Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director

Town of Chapel Hill
July 22, 2021
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC
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Developmental Associates, 510 Meadowmont Village Circle, #299, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director

  • Are you an advocate for affordable housing and community development?
  • Are you a seasoned collaborator with elected officials, community members, internal departments, and developers to find creative solutions for housing?
  • Are you committed to equitable and meaningful community engagement?
  • Are you an inspiring leader for talented team members?
  • Are you an effective financial manager who can manage diverse funding streams while seeking new ways to fund needs and programs?

If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then being Chapel Hill’s next Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director could be your next career move.

The next Director will be a vibrant, strategic networker with a commitment to community and neighborhood revitalization.  A successful history of building bridges, seeking win-win solutions where divergent interests lie; and, generating commitment and enthusiasm for the vision of building a vibrant community for all will be key credentials.   The Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director must be able to convey a passionate understanding that safe and livable communities are an essential part of quality of life, a key ingredient for individual opportunity and economic development.

Affordable Housing and Community Connections Department works hard to support vulnerable community members through extensive outreach with a vision of actively striving for “A vibrant and inclusive community where all residents have access to affordable housing and opportunities to thrive. Learn more about some of their 2020 successes here.


With seven (7) employees and an operating budget of approximately $840,000, and over $6M in project funding that includes general fund, federal entitlement Community Development Block Grant funds, affordable housing bond funds, and human services funds, the Affordable Housing and Community Connections Department has a robust work plan that focuses their work from policy development to program implementation. The Director liaises with Town advisory boards: primarily the Housing Advisory Board and the Human Services Advisory Board, community groups, and numerous nonprofit organizations. The Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director will work under the direction of the Town Manager and report to the Deputy Town Manager.

Key priorities for the next Director are:

  • walking the talk on community inclusion, diversity, and equity as it relates to language access, community safety, and equitable economic development;
  • developing and collaborating with Town Council, non-profit organizations, internal and intergovernmental partners, to implement effective solutions for affordable housing and community connections;
  • identifying and advocating creative programs that fund initiatives;
  • initiating policy development and revision to respond to ever-changing community needs; and,
  • invigorating community outreach as the pandemic response shifts needs and priorities.

For more information, visit the Department webpage at and


The hiring range is $105,000 to $122,000. Information about the Town’s benefits can be found by clicking here (or by copying and pasting:


Qualifications:   A bachelor’s degree is required, while a relevant master’s degree is preferred.  The candidate’s work history must include well-rounded experience with a minimum of seven (7) years of progressive experience in the affordable housing and community engagement field including at least five years of leadership experience.   Experience in community relations at the local government level is desirable.  

The Successful Candidate:

  • has demonstrable experience in developing and implementing a broad range of successful affordable housing and community engagement initiatives
  • is deeply knowledgeable of housing development and preservation strategies; including the implementation of HUD regulations related to the CBDG program;
  • is skillful in navigating challenging issues that ignite passions of citizens and elected officials;
  • recognizes that neighborhood revitalization and preservation is fundamental in creating quality of life in a community as well as promoting economic development;
  • has an excellent history with elected officials, neighborhood and community leaders;
  • serves as a liaison and builds collaborative relationships with partners across the various stakeholders in the community which includes community partners, the Towns of Carrboro and Hillsborough and Orange County, nonprofits, and other organizations.
  • develops and maintains relationships with community residents.
  • is knowledgeable of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the administration of housing and financing programs;
  • inspires others by leading through empowerment, and is equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department, as well as the development of individual employees;
  • monitors and manages the departmental budget and is resourceful in finding or developing innovative solutions to meet workload demands;
  • is a principled leader who values accountability while holding realistic and fair expectations of self and others; and,
  • is an excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and Council.

Special Requirements

To apply, go to and click on the Affordable Housing and Community Connections Director – Chapel Hill link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser:  All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application.  Applicants should apply by August 18, 2021.  Application review begins August 23, 2021.  Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on September 20-21, 2021 which will take 3-4 hours of time – not including preparation.   Interviews with the Town Manager and leadership team will follow at a subsequent time.   All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]. The Town of Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.