hudson Affordable Housing Development Plan
  • Manage the implementation of the Affordable Housing Development Plan
  • Manage the implementation of the City of Hudson Strategic Housing Action Plan
  • Research and recommend policy and programs to prevent displacement
  • Monitor housing conditions and act as a liaison between the City of Hudson, Columbia County, and community-based agencies
  • Cultivate partnerships and develop collaborative projects with housing and community organizations Collaborate with local housing and social service organizations and agencies to improve services and prevent displacement
  • Collaborate with City and County Fair Housing Officers and other relevant agencies to help residents understand their housing rights
  • Engage with residents and community organizations to ensure that people at risk of displacement are involved in decision making regarding the creation and implementation of housing policy
  • Manage city budget lines relevant to community development and housing
  • Identify, write, and manage grants to support Community Development and Housing justice - initiatives, which may include, but not limited to grants through LISC, Enterprise, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, USDA, and US Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as city initiatives
  • Related work as required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Thorough knowledge of the economics of housing, housing rights, and housing policy, especially as it pertains to equity, racial justice, and anti-displacement
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Ability to research and manage policy initiatives
  • Ability to track deliverables and outcomes
  • Skilled in facilitating community participation
  • Skilled in collaborating with officials of federal, state, and municipal governments
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex oral and written information
  • Ability to use various software packages, including spreadsheets, word processing, etc.
  • Resourcefulness, integrity, good judgment
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position

EDUCATION OR EQUIVALENT

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma; AND EITHER:

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in public policy; public administration, planning or a related field; AND one year of experience working with people experiencing housing instability or at risk of displacement, as well as working with advocacy, community organizing, or facilitating community participation; OR               

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State recognized college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public policy, public administration, planning or a related field and 2 years of work experience in the administration of a housing or public policy field, one year must include experience working with people experiencing housing instability or at risk of displacement, as well as working with advocacy, community organizing, or facilitating community participation; OR               

OR: (C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as described in (A) and (B)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The following are not required:
  • Experience working in or with government 
  • Good knowledge of the needs of local municipalities
  • Leadership role in successful anti-displacement programs or policy
  • Good knowledge of contract administration
  • Good knowledge of research methods and techniques
  • Good knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration
  • Good knowledge of applying and reporting on grants

COMPENSATION

Salary: $55,000/year
Benefits: Health, Dental, and Vision; Paid Time Off; Enrollment in New York State Retirement System

This is a civil service position. The position may be filled on a provisional basis. Provisional appointment means the incumbent must take the Civil Service examination when it is offered and be among the top scorers willing to accept the appointment. Columbia County residency is preferred.

To apply, send résumé and cover letter to Michael Chameides at mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org

Note, there are also open positions for Housing Justice Outreach Team and Anti-Displacement Administrator.