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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: May 20, 2022
RESUME AND COVER LETTER RQUESTED BY: 06/20/22 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Associate Housing Development Planner
Job Code: M588-725
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Housing, Economic Development, Community Planning, Zoning and Development, and Environmental and Transportation Planning divisions, CDD's mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of the Senior Housing Planner, the Associate Housing Planner will be a key member of the Housing Division's affordable housing development team and will work to manage active housing development efforts, identify, and assess the feasibility of new affordable housing opportunities, and assist with other City housing programs as needed.  The Associate Housing Planner will play an integral role in advancing the City's housing production programs, including housing being created through the City's Affordable Housing Overlay zoning provisions.  The Associate Housing Planner will have the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities with other CDD staff and City departments, neighborhood groups, non-profit and private housing developers and managers, housing funders, lenders, and the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Working with affordable housing developers, owners, and managers to use City resources to create new affordable housing and to preserve existing affordable housing.
  • Identifying and analyzing new affordable housing development opportunities, including site assessment and financing needs.
  • Evaluating and underwriting requests for City funding, examining new financing strategies, permitting approval needs, and assessment of public benefit and consistency with City's housing goals.
  • Managing City funding of development projects from beginning to end including underwriting review, loan approval, loan closing; reviewing and processing of requisitions for City funds; Reviewing requests for refinancing and recapitalization of City-assisted housing.
  • Maintaining appropriate records and materials, and managing public access to information regarding active housing development efforts.
  • Compiling and analyzing program data for program evaluation, management, and goal setting.
  • Maintaining knowledge of new and emerging affordable housing programs, funding sources and resources.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with residents, affordable housing providers, developers, property managers, community groups, lenders, other housing agencies and service providers.
  • Assisting with other City housing programs and special projects as needed.
  • Performing other duties as required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

The Associate Housing Planner should be a self-motivated, detail-oriented professional who is ready to work individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced office environment to expand affordable housing opportunities in Cambridge. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to equity and respect, both in the provision of services and in the workplace.

  • Bachelor's degree and 4 years of experience in affordable housing development, or equivalent combination of education, training, and professional experience. A Master's degree in real estate finance, urban planning, housing policy, or a related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
  • Experience with affordable housing development, including familiarity with all phases of the development process from project inception to completion.
  • Familiarity with affordable housing programs and financing sources, including knowledge of assembling financing for successful affordable housing development, and experience working with lenders and other housing funders.
  • Good judgement; demonstrated customer service skills, excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Strong computer skills including demonstrated proficiency with essential software (primarily, Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and to work independently and efficiently to manage multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Ability to interpret and work with complex regulations and zoning; ability to understand, interpret, summarize, and communicate City program policies and guidelines to project sponsors and others.
  • Ability to gather, assemble and analyze relevant data for program development.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues to achieve team goals.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse; applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies; commitment to working in a community that values diversity and experience working with diverse community groups.

Preferred:

  • Demonstrated success in creating new affordable housing and/or new housing production strategies in a municipal, state, federal or private organization.
  • Experience reviewing loan documents, zoning, and other regulatory agreements.
  • Proficiency with GIS and other mapping and visualization tools.
  • Knowledge of the Cambridge community.
  • Experience with sustainable building approaches; familiarity with and / or certification or accreditation with Passive House (PHIUS) or USGBC LEED.
  • Proficiency in Amharic, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and/or Spanish.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work involves frequent evening meetings; travelling throughout the city to existing residential buildings, buildings under construction, and other properties and development sites to assess feasibility of creating affordable housing; driving; walking; and climbing stairs. Work involved is primarily indoors in a professional office setting; public meetings to present and discuss housing development proposals; and visits to building and construction sites. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  Please note, City of Cambridge employees are fully working on-site.

BENEFITS SUMMARY:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year
  • Discounted MBTA monthly pass, Bluebikes membership and EZRide Shuttle pass

RATE: $64,545 - $91,137 + excellent benefits (rate is effective 07/01/22)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov  or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and cover letter requested by 6/20/22, Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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