DIRECTOR FOR HOUSING Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development
This is a provisional position in the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development. This is an administrative position responsible for evaluating, planning, initiating, and coordinating the county’s housing programs and policies. The position shall work across county departments and with outside agencies. The incumbent will educate local municipalities on the importance of housing affordability and diversity and support local efforts to create a more diverse and affordable housing stock. Work is performed under the general direction of the Commissioner of Planning and Development. The Director for Housing will have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment in applying professional knowledge and expertise to specialized problems and issues. Incumbent may be required to work other than normal work hours.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: Manages County government’s issues and concerns as they relate to housing including but not limited to affordable housing, tenant laws, rent stabilization, and community development strategies and information; provides leadership and direction for strategic planning, policy development and communications as they relate to housing; acts as representative of the Executive Branch of County Government in contacts with other public bodies, private interests and civic groups to promote and facilitate housing in the County; acts as primary liaison to the County Executive, working with executive staff on various issues including policy, communications and intergovernmental issues as they relate to housing; assists in the implementation of a framework regarding a continuum of emergency, transitional and permanent housing with support programs and services; attends meetings and hearings and coordinates with other County, Federal and State officials and agencies concerning housing issues; meets with the public, developers and contractors, works with municipal planning and zoning boards to provide technical assistance and recommendations related to housing; educates the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations regarding general County housing policy as well as specific projects; creates and supervises an internal “housing team” to broaden the departments scope and reach on housing-related issues; coordinates, assigns work and supervises all housing work performed by department, being responsible for quality and quantity of work output and its consistency with department policy; participates in research, provides technical assistance, collects and analyzes data and provides forecasts to enhance Dutchess County’s impact on location decisions, policy discussions and the viability of housing projects; oversee the implementation of both the County’s federally funded HOME Investment Partnership Program and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF); oversees county government actions to ensure that it is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EITHER: (A) Master’s degree in urban or regional Planning, Economics, Public or Business Administration or a related field AND four (4) years of paid professional work experience, which involved planning and administrative experience, preferably in the field of housing; OR: (B) Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional Planning, Economics, Public or Business Administration or related field AND five (5) years of paid professional work experience, which involved planning and administrative experience, preferably in the field of housing; OR: (C) An equivalent combination of education, training and experience as described in (A) and (B) above.
NOTE: Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.
NOTE: You must provide a legible copy of your college transcript(s) for each college attended. Transcript(s) must show your name; your student identification number; the name of the issuing school; the type of degree received, if any; the date the degree, if any, was conferred; full course names; credit hours; grade earned for each course; and a cumulative Grade Point Average (G.P.A.). Transcripts can be submitted in person, by email to HRExams@DutchessNY.gov or by postal mail to Dutchess County Human Resources, Exams Unit, 22 Market Street, 5th Floor, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid Driver’s License to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at time of application and to maintain the position.
FINGERPRINTING: A fingerprint supported background investigation is required before an appointment is made to some positions. Pursuant to New York State Executive Law, the Division of Criminal Justice Services requires that a fee accompany each such request for a search. It is due once a job offer is made and accepted by the applicant. For immediate consideration, submit an application on or before 4/10/2023
Apply online at www.dutchessny.gov/jobs, OR Download an application from www.dutchessny.gov/jobs, and mail it to the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 An EEO/AA Employer