Government Relations, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
The position of Director of Special Projects is responsible for oversight of a diverse array of projects, initiatives and organizational activities that address current strategic planning objectives and evolving organizational needs.
Essential tasks of position:
Support the public-facing role of the Executive Director by keeping abreast of public housing-related legislative/budgetary issues and DHCD regulations/initiatives.
Research innovative public housing policies, funding strategies and related activities throughout New England.
Draft public testimony, letters to the editor, and speeches for use by the Executive Director.
Create fact sheets, advocacy-related member updates, and other documents/publications.
Research and implement an expanding portfolio of revenue-generating activities and initiatives that will increase Mass NAHRO’s financial health:
Expand MCAT (Mass. CHAMP Assistance Team) to provide additional services. Supervise MCAT staff.
Formalize a peer-to-peer technical assistance plan, assembling and expanding a database of experts at different housing authorities willing to share their knowledge with fellow housing authority staff, and build a business model that combines both pro bono and fee-for-service assistance.
Create a revenue-generating pool of trained lawyers, law students and consultants who, once trained, could serve as hearing officers hired by housing authorities to hear tenant grievances.
Formalize and implement a plan to provide Executive Director Search services to member agencies.
Research sources of foundation and state/federal government grant support appropriate for Mass NAHRO.
Liaison to Standing/Ad hoc Committees
Serve as liaison (work with committee chair to develop agendas, assemble information, keep Executive Director abreast of activity, ensure follow-up, coordinate logistics, etc.) to committees/working groups, including:
Affordable Housing Development Committee (standing);
Legislative Committee (standing);
Commissioners Committee (standing)
Strengthen existing and introduce new collaborative relationships with external stakeholders that promote Mass NAHRO’s mission and strategic goals, including nonprofit and other builders of low-income housing, resident service providers, etc.
Provide support to other Mass NAHRO staff by researching new and innovative ways to use technology and to enhance member services such as affinity programs.
Work on special projects and other duties and responsibilities as the Executive Director sees fit.
Represent MassNAHRO & NERC/NAHRO at local, regional, and national events as needed.
3-5+ years’ experience working in local or Massachusetts state government on public housing or related areas.
Experience writing and/or tracking pieces of legislation.
Experience supervising (interviewing, hiring, evaluating, etc.) support staff.
Excellent legislative and programmatic research skills.
Strong writing skills, especially under deadline pressure.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), online email platforms (Gmail, Outlook, Constant Contact),
Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a diverse array of Mass NAHRO staff, members and other stakeholders.
Ability to create realistic business models.
Bachelor’s degree in government, public policy or related field.
Ability to work independently as part of a team
Ability to prioritize among competing goals to execute on deadlines
Valid driver’s license and access to vehicle for occasional travel.
Ability to lift 40 pounds
Ability to travel to meetings, conferences and events including some occasional overnight stays and/or additional hours
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Massachusetts Chapter of NAHRO
The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (“MassNAHRO”) is a membership association of local public housing authorities, community development agencies and housing and redevelopment officials. MassNAHRO also provides member services to a regional association representing the six New England states.