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Director of REES

New York City Housing Authority

The New York City Housing Authority's Department of Community Programs and Development seeks a dynamic outcome-oriented leader to serve as the Director of the Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES). REES is charged with working to develop programs, policies and collaborations to measurably support residents' increased economic opportunities with a focus on asset building, employment, advancement, adult education and training, and business development. Through REES, NYCHA is in the process of reorienting its approach to (1) create more economic opportunities for NYCHA residents and NYCHA neighborhoods, while strategically investing and leveraging NYCHA's spend; (2) provide a more comprehensive economic empowerment platform with additional capacities around financial literacy, asset building and business development, (3) reduce the duplication of services - better investing limited resources, (4) enable NYCHA to be a better partner to community-based organizations, government agencies, philanthropies, community colleges, schools, employers and other key stakeholders, (5) drive more resources and investment into public housing neighborhoods.

Reporting to the Vice President of Strategy and Program Development, the Director will serve as a key member of NYCHA’s Community Programs and Development leadership team. The Director will have responsibility for REES, leading a team of approximately 55 employees, and ensuring NYCHA is best supporting its residents to increase their income and assets. In addition, the Director will oversee the implementation of NYCHA’s new approach to resident economic opportunity; providing strategic thinking and leadership to ensure success of new approach, innovate, iterate and execute. Specific responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Serve as a key member of the Community Programs and Development transformation team; provide strategic support and thought partnership on the change management process, future framework and organizational structure informed by REES’ new model. 2. Oversee the roll out and implementation of NYCHA’s new zone model (a localized service coordination delivery model) including ensuring engagement and participation from stakeholders including Residents, Economic Opportunity Partners, front-line NYCHA staff. 3. Oversee NYCHA’s compliance with HUD’s Section 3 regulations and NYCHA’s Resident Employment Program (REP). 4. Oversee the development, implementation and institutionalization of new strategies to maximize resident job opportunities through all of NYCHA’a operations and contracting. 5. Maximize relationships with City agencies, organizations, funders and employers to attract resources to public housing neighborhoods and for public housing residents. 6. Support citywide administration of Jobs-Plus sites in collaboration with the Human Resources Administration and Center for Economic Opportunity; ensure NYCHA is an excellent partner to vendors and other City agencies. 7. Oversee and nurture the NYCHA Resident Training Academy – a public-private partnership with Robin Hood and employment trainers in the City. 8. Develop a capacity and apply best practices to support resident business development and growth. 9. Monitor and provide guidance on external and internal policies impacting economic opportunities for public housing residents.

1. A master's degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with the budget of a large public or private concern in budget administration, accounting, economic or financial administration, or fiscal or economic research; in management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; in personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or fiscal management; or in a related area. 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or 2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of professional experience in the areas described in "1" above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience, as described in "1" above.


1. Master’s Degree in public policy, education, business or related field. 2. Minimum of ten years working in leadership positions in Community Economic Development; Workforce Development experience preferred. 3. Proven experience leading successful teams, coordinating complex projects to achieve stated objectives, developing systems and applying best practices. 4. Proven experience using data to define and achieve outcomes; developing and implementing effective systems. 5. Proven experience and interest in creating and managing complex public-private partnerships; experience working with New York City government. 6. Experience servicing public housing residents or low income communities.


1. Exceptional project management, organizational, analytical, quantitative and qualitative skills. 2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong attention to detail. 3. Entrepreneurial, self starter.

Interested candidates may fax their cover letter and resume to (212) 306-5194, email to or mail to:

New York City Housing Authority Human Resources Department 90 Church Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10007 Attn: Recruitment Unit Job Code: Director - REES

NYCHA is an equal opportunity employer

About Organization:
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is committed to increasing opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 334 public housing developments around the five boroughs, and another 235,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program.

To fulfill its vital mission and even better serve residents while facing dramatic reductions in traditional government funding, NYCHA is developing new financing options and building innovative partnerships across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. These strategies are helping NYCHA to address many key challenges, from preserving aging housing stock through timely maintenance and modernization of developments, to increasing resident access to a multitude of community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job readiness and training initiatives.



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