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Job Title: 

Director of Development

Wilmington Housing Authority
Job Location: 
Wilmington, DE
Full Job Description: 



The Wilmington Housing Authority, a public, non-profit, federally assisted agency, provides decent, safe and sanitary housing in a businesslike manner with concern for the quality of life for residents.  The Authority's clients include low-income families, elderly and disabled individuals.

 The Development Department administers the capital and management improvement program for over 1,600 public housing units as well as HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Energy Performance Contracts, Replacement Housing, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit and other capital funds projects and grants.  Technical support for operations is also provided.  The Development Department also oversees contract administration for construction and development-related activities.

 The primary purpose of this position is to plan, direct and manage planning, design and development and capital project initiatives for WHA including:  1) planning for redevelopment of WHA housing developments, 2) identifying opportunities and planning for new housing and commercial development to be undertaken by WHA directly or with third party partners, and 3) supervision of the process leading up to construction including acquisition, financial analysis, funding, design development, local approval and developer selection processes for WHA development initiatives and 4) technical support for housing development and general agency operations.

 This position articulates and communicates WHA’s vision and direction with respect to development strategies both internally to WHA and with external stakeholders.   This position involves the management and oversight of neighborhood-wide and sites-specific planning and environmental studies, financial analysis and design development.  This position undertakes interagency coordination, financial analysis of development initiatives, secures development funding, secures local zoning and other land use approvals, develops detailed construction specifications and coordinates developer selection processes.

 This position works in close coordination with WHA’s Procurement, Housing Management, Finance and other divisions to ensure timely, efficient and on-budget completion of projects.  The position requires regular, proactive communication and interaction with WHA senior management and staff, contractor, financial analysts, engineering and architectural consultants, development professionals and government oversight officials.  Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



Supervises, directs, and coordinates the activities of the department staff.  Meets with staff regularly to review status of ongoing projects and determines course of action.


Informs all appropriate WHA departments, agencies, and residents on WHA development objectives.  Meets on a regular basis with various groups to exchange information and promote understanding of WHA initiatives and activities.

 Conducts joint planning and meets regularly with other WHA departments to review development project status, update project timelines, and identify and resolve obstacles and uses that impact development project timelines and budgets.


Plans, develops, monitors and administers all capital improvement, development and other mixed finance development projects;


Develops and implements contract administration policies, procedures, and methods for construction management and development projects;

 Directs the renovation of existing housing units or the development of new housing units;

 Monitors all project activities to ensure compliance with federal, state, local program regulations and agency policies and procedures; Establishes performance standards and monitors department work;

 Develops systems for monitoring and evaluating WHA’s compliance performance to inform executive staff of potential problems before they become critical, and the impact of WHA’s policies and programs;

 Conducts quality assurance reviews of files and reports to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies;

 Reviews construction bids and proposed responses to bidders for compliance and accuracy prior to disbursement of responses to bidders;

 Promotes agency-wide standardization as a method of cutting cost to the agency;

 Sets project requirements for all contractors performing under both contracts and purchase orders;

 Prepares or oversees the preparation of various departmental reports, including budgets, quarterly reports, and other required WHA or federal reports;

 Provides annual updates of WHA’s Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Physical Needs Assessment;

 Develops partnerships with federal, state and local agencies and private organizations to leverage resources for planning and development projects;

 Coordinates interrelated program functions with other departments and staff;

 Conducts management studies and recommends new programs, policies and/or procedures;

 Organizes and gathers statistical data;

 Conducts research, analyzes data and prepares technical documents;

 Monitors construction progress to assure that deadlines are met and that work is performed according to budgetary and physical design plans;

 Prepares or reviews building plans and construction documents to determine compliance with regulatory requirements;

 Directs the preparation of project cost estimates;

 Acts as a liaison for approval of specifications and execution of contracts;

 Develops performance standards for department personnel; reviews work for accomplishment of set standards and time schedules;

 Evaluates department projects to assure that expenditures of funds result in established time and quality goals;

 Plans short- and long-term goals for the department and monitors goal accomplishment;


Develops and implements safety policies and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for employees, residents and the general public;


Attends various meetings including resident councils, City or County Council and Board of Commissioners' meetings;

Ensures individual and organizational accountability for all subordinates in terms of goal accomplishment by regularly reviewing progress;

 Coordinates strategic planning in concert with other department directors targeted at achieving actualization of the WHA’s strategic plan;


Supervision Received:            Receives administrative direction from the Executive Director and/or the COO

Supervision Given:                  Supervises the Senior Development Manager



Bachelor's degree in urban development and planning, business or public administration, architecture, engineering or related field; Ten years' experience on a highly professional level in housing construction and renovation; Ten years professional experience in a federally assisted housing program including administrative and supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities as determined by the Human Resources Department.


Valid driver's license and insurable driving record

Computer proficiency mandatory and working knowledge and skill in utilizing one or more construction industry standard project management software such as Excel, Access, Microsoft project, Primavera, Procore, etc.


Extensive experience in federal contract administration



To Apply: 

Please forward resume to feirich@whadelaware.org or see our ad on Indeed.com

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Posting Expiration Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Job Location Details: 
Wilmington, DE area

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