Architectural Designer, NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Real Estate Development Department is responsible for new construction and preservation real estate development initiatives for the Authority. Under direction of the Deputy Director, the Architectural Designer will be responsible for the planning and analysis of housing development projects on property owned by NYCHA, preservation projects to rehabilitate and preserve NYCHA-owned public housing, and other NYCHA Real Estate Development activities.  Below are descriptions of three key real estate development programs under NextGeneration NYCHA, the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan.

The NextGen Neighborhoods Program involves development of NYCHA-owned sites as locations for mixed-income residential buildings (50% affordable housing and 50% market-rate).  The Program aims to generate a significant financial return to NYCHA to address much needed capital repairs to the existing public housing, contribute affordable housing to the Housing New York 2.0 plan, foster inclusive and equitable communities, and improve the quality of life for NYCHA residents by providing additional neighborhood amenities.  The 100% Affordable Housing Program aims to build 10,000 units of affordable housing on underused NYCHA-owned land.  Finally, Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) is New York City’s implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  RAD allows NYCHA to generate revenue to reinvest back into our developments using the Section 8 program.  Through its participation in PACT, NYCHA will be able to safeguard long-term housing affordability, improve and modernize apartments, and stabilize developments by placing them on solid financial footing.  The Architectural Designer will be responsible for projects associated with these three key programs as well as other departmental initiatives; work on a team with technical knowledge related to real estate development, housing finance, public housing, architecture, planning, and urban design; work on multiple projects simultaneously.

The key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

• Analyze NYCHA real estate portfolio for potential new housing developments and preservation initiatives;
• Zone and mass analysis of potential development sites;
• Assist in site selection for new housing development sites;
• Conceptualize design for potential new housing developments and preservation initiatives;
• Create presentation materials for proposed development projects;
• Engage with residents and other community members about proposed development plans;
• Prepare request for proposals and other consultant solicitations;
• Assist in selection of developers and other consultants;
• Review proposed design and zoning of new construction projects;
• Review proposed scopes of work for preservation projects;
• Report on project and portfolio milestones;
• Project management activities for developments in planning or under construction;
• Attend regular site meetings and document projects under construction;
• Coordinate with partner city agencies, elected officials, and community members;
• Perform other tasks related to housing development planning.