Director of Housing: Planning Department Assistant Director

Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County

Nashville, TN

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: Annual salary range up to $150,000 depending on qualifications


The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County is seeking an experienced leader to oversee and manage a new program within the Department.  The Director of Housing will be responsible for collaborating with partners in the creation/updating and implementation of a unified housing plan (“Plan”) for the City, including a Citywide framework with goals and implementation strategies for workforce housing, affordable housing and market rate housing.  The Plan will be tailored to current and potential future economic conditions and will clearly define achievable benchmarks towards a healthy housing policy within the City.  This position will define and subsequently support the implementation of the Metro-related tasks associated with the Plan.

The Housing Supply Needs and Gaps Memorandum (2015), Housing Nashville (2017), and the Affordable Housing Task Force Report that was completed in June 2021 will also provide a guide for creating the Plan.  This position will work with the Mayor’s Office and key stakeholders, such as Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA), Department of Finance, non-profits and others to meet the goals articulated in the Plan.  He/she will have senior/management level experience overseeing staff, and experience working with affordable housing programs and housing agencies in a similar sized city.

This position will advise a variety of City officials and will report to the Executive Director of the Planning Department.  The position will supervise one or more positions within this capacity.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating on the creation of a Housing Plan for the City that combines and refines previous studies and plans. The Plan should include implementation strategies over a one, five and ten year period.
  • Work with key stakeholders and sister agencies to create and implement the housing plan.
  • Develop policy recommendations that increase affordable housing creation and preservation. Track efficacy of implemented tools and adjust as necessary. Lead the evolution toward a robust toolkit for affordable housing needs.
  • Oversee and coordinate efforts to increase the production and preservation of housing through complex acquisition and rehabilitation loan programs, and housing initiatives utilizing other Federal, State, and County funding sources/programs.
  • Oversee efforts to promote/create incentives and establish partnerships to develop programs that address affordable housing needs.
  • Ensure equity is woven throughout the housing team’s strategies, policies, and workplan.
  • Oversee at least one staff person who will track affordable housing production, monitor affordable housing stock, and collect other affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing-related statistics and present findings to the Planning Commission and the public.
  • Assist the Executive Director in planning, developing, implementing, evaluating, and revising housing policies, programs, services, and programmatic objectives to meet changing conditions, needs, and priorities.
  • Managing activities of the program by coordinating work and supervising subordinate, technical, and administrative employees.
  • Perform financial control, budget, procurement, contract administration/monitoring.
  • Conduct performance evaluations.
  • Make recommendations and potentially allocate resources among competing program needs.
  • Problem solving regarding complex, sensitive, and controversial issues.
  • Presenting issues before stakeholders, committees, the Planning Commission and Metropolitan Council at work sessions/hearings.
  • Coordinate efforts to plan, implement, evaluate, and revise the section’s programs to meet changing conditions, needs, and priorities.
  • Make recommendations on interpreting, amending and refining the Zoning Ordinance, and interpret federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to affordable housing.
  • Work in collaboration with the other agencies, private sector and nonprofit housing developers, and other agencies to provide solutions/alternatives to affordable housing production.
  • Representing the Department and making presentations on affordable housing issues.


The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:

  1. Senior level experience working in the housing field overseeing other staff and programs.
  2. Experience in analyzing/developing/implementing plans, strategies, legislative program requirements, procedures, etc. related to affordable housing programs/projects.
  3. Experience building and maintaining healthy, productive, and accountable partnerships with multiple stakeholders.
  4. Experience in evaluating master plans, land use studies, zoning ordinances, and development plans, and in researching, analyzing, developing, and drafting policy, land use, and legislative recommendations.
  5. Experience in planning, coaching, directing, supervising, and evaluating the work of subordinate employees.
  6. Experience in managing projects and supervising technical studies.
  7. Experience in affordable housing program management, including principles/practices, public/private sector cooperative ventures, and governmental/financial incentives.
  8. Experience with contract development, administration, and monitoring.
  9. Experience applying knowledge of real estate principles/practices.
  10. Experience in preparing written communications (reports, proposals, memoranda, etc.) and making oral presentations and defending positions to government and elected officials, representatives of public and private sector agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, commissions, task forces, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree in a directly related field plus 8 years of related experience including management level experience.  Experience in a mid to large-sized city is preferred.  This position will be filled as a contract position (non-civil service) with an annual salary range up to $150,000 depending on qualifications along with excellent health, dental and retirement benefits.

Persons qualified for this position should submit letter of interest and resumé, by September 24, 2021, by e-mail to: [email protected]


The Planning Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited. People with disabilities also have the right to be accompanied by service animals in public areas throughout Davidson County under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and interference with or denial of this right may also be a violation of state law. Service animals play an important role in ensuring the independence of people with disabilities, and it is therefore our policy to welcome into our County any animal that is individually trained to assist a person with a disability. For ADA inquiries, contact Josie Bass, ADA Compliance Coordinator, at (615) 862-7150 or e-mail her at [email protected]. For Title VI inquiries, contact Human Relations at (615) 880-3370. For all employment-related inquiries, contact Human Resources at (615) 862-6640.

Posted August 23, 2021, 12:58 PM PDT

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