Boston Planning & Development Agency
**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**
TITLE: HOUSING POLICY MANAGER
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: DIRECTOR’S OFFICE
The BPDA plans and guides inclusive growth in our city - creating opportunities for everyone to live, work and connect. Through our future-focused, city-wide lens, we engage communities, implement new solutions, partner for greater impact, and track progress. In Boston, achieving citywide resilience means addressing racial equity along with the physical, environmental, and economic growth to ensure that opportunities are accessible to everyone in our City. Today, the BPDA uses our citywide master plan, Imagine Boston 2030, as a framework to support equity by creating affordable housing, good jobs, and open space in every neighborhood, leveraging funding from large real estate development to support workforce development and training, supporting equitable procurement policies and requiring diversity criteria for developing publicly-owned land.
Under the direction of the Senior Policy Advisor, administer the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s (BPDA) housing programs and policies, including fair housing; oversee the implementation of the BPDA’s Inclusionary Development Program (IDP); direct and participate in the management and coordination of complex residential and mixed-use projects.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Administer the BPDA’s housing programs and policies.
- Oversee the implementation of the BPDA’s IDP by working in conjunction with the Development Review, Legal and Compliance Departments, , and development teams to ensure that the stated goals of the IDP are met, including updates to the IDP.
- With the cooperation of the Director of Compliance, ensure that development projects remain in compliance with BPDA guidelines and any applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Continuously review policies and guidelines ensuring that the stated goals of the IDP are met.
- Maintain database of units created and money collected through the implementation of the IDP.
- Coordinate with the Department of Neighborhood Development and Boston Housing Authority to achieve the City’s housing goals and collaboratively address housing related issues in the City.
- Develop, track, and participate in housing related legislation and programs at the State and Federal level.
- Work closely with all City Departments, including the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, to ensure that planning and development projects are affirmatively furthering fair housing, meet OFHE goals, and improve access to IDP units.
- Work closely with Project Managers to oversee passage of proposal through the Article 80 design and development review process.
- Participate in meetings with community groups, citizen advisory groups or task forces, abutters, and other interested public entities to present and discuss housing and financial analysis of proposed projects. Participate in meetings with developers and architects to negotiate agreements and revisions to project program and development. Participate in negotiation of agreements between developers or their representatives and community groups to achieve consensus and make joint recommendations..
- Plan and formulate financing strategies for projects; identify projects that would benefit from public financing; and conduct financial feasibility studies for projects requesting public funding and land. Understand the various public-financing strategies that are available to effectuate revitalization and housing projects.
- Prepare annual IDP Report,, memoranda, recommendations and other materials for Board review. Lead and/or participate in Board presentations.
- May participate in the screening and hiring process; ensure orientation and training of staff; conduct performance reviews; recommend personnel actions.
- Maintain and update current knowledge of Boston economy, residential base, and community constituencies.
- Possesses a keen ability to effectively communicate, and connect, with diverse individuals both inside and outside the Agency with a proven track record of effective public speaking.
- Supervise positions and personnel as required.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in City Planning, Urban Design or related field, Master’s preferred
- Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience
- Familiarity with Boston’s housing market and neighborhoods is required
- Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills
- Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze proposals
- Experience with advocacy within the Boston community a plus
Normal office environment
Manage staff of one (1) or more and interface with Boston communities and make public presentations to various audiences