The City of Seattle is recruiting for a collaborative, innovative leader with a passion for creating affordable and inclusive communities to lead the Office of Housing (OH). As a visionary leader, the OH Director will lead the City's efforts to increase opportunities for people of all incomes to live in our city. The Director must be a strong steward of City resources to increase permanently affordable housing for low-income individuals and families, must lead innovative strategies to build affordable housing throughout Seattle for all residents, and must help center strategies to combat and mitigate displacement. A successful candidate must show demonstrated leadership and a commitment to equity.
Over the past 37 years, OH has funded over 16,000 affordable rental homes with the Seattle Housing Levyand other local funds, and created nearly 6,000 affordable apartments through incentives. In addition, OH has helped over 1,050 homebuyers purchase their first homes with affordable City-funded loans and invested in 300 permanently affordable homeownership opportunities.
The mission of the Office of Housing (OH) is to build strong healthy communities and increase opportunities for people of all background and income levels to live in our city. To accomplish this mission, OH includes four program areas:
Multi-Family Production and Preservation;
Homeownership and Sustainability;
Policy and Program Development; and
Administration and Management.
The Multi-Family Production and Preservation Programemploys the Seattle Housing Levy, Mandatory Housing Affordability funds and other federal and local funding to make low-interest loans to non-profit and for-profit developers to develop or preserve affordable multi-family rental housing. A particular focus will of this program will be on implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation recently adopted by the City. In addition, OH oversees the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) units in market-rate development. To ensure that the policy objectives of the City are achieved the for the long-term, OH monitors its housing portfolio for compliance and to make sure the units remain in good condition.
The Homeownership and Sustainability Programincludes three sub-programs to assist low-income households:
The Homeownership Assistance Programsupports first-time homebuyers and existing low-income homeowners through down-payment assistance loans, funding for permanently affordable homeownership opportunities, and foreclosure prevention loans.
The Home Repair Programprovides grants and no- to low-interest loans to assist with critical life safety home repairs.
The HomeWise Weatherization Programprovides grants to increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs for low-income residents in both single-family and multifamily properties.
The Policy and Program Development Program establishes long-term strategic plans, develops and implements policy-based tools, and addresses housing-related aspects of citywide land use and community development planning in partnership with the Office of Planning and Community Development. Key components of this program include expanding resources for affordable housing and homelessness programs, working with communities to develop anti-displacement strategies, creating and administering incentive programs to advance housing affordability goals, developing innovative housing models which have the potential to provide affordable housing faster and/or at a lower cost, pursuing strategic real estate opportunities to increase housing opportunities for Seattle residents, and working with the Affordable Middle Income Housing Advisory Council to partner on this work.
The Administration and Management Program provides centralized leadership, coordination, technology, contracting, and financial management services to OH programs and capital projects.
A successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, innovative, and experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to affordable housing and welcoming communities. They must possess diverse public and/or private sector experience with knowledge of affordable housing development focused on governmental funding sources, philanthropic investment, public-private partnerships, and public administration. Their work must be centered in racial, social, and economic justice and demonstrate strong operational ability as well as analytical skills and understanding of the housing market and public policy. The ideal candidate must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with a variety of audiences in multiple settings. Legislative advocacy, effective business communications and relationship building will all be required to effectively lead and advocate for the region. The candidate must have a reputation for exercising a high level of tact, good judgment, discretion, and diplomacy and have cooperative working relationships with diverse groups of people. Additionally, the successful candidate must have the ability to:
Manage complex agency, community, and political relationships
Effectively resolve conflicts to the benefit of all parties
Build strategic coalitions
Participate in complex collaborations and lead major projects
Influence strategic partners and stakeholders
Convene community and business leaders and facilitate project meetings
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Please submit the following with your online application:
A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly. Include in this letter, an example of how you identified and addressed a significant equity issue.
A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. The Seattle Department of Human Resources values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences.
Due to the fiduciary nature of the work, job offers are contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process. In compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17 applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: http://www.seattle.gov/jobs/benefits.asp