General Purpose

With a particular focus on affordable housing-related policy for the City of Moab, the Housing Director handles complex cross-departmental initiatives, provides strategic guidance to other staff and the governing body, addresses sensitive community concerns, and represents the City at high-level meetings and gatherings. This position is a substantially external-facing role, requiring a sophisticated awareness of community attitudes that relate to municipal operation while also maintaining strong working relationships across the City’s departments.

Reporting Relationships

The Housing Director is an executive-level, at-will position that reports directly to the Community Development Director.

Essential Functions

As part of a small team of city employees, the Housing Director works collaboratively across departments and with policy makers to address the short term and long term needs of the City. The primary focus of this position is to address the City and region’s shortage of housing options for the area workforce.

This job requires a can-do attitude, an adaptable mindset, and dedication to addressing the City’s challenges and opportunities associated with rapid growth and development.

Specifically, this position is responsible for select cross-departmental initiatives as assigned, which may include but is not limited to:

  • Managing the redevelopment of the Walnut Lane project and other work as necessary;
  • Representing the City on the Local Homelessness Committee, the Moab Area Housing Task Force, and other housing-related organizations and events;
  • Implementing and periodically updating the relevant components of the Moab Area Affordable Housing Plan;
  • Creating and implementing a plan for the City’s Affordable Housing Fund;
  • Acting as Moab’s primary contact for projects, policies, and data related to housing affordability;
  • Manage Active Employment Household regulations, deed restrictions, employment verifications, and project and property tracking; and
  • Managing capital projects as directed.

Additionally, the Housing Director responds to and addresses specific community-driven initiatives and quality-of-life issues as they are identified, such as pedestrian safety initiatives and community visioning.

The Housing Director coordinates closely with the City Manager to:

  • Respond to council inquiries and requests as needed;
  • Manage and at times respond to grant writing opportunities among the City departments;
  • Handle additional projects and initiatives as assigned by the City Manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Housing Director must be able to:

  • Manage a large number of disparate projects concurrently;
  • Interface effectively with residents, the city council, community organizations, and other government entities;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and as a public speaker;
  • Communicate effectively with the media;
  • Work independently yet collaboratively in fast-paced team environments;
  • Understand municipal budgeting, goal-setting, and the City’s prioritization process; and
  • Establish clear, measurable metrics that define success for both specific projects and for this position generally.

Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, or related field; and
  • Five (5) or more years of progressive responsibility for projects, budgets, and implementation; OR
  • An equivalent combination of Education and Experience.
    • A relevant advanced degree, or demonstrated equivalent, may be substituted for two years of experience;
  • Advanced project management experience;
  • Strategic planning experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and presentation skills; and
  • Experience managing large-scale projects involving inter- and intradepartmental members as well as contractors.

Work Environment and Physical and Mental Demands

Employees work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone: use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 25 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work, some of whom may be dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

Selection Guidelines

A formal resume is required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority as designated by the city council. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check, and upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license.