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Deputy Director - Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

OPEN DATE:   June 22, 2019

CLOSE DATE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE:  Excepted Service, Grade 10 ($121,794 to $182,690)



This position is located in the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The Government of the District of Columbia is a large and services complex organization providing essential to normal life in a essential to nonnallife in a large highly congested and cosmopolitan urban community which must be maintained and governed at a standard consistent with its status as the Nation's Capital. The District ofColumbia Government is unique among municipalities in that it provides those services normally associated with city, county and state governments. The agency acquires and coordinates public and private funding to improve housing, community, and economic development in the District. 

As one of the key officials of the District of Columbia Government, the Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of policy, plans and programs; development of the annual and long term housing and community development work programs, budgets and legislative program; and the administration of laws pertaining to housing and community development. Working with the agency's Director, the Deputy Director provides executive direction and supervision for all housing and community development programs: is responsible for the coordination of District of Columbia housing and community development activities with other elements of D.C. Government, surrounding jurisdictions, federal agencies, public and private groups, and serves as principal advisor. 

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia.

DHCD focuses on three strategic objectives:

  1. Preserving and increasing the supply of quality affordable housing;
  2. Increasing homeownership opportunities; and
  3. Revitalizing neighborhoods, promoting community development, and providing economic opportunities. 

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  • Advises the Director on issues and matters related to policy and legislative review, policy development and implementation; and the interpretation and application of pertinent regulations.
  • Provides direction and leadership to subordinate divisions. Reviews and approves work plans, and confers with subordinate managers/supervisors to develop activities with clearly delineated tasks, responsibilities, reporting requirements, and timeframes. Develops professional capabilities of assigned staff and manages overall staff performance. 
  • Working with the Director, identifies the District's housing and community development needs, formulates housing and community development policy; and accomplishes the planning, promotion, coordination and execution of approval plans, projects and activities. 
  • Working with the Director, directs the development of annual and longer-tenn housing and community development priorities, goals and objectives for the District of Columbia. Develops and presents and annual housing and community development work program, budget and annual legislative program to the Mayor through the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. 
  • Working with the Director, directs the preparation of the portion of the Comprehensive Plan that pertains to housing and community development; and recommends changes in that plan, when essential to the accomplishments of housing and community development goals and objectives. 
  • Working with the Director, is responsible for preparing that portion of the Capital Improvement Plan, the Multi-Year Program and Financial Plan that pertains to housing and community development; and recommends changes when essential to the accomplishment of housing and community development goals and objectives. 
  • Working with the Director, ensures that housing and community development plans, and plan execution are coordinated with appropriated federal and D.C. government agencies.
  • Working with the Director, is responsible for promoting the preservation and improvement of residential neighborhoods, the development of underdeveloped or inappropriately developed land, and provides for supportive community services and economic opportunities in or near residential areas. 
  • Provides expertise to support executive decision-making processes by discerning and describing the interrelationship offacts and issues regarding DHCD operations. Identifies best practices and other objective criteria to evaluate the issues. 
  • Assures that recommendations made are well-defined and coordinated and include the use of multidisciplinary approaches sufficient to meet the established and anticipated needs of decision makers. 
  • Keeps the Director abreast of critical issues and provides expert assistance in anticipating, addressing, and resolving sensitive and controversial issues faced by DHCD. 
  • Works closely with the Chief of Staff, Director and Senior Staff of DHCD, DC government agencies and officials, and other relevant stakeholders to develop, coordinate and execute strategic plans and projects. Develops, reviews, and/or oversees the preparation of position papers, briefing papers, and statistical reports for internal or broad distribution to include the Director and other stakeholders. 
  • Assists the Director with oversight of the employees within the Office of the Director to ensure administrative support to the agency and the Director. 
  • Provides structure, coordination and oversight for strategic and operational planning for DHCD, and in the identification and establishment of priorities.
  • Oversees the rulemaking processes, overseeing and monitoring the research and information gathering phase, the writing of the rules, the submission of the rules, and monitoring determination of any and all tasks and functions with regard to official publication. 
  • Acts on behalf of the Director in his/her absence. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 



  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in public policy, administration, planning or a closely related field and 5-10 years of directly related work experience.
  • Mastery of the mission, function, and operational programs and activities of the DHCD. Mastery of the rules, regulations, policies, procedures and practices of DHCD. Mastery of pertinent guidelines and laws. 
  • Mastery of HUD regulations, statutes and policies; Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Tax Credit), IRC Section 42, and other special areas.
  • Mastery of financial management principles and standards; DOA; HUD; u.S. and DC Treasury.
  • Mastery of the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME and other related federal programs, regulations and guidelines. 
  • Mastery of state-of-the-art management tools for project management, resource allocation, budgeting, and perfonnance management.
  • Ability to develop, prepares, execute and manage complex operating. Mastery of financial management systems, inclusive of performance based budgeting. 
  • Mastery of and skill in problem solving, negotiation strategies and project management to conduct in-depth research and analysis; and mastery of management principles, procedures and techniques of analysis and evaluation. 
  • Demonstrated skills in providing leadership in a managerial capacity, and in a team-based environment, securing the support and cooperation of higher-level official, civic and business leaders, organizations, developers, etc. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to prepare and present infonnation and proposals to management and high level officials, as well as to constituents involving complex, controversial or sensitive issues. Demonstrated expertise in the exercise of tact, diplomacy, discretion, originality and persuasive teclmiques to develop, present and explain controversial facts, views and options to high level government officials. 



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

For more information, please contact Steven Walker, Director, Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments (MOTA) at 202-727-6101.

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