Posted on February 25, 2012
Director of Housing Partnerships
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation - Director of Housing Partnerships
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation builds a stronger and more stable community by representing and supporting the expressed interests, positive engagement and leadership of Allston Brighton’s diverse local communities, institutions, individuals and families of all incomes.
For 32 years, Allston Brighton CDC has led initiatives that create affordable homes, foster community leadership, enhance and protect open spaces and offer steps to increased incomes and assets so residents can call Allston Brighton home for the long-term.
Today, Allston Brighton CDC has completed a cycle of strategic planning that addresses critical changes in our community, focuses and defines its role as a catalyst for community stability, and positions it for the sustained creation of opportunities for families and individuals of all income levels to engage as leaders and improve their lives.
One of our strategic directions is to increase neighborhood stability through institutional and community partnerships. In this initiative, Allston Brighton CDC seeks to increase homeownership opportunities and owner-occupancy in Allston Brighton through partnerships with local institutions, businesses, civic associations and community networks. In other markets, some of these partnerships have taken the form of employer assisted housing programs, community-specific pilot mortgage programs, transformative institutional investments such as schools, and the creation of new housing.
Community Challenges We Seek to Address
Allston Brighton is a community known for its large student population and for the presence of universities they attend - Harvard, Boston College and Boston University – but it’s also a neighborhood with thousands of individuals and families of all types for whom Allston Brighton is home for the long-term and who are invested in its stability. Today, the Allston Brighton CDC aims to increase this base of long-term residents and the level of family and resident engagement in maintaining the neighborhood.
Allston Brighton has been changing as a community over the past decade as the impacts of students, universities, and absentee owners have increased. These have had a destabilizing effect, reducing quality of life, community cohesion, and access to moderately priced quality housing, and driving long-term residents away. Allston Brighton CDC seeks to reverse this trend. By the end of a two-year period, we seek to:
- Reduce student encroachment.
- Increase engagement in community improvement.
- Increase outward investment and accountability to neighbors by anchor institutions in the community.
- Implement place-based strategies for increased community planning and engagement in partnership with institutions.
- Create new opportunities for owner-occupied housing/decrease the number of investor-owned homes.
The Director of Housing Partnerships will work toward the following goals:
- Identify and build partnerships with community groups focused on homeownership. Work with them to promote owner-occupancy and curb turnover of housing to student rentals.
- Meet with institutions and elected officials to understand their goals and identify mutual self-interest.
- Quantify situations in which employer assisted housing or other housing related partnerships can be explored with local institutions and partners.
- Catalog financial tools for first-time homebuyers with homeownership program staff; identify gaps and develop strategies for the creation of new tools that close them.
- Strategically link to other neighborhood homebuying activities.
- Help the community use municipal rules/regulations to enforce accountability by transient residents (e.g., parking enforcement, noise abatement).
- Develop metrics and evaluation tools.
- Fundraise and develop sustainable revenue streams to support the program.
- Collaborate with other organizational initiatives to support strategic goals.
The Director of Housing Partnerships will be comfortable and capable in multiple environments, from door-knocking in residential neighborhoods, to meeting with high-level public officials, to developing financial tools for homeownership. S/he will be a self-starter with exceptionally strong networking, collaboration, communication and people skill. S/he must thrive in an environment with ambiguity and change and bring excitement and energy to building something new.
- Community organizing experience.
- Demonstrated experience in affecting community change on issues of local market behavior.
- Experience building alignment across diverse constituencies.
- Ability to research and adapt university-community partnerships and homeownership creation strategies and convey and apply them to the local context .
- Strong familiarity with Boston-area education and political institutions.
- Excellent written communication and public speaking skills.
- Ability to translate complex financial topics into easily understandable language.
- Strong listening skills; able to develop empathy with all stakeholders.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Defines, monitors and evaluates goals and workplans. Excellent time and project management skills.
- Experience with fundraising and developing sustainable revenue streams through products or partnerships.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, economic equity and community empowerment.
- Strong team orientation. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people as well as independently.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office; adept with social media including Facebook and Twitter.
- Sense of humor. Desire to be an integral member of a learning community at a time of growth and change.
- Multi-lingual a plus.
All Allston Brighton CDC staff share administrative responsibility for the organization, assume new and emerging responsibilities as the organization evolves, and engage in learning opportunities to share new information and knowledge that can help inform the future of the organization.
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, three weeks of vacation, 11 public holidays, and two personal days, 401k Plan, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, and professional development.
Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with Director of Housing Partnerships in the Subject line. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.