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Manager, Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives
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Housing in the City of Baltimore
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) was established in 1937 to provide federally-funded public housing programs and related services for Baltimore's low-income residents. HABC is one of the largest public housing authorities in the country. Currently, HABC owns and manages 8,236 public housing units in 15 developments and has more than 600 employees. HABC serves over 19,500 households through public housing, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD), and other rental assistance programs.
Celebrating Over 80 Years of Public Housing in Baltimore
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) has kept the promise of public housing alive. It has done so by maintaining and modernizing its buildings and enriching the lives of its residents through innovative social services, recreational and educational programs, and job training initiatives.
In 1937, the Federal government put into the hands of the states and localities the means with which to fight the slum menace. Baltimore was one of the many cities that took advantage of this opportunity. The cornerstone of Baltimore’s public housing program was laid on December 13, 1937 under Mayor Howard Jackson. The formation of HABC was a pioneering vision that reshaped the city's landscape, replacing slum tenements with clean, safe and affordable housing for poor and working families. Now official city landmarks, Poe, Latrobe, McCulloh, Perkins, Douglas and Gilmor Homes were among the first homes HABC developed in the early 1940s.
Over the past 80 years, the work of HABC has been tremendous, but it is far from done. Its mission is the same as always, to ensure that all citizens of Baltimore have access to adequate and affordable housing opportunities in safe, livable and decent neighborhoods. Today, HABC is one of the nation's largest public housing authorities and Baltimore's largest landlord, serving over 40,000 people in public housing and nearly 30,000 in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
What makes HABC successful is the dedication of its employees and its history of strong leadership. HABC will keep the promise of public housing alive until there is no longer a need.
The Manager, Choice Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) will utilize strategic community building and organizing techniques to engage neighborhood stakeholders for purposes of establishing, promoting and enhancing neighborhood economic engagement, physical stability and quality of life enhancements that are reflective of and in keeping with the socio-economic and cultural diversity of the Perkins/Somerset/Oldtown (PSO) Neighborhood.
Key constituencies will include but are not limited to neighborhood residents, property and business owners, police department, city departments, elected and appointed officials, church leaders, service providers, nonprofit and for-profit developers, educational institutions.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinate a collaborative process for addressing issues of neighborhood housing quality, public safety, economic development, small business development financing, neighborhood developmental reviews and potential community displacement impact.
- Assist with neighborhood business retention and outreach, establish a neighborhood wide crime watch program, formulate a neighborhood code enforcement taskforce, facilitate programming for technical skill development and enhancement and program enhanced cultural and recreational services within the defined neighborhood.
- Serve as liaison between the Choice Neighborhoods program stakeholders and the HABC Neighborhood Community leaders in the implementation of the CNI plan objectives, as outlined in the PSO Transformation Plan and the CNI Implementation Grant application.
- Serve as an advocate for the HABC Neighborhood regarding all aspects of the CNI plan.
- Represent the PSO Choice Neighborhoods Program at appropriate meetings, presentations and community events, as needed.
- Collaboratively develop and implement time specific plans to resolve identified community issues that arise in the CNI implementation process.
- Assist with the creation and distribution of communications on CNI grant activities and issues as they relate to the neighborhood, including website and newsletters.
- Build knowledge of appropriate community services and resources to make appropriate referrals for residents from the CNI neighborhood.
- Finalize and track Neighborhood outcomes for reporting to HUD and the PSO community.
- Contribute to maintenance of CNI calendar of events, organizational databases, and all records and reports for CNI, community stakeholders, and funders.
Strategic Capability and Leadership - Provides mission, sets direction, and inspires others to deliver on the organizational mandate.
Program and Project Management - Ability to plan, manage, and evaluate specific activities in order to deliver the desired outputs.
People Management and Empowerment - The development of employees, through mentoring, coaching, etc.
Problem Solving and Analysis (Resource Allocation and Analysis) - Ability to systematically identify, analyze, and resolve existing and anticipated problems in order to reach optimum solutions in a timely manner.
Job Knowledge - Exhibits requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the position effectively. Demonstrates knowledge of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, operational entities, requirements, and activities as they apply to the assigned organizational entity of the Agency; uses appropriate judgment & decision making in accordance with level of responsibility.
Client Services - Provides timely, courteous, and quality service to an individual whether internal or external by anticipating individual needs, following through on commitments and ensuring that our clients have been heard.
Initiative - Proactively seeks solutions to resolve unexpected challenges. Actively assists others without formal/informal direction. Possesses the capacity to learn and actively seeks developmental feedback. Applies feedback for continued growth by mastering concepts needed to perform work.
Professional Behavior - Exhibits positive, polite, courteous, honest, and conscientious behavior with all internal/external clients. Accepts responsibility for actions and adjusts behavior as appropriate.
Communication - Employee is clear, concise, and organized in all facets of communication in order to fully transfer understanding. Actively listens and is aware of the audience to adapt message appropriately. Strives to communicate information with appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
Teamwork - Actively and collaboratively participates, despite personal differences, towards a common goal. Employee is open to new ideas and/or approaches. Employee is aware of changes that impact internal and external customers and effectively communicates the impact when working as a team.
Integrity - Employee is honest with oneself, coworkers, and clients. Stands up for what is right even in the face of opposition.
Education, Experience and Requirements
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Urban Renewal, Business Administration, or related field.
- Eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in managing social service or community development programs, capital planning, development, and/or property assessment, government or private experience in performing analytical work involving comprehensive modernization projects, economic development, or related activities. Experience working with grant funded programs.
- Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be considered sufficient.
- Possession of a valid Maryland driver’s license and the ability to be insurable under the Agency’s automobile insurance plan at the standard rate.
- Certificate in Project Management preferred.
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- Job Title
- Manager, Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives
- Application Deadline
- Salary Range
- no minimum salary specified - no maximum salary specified
- Job Major Category
- Job Posting
- Job Location
- Baltimore, MD
- Simone Gans Barefield
- Phone Number
- (813) 986-4441
- Best Method of Contact