Deputy Director for Compliance and Federal Relations


The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) is to make Boston a more equitable and inclusive city where all residents can thrive. MOH administers programs that create and preserve affordable housing, support homeowners and renters, provide housing and services to homeless individuals and families, and develop city-owned property. The Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) seeks to carry out its mission through a lens of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and addressing the effects of systemic racism in our city.

Under the supervision of the Chief of Housing or designee, the Deputy Director is the Department’s senior leader on matters of compliance and federal relations and will be responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures and systems to ensure that MOH operations are in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations, especially those associated with funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Deputy Director must both be a policy expert and an operational leader, ensuring that the department’s compliance efforts are effective and support the efficient delivery of services to the people of Boston.    

Primary Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Ensure that MOH, its subrecipients and end recipients are in compliance with all federal and state grant regulations, local executive orders and deed restriction requirements
  • Provide direct supervision for the staff members of the Compliance and Federal Relations Division, including the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Program
  • Keep abreast of all applicable new federal, state and local program and cross-cutting regulations 
  • Provide guidance to program staff on matters of compliance and funding eligibility and support them in developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance
  • Create and manage internal control systems to ensure compliance with all required policies while finding opportunities to streamline existing processes to provide better services to the Department and its customers
  • Ensure that all affordable housing deed restriction requirements are tracked and monitored in a timely fashion, including rent, income and owner-occupancy requirements, and that appropriate enforcement actions are taken
  • Ensure that all land use restrictions and other requirements for conveyed properties are tracked and monitored in a timely fashion and that appropriate enforcement actions are taken as needed
  • Ensure compliance with and documentation of all HUD eligible activity and national objective requirements
  • Ensure that all job creation/job retention requirements are monitored, met and properly documented.
  • Ensure compliance with affirmative fair housing marketing requirements for affordable housing projects, including reviewing and approving marketing plans and advertisements and managing lotteries 
  • Regularly evaluate the performance of the Compliance and Federal Relations Division and implement management solutions to resolve problems, assist staff members in their professional development, and reach compliance goals
  • Oversee all activity set ups in federal grant systems and regularly monitor funding reports to ensure compliance with all commitment, expenditure and completion deadlines.
  • Oversee the collection of project completion and beneficiary data for all grant-funded projects on an ongoing basis 
  • Oversee preparation of required reports to HUD and other funding entities, including the Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
  • Coordinate MOH responses to audits, including the City’s Single Audit and HUD monitoring
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Chief of Housing or Designee


Minimum Entrance Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of related work experience with at least three years in a supervisory capacity required
  • Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Government, Business Administration or other related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of HUD regulations and monitoring requirements.
  • Strong management skills and ability to motivate staff
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and communication skills
  • Appropriate educational substitutions may be made
  • At least one year experience with HUD systems (e.g., IDIS) preferred
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  Nonunion/NU-29 ($100,328.95 – $142,800.12)

Hours per week:  35

This position may be eligible to work remotely up to 2 days per week at the department’s discretion based on performance and operational need.

Rick Wilson

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