JOB: Director of Housing and Community Development, Kansas City, Missouri

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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Director of Housing and Community Development , City of Kansas City, Missouri

    Post Date Oct 06, 2011 Salary Monthly salary range is $7,419-$13,455.
    Start Date
    Application Deadline N/A
    ICMA Members Only No ICMA Credential (Details) not required
    Normal Population 459,000 Seasonal Population
    Employer Location Kansas City, Missouri United States Job Reference Number
    Job Description

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri (population, 459,000) is seeking a highly experienced Housing Director with excellent analytical and problem solving skills who will quickly be able to become familiar with the operations of the Department and manage them effectively. The Director of Housing and Community Development is a highly responsible administrative, professional position and is expected to lead and shape housing policy in consultation with the City’s Manager’s Office, elected officials, other City department directors and community stakeholders. The Director will be principally responsible for directing the Community Development Block Grant and HOME financing programs, which includes directing, supervising and coordinating the activities of 36 FTE’s, while interacting with numerous community leaders, stakeholders and others to implement projects and achieve visible results. Leadership traits include a professional who is forward-thinking, innovative, creative and willing and confident in making tough decisions. The individual must be a skillful motivator and negotiator in working with a wide variety of community and civic interests in the public, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. The Director will report to an Assistant City Manager.

    Kansas City is a world class community with a long tradition of performing arts, outstanding sports, superb restaurants and spectacular entertainment. The elected leadership of the City is comprised of a Mayor elected at large and 12 Council Members, with these members elected for four-year terms of office with a two-term limit. The City Manager is responsible for a large, varied, multiple-purpose municipal organization, representing a workforce of over 7,200 FTE spread across 23 departments and a current annual budget of $1.245 billion.

    The Director serves as the primary representative and spokesperson for the City’s Housing and Community Department by coordinating with the City Manager’s Office as necessary, working with City Council representatives as appropriate, and meeting with non-profit and community leaders on housing-related issues. The Director must develop and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies.

    The Director directs and supervises the Department’s professional, technical, and clerical personnel engaged in housing and CDBG programs, in assembling and interpreting economic, social and related data for city housing projects. This includes ensuring that staff is sufficiently trained and in-house communications and effective coordination is the standard. Candidates should be politically savvy and understand the operations of a large, complex municipal governmental organization. Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal and managerial skills and be effective at leading and supervising others. Excellent communications skills are required with an ability to prepare concise and comprehensive reports of special projects. A strong service ethic, desire for long-term affiliation with the City of Kansas City and a highly professional approach to problem solving will be found in the successful candidate. Candidates must have a degree of personal/professional integrity and ethics. Candidates must also have a good working knowledge of PC operations including word processing and spreadsheet applications as well as knowledge of business software systems such as PeopleSoft.

    This position requires an accredited Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of related and increasingly responsible administrative and managerial experience, including three (3) years of experience at the level of Deputy Director or equivalent. Direct, coordinate and supervise the activities of a department and its professional staff. He/she must demonstrate the ability to: speak confidently with elected officials, business and professional leaders in the private and philanthropic sectors; effectively present points of views to a variety of groups and individuals in both large and small group settings; establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subordinates, municipal officials, board and commission members, representatives of other agencies and the general public. Monthly salary range is $7,419-$13,455. Final starting salary is negotiable, dependent upon experience, qualifications, and professional achievement. A car or car allowance is available. In addition, the City has a generous executive benefits program. If the selected candidate is not currently a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, residency in the City will be required upon appointment. The City of Kansas City will negotiate employment conditions and relocation assistance with the successful candidate.

    Qualified candidates please submit your resumé online by visiting our website at This position is open until filled; however, the first review of applicants will take place in October, 2011. Following the first review date, resumés will be screened against criteria outlined in this brochure and the City of Kansas City will consider offering interviews to selected candidates. Final interviews in Kansas City, Missouri will be offered to those candidates named as finalists, with reference checks, background checks and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. The final interview process will be held in December, 2011. For more information please contact Andrea Battle Sims by calling our toll free number 877.356.2924 or by visiting our website at

    The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce

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