Vice President, Housing Development (265 views)

84 Bancroft Road, Northampton, MA 01060 US
October 25, 2022 2022-12-24
Job Description

Vice President, Housing Development

Are you interested in work that makes a difference in the lives of others? At Way Finders, we light pathways and open doors to homes and communities where people thrive. Way Finders is the largest affordable housing organization in western Massachusetts. Since 1983, our Real Estate Division has transformed neighborhoods through the design and planning of new housing and the acquisition and renovation of existing properties. The most recent additions to our portfolio of affordable housing for low-income families include Live 155 and The Lumber Yard in Northampton and Library Commons in Holyoke.

Way Finders currently has an exciting leadership opportunity in our growing Real Estate Development department. We are looking for a Vice President of Housing Development. The VP, Housing Development will manage all aspects of real estate development, including but not limited to: rental and ownership development projects and multi-phased projects; coordination with internal and external partners on community engagement, relocation, planned resident services, purchase eligibility, and process for ownership housing; oversight of all project and construction management staff across project ‘life’ from acquisition to completion of construction and lease-up or sale; and participation in organizational strategic planning and risk management processes.
Way Finders has exclusively retained the professional recruiting services of Raymond Search Group, an executive search and recruiting firm specializing in real estate and construction, to facilitate the hiring of this position. Wage between $110,000 and $124,000 per year depending on qualifications. Interested applicants should submit their resume. Qualified applicants will be sent to Raymond Search Group for further consideration.

The candidate must live within commutable distance to our office in Northampton, MA. Regular in-office work and meetings are expected, as well as travel throughout Western Massachusetts.

Responsibilities include:
Project Development & Management

  • Provide input and collaborate with Business Development in assessment and scheduling of new projects for development
  • Contract and direct any required relocation efforts
  • Schedule and direct all rental and ownership project management and staff through the development process from site control to completion of construction and lease-up
  • Utilize expertise in public financing and tax credit instruments, public priorities, and deployment schedule to maximize pipeline opportunities in collaboration with Business Development, ensuring compliance and alignment with all policies, processes, and regulatory requirements
  • Monitor progress of development projects against pro forma budgets and schedules
  • Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with staff (including across departments), third-party contractors, community groups, funding sources, constituents, and stakeholders


  • Oversee the administration of the Housing Development unit
  • Evaluate and provide timely feedback to staff on performance-related matters; assess staff members’ strengths and developmental needs; implement performance plans to ensure the development and/or maintenance of necessary skills
  • Hire new staff as needed in an efficient and equitable manner, following recruiting process guidelines; provide proper support and mentoring to supervisory-level employees to ensure they take ownership of their own hiring needs
  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing the tenets of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace through trainings, openness to discussion/feedback, and self-awareness

Supervisory Responsibilities include:

  • Project Managers (Associate through Senior), Construction Managers, and administrative support positions

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; commensurate experience may be substituted for a degree
  • Seven years’ experience in the development of complex new construction, and repositioning/rehabilitation projects such as urban, transportation-oriented, and mid/high-rise multi-family housing
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to handle the entire development process from site control through entitlement, design, construction (including familiarity with means and methods), lease-up, and stabilization; the ideal candidate will have taken several projects through the entire development process
  • Expertise in public and private real estate finance with the ability to create project proformas and articulate, both orally and in written form, the case for a specific project
  • Experience with major contract negotiations, and an understanding of typical general contractor/construction manager contract terms
  • Knowledge of market dynamics and real estate values in the Western Massachusetts area is preferred, but not required
  • Experience in a management/leadership role, with multiple reports (both internal and external) over simultaneous complex projects
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (including Project and PowerPoint), and comfort learning new technologies
  • Advanced organizational skills with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, plus the ability to reprioritize to meet multiple deadlines in an often time-sensitive environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to serve diverse populations and work appropriately with confidential information
  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal) with a wide variety of audiences, including the ability to make compelling presentations in large-group settings

Benefits include: Generous paid time-off | 12+ holidays annually | Health, dental, and vision insurance options | Educational assistance | Medical Reimbursement Account | Dependent Care Account | 403(b) retirement plan with employer match | Life insurance | Short-term and long-term disability insurance | Transportation benefits | Employee Assistance Program | Annual staff picnic!

Way Finders is a mission-oriented nonprofit organization that offers a fast-paced, professional work environment focused on achievement. We employ individuals with a strong commitment to excellence, a collaborative nature, and the desire to make a difference.

Way Finders is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse staff in order to reflect our community and those we serve. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or veteran status. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.

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