The Assistant Director of the Housing and Neighborhood Services Department is responsible for assisting the Director in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Neighborhood & Housing Services Department. The Assistant Director will coordinate assigned activities with other City departments, outside agencies, and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager's Office. They will exercise direct supervision over assigned staff.
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the quality of life for residents of San Antonio by providing effective management and delivery of our City’s resources for a vibrant future.
Affordable housing is a top ranked City Council policy priority resulting in additional funding dedicated to housing programs. The department works in partnership with nonprofit and other agencies and is looking for a collaborative individual to help lead key Divisions serving our community. The department has 80 FTEs and a budget of over $34 M for various programs funded by the General Fund, Federal Grants, GO Bonds and other sources.
Essential Job Functions
Assists with management responsibility for all department services and activities, including housing programs, housing policy development, homeownership programs, neighborhood services, and neighborhood engagement
Develops and monitors implementation strategies for a housing production plan utilizing federal funding programs and development incentives directed toward the creation of affordable housing
Researches and identifies new government and private funding prospects and oversees grant writing activities
Evaluates assigned programs to ensure efficiency, cost effectiveness, and compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, guidelines, and policies for housing programs including owner occupied, rental, multi-family, infill and tax increment financing program; and federal grant programs to include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME
Conduct needs assessments; research and monitor programs and services to identify gaps.
Helps with the administration of Federal government funding including all CDBG and HOME grants.
Recommends and administers policies and procedures
Disseminates and coordinates information to the community regarding housing policies and the availability of housing programs; coordinates neighborhood meetings and media coverage
Acts as the official departmental representative to other City departments, City Manager's Office, elected City Council officials and internal/external agencies; explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; and negotiates and resolves sensitive, crucial, and controversial issues
Assists with the development and administration of the department budget; estimates funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approval of expenditures; and directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments as necessary
Assists with the management, oversight and monitoring of the Tax Increment Financing Program
Develop and implement the use of program evaluation tools, analyze the data, and prepare evaluation reports
Review and sign department communication, including ordinances and contracts
Attends City Council meetings and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items
Provides staff support to a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of Housing and Neighborhood Services
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of operational characteristics, services, and activities of housing, community relations and revitalization and federal community development and housing programs
Knowledge of HUD policies, procedures, and programs
Knowledge of real estate, underwriting, and finance
Knowledge of affordable housing policy
Knowledge of organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs
Knowledge of advanced principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration
Knowledge of organization, function, and authority of various City departments
Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, and regulations
Skill in the creation and negotiation of community housing agreements and contracts
Skill in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs, including databases and GIS maps and data
Ability to develop relationships with the community to include neighborhood association leaders and housing advocates
Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services
Ability to identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs
Ability to prepare and administer a complex departmental budget and allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner
Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques
Ability to provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to subordinate staff
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and officials, other government officials, community groups, the general public, and media representatives
Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services for the City
Ability to analyze problems, provide alternatives, identify solutions in support of established goals, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations
Ability to perform all physical requirements of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
Ability to perform all the physical, intellectual, and analytical requirements of the position including decision making
Compensation & Benefits
Offered salary will be dependent on the selected candidate’s qualifications and education (DOQE). The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement – City of San Antonio employees automatically become members of the Texas Municipal Retirement System on date of employment. Employee contribution is 6%, and the City contributes 2 times the employee contribution. Employees become 100% vested after 5 years of service.
Deferred Compensation – The City offers two voluntary Section 457 Deferred Compensation programs to employees. Deferred Compensation is a supplemental retirement savings program, which allows employees to contribute a portion of their salary before Federal taxes.
Health Care – The City offers two health care plan options. These plans offer employees a choice of deductible, co-insurance and co-payment levels.
Life Insurance – Basic term life insurance benefits are provided at no cost to City employees and are equivalent to one (1) times employee’s annual salary.
Holidays – 13 Holidays
Executive Car Allowance – Executives receive a monthly car allowance of $500.
Cell Phone Allowance – Executives receive a monthly cell phone allowance of $70.
Leave/Vacation – City Employees receive Annual and Personal leave; accrual based on seniority. For example, an employee with ten years experience would receive 26 days of combined leave (Personal and Annual).
If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please send cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to:
This position is open until filled. First review of resumes will occur February 10th, 2020. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure you are considered for this position.
Upon receipt, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by the City of San Antonio’s Executive Recruiter.
Please note: Under the Texas Public Information Act, information from your resume may be subject to public disclosure.
The ideal candidate will have:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in housing and community revitalization programs or local government, including three (3) years of administrative or supervisory responsibility and fiscal oversight and budgetary experience
About City of San Antonio
The City of San Antonio's mission is to deliver quality City services and commit to achieve San Antonio's vision of prosperity for our diverse, vibrant, and historic community.
Our approximately 12,000 employees are critical in the delivery of quality services to the residents of the City of San Antonio. The commitment our employees demonstrate to their jobs and to the advancement of the City's goals is the key to our success in mission accomplishment.
The City of San Antonio has identified four core values - Teamwork, Professionalism, Integrity, and Innovation - to efficiently and effectively inspire, motivate, lead, develop and empower employees in order to serve the public economically, ethically, equitably, and continuously improve and promote the high performance of government.
To ensure commitment to these values and to further integrate them with our organizational mission and vision, it is imperative that we seek these behaviors in the people we hire.