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City of Edina Seeks Affordable Housing Development Manager

The City of Edina is excited to announce that it is actively looking to hire an Affordable Housing Development Manager position to join their Community Development Team! If you or someone you know is interested please have them apply on the City of Edina website at the link below.

Affordable Housing Development Manager

Position Description

As part of the Community Development Division, the Affordable Housing Project Manager works as a member of the Edina Housing Foundation and, with limited supervision, will be responsible for performing specialized and complex assignments in underwriting affordable housing financing and overseeing projects through construction and permanent conversion. This position requires the use of independent judgment and problem-solving techniques and requires considerable knowledge of affordable housing financing and supportive services, as well as various program regulations and procedures. This position requires a highly organized self-starter with a high energy level, sound judgment and discretion, and the ability to communicate effectively with developers, businesses, and residents, County staff and other community stakeholders. In addition, this position may be required to improve the City’s tax base, establishing property values, and developing and redeveloping economic and community vitality.  Build cooperative relationships with other City Departments to maximize use of City resources and talent.

This position will serve as the lead City staff member for the Edina Housing Foundation and will coordinate all City support services to and for the Edina Housing Foundation, including fiscal management services. The duties and responsibilities of this job are performed with significant latitude for independent judgment in accordance with Department and City policies, Federal, State and Local regulations and are based on detailed knowledge of the Edina Housing Foundation operations.

Essential Functions

  • Partner with City Council and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to meet quarterly to facilitate a relationship and build a mission together.
    • Provides information to, advises, attends meetings of, and/or coordinates the activities of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Heritage Preservation Board and City Council and other stakeholders on matters including, but not limited to, planning, zoning, subdivisions and community development;
    • Works with other Department head and City Staff to secure capital funding for community improvement projects (e.g., federal, state grants, special bonding);
  • Represents the City of Edina to builders, developers, lenders, non-governmental organizations, and other housing sector organizations.
    • Negotiates with vendors and works to ensure the most cost-effective solutions.
    • Understands and monitor stated and federal affordable housing legislation.
    • Manage the City of Edina affordable housing administrative, contractual and compliance obligations and responsibilities;
  • Represents the City to the community, with stakeholders and on various committees;
  • Communicates with others relating to work assignments and progress of work or to convey information about conditions or work-related needs;
    • Manage the City of Edina affordable housing fund, Southdale II tax increment financing district, and future affordable housing tax increment financing districts.
    • Maintains professional competence and stays abreast of trends, marketplace comparable and innovations.
  • Attends training, conferences and meetings and reviews relevant literature.


Minimum Qualifications:
The job requires a bachelor’s degree in Housing, Community Development, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, or related field required, and at least five years of experience with low income housing tax credits, tax increment financing, affordable housing finance tools, public engagement, and public speaking, in a municipal setting, or equivalent experience, and a valid driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Desired Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in Housing, Community Development, Public Administration, Social Service Management, or a related field is desirable.

Supplemental Information

  • Knowledge of assessment and zoning statutes, regulations and ordinances, and procedures sufficient to value Class A and super-regional mall properties, and all residential property located within the City;
  • Knowledge of governmental operations and departments;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the housing sector;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislative and policy development experience;
  • Knowledge of general accounting practices sufficient to create and manage the City of Edina affordable housing fund;
  • The ability to perform work requiring a high degree of concentration and judgment in interpreting practices and procedures to solve problems;
  • The ability to provide leadership;
  • The ability to work independently and to prioritize work requests;
  • The ability to negotiate contracts with consultants and vendors;
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate standard office software sufficient to manipulate data, draft reports and maintain records;
  • Verbal and written communication skills sufficient to effectively present information and respond to questions from a wide variety of audiences, persuade stakeholders, and to perform public speaking to the City Council, Planning Commission, community, builders, developers, lenders, and other housing sector organizations, and reading comprehension skills sufficient to read, understand and interpret complex and varied work-related materials;
  • Demonstrates the desired standard of conduct and work performance including confidentiality and privacy requirements of the department;
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to exchange and/or convey information, receive work direction, and maintain effective working relationships.


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