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Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$90105 - 137612
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Engineering - Civil
Real Estate / Mortgage
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2801755 / Latpro-3745177 
Date posted: Jun-26-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$90,105.60 - $137,612.80 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type

Full-Time Permanent


Community Planning, Housing and Development

Job Number



7/16/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a dedicated, motivated Housing Development Section Supervisor to join the Housing Division and to support the County's significant financing and planning tools, including the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) and Zoning Ordinance to facilitate public/private affordable housing and mixed-income developments.

The Supervisor will serve as a catalyst between the private/nonprofit development sector and the County government to fulfill the affordable rental and homeownership development objectives of the County. This position will also provide supervision to the Housing Development staff team and oversee multifamily and single-family development projects, negotiations with developers, and the creation and implementation of policies, strategies, and program options to promote affordable housing development, preservation, and revitalization. This Supervisor reports to the Housing Director and has authority to make recommendations and decisions with minimal guidance.

Specific duties include:

Manages work supporting the development of new affordable housing resources

  • Manages the loan underwriting, approval and closing processes for the County's multifamily and single-family loans;
  • Oversees County financing negotiations for high-profile multifamily development projects, including underwriting and documenting loan terms;
  • Administers moderate-income homeownership programs, including the Moderate-Income Purchase Assistance Program (MIPAP), Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU), and Home Improvement Program (HIP) home ownership efforts;
  • Provides supervision to staff in project planning and negotiations with developers, including utilization of the County's affordable housing financing and planning tools (such as the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) and Zoning Ordinance) to facilitate affordable housing and mixed-income developments;
  • Oversees the Site Plan review process for the Housing Division, including affordable housing units and/or developer cash contributions to AHIF;
  • Assists in the development and implementation of policies, strategies and program options that promote affordable housing development, preservation, and revitalization;
  • Monitors programs and projects to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines; and  
  • Oversees three programs/initiatives for the County's Housing Arlington initiative: Employee Housing, Institutional Partnerships, and the Condo Initiative.

Represents the Housing Division and County 

  • Participates in discussions and meetings with citizens, affordable housing advocates, affordable housing developers, real estate professionals, regional counterparts, state and federal government staff, and elected officials;

  • Collaborates with County housing program stakeholders to advise on development activities and obtain their cooperation and participation; and
  • Conducts presentations on County policies and programs to civic and other groups, including providing technical advice to citizens and developers.

Supervises and provides guidance to section staff

  • Performs full- range of supervisory duties for section staff; includes hiring, assigning work, evaluating and managing job performance, leading and mentoring, and conducting staff meetings;
  • Establishes standards and guidelines of performance for section employees; and
  • Provides interpretation of County, Department, and Division policies and procedures.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Technical expertise and interpersonal skills to communicate and advance the County's affordable housing goals and objectives in a collaborative, team-oriented environment;
  • Communication skills to exchange information with personnel, County staff, elected officials and the public;
  • Writing skills to compose and edit reports, proposals, contractual and technical documents, policies, and recommendations;
  • Interpersonal skills to resolve complaints and/or conflict, maintain liaison, and speak in public;
  • Problem-solving skills to define problems and collect relevant information to recommend technical solutions;
  • Ability to negotiate viable solutions to complex financial and operational issues and think strategically to develop and implement effective programs;
  • Ability to complete negotiations on development agreements between public and private/nonprofit entities; and
  • Ability to analyze and develop solutions to complex financial and operational issues.


The Housing Division is responsible for helping to create and sustain affordable housing that strengthens the community. Principal activities of the Housing Development section include: 1) Housing Development: assisting developers, property owners, and community organizations with utilizing the County's financial resources, land use tools and other mechanisms to develop affordable housing options; 2) Project-specific Financial Support and Analysis: administering the loan underwriting and closing processes for the County's multifamily and single-family loans; 3) Site Plan Projects: working with developers to provide affordable housing units and/or financial contributions in the context of site plan projects; and 4) Housing Program and Policy Development: developing and recommending new, enhanced, or improved policies, procedures and strategies to advance the County's affordable housing supply goals and objectives.
Selection Criteria

Minimum : Bachelor's degree in Real Estate Development, Finance, Urban Planning or related field, plus three years of progressively professional experience in real estate development, including affordable and mixed-income housing.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's degree in a related field and experience in one or more of the following:

  • The complexities associated with affordable housing development, policy, and finance;
  • Real estate development process for rental and homeownership programs, including market analyses, land and site development planning, financing and equity mechanisms, financial feasibility analysis, housing program agreements, and real estate law.
  • Supervisory, team leader and/or program manager responsibilities including the hiring and supervising of professional staff;
  • Working with affordable housing finance programs, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), historic tax credits, local financing, federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs;
  • Land use and zoning tools used in developing affordable housing, including reviewing and analyzing land use changes and density transfers;
  • Developing multifamily and single-family affordable housing and/or public/private real estate development projects;
  • Development and use of financial computer spreadsheet analysis in the preparation of development project proformas, cost benefit summaries, and fiscal impact analysis.

Special Requirements

Please attach a Cover Letter or use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section, addressing how your experience, education and training meets the job requirements, including real estate development and affordable/mixed-income housing.

Additional Information

Work hours : Monday - Friday, flexible work hours generally between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Occasional night and weekend meetings as well as out-of-County travel.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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