Montgomery County is seeking to fill the Director for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The position is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. This position is accountable to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The Director of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs develops, implements, and evaluates housing and community development policies and programs; prepares and implements effective intergovernmental strategy for systematically addressing problems which contribute to the physical decline of residential and commercial areas; monitor fair and equitable relations between landlords and tenants; ensures that dwelling units are maintained in a safe and sanitary manner; and promotes the availability of affordable rental housing to tenants of all income levels. The work requires consideration of economic, societal, land use, and community impacts and issues, development of solutions that accommodate conflicting objectives from a variety of organization, groups, and individuals.
The Ideal Candidate:
The candidate will have high expectations of himself/herself and other staff, pay attention to detail after understanding the big picture, and will take care of day-to-day issues before they are referred to the CAO. The ideal candidate will bring a strategic perspective, be able to see beyond the immediate pressures, stay focused on the important long-term objectives and have passion for public service and a strong commitment to effectiveness and efficiency of Government programs, processes and services. The ideal candidate will be ethical, approachable, trustworthy, apolitical and committed to excellence and delivery of meaningful results for tax payers in Montgomery County. S/he will communicate openly, honestly and collaboratively with a diverse group people, expertly promulgate and implement a long-term mission, vision and strategy and provide new ideas and innovation through change management processes that improve the efficiency and delivery of effective county programs and services.
•Extensive knowledge of local, State, and Federal programs essential to housing, community development and landlord-tenant activities;
•Demonstrated ability to negotiate agreements which accommodate conflicting interests and viewpoints of numerous groups and organizations
•Ability to plan, and implement activities related to urban renewal, redevelopment, rehabilitation, neighborhood and community improvement programs, historic preservation, commercial revitalization of local retail centers and major business districts with other governmental and private agencies concerned with community development;
•Effective team builder, collaborator, and strategic -partner working with Federal Government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development and builds relationships with the community and business groups;
•Expert ability to work with diverse groups of people;
•Courageous and motivating ability to supervise, train, evaluate and support professional, technical, and clerical staff;
•Transformative ability to innovatively develop, implement and manage county policies, procedures, and processes.
Education, Training and Experience: Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Social Sciences or related fields, plus seven years demonstrated experience in community planning and development, code enforcement, landlord tenant relations or related fields, with at least four years in a managerial or supervisory capacity which include responsibility for fund and budget administration, program planning, implementation and administration. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
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