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 Levy and 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.
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 private and/or public 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 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.
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.