Deputy Director of Housing & Neighborhood Development

Salt Lake City Community Development Division

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013

$5,439 - $7,202 mo.

The Housing and Neighborhood Development Division (HAND) of the Salt Lake City Corporation Community and Economic Development (CED) Department administers the City’s housing programs, manages the City’s capital improvement and asset management programs and plays an instrumental role in the execution of the City’s neighborhood development strategy.  It is the mission of HAND to understand the needs of the community and to develop strong relationships with community-based organizations to create and implement a strong plan for the strengthening and revitalization of the City’s neighborhoods. Working with other divisions of CED, HAND is a key participant in integrating the planning, financing, and development of Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods.  The instruments available to HAND include federally funded programs such as CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG which are used to provide services and housing to low and moderate income residents and the homeless. The division oversees the Capital Improvement Project process which provides the debt service needed for large-scale public projects, such as the Performing Arts Center, and the funding for the construction and improvements of city infrastructure.  HAND also manages the capital assets for the City and secures developers through the RFP process for the redevelopment of city-owned properties.  The division is also responsible for the management of the Sorenson Unity Center, which provides programming in visual and performing arts, education and community programs aimed at improving mental and physical well-being. Reporting to the Housing and Neighborhood Development Director, assist in formulating the division’s policy and management of the division’s operations.  Participates in the strategic planning, budget, and policy formation for all areas of HAND which include federal grant administration, affordable housing rehabilitation and construction, capital asset management, real estate services, and capital improvement program.  Responsible for the direction and administration of the Division in the Director’s absence.  Assists the Director with the management and oversight of the staff.  Assist the Director in the implementation of both short and long term strategies that achieve the division’s mission, ensuring that there is consistent and timely progress. Management and oversight of the Housing and Neighborhood Development programs.  Programs include the management of federal grant funds, affordable housing projects, capital improvement projects, impact fees, housing rehabilitations, neighborhood community center, Sister Cities program, and first time homebuyer and community development. Participates in structuring, obtaining and developing financing opportunities using federal grants, bond financing, loans, and other funding mechanisms. Create, analyze, and implement financial pro formas.  Effectively manage the division’s community programs. Build and strengthen relationships, and develop strategies with community partners for the implementation of the division’s goals. Create opportunities for the use of the neighborhood grant program. Oversee a community center and its associated programs.  Involvement in the initiation, strategic planning, implementation, and advancement of all capital asset projects and measuring the effectiveness to ensure that projects meet the short and long term needs of the City.  Coordinates the review of all proposed projects through the Capital Asset Project Review Committee and the Community Development Capital Improvement Projects Citizen Review Board. Provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating the divisions’ housing initiatives and programs. Ensures the development of personnel plans as they pertain to the achievement of the division’s mission. Takes initiative to address and solve personnel and program problems, issues, and concerns in a timely manner.  Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, Planning, or a related field plus five (5) years work related experience, two (2) of which must be in a supervisory capacity.  Education and experience may be substituted one for another, on a year-for-year basis.
  • An understanding of the federal grant programs including CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG and the reporting and monitoring requirements of these programs.
  • Familiarity with real estate development and current trends including the acquisition and disposition of properties, leases, easements, appraisals, and environmental studies.
  • The Deputy Director should have experience working with community based organizations, and support capacity building and community development.
  • Must have the ability to understand financing tools such as grants, loans, bonds, etc.  Must have the ability to evaluate and analyze complex financial problems and make appropriate recommendations or decisions. 
  • Understand trends and opportunities as they apply to housing markets, funding from federal and local grants, etc.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and disseminate data, quickly identify needs in the community, and create and implement strategy to meet those needs.
  • The Deputy Director must have the ability to manage multiple teams of staff members who are responsible for various operations of the Division.  Understand how to develop and administrate public budgets.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze complex administrative and financial problems and make appropriate recommendations or decisions that are in compliance with required City and Federal Policies and Regulations.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate a variety of major programs, activities and related budget.


  • Masters degree in Business Administration, Real Estate Development, Public Administration.
  • The Deputy Director should be well organized, detail oriented, and has the ability to meet specific deadlines and manage all federal requirements.
  • Must have the ability to understand the division’s mission and develop and refine the business processes to achieve that mission.  Must be able to objectively evaluate the programs’ processes and outcomes.
  • Must be able to clearly explain expectations to employees and follow-up with staff to ensure that the Division’s goals are being achieved.
  • Must be able to inspire staff to be genuinely interested in the people they serve so that they can more readily recognize opportunities in the community.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Must be able to effectively present in front groups, boards, Mayor’s Office, and City Council.

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Closing date: March 10, 2013

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