The Lowell Housing Authority is a quasi-public organization with a mission to work in partnership with other housing providers, local government and our residents to provide quality housing and a variety of social services programs that assist residents in achieving their highest level of self-sufficiency. The Authority manages over 2,500 units of federal, state, and leased housing for individuals and families. The LHA operates under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) who establish regulations and provide guidance to our agency.
We are a large housing organization with approximately 83 administrative staff, and an experienced maintenance workforce, responsible for the upkeep of our properties across the City of Lowell. We consider ourselves to be A Foundation for Stability and Opportunity. We recognize that access to affordable housing is only the first step in achieving self-sufficiency, so we’ve dedicated ourselves to becoming much more. To achieve our goals, we implement or partner with a number of community organizations to create opportunities for our residents to achieve self-sufficiency. Programs and services include youth enrichment, academic scholarships, financial literacy, counseling, and homeownership.
As a team, we are data-driven, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence. We value our employees, offer excellent benefits, and support the professional growth of staff through our tuition reimbursement program, professional training, and mentorship.
Jobs Plus Program Director
DEFINITION OF THE ROLEThe Jobs-Plus Program Director will perform a wide variety of strategic engagement and grant management responsibilities related to program planning, external partner engagement, staff management, fund development for sustainability, and full implementation of the Jobs Plus grant on-site at North Common Village. The Jobs-Plus Program Director is a four-year management position fully funded by the Jobs Plus Grant. The salary of the Jobs Plus Program Director is dependent upon qualification and experience and is subject to budget and funding availability. SUPERVISION RECEIVED The Jobs-Plus Program Director works under the general supervision of the Executive Director/CEO of the Authority and the direct supervision of the Assistant Executive Director/COO.
SUPERVISION GIVENThe Jobs-Plus Program Manager will provide supervision to a small support staff including an Assistant Program Manager and Community Coaches.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
- Ability to conduct program assessments and provide solutions and recommendations to increase administrative efficiency and program effectiveness.
- Experience in program development and database management.
- Strong problem-solving skills, the ability to exercise sound judgment and the aptitude to make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.
- Experience with grant management and strong communication skills required.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse, low-income residents.
- Implement the Jobs-Plus program concepts by developing unique interfaces to promote economic opportunity in the community; create a culture that supports work, educational attainment and pushes new innovative career tracks.
- Work with the LHA executive management team to develop a sustainability plan for the Jobs Plus program.
- Establish systems to track and report the Jobs-Plus Program performance outcomes to ensure program completion, conduct ongoing analysis to identify, make recommendations and help resolve potential challenges to project implementation, coordinate and oversee partnership activities, on-site event schedule and responsibilities; provide support to collaborative partners on how best to work together toward the common agenda and implement supportive strategies for all the core and leverage programs.
- Manage and maintain positive relationships with multiple Community Based Organizations (CBOs), social services providers, city departments, residents, and other stakeholders necessary to implement the Jobs-Plus goals.
- Communicate Jobs-Plus Program priorities, providing direction to staff and partners, gathering and sharing data, compiling and reporting on the status of Jobs-Plus commitments, participating in related working group and hub meetings as needed to maintain an understanding of current implementation goals and challenges, and actively contributing to the development of a shared agenda and commitments between Jobs-Plus and other partners on-site at North Common Village.
- Prepare and manage grant budgets, oversee expenditure and reimbursement of partners, monitor compliance to budgets and project deadlines, forecast needed funds; assist with the sustainability plan and fund development goals of Jobs Plus and direct/implement adjustments with the approval of the Assistant Executive Director/COO.
- Ensure that LHA and partners are meeting all requirements of MOU or any such shared agreements; develop strong lines of communication with HUD and MASSHire Lowell Center; identify issues early on and implement solutions that maintain goals and metrics required by grant; prepare relevant HUD reports and compile the reimbursement packages.
- Facilitate proper training and policies are in place to support staff and community coaches directly managed under Jobs-Plus Program.
- Develop communications plan and oversee build out of the website, events and communications that reach residents of North Common Village and the general public.
- Execute and/or prepare presentations and materials to outside interested parties, or at conferences or forums on the activities and results of Jobs Plus activities.
- Perform other duties as assigned and required.
WORK EXPERIENCEThe successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in community and economic development, working in the social services field and/or job development industry, and have experience in complex political environments and in negotiating with education, business, civic and other key stakeholders at local, regional and national level - AND - five (5) years' supervisory experience in managing complex grant-funded programs and professional level staff.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSPreference will be given to candidates who are conversant in Spanish and have a strong working knowledge of affordable housing, public housing, and/or community development policies and programs, especially at the local level
SALARY & BENEFITS$70,000-$72,000. GIC benefits and pension. Jobs Plus Program Description
Benefits are offered for full time 35 hour/week positions and include:
- Defined pension plan
- Health and dental coverage
- Long-term disability
- Flexible spending
- Deferred compensation
- Training certifications, conference participation, and tuition reimbursement