The Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) provides affordable housing to over 2,000 families in the City of Norwalk, CT. The NHA manages 18 properties including approximately 850 units of multi-family and senior housing. Additionally, the NHA supports over 1,000 families through Section 8 and other voucher programs utilized in the private rental market. The NHA also runs anti-poverty programs including three full-time self-sufficiency case managers, a scholarship foundation, and five (5) State of the Art Learning Centers for educational after-school and summer programs for residents.
Development Project Manager is responsible for leading and coordinating efforts between staff and consultants working to redevelop existing developments and expand affordable housing in Norwalk. The scope of work includes the financing, approvals and design of infrastructure for mixed income and affordable housing developments and mixed-use community development projects. Project Managers must provide high quality development management, managing financial objectives of the project, and meeting project objectives. In addition, project managers are accountable for developing and fostering effective relationships internally and externally including all third parties (e.g., consultants, private lenders/equity providers, architects, constructions managers, etc.)
Responsible for managing the predevelopment activities and project financing tasks of development project including affordable housing tax credit projects and other multifamily and mixed-use development projects
Structure and close complex mixed-finance deals with multiple lenders including managing due diligence process
Manage design process to ensure compliance/waiver/approval by City, State and Federal approval, financing sustainability, and design standards
Manage construction bidding/pricing process for inclusion in the final project budget required for all closings
Work with legal counsel to review legal documents for structuring, risk management, and tax issues
Develop feasible program and structure financing to ensure projects are approved, sustainable, underwritable in the current LIHTC and lending environment, and can be financed without conflicts by and with all sources
Work with Executive Director to facilitate community support and approvals of master plan changes as will be required to adjust to the market, including zoning, permitting, and financing requirements
Analyze funding and development legislation, regulations, policies, and market, environments to determine applicability to projects and compatibility with other programs
Responsible for successful coordination, completion and submittal of all Requests for Proposals.
Prepare request for proposals including, but not limited to:
Coordinate with all team members and review submission for accuracy and completeness
Prepare RFP template
Write, edit and revise all documents as needed
Deliver to appropriate agency
Attend business development meetings as required.
Assist and coordinate with consultants including, but not limited to:
Preparation of Project Schedule
Preparation of Project Proforma
Preparation of Project Description
Preparation of Market Analysis
Preparation of Construction Budgets
Manage and provide research and documentation in the delivery of project development plans.
Perform site visits.
Perform development feasibility studies, including taking photographs, creating written project documents, producing proformas and analyzing sites for potential development opportunities.
Deliver project, development and construction management services to NHA clients, this includes but is not limited to:
Attending project meetings
Delivering Client work product
Obtaining Building Permits and other entitlements
Performing building walk-throughs
Preparation of project underwriting binders
Perform design management
Provide construction management oversight during construction process
Assist in the project-based accounting process – including preparing project draws
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and work experience and/or graduate level coursework in a field supporting the job requirements
Requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience with affordable housing development projects and other multifamily and mixed use development projects and skills in the following:
Running project financial models
Knowledgeable in all facets of the development process, including permitting, contractor selection and construction implementation, establishing project budgets, and financial analysis
Proven track record securing and closing financing for affordable housing and public infrastructure development in the role of owner/developer
Familiar with tax credit regulations
Experience working with Board of Commissioners or equivalent and presenting to the Public and Board of Commissioners
Excellent project management skills and experience.
Strong analytics and business development skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking and making presentations
Work well in a team-oriented environment and ability to work independently, managing multiple priorities.
Ability to prioritize tasks and meet multiple deadlines.
Ability to work independently and keep flexible hours.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
About Norwalk Housing Authority
Norwalk Housing, established in 1939, provides decent, affordable housing for eligible low-income families and the elderly through 1,084 Public Housing units and manages 1,067 Section 8 Vouchers for area landlords. Norwalk Housing participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Homeownership Voucher program, and is governed by five Board of Commissioners.
Norwalk Housing provides a wide range of educational opportunities for residents of assisted housing in Norwalk including free after-school programs and enrichment programs for children. College educations are possible for Norwalk Housing residents through the Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Program.
The low-income housing complexes in Norwalk, CT include:
Section 8 Apartments
Public Housing Apartments
Non-profit Senior and Family Low-income Apartments
Low-income Tax Credit Apartments (LIHTC)