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Assistant Director for the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC)

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Salary Range: 
$153,328.68 - $195,640.68 Annually
Full Job Description: 

THE POSITION

Washington County, Oregon is seeking an Assistant Director for the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC), a Moving-to-Work housing authority under the umbrella of the Washington County Department of Housing Services. Responsible for the Housing Authority arm of the Department, this position leads the work of providing affordable housing and rent assistance in our community from federal, state, regional and local funds. This is a unique opportunity for a collaborative, innovative, mission-driven leader with an equity mindset who is committed to building housing stability for all. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Assistant Director helps to plan, direct, and oversee the activities and operations of the Housing Authority. This role also works collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Finance and the Assistant Director of Homeless Services to complement the full continuum of housing assistance we provide. Duties include oversight and direction of United States (US) Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance programs, regional Supportive Housing Services (SHS) rental assistance programs, public and affordable housing, and increasing development and preservation of our property portfolio. 

The Washington County Department of Housing Services has grown rapidly in the last five years, and continues to advance quickly to meet the needs of our community. In the last five years, Washington County has added 500 units of affordable housing through work with our partners, tackled a significant rehabilitation of our existing affordable housing portfolio, added regional rent assistance to our services, and implemented several new innovative activities through our Moving to Work flexibility. 

About YOU! 
The ideal candidate for this position is a people-focused leader with exceptional communication skills, focused on opportunities, strategy and innovation. They are also passionate and dedicated to leading teams in a trauma-informed organization with a strong racial equity lens. Other key skills and traits include:  

Being a people-centric leader who values clear communication and open dialog

Can manage multiple priorities in and outside the organization. 

Familiarity with the work of public housing authorities, State housing agencies and/or homeless service programs.

Experience presenting reports and providing informed advice to industry and oversight groups, such as the Board of Commissioners and/or Housing Authority Board of Directors. 

A passion for affordable housing real estate development, preservation, operations, and/or rental assistance. 

Experience participating in the development and administration of budgeting and expenditures.

Supporting teams with creative solutions, insightful change management tactics, and tough decisions. 

Experience in operationalizing equity and racial justice, as well as an understanding of how trauma impacts traditionally underserved individuals and communities and how this should influence the design and delivery of programs and services. 

Understanding employee motivations and aspirations to build effective teams and align strengths to departmental outcomes. 
 

How to Apply 

Interested applicants must submit a completed Washington County employment application with a cover letter and a resume attached to be considered. The application link can be found here.

 

Your cover letter must include the following information: 

Provide an overview of your qualifications, including any relevant experience, education, training, and skills in the housing choice voucher program, affordable housing development, housing finance, public housing, asset management and/or federally funded program management related to housing. 

Describe your vision and goals for the HAWC given its newly established Moving to Work status.  

Describe your leadership and management style and how you lead staff and hold them accountable for achieving results. 

 

Please note: Your resume will not substitute the requirement to fully complete the official application including education and work experience sections to be considered for this position.  

 

The Department 

The Washington County Department of Housing Services was formed in 1992 to administer housing activities and programs for the County and the Housing Authority. The department offers rental assistance to low-income households through various federally funded programs, creates affordable housing opportunities in the community for low- and moderate-income households through a combination of creative financing and partnerships with public and private entities and administers programs to address homelessness.  

 

The work of Washington County Department of Housing Services is unique and exciting in many ways, including: 

This important work is supported by several divisions with a staff of 105 (and growing) and a budget of $151.3 million. Approximately 63 staff and a $55.6 million budget fall under the Housing Authority of Washington County. 

We administer the Washington County portion of the Metro Affordable Housing Bond, a groundbreaking regional measure approved by the voters in 2018. The Metro Bond brought over $100 million dollars in new funding to increase affordable housing development. 

The Supportive Housing Services measure funds up to $250 million dollars to the region annually, with approximately $70 million to Washington County. This innovative funding enables Washington County to make advanced strides in addressing homelessness in our community. 

In 2021, Washington County was awarded MTW (Download PDF reader) status, a designation given to less than 5% of housing authorities across the country. MTW allows the housing authority to create flexible and distinctive programs and policies that are best-designed to fit our community.  

To learn more about the successes of the Department of Housing Services, please follow the link: Housing Services.   
 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Assistant Director for the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC) is a working title. The position is classified as an Assistant Director of Housing Services. Washington County organizes its positions into classifications, which are typically written broadly. To see a full listing of job duties for this position, please see the job classification: Assistant Director of Housing Services.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

 A Bachelor's Degree in public administration, business administration, finance, urban planning, community development, or a related field AND four (4) years of experience in public sector or nonprofit management and leadership, of which three (3) years of experience must be in a direct supervisory or management capacity; OR

Eight (8) years of experience in public sector or nonprofit management or leadership, of which three (3) years of experience must be in a direct supervisory or management capacity.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities, and Specialty Requirements: 

Must pass a criminal background investigation.

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire, a Public Housing Manager certification; AND

Possession of, or the ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire, a HCV (Housing Choice Voucher) management certification; AND

Must have the ability to attend required offsite meetings throughout the County.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Washington County is committed to using a Merit-based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Our commitment to you: 

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 
Selection Process: 
1. Week of November 26, 2023: A minimum qualificaiton evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources.
 
2. Week of December 3, 2023 : A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials including responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
 
3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the SME evaluation step as soon as possible.
 
Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family. 
 
Veterans' Preference 
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans' Preference Points. 
 
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act 
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail: hr@washingtoncountyor.gov  at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.
 
Status of Your Application 
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" of email notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.
 
Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment 
Gregory Garabedian, Talent Acquisition Business Partner 
Gregory_Garabedian@washingtoncountyor.gov

To Apply: 

Interested applicants must submit a completed Washington County employment application with a cover letter and a resume attached to be considered. The application link can be found here.

 

Your cover letter must include the following information: 

Provide an overview of your qualifications, including any relevant experience, education, training, and skills in the housing choice voucher program, affordable housing development, housing finance, public housing, asset management and/or federally funded program management related to housing. 

Describe your vision and goals for the HAWC given its newly established Moving to Work status.  

Describe your leadership and management style and how you lead staff and hold them accountable for achieving results. 

 

Please note: Your resume will not substitute the requirement to fully complete the official application including education and work experience sections to be considered for this position.  

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Posting Expiration Date: 
Sunday, January 7, 2024
Job Location Details: 
3rd Floor Offices; 161 NW Adams Ave. Hillsboro, OR.
Job Posting Validation: 
Housing

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