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Executive Staff Analyst (EXE LEV) - Chief of Staff

at City of Houston

Posted: 2/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2359515

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Applications Accepted from
: All Persons Interested

PN 20957
Department: Housing and Community Development
Division: Director's Office
Reporting Location: 2100 Travis, Houston, TX 77002
Workdays & Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday*
* Subject to change

The City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) seeks to create a city in which every resident has an affordable home in a community where they can thrive. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local entities, HCDD strives to strengthen Houston's neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor's vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout. At HCDD, we believe that competent government plays an indispensable role in solving some of our City's most intransigent social problems.
HCDD is seeking a Chief of Staff to join its team. This is a new role for the Department as it grows to a staff of more than 200 employees managing $1.3 billion dedicated to helping low and moderate-income families recover from Hurricane Harvey. The Chief of Staff will be responsible for translating the Director's vision and decisions into practical, timely, coordinated action by the Department's six divisions.
Highly qualified candidates will have experience working in large, highly regulated, public-facing organizations and a demonstrated commitment to community and public service. Experience working in the affordable housing field may be beneficial, but is not required.


  • Facilitates strategic management processes out of the Director's Office to coordinate and organize activity across divisions to achieve programmatic priorities
  • Assist the Director as a thought partner and sounding board, setting clear direction for senior staff on the department's bold initiatives; ensuring accountability for high-level outcomes in priority areas; and maximizing available resources, including the Director and senior team's time
  • Serve as a resource to senior staff by maintaining high-level awareness of activity across all aspects of the Department's work, identifying points of potential collaboration, flagging potential risks, and removing barriers to achieving goals
  • Manage mission-critical strategic initiatives out of the Director's Office as needed
  • Help manage the appropriate flow of communication and information between the Director and senior staff
  • Represent the Director in meetings, inter-Departmental processes, and external relationships; attend public events on behalf of the Director and the Department

Essential Attributes
  • Judgement: Skilled in solving problems and negotiating solutions in sensitive or political contexts.
  • Management abilities: Strong capacity for organizing people and work at a high level, with a focus on delegation, clear communication, risk awareness, and accountability for outcomes.
  • Articulate: Organizes and presents complex ideas concisely. Can write persuasively for internal and external audiences, on tight deadlines.
  • Analytical: Displays well developed critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and ability to integrate information across silos.
Like all other positions in the department, this position is grant funded and subject to cancellation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.

This position is physically comfortable. There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a field directly related to the type of work to be performed.

Graduate degrees related to the type of work to be performed may substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Seven years of professional administrative, financial or analytical experience related to the type of work being performed are required.

Professional experience related to the type of work to be performed may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.


  • Experience serving as a chief of staff or senior advisory role in a large organization (50+)
  • Experience working in a large, highly regulated, public-facing organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to public and community service
  • Ability to understand complex financial data and reports

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6**


Department may administer skills assessment relevant to job description.
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. 
Pay Grade 30

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Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
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