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Executive Director Education Program (EDEP)

PHADA and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have partnered to bring you an exciting professional development opportunity.

Meet the Class of 2022 EDEP Graduates. Click here to view the list of graduates.


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 of completion.

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


General Information

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. 

Following is the full course listing; descriptions for each are available here:

  • Executive Housing Management*
  • Ethics
  • Financial Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Maintenance Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Procurement and Contract Management
  • Planning for Change
  • Public Relations/Communications

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.

*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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the conference hotels.


Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the PHADA/Rutgers certificate, participants must successfully complete all ten courses listed above.

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 x654 to discuss the option before registering for any courses.

PHADA Job Opportunity

Senior Housing Policy Analyst

A 1,900 member trade organization based on Capitol Hill, the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA), is seeking a senior housing policy staff person to represent membership in Washington. Primary functions include analyzing and keeping members informed of housing legislation and HUD regulations, and advocating the association’s positions on such matters. Detailed knowledge of, and experience with, public and assisted housing programs is essential.

Download a PDF copy of the EDEP 2022 Graduating Class Brochure

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