PHADA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are partnering to bring you an exciting
new professional development opportunity.
In an era when the rules of the game are changing, this program offers a meaningful educational
experience for executive directors who desire to stay current with industry standards and gain new
insight into the profession.
Based on the model which has been in place in New Jersey since 1994, the program consists of a series
of ten courses designed to reinforce the technical, managerial and strategic competencies required of
a successful executive director. The course of study has been modified to meet the needs of a national
audience and exposes the experienced professional to theoretical concepts as well as practical problem-solving
techniques. Nuts and bolts issues are addressed in the classroom setting with ample opportunity for discussion.
Upon completion of the program each participant will receive a PHADA/Rutgers University certificate
Join other directors from around the country in this high-quality program and ...
- Gain increased prestige and recognition from your peers
- Network with other senior housing authority officials
- Support the professionalization of the industry
- Enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities
- See how you measure up against your colleagues
This program represents a major professional development opportunity for housing authority executive directors throughout
the country. It takes a comprehensive look at those critical functions which serve to define the executive director's position
and provides a structured environment in which mid-career professionals can hone their management skills and enhance their
knowledge. An overview of Executive Housing Management Issues is followed by nine special topic seminars. The courses are as
Executive Housing Management
This two-day program offers executive directors the opportunity to improve
their administrative and leadership skills. Organizational and behavioral
issues are analyzed in the context of the key functions of the position,
including planning, staffing and managing. A case study approach is used
to cover a wide array of topics, such as time management, performance
appraisal, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.
This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the ethical
standards and legal requirements relevant to public housing authority
officials. Typical state statutes and HUD regulations are examined and
applied to ethical issues faced by executive directors using a case
This one-day course offers the executive director a "big picture"
approach to fiscal resource management. Participants learn the basics
of budget preparation as well as HUD audit requirements. Project-based
budgeting is emphasized in order to help executive directors cope with
anticipated changes at HUD.
This seminar is intended to provide a practical overview of state statutes and
federal legal requirements pertaining to housing authorities. The major topics
covered include tenancy and evictions; personnel management issues, such as workers'
compensation and ADA requirements; contractual agreements, including Section 8 contracts
and leases; and general litigation and liability.
Maintenance Management includes such diverse topics as budget
preparation, staffing, quality control, work order systems, resident
involvement, and insurance and liability. This one-day program
addresses each of these issues and uses examples of well-maintained
public housing authorities to illustrate the concepts learned.
This one-day course familiarizes executive directors with the
principles of managing people to achieve established goals. Specific
management tools, such as performance appraisal systems, are explained,
and the components of a good personnel policy are discussed. Emphasis
is placed on the role of the executive director in the leading and
motivating housing authority staff.
Procurement and Contract Management
The components of a "good" procurement policy, responsive to both HUD
and state statues, are presented. HUD requirements for small purchases,
emergencies, formal bidding and competitive negotiations are reviewed in
detail, and "typical" state public contract laws are compared. Internal
controls for contract performance monitoring are stressed, and contract
administration procedures, including the oversight role of the board of
commissioners are discussed.
This session reviews the theory behind PHAS/SEMAP and provides a
detailed explanation of each of the HUD indicators, including how each
is measured and graded. The use of PHAS/SEMAP as management tools is
discussed, and participants are shown how to improve their authority's
scores through a systems approach.
Planning for Change
This course provides executive directors with the management tools and skills necessary to adapt to the changes taking place at HUD. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning and creative problem-solving.
When should a press conference be held? Who are the local media, and
what do they want? This useful seminar addresses these questions and
more ... including how to write and distribute press releases, how to
develop a quality newsletter, how to improve the image of the housing
authority, how to develop and maintain press contacts, and how to
manage the media during a crisis.
Courses are offered three times per year in conjunction with PHADA's Commissioners Conference (January), Annual Convention
(May or June) and Legislative Conference (September). See the current conference schedule for upcoming courses. Executive Housing Management introduces the series, and each of the courses
are scheduled once during a training cycle. Participants should be able to complete the entire series within 24 months.
Registration information for scheduled courses will be mailed to PHADA members approximately six weeks prior to each conference.
To qualify for the PHADA/Rutgers certificate, participants must successfully complete all ten courses listed above.
Executive Housing Management is a two-day course involving twelve classroom hours. All of the other topics are covered
in one-day sessions involving six classroom hours. All of the sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the conference hotels.
To receive credit for a course, participants must be in attendance for the entire length of each session and pass a brief
in-class test administered at the conclusion of each session.
Course integrity will be maintained to the high standards of Rutgers and PHADA. The presence of a Rutgers official at each
session will guarantee the display of your certificate of completion to be an expression of outstanding professional
achievement at the executive level.
For those who are not interested in obtaining a certificate, registration for individual courses may be possible on a
"space available" basis. Please call (732) 932-3640 x625 to discuss the option before registering for any courses.