• Director for the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2019 1:11 PM)
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    Neighborhood Development
    Regular Full-Time
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  • Overview:

    Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


    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

    • Elicits and explores new ideas through open office hours, sharing work regularly with interested organizations and connecting with internal and external entities with ideas to share.
    • Scopes new initiatives, generating internal buy-in, lining up external partners and determining appropriate project manager to lead work forward.
    • Supports project managers by encouraging the use of iLab methodology, making connections across work wherever possible and lending a hand as needed.
    • Keeps internal and external partners informed of portfolio progress through regular meetings and updates.
    • Ensures the cross-pollination of ideas by maintaining a strong connection to the broader MONUM team and seeking opportunities for learning and discussion outside of, but connected to, housing.
    • Works with Director of Communications to manage press plan for iLab including sending press releases, participating in press interviews, generating news articles on iLab work.
    • Seeks opportunities to share work through presentations, website and social media content.
    • Performs related work as required.

    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    • Minimum of four (4) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, relevant experience, including facilitating new housing programs or initiatives, of which at least two (2) years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
    • Strong knowledge of housing innovation methodology, design, and technology; of concepts of urbanism relating to housing; of press relations.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills, organizational and problem solving skills and presentation skills.
    • Proficiency in using software programs such as MS Word, Excel, MS Outlook and PowerPoint strongly preferred.
    • Demonstrated ability to introduce and implement innovations and initiatives in occasionally-challenging environments.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, employees in a variety of City departments, community groups and the general public.
    • Ability to manage and implement initiatives; to supervise staff; to prepare a variety of reports, presentations, press releases and statistics.
    • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule of nights and weekends as required.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
    • Appropriate educational substitutions may be made. Master’s degree in community planning, development, government, public policy, public or business administration or related field strongly preferred.
    • Bilingual preferred.



    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




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