This position is located in the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The Government of the District of Columbia is a large and complex organization providing essential services essential to normal life 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 of Columbia 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.
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:
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Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has made housing programs and policy one of her top priorities since becoming Mayor in 2015. Under Mayor Bowser’s leadership, Washington, DCis recognized as a national model with one of the most robust set of affordable housing tools in the nation. Starting with her pledge to double the District’s annual investment in the Housing Production Trust Fund to $100 million and continuing over the past seven years, DC has invested more than $1 billion dollars into its Housing Production Trust Fund – more per capita than any other jurisdiction in the nation. This investment has led to the production of over 14,250 new units of affordable housing with another 12,300 in the production pipeline. The District also invests heavily in affordable housing preservation and homeownership programs. In 2019, the beginning of her second term, Mayor Bowser set the goal of the District producing 36,000 units of new housing, with 12,000 being affordable, by the year 2025.
As one of the key officials of the District of Columbia Government, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of policy, plans and programs that support the Mayor’s housing goals and priorities; 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. The 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 to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Mayor on all aspects of housing and community development.
The Director works under the administrative direction of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Mayor. The incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment in planning, organizing and executing assignment, which entails determining the approach, methods and procedures that will most effectively and expeditiously accomplish the work. The incumbent exercises initiative, resourcefulness and judgment in arriving at solutions that impact the overall mission of the city’s housing policies. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. If the work is reviewed, it concerns matters such as the fulfillment of objectives, the effect of advice on overall requirements, or precedent which might apply to other programs in the agency. Recommendations for new initiatives or alterations of objectives are usually evaluated for such considerations as availability of resources or broad goals.
Guidelines consist of broad agency, District, and Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, as well as relevant legislation affecting programs and projects. The incumbent uses seasoned judgment in deviating from established policies and procedures and develops methods appropriate to specific situations. The incumbent is recognized as a technical authority in evaluating the significance and impact of the guidelines and in the development and interpretation of them.
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