The mission of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) is to make Boston the most livable city in the nation by working with communities to build strong neighborhoods through the strategic investment of public resources. DND oversees programs that create and preserve affordable housing, support homeowners, provide housing and support services to homeless individuals and families, and dispose of city-owned property.
MONUM was formed in 2010 as the Mayor's civic research and design team. We tackle projects that cover a range of topics, which includes everything from civic engagement to City infrastructure to education. We work across departments and communities to explore, experiment, and evaluate new approaches to government and civic life. Civic innovation is more than just increasing government efficiency. It's also about improving the experience and well-being of people. So we ask: “How does Boston create more opportunities for more residents to shape their City and participate in civic life?” Our team brings a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences to the table in hopes of answering that question.
The Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab (iLab) was established in 2015 as a collaboration between DND and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), with initial funding from a Bloomberg Philanthropies innovation team grant. In its first few years, the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab (iLab) has explored new ideas and approaches in addressing our city’s housing needs. The iLab’s goal is to explore, experiment and evaluate approaches to ensure Boston remains a place all people can call home. This work has taken a wide variety of forms including prototyping a new Additional Dwelling Unit pilot, encouraging new residential designs via innovation contests and bringing a small housing unit prototype to six neighborhoods outside of the downtown core to engage in a more contextualized conversation about smaller living.
The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Department of Neighborhood Development are seeking an entrepreneurial Director of the Housing Innovation Lab. We are seeking someone to build off of the initial successes of the Housing Innovation Lab and infuse it with additional energy and direction to develop a new portfolio of initiatives that can make housing in Boston affordable for all.
Reporting to the Director of Operations DND and Chief of Housing or her designee and as part of the MONUM team, the Director for the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab is responsible for overseeing the management and operations of iLab including generating and scoping new lab initiatives, managing existing initiatives from idea to completion to scale when appropriate, communicating the work of iLab internally and with the public, and developing and maintaining external partnerships. To accomplish these efforts, the Director for the iLab oversees the recruiting, onboarding and management of 2-5 part-time, temporary fellows and occasionally pro-bono professionals who work closely with internal and external stakeholders to lead iLab initiatives.
The position is an exciting opportunity to work with both the nation’s first civic innovation team and with one of the nation’s leading community development agencies to provide innovative leadership during a time of dramatic change in housing and development policy at both the national and local levels. In particular, the Director works with senior leaders across City government to test new housing programs and policies which can ensure the affordability of housing in Boston in the decades to come.
Primary Responsibilities and Tasks
BOSTON RESIDENCY REQUIRED
Apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and resume on the City of Boston Career Center. Please add the cover letter to the beginning of your resume when you upload it.
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Non-Union/NU-26
Hours Per Week: 35