DIRECTOR OF HOUSING SECURITY INITIATIVES

Exempt

contact information

Ashley Acero
ashley.acero@lacity.org

job description

DIRECTOR OF HOUSING SECURITY INITIATIVES
Location: Los Angeles City Hall 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles CA 90012
Terms: Full Time, Exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Position: Director, Housing Security Initiatives
Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives, Housing Solutions Team

The Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives implements Mayor Garcetti’s
housing and homelessness strategy for the City of Los Angeles. We work with city
departments, other government partners, private partners, and academics to develop
and implement strategies that make the City more livable and equitable for all
Angelenos.

Summary: Under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, the City of Los Angeles has taken bold steps to promote housing security and prevent households from falling into homelessness. Serving on the Housing Solutions Team under the direction of the Chief Housing Officer and Deputy Mayor of City Homelessness Initiatives, the Director is responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that stabilize vulnerable low-income renters. The Director leads the team’s ongoing strategy and partnership development to promote housing security, while also managing day-to-day problem solving for citywide efforts related to tenant protections, rental assistance, and eviction defense. The Director works in close coordination with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD), City Attorney, community-based organizations, industry groups, academic researchers, legal service providers, and government partners at the county, state, and federal level. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader who can navigate a dynamic workload, understands the lived experiences of Angelenos facing housing insecurity, understands the City’s renter protections and legislative processes at all levels of government, and has a track record of working with diverse stakeholders to drive systems change.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Oversee a growing portfolio of City initiatives that promote housing security and reduce inflow into homelessness.
  • Support the successful ongoing implementation of the City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Stay Housed L.A. Eviction Defense Program, and renter protections in close partnership with LAHD.
  • Facilitate a coordinated City response to the changing landscape of local, State, and Federal housing security policies, renter protections, and funding opportunities.
  • Liaise with a range of public and community-based partners to develop unified, responsive, and inclusive public messaging and outreach strategies for City of Los Angeles renters and landlords.
  • Identify and champion impactful policy interventions at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Build local and national partnerships that support the City’s housing security goals – strategically engaging state and federal officials, participating in crosssector coalitions, and integrating policy and programmatic best practices.
  • Lead the iterative rollout of the City’s “Struggling to Stay Housed” resource and explore ongoing opportunities involve Angelenos facing housing insecurity in the development of more equitable, impactful, and community-centered solutions.
  • Invest in academic and philanthropic partnerships that help the City evaluate and scale housing security efforts, including the City’s ongoing work with the Housing Initiative at UPenn to evaluate the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Pursue opportunities to position the City of Los Angeles as a regional and national leader on housing security.
  • Ensure housing security strategies are aligned with ongoing housing and homelessness systems operating within the City of Los Angeles.
Skills and Experience:
  • Collaborative, adaptive, and strategic leader who has a deep understanding of housing policy and the challenges facing low-income renters.
  • Ability to establish excellent relationships and work cooperatively with individuals, groups and organizations diverse in mission, composition, function, and capacity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of policy, systems and local programs that impact renters and landlords along with related public funding sources, regulations, requirements, and procedures.
  • Detailed understanding of cross-governmental coordination efforts, and constituent outreach and engagement.
  • Experience working with communities who have been historically excluded from government and sophisticated awareness of the interplay of housing, racial, and economic justice.
  • Ability to manage complex and fast-moving projects, take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Experience analyzing and summarizing complex legislation, governmental guidance, and budget documents.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, maturity, and ability to juggle competing priorities.
  • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures.
Desired Preferred Qualifications
  • Specific interest in candidates who have professional experience related to enforcing tenant protections, coordinating and problem solving with landlords and/or landlord industry groups, providing legal services to tenants, or representing or supporting tenants in navigating Housing Court or rental assistance or other safety net programs.
  • Specific interest in candidates who have personal experience with housing insecurity – having faced housing insecurity themselves, supported a loved one facing housing insecurity, or come from a community disproportionately impacted by housing insecurity.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Public Policy, Urban Planning, Business, Social Welfare, Law, Public Administration, Public Health, Economics, Political Science or a closely-related field. Master’s degree is preferred. 

WORK EXPERIENCE: The successful applicant will have demonstrated at least five (5) years of full-time work experience in the field of housing development and/or finance.

For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf.

How to apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to ashley.acero@lacity.org with
“Housing Security Initiatives Director– [Your Name]” in the subject line by Friday,
October 29, 2021.

If you have any questions about the position or application process, please contact Ana
Gomez Orellana, at ana.gomez@lacity.org.