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City of Newton – Director of Housing and Community Development


DEPT:                   Planning and Community Development

DIV:                     Housing and Community Development

DATE:                   March 5, 2018

SALARY RANGE:  $82,388 – $84,859

Job Title:            Director of Housing and Community Development

The Director of Housing and Community Development is a senior level management position within the City of Newton’s Planning and Development Department which oversees the City’s housing and community development initiatives.  Knowledge of federal housing and community development programs including CDBG, HOME and ESG as well as demonstrated achievements in affordable housing programs are essential.

he Director of Housing and Community Development (“Director”) is responsible for oversight and administration of all funds received by the City of Newton for Housing and Urban Development, as well as management of the staff of the Housing and Community Development Division of the Department of Planning and Development.  The Director must be able to assess the available resources, both in staffing and funding, and develop programs and assign responsibilities within the department in a way that leverages all resources to create the optimal outcomes to benefit the community at large.  Annual resources include approximately $3 million in CDBG, HOME and ESG funds, as well as $1 million in Community Preservation Act funding. The Director must ensure all projects and programs are implemented in a timely manner and in compliance with HUD requirements and all other applicable laws.

Direct Report

  • The Director directly reports to the Director of Planning and Development and is part of the senior management team.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Oversight and management of all the City’s housing and community development staff and programs.
  • Responsible for preparing and leading team to executive and achieve results in affordable housing and community development.
  • Provide direct oversight and management for the following positions: Community Development Program Manager, HOME Program Manager, Housing Development Planner and Community Preservation Act Administrator.
  • Function as part of the Department’s Senior Leadership Team.

Secondary Elements

  • Work with other City staff to plan and implement projects, as well as compile and analyze data.
  • Attend and participate in Department and other meetings and special events, and serve on assigned committees, task forces, as appropriate to achieve goals.
  • Stay abreast of housing and community development field.
  • Develop recommendations to City Council on zoning matters related to affordable housing.
  • Perform other duties as required or directed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director of Housing and Community Development supervises the staff of this division.


This leadership position for the Division which oversees expenditure of the City’s federal funds requires knowledge of CDBG programs, laws, and operations, and requires good interpersonal skills, the ability to motivate and lead others, and communicate well both orally and in writing.  Requires a bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, housing administration, community development or related field and a minimum of 8 years of experience in housing, community development and/or planning

Individuals interested in the above position should submit a completed application, cover letter and resume through https://cityofnewton.hyrell.comThe City of Newton is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.


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