Housing Policy Manager
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The Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) mission is to make Boston a more equitable and inclusive city where all residents can thrive. MOH oversees programs that create and preserve affordable housing, support homeowners and renters, provide housing and services to homeless individuals and families, and develop City-owned property. MOH seeks to carry out its mission by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and addressing the effects of systemic racism in our city.
The Policy Development and Research team within MOH is responsible for data collection and analysis; policy and program reporting; research into housing policy best and emerging practices; policy development; and select policy implementation. Its objective is to inform data-driven affordable housing policy change to better serve the constituents of the City of Boston.
Reporting to the Deputy Director for Policy Development and Research (PDR), the Housing Policy Manager is primarily responsible for implementing affordable housing policy and programs, including developing and drafting policy administration guidance to support this work across staff; supervising at least two policy-oriented staff; and conducting research and engaging in policy development under the guidance of the Deputy Director. The balance of these responsibilities may vary at any given time, but the Policy Manager is expected to assume tasks pertaining to these work areas as needed. Current policy implementation efforts under the oversight of the Policy Manager include Boston’s Inclusionary Development Program (IDP), Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Zoning, Artist Live/Work Housing, and the Condo Conversion Ordinance.
- Administer various housing policies and programs, including IDP implementation in coordination with other departments.
- Identify and track development projects subject to various housing policies and programs; participate in the Article 80 review process for IDP implementation as needed.
- Build and maintain relationships with various Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) staff involved in project management and development review, as well as with developers.
- Negotiate the terms of compliance with developers, architects, or their representatives, and community groups; prepare recommendations and support consensus building as needed.
- Participate in meetings with committees, community groups, citizen advisory groups or task forces, abutters, and other stakeholders interested or engaged in development compliance.
- Draft memos for the BPDA Board, attend and present at Board meetings, and otherwise liaise with the Board.
- Support the execution of housing agreements between developers and the City.
- Coordinate and lead the Boston Interagency Fair Housing Development Committee (BIFDC) efforts, including but not limited to facilitating meetings and drafting comment letters, with support from the AFFH Analyst.
- Work to align BPDA and MOH income limits, rents, and sales prices, and update them annually.
- Evaluate City housing policies and programs to understand performance and develop recommendations.
- Engage in policy development, including research, writing, and data analysis, as needed.
- Supervise staff; oversee the flow of work to them and quality control various work products.
- Collect and track data in Salesforce and spreadsheets.
- Draft reports, including the annual IDP report, memoranda, and other materials; respond to requests for information.
- Participate in development of the forthcoming Resilience, Affordability, and Equity scorecard, including meeting attendance and development of recommendations.
- Work and coordinate with PDR colleagues and staff across MOH to advance PDR’s Strategic and Work Plans.
- Complete special projects identified by the Deputy Director.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Entrance Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in City Planning, Public Policy, Urban Design, or related field preferred.
- Minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree or six (6) years without a Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least one year supervisory experience preferred.
- Experience reading, interpreting, and understanding complex housing policy/program requirements and development project proposals; experience in or working knowledge of real estate development (IDP), a plus.
- Familiarity with Boston housing policy, especially Inclusionary Development Program (IDP), a plus.
- Strong analytical skills; ability to distill complex information down into easy-to-understand terms, and excellent writing skills.
- Exceptional communication and public speaking skills, and comfort speaking with a diverse array of stakeholders from constituents to elected officials.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate complex deals and situations.
- Well organized and practiced in time management.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and database application(s).
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
Boston Residency Required.