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Assistant General Manager

Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department  ·  Los Angeles, CA  ·  Posted on May 10

Exempt Position
Annual Salary: $138,183 to $196,606

The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID) is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to serve as an Assistant General Manager (AGM).  The individual that is selected will be responsible for managing and directing the operations of the Housing Development Bureau of the Department.


HCID’s mission is to create livable and prosperous communities through the development and preservation of decent, safe and affordable housing, neighborhood investment and social services.  The department currently has an operating budget of $73.5 million and is organized into four bureaus each overseen by an AGM:  The Housing Development Bureau, the Regulatory Code and Compliance Bureau, the Community Services and Development Bureau and the Administrative Services Bureau.  Under the direction of the Executive Officer, this AGM position will be responsible for managing and directing the operations of the Housing Development Bureau.  The four AGMs work collaboratively with each other as well as the Executive Officer and the General Manager and may be called upon to act in the absence of the Executive Officer and the General Manager.

The City of Los Angeles is at pivotal point in its history, currently being the most rent-burdened City in the country, with a record level of homelessness.  However with the recent success of City and County ballot initiatives, the tax payers overwhelmingly approved unprecedented capital and supportive service funding levels over the next 10 years to address the region’s homeless crisis.  One of the Housing Development Bureau’s responsibilities is to allocate this capital funding for the creation of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. 


HCID’s Housing Development Bureau is organized into three major divisions:  The Finance and Development Division, the Asset Management Division and the Housing Strategies and Services Division.  Each Division is managed by a Director of Housing, all of whom report directly to the AGM.  At this time there are 141 positions assigned to the Bureau, consisting of various expertise, including financial, construction, technical, administrative and clerical.  Each position is assigned specific duties and responsibilities in accordance with their designated position classification.  The Divisions are as follows:

  • Finance Development Division - finances the development and preservation of multi-family affordable housing projects for low income seniors, families and others who may need specialized permanent support such as the homeless, veterans, domestic violence victims and transition age youth.  This Division oversees the calls for projects, its managed pipeline and the implementation of Proposition HHH, the $1.2 Billion General Obligation bond proceeds, recently approved to build permanent supportive housing for the homeless.  HCID utilizes these resources in conjunction with other sources, including the City’s Federal HOME Entitlement, 9% & 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, conduit bond financing, the State’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities funds, and the City’s surplus properties deemed developable for multifamily housing.  The Finance Development Division also reviews architectural plans, processes environmental clearances, ensures wage compliance during construction, and monitors the construction of the projects and authorizes construction draws. 
  • Asset Management Division - manages the City’s $1.9 Billion affordable housing loan portfolio consisting of more than 5,000 loans and records and monitors more than 40,000 income-restricted covenanted single family and multi-family housing units, for income qualifying tenants.
  • Housing Strategies and Services Division - collaborates heavily with our banking and development partners to create innovative financing strategies and tools to maximize the City’s available resources for the production and preservation of affordable housing.  This Division selects developers and negotiates development agreements for the construction of multifamily or single family homes on City land.  This Division also administers several specialized functions including the Homeownership Unit which assists low income first-time homebuyers; the Lead Hazard Remediation Unit which identifies lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 housing, promotes lead-safe construction practices and administers grant funding to mitigate household hazards that cause illness in occupants; and the Handy Worker program which provides free minor home repairs to low income seniors and the disabled to allow them to continue to live independently.


Under the direction of the Executive Officer, this AGM will be responsible for managing and directing the operations of the Housing Development Bureau. The required duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, organizes and directs professional and administrative Bureau staff.
  • Develop Bureau goals, metrics, policies and operating procedures.
  • Manage the activities of the Managed Pipeline and Proposition HHH production pipeline that integrates multiple funding sources for the production and preservation of affordable and permanent supportive housing.
  • Oversee the financing and development of rental and owner-occupied housing, including real estate negotiations, tax credits, mortgage credit certificates, and bond financing, and leverage funding with other Federal, State or local resources.
  • Develop and evaluate creative financing and development strategies.
  • Coordinate and negotiate with the Department’s Acquisition & Predevelopment private lending partners.
  • Evaluate and prepare reports on Bureau’s program performances and accomplishments.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Bureau’s programs or services with other governmental agencies; confer with and prepare reports for the Mayor and City Council, other City Departments, other governmental jurisdictions and development partners.
  • Represent the department’s interests before the Mayor, the City Council and its committees, other external governmental agencies, development partners and community-based organizations.
  • Ensure the compliance with all Federal, State, City policies and regulations, or other guidelines.
  • Review and approve recommendations to select, promote, reassign, or discipline employees.
  • Develop training programs for staff as needed.
  • Prepare and administer the Bureau’s annual budget.


Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university.  A Master’s degree in management, public policy, public administration, finance or a related field is desired; and

  • A minimum of five years of full-time paid professional experience as the head of or assistant head of an organization responsible for the development, implementation and administration of a major government or private housing development or rehabilitation program; or
  • A minimum of two years of full-time paid experience with the City of Los Angeles in a position at least at the level of Chief Management Analyst or equivalent, managing a staff engaged in administering multiple programs.

The successful candidate will—-

  • Be an expert on policies related to housing, housing financing and program development
  • Be a business professional with strong strategic and conceptual skills
  • Be an experienced, proven manager of a large, multi-faceted organization
  • Be highly collaborative
  • Be experienced in directly advocating policy positions to executives and elected officials
  • Be able to establish strong, credible relationships with technical staff and client departments and handle City administrative functions with effectiveness and precision
  • Be able to act as a facilitator and catalyst for meaningful city-process change
  • Have experience in developing budgets and managerial control and be knowledgeable of general principles and systems relative to administration, budget preparation and expenditure control
  • Have strong leadership abilities and superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have high customer orientation with high levels of service
  • Have excellent problem solving skills, coupled with great analytical skills
  • Have the ability to negotiate keenly as well as partner with others in an effective manner
  • Have the skills necessary to define a direction, facilitate change, inspire teamwork, and adapt to rapidly changing environments and issues


Electronic submittals are required. Interested candidates should immediately submit a resume, cover letter of interest, and three work-related references (include name, job title, affiliation, and telephone number) to:

City of Los Angeles Personnel Department
Attn:  Leonard Torres – Executive Recruitment
Email: per.execsearch@lacity.org

(Note: When e-mailing your application material, the subject line should reflect your Name and the Job Title you are applying for.)

Questions can be referred to:
Leonard Torres @ (213) 473-9394 or Janell Ishii Hata at (213) 473-9393

The filing period may close at any time before or after June 2, 2017, when sufficient applications are received.

In order to be considered, resumes must include: A description of the size and function of the organizations managed; description of your role in the organization; at least one major professional accomplishment in which you played a key role; and any relevant experiences or unique characteristics which could further qualify you for this position.

  • The position of the Assistant General Manager in the Housing + Community Investment Department is an exempt, at-will management position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights or due process rights. The Assistant General Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the General Manager. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the General Manager. Such removal would not be reviewable or appealable.

The City of Los Angeles Is an Equal Opportunity Employer