Director of Resiliency Planning

Organization: NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Posted: February 12, 2020 | Closing: February 21, 2020

Job Description

About the Agency:
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan/Housing New York 2.0, to create and preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.

Your Team:
The Office of Neighborhood Strategies (ONS) is charged with ensuring that HPD’s development and preservation efforts are guided by meaningful community engagement and coordinated with public investments in infrastructure and services, as put forth in the Mayor’s Housing Plan.

ONS is composed of two divisions and one cross-divisional unit reporting to the Deputy Commissioner:

• The Division of Planning & Predevelopment (P&P) is central to developing and managing HPD’s housing production pipeline from project proposal phases through the land use review and entitlement process, to ensure that HPD’s investments contribute to building strong, healthy, resilient neighborhoods in all five boroughs.

• The Division of Neighborhood Development & Stabilization (ND&S) leads the agency’s commitment to neighborhood planning and strategic preservation through engagement with tenants, landlords, community leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders as we work to enable strong and healthy neighborhoods anchored by affordable housing.

• The Strategy and Operations Unit leads special ONS initiatives and provides essential technical, planning, and policy support to staff and the Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Strategies.

Your Impact:
As the Director of Resiliency Planning in the Office of Neighborhood Strategies, reporting to the Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Predevelopment, you will lead a team that helps set agency policy and procedures for development and preservation efforts that respond to climate-related hazards and risks. You will also oversee the acquisition and disposition of a pipeline of more than 130 storm-damaged, 1-4 family properties and vacant land and help to ensure appropriate outcomes for both development and non-development parcels.

Your Role:
You will play a key role in helping to lead existing, and develop new, policies and initiatives to improve the resiliency of New York City’s housing and communities. This will include coordinating program implementation with HPD Development, HPD’s contractors including Project Rebuild (PRI), and a host of other City agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR), the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Departments of City Planning (DCP), Buildings (DOB), Parks and Recreation (DPR), and Environmental Protection (DEP).

Your Responsibilities:

Resiliency Policy
• Act as ONS’s primary liaison to MOR and HRO.
• Help craft HPD’s resiliency policy and planning efforts related to, and in compliance with, the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan, HRO, and MOR.
• Advise ONS on policy impacts of resiliency programs, including the inter-agency development of a New York City Climate Adaptation Roadmap, and provide guidance on new policy decisions and potential impacts to agency operations and program standards.
• Provide expert guidance to HPD’s Office of Development and ONS’s Pre-Development unit on the resiliency components of proposed housing development in the floodplain
• Lead planning and implementation efforts in HPD neighborhood focus areas where resiliency is a key component to development, including leading implementation efforts and environmental and land use approval processes for the neighborhood of Edgemere, Queens.

Program Implementation
• Work with stakeholders across city agencies (DOB, DCP, OMB, DEP, DOT) to facilitate production to meet storm recovery goals
• Manage a pipeline of approximately 130 homes from acquisition from the current owner through to a site-appropriate disposition
• Oversee disposition planning and transaction activity, including working with the winners of the Request for Proposals for Resilient Redevelopment to secure necessary approvals including environmental review and Urban Development Action Area Project (UDAAP)
• Oversee and manage relocation and housing assistance activities in compliance with the federal Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act

Contract Management.
• Oversee contractors, manage contract administration, monitor activities, and review deliverables
• Oversee administrative functions including activity reporting, compliance monitoring, and federal grant closeout procedures
• Oversee financial components of PRI’s contract, including budget forecasting, monitoring, and payments

Staff Management
• Define, manage, and track team priorities and work assignments
• Oversee a staff of three,  meeting regularly to review and evaluate work, communicate priorities, and provide coaching

How to Apply

Apply online at Job ID: 430895

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