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Job Title : Community Planner(NYCHA)
Date Posted : November 6, 2021
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Search for Job ID # 493021 on the NYC Careers Website

Job Description

In December 2018, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) released NYCHA 2.0, a comprehensive plan to fix and preserve public housing. NYCHA’s Real Estate Development Department (REDD) is charged with leading and structuring real estate transactions that will address over $15 billion in capital needs. REDD will utilize the following three tools to generate the necessary revenue:

  1. Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) – PACT will use U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 programs to fund renovations and convert public housing (Section 9) apartments to permanently affordable housing. NYCHA plans to convert 62,000 apartments over 10 years, which will address $12.8 billion of capital needs.
  2. Build to Preserve (BTP) – New mixed-income buildings will be constructed on some underutilized spaces across the NYCHA portfolio. NYCHA expects to address $2 billion in capital need across approximately 10,000 apartments.
  3. Transfer to Preserve (TTP) – NYCHA will sell a portion of its estimated 80 million square feet of unused development rights (“air rights”) to adjacent privately-owned sites. TTP will generate $1 billion for capital repairs at adjacent developments.

Under the supervision of the Director of Community Planning, the Community Planner will lead community-based planning and engagement initiatives focused on the preservation and development of permanently affordable housing. The Community Planner will conduct research and engage with residents, property managers, community organizations, and elected officials to develop and implement community-driven plans for NYCHA real estate projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but growing team of real estate professionals, public housing experts, architects, planners, and urban designers to shape meaningful investments in NYCHA’s portfolio that not only address the physical needs of buildings and apartments but also enhance resident health and access to opportunity.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead community planning processes to develop a vision, goals, and strategies – including physical, programmatic, and policy interventions – for NYCHA 2.0 projects.
  • Conduct site, neighborhood, and population analyses to inform strategy development and identify critical opportunities and challenges to implementation.
  • Create compelling and accessible public-facing materials to share information and solicit feedback about project proposals.
  • Plan and facilitate resident and community meetings and workshops. • Create and deliver presentations to resident leaders, community stakeholders, elected officials, and NYCHA staff. 
  • Write and design community planning documents, including community visioning reports, neighborhood plans, project summaries, and studies.
  • Collaborate with City, State, and Federal agencies, as well as other NYCHA departments – including Capital Projects, Community Engagement & Partnerships, External Affairs, Operations, and Strategic Planning – to conduct research and develop strategies.
  • Work with the REDD project team and development partners to ensure community goals and strategies are appropriately implemented.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and at least two years of full-time, satisfactory professional experience in planning, analysis, coordination and/or development of housing projects or programs; or
  2. A graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the field of urban studies, city planning, real estate development, public administration, public policy, community organizing, architecture, or urban design.

Preferred Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of New York City government and housing issues.
  • Experience with community-based planning and neighborhood development issues.
  • Knowledge of zoning, land use planning, and regulatory requirements.
  • Successful experience working with civic associations and neighborhood groups.
  • Experience conducting studies, writing reports, and facilitating meetings with community and inter-agency partners.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and collaborate effectively with others.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Experience with GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint, required.

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