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PHADA/Rutgers Executive Director Education Program (EDEP)

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 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. The courses are as follows:

  • 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.

  • Ethics

    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 study approach.

  • Financial Management

    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.

  • Legal Issues

    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

    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.

  • Personnel Management

    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.

  • Public Relations/Communications

    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.

Certificate Requirements

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 8 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 x654 to discuss the option before registering for any courses.

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