Director of Facilities and Modernization

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) was established to provide safe, sanitary and affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals in the Alexandria community. ARHA manages 766 public housing units and 1,721 vouchers. The Director of Facilities and Modernization is responsible for overseeing modernization, new developments, extraordinary maintenance and betterments, as well as, additions funded either through the Capital Fund Program (CFP), development funds, and/or other funding sources in the interest of the Authority.  Responsible for contract and project management, and ensures compliance with contract documents and specifications.

Qualifications and Knowledge

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in facilities management; work order efficiency  and capital improvements. The successful candidate should have a combination of three (3) to eight (8) years of progressive increasing supervisory experience, as well as educational training in Engineering, Architecture, or Building Sciences from an accredited college or university, is preferred or ten (10) years experience in the building trades and construction industry, with a minimum of five (5) years in a Managerial Level. The successful candidate must also have, but not limited to:

  • Thorough knowledge of applicable Housing Authority operating policies, procedures, HUD regulations, and federal, state, and local housing construction, modernization, and rehabilitation ordinances, zoning regulations, historical preservation, and fire code regulations..
  • Thorough knowledge of procedures and requirements for writing bid specification and requests for proposals; modern methods, materials, and practices of the various trades, including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical maintenance and repair; and all phases of construction.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze appropriate cost estimates for maintenance and modernization budgets.

  • Good knowledge of purchasing regulations as they relate to state law and the Authority’s procurement policies.

  • Ability to prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports and to present information in a clear, organized, and convincing manner.

  • Ability to detect defects and faults in construction and to assess compliance with established standards.

  • Ability to plan, organize and implement a facilities maintenance program.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Facilities and Modernization is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing procedures for Authority modernization and new development activities, identifying the physical conditions of Authority properties, establishing improvement deadlines, analyzing problems, developing alternative solutions, and making recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of the short term and long-range planning for modernization, the maintenance of accurate project files, and the preparation of project-related budgets, while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local residential building requirements. The Director of Facilities and Modernization is also responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Interacting with the Procurement Manager regarding current Invitation For Bids, Requests for Proposal and provides and reviews cost estimates, scope of services and work, evaluation of criteria for architects and/or engineering firms (re: construction, mechanical, electrical, etc.) and other information and documentation as required under the Authority’s Procurement Policy.  Serves on interview committees for consultant evaluations, ranking, and selection.  Conducts pre-bid, bid openings, and pre-construction meetings.  Prepares bid analysis and contract award recommendations.
  • Conducting field quality control and performance inspections for all appropriate sites for contracted work in progress regarding Capital Funds and non-capital fund contracts (e.g., groundskeeping, pest control) and maintenance staff to ascertain conditions of physical structures. 

  • Monitoring, oversight, and/or recommending the recruitment, selection, employment, training, direction, supervision, utilization, evaluation, discipline, and termination of Authority employees.  Reviews and approves department staff timesheets to address discrepencies and/or verify accuracy of time spent relative to assignments.

  • Administering, supervising, and working with architects, engineers, and consultants during the preparation of assessment reports, schematic designs, design development, and construction bidding documents to ensure achievement of Authority project objectives and document accuracy and completeness.  Reviewing reports, studies, and bid documents to ensure conformity to Authority criteria and HUD requirements as appropriate.

  • Identifying scope of work and preparing detailed cost estimates, cost evaluations, project options, and maintains cost database.  Monitoring contract-funding analysis and expenditures with reference to the adopted Authority budget and preparing quality assurance plans.

  • Attending Director's meetings regarding operations, redevelopment plans, personnel issues, HR consulting services, financial, procurement and budgeting issues, official business issues from local government officials, and interacts with the directors regarding residents’ issues, maintenance, vacancy turn overs, financial and legal issues.

  • Preparing, presentation, implementation, and follow up of the improvement and upgrade activities necessary for keeping Authority properties/inventory physical integrity viable at all times.





Job Location: 
Alexandria, VA.
Job Type: 
Full time