Deputy Director of Healthy Homes

Company: New York City Housing Authority 

Location:  New York City, NY

Date Posted:  March 5, 2018

Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Employment Type: Full Time

Deputy Director of Healthy Homes

About the Position

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the nation’s largest public housing authority, with an operating budget of $3.3 billion and approximately 10,600 employees who manage and maintain 325 developments that house over 400,000 residents.  NYCHA also operates the country’s largest Section 8 program, which provides rental assistance to over 200,000 additional families.

Reporting directly to the Director of the Lead-Based Paint program in the Healthy Homes Unit (HHU), the Lead-Based Paint Program Deputy Director will provide all content expertise to the Lead-Based Paint program.  The Deputy Director will support the overall management and administration of all lead-based paint operations at NYCHA and will provide subject matter expertise on environmental health and safety practices to the unit.  This includes but is not limited to expertise on annual visual assessments, biennial re-evaluations, elevated blood lead level response, lead safe work practices, lead paint abatement, and training and certification, all in accordance with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lead Safe Housing Rule et seq., the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing issued pursuant to Section 1017 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X), and the New York City Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2003 et seq.

The Lead-Based Paint Program Deputy Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Oversee all of NYCHA’s lead-based paint programs, ensuring that NYCHA is fully compliant (working with NYCHA’s Compliance staff) with all city, state, and federal regulations associated with lead-based paint
  • Advise and support the Director to develop a well-informed and compliant lead-based paint program
  • Serve as a resource to staff in HHU and across the Authority on lead-based paint matters
  • Assist the Director to manage and supervise a growing team of 40+ operational, subject matter experts and third-party consultants
  • Ensure that all staff and third parties have the appropriate certifications and licenses; monitor hiring and training of new staff as required
  • Provide expert input on procedure development, adaptations and process improvements to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Propose, and work with IT to ensure technical upgrades to automate manual processes and digitize records in service of improving the efficiency of work
  • Serve as an advisor on lead-based paint matters to residents, tenant associations, various outside agencies, elected officials, and any other external stakeholders
  • Serve as an expert witness for NYCHA’s Law Department in depositions and court proceedings on behalf of NYCHA


Qualification Requirements  

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, or equivalent; preferably a Master’s Degree in the fields of public administration, business management, environmental planning, public health or a related field
  • A minimum of 10 years of full time satisfactory professional experience in the field of environmental health and safety, with a deep understanding of:
    • Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992
    • Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 35
    • The HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead- Based Paint Hazards in Housing (HUD Guidelines) second edition (2012)
    • Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 745
    • The EPA Guidance on Residential Lead-Based Paint, Lead-Contaminated Dust, and Lead Contaminated Soil
    • Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910.1025 and Part 1926.62
    • New York City’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2003, also known as Title 27 of the New York City Administrative Code, Chapter 2, Sub Chapter 2, Article 14 also known as Local Law 1 of 2004 (LL1)
  • Experience in the lead-based paint field with project management, vendor management, and staff management experience
  • The preferred candidate would be, at a minimum, an EPA certified lead-based paint risk assessor
  • All candidates must be able to obtain within three months of the hire date the EPA lead-based paint risk assessor certification

Key Competencies

  • Integrity – imbue the Authority with strong ethical principles
  • Superb Communication – ability to communicate expertly and clearly, both written and verbal, to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Data-focused and Solutions-driven – utilize data to identify and manage trends and improve performance
  • Strategy and Vision – identify trends, project consequences, and plan accordingly

Goal and Outcomes Oriented – demonstrated ability to make timely and sound decisions; establish priorities and successfully carry out multiple assignments, meeting critical deadlines and timeframes

How to Apply 

Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume to  Search for JOB ID# 334364.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer