Executive Director - Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Location: Akron, Ohio
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Housing, Community & Economic Devel
Target Salary of $200,000
The Executive Director of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA or Agency) is the public face of AMHA and will represent the organization through the greater Akron community. This person should be a visionary who provides direction and resources to ensure the mission of the organization is achieved through the collective efforts of the Agency’s employees. This position reports to the Board of Trustees and the selected candidate are responsible for the overall administration and management of the Agency. This includes the execution and implementation of policies and procedures as established by the Board and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a variety of other legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable to a public agency and other corporate structures controlled by the authority.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Establishes organizational goals, plans and strategies to achieve AMHA’s mission.
Provides leadership for the implementation of the 2021 strategic plan and other related planning initiatives often involving outside organizations.
Prioritizes AMHA’s activities with consideration and involvement of the Board, staff and residents.
Oversees the programs and activities of the AMHA staff ensuring that objectives set out in the 2021 are met.
Sets clear expectations and goals for staff and provides a transparent team approach to managing the organization.
Ensures that staff understands and implements measures required for compliance such as the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) and Public Housing Assessment Program (PHAS).
Provides training for staff members and makes sure that staff has appropriate training, tools and resources to achieve their objectives.
Recruits’ talent for positions at AMHA taking into consideration diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals as well as the initiatives to employ residents.
Makes sure that staff work activities and management actions are in compliance with applicable union contracts and maintains knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
Communicates and coordinates with the Department of Housing and Urban Development about program compliance, budgets and programs and services for AMHA and its clients.
Provides public relations and conducts community relations activities in order to promote AMHA’s mission and goals while ensuring that AMHA maintains a positive reputation in the community through effective communications and community outreach.
Responds accurately and promptly to media inquiries and maintains a positive relationship with the media.
Serves on community boards and builds partnerships with community groups, service providers and other public agencies. Establishes and maintains communications with local, state and federal elected officials.
Establishes cooperative working relationship with local government leadership, resident groups, the education and health sectors and area non-profits that may be helpful in accomplishing the public mission of the agency and addressing quality of life issues of residents/participants.
Maintains current knowledge of new programs, best practices and available resources with regard to housing programs and real estate development; participates in professional organizations and seminars, reads industry literature, networks with peers at other housing authorities, and solicits suggestions from staff members.
Seeks out opportunities to engage in public/private partnerships for AMHA.
Person of high integrity capable of leading a talented, skilled team of professionals.
Strong leadership skills
History of transparent communications with boards and key staff leadership.
Confident presence and ability to deal with stressful situations in a calm, professional manner.
Proven history of developing relationships with boards and staffs based on trust
Authentic, energetic individual committed to the mission of AMHA and the need for safe, comfortable public housing and for improving the lives for residents.
Behavioral Competencies: This position requires incumbents to exhibit the following behavioral skills:
Commitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; persists despite obstacles and opposition.
Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands, monitors and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind. Recognizes work colleagues as customers.
Effective Communication: Ensures important information is passed to those who need to know; conveys necessary information clearly and effectively orally or in writing. Demonstrates attention to, and conveys understanding of, the comments and questions of others; listens effectively.
Responsiveness and Accountability: Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds oneself personally responsible for one's own work; does fair share of work.
Leadership: Provides direction by clearly and effectively setting course of action for department and subordinates; manages performance by providing regular feedback and reinforcement to subordinates. Maintains a positive work environment for all employee thorough a focus on goals and outcomes, demonstrates a commitment to customer service and maintains a workplace environment that fosters continuous learning and improvement.
Demonstrated ability in executive leadership; demonstrated proficiency with the principles of organizational management, personnel administration and supervision; demonstrated adherence to the highest professional ethics; extensive knowledge of HUD regulations and housing management as well as real estate development, landlord/tenant laws, economics, finance and risk management; knowledge of project management principles and practices; knowledge of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) regulations; financial management skills; extensive understanding of Agency strategic goals and structure; skills in public speaking and presentations; familiarity with Authority employment policies and union agreements; skills in multi-tasking, prioritization and problem resolution.
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Master’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred, such as a Master of Public Administration, business administration.
Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in an upper management level position of leadership at a public housing authority or other public sector entity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Prior experience in the supervision and delivery of services to low-income populations is a plus.
Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and be insurable under Agency policies.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of database, e-mail, use of internet, spreadsheet and word processing software. Must be able to learn other computer software programs as required by assigned tasks.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to maintain a stationary position, operate a computer, move about the office, attend onsite and offsite meetings, and communicate. The employee must be able to accurately exchange information in person, in writing and via e-mail and telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 10 pounds.
Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job: Office environment. Employee may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions while visiting construction sites and AMHA properties. Travel and work on weekends and/or after normal business hours are required. Moderate noise level.
The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority provides quality, affordable housing and services as a platform to develop people, property and community.
We envision a community that fosters individual development and growth through stable and affordable housing, empowering all to reach their full potential.
We envision a community where all have access to health, education and employment opportunities to position themselves out of poverty.
We envision a community where our investments in Summit County stabilize neighborhoods and increase housing opportunities.
We envision a community where minority and low-income families are treated equitably in their access to housing and services.