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CASA of Oregon

What We Do

CASA began its work 30 years ago helping local organizations provide housing for farmworkers and other marginalized populations in primarily rural areas.  While focusing on those who are often unable to advocate for themselves, CASA has positioned itself as an honest broker in the community with government, industry and community organizations.

By working alongside community organizations, we are able to build and renovate affordable housing and neighborhood facilities. We provide programs and resources that strengthens families’ financial well-being. We are advocates, organizers and agents for change working throughout the state of Oregon.

CASA currently operates four programs:

Real Estate and Cooperative Development (RECD)

Housing and Facilities Development

We partner with local community organizations to improve and increase the stock of affordable rental housing and neighborhood community centers. We believe that shelter is a basic necessity and that quality of life is better when people have access to quality affordable homes with community facilities located nearby. Recognized nationwide as an innovative and effective developer of farmworker and rural housing, we have constructed nearly 1,000 new and renovated over 600 housing units.  We have assisted in the rehabilitation of over 1,300 on-farm bed spaces, and constructed 13 single-family homes for rental and subsequent sale.

Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development

As one of 10 Certified Technical Assistance Providers (CTAPs) under the national ROC USA™ network, we deliver pre- and post-purchase technical assistance and help homeowners navigate purchasing their manufactured home communities by securing the financing needed to shape their economic futures through the formation of resident owned cooperatives (ROC). Since 2008, we have converted 14 communities, representing 871 manufactured homes across Oregon.

Community Loan Fund

We received certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) from the US Treasury in 2000. Originally designed to address the predevelopment funding needs of non-profit organizations developing affordable housing and community facilities, our nearly $10 million CDFI recently expanded to include construction and permanent financing. Our loan fund has provided ROCs with over $3.8 million in purchase financing.

Family Economic Opportunity Program

We provide administrative services and fiduciary oversight for Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in the Northwest. IDAs are offered by community-based organizations, housing authorities and educational institutions that provide support for individual participants. Our program partners work directly with individuals and households with limited financial resources, providing training and saver support to help build financial resiliency. Our more than 70 community partners have leveraged nearly $180 million in purchased assets helping more than 4,000 savers become homeowners, college graduates and business owners.

Innovative Changes

Innovative Changes (IC$) provides financial education, small-dollar consumer loans, and access to credit-building and asset-building opportunities. Founded in 2009 by Innovative Housing, Inc. (IHI), IC$ was born out of the realization that people of low income need access to financial education and services that help them achieve and maintain household financial stability. In 2018, CASA and IC$ officially joined forces to bring financial education services and loan programs to CASA’s statewide network of partners.

 

Organizational Commitment to Equity

At CASA, we are committed to continually examining our role in both perpetuating and combating institutional racism because we recognize that the communities we partner with face many inequities. We acknowledge the history and ongoing impacts of racism in our society.

We were founded on and celebrate the identities of all involved with CASA, past and present. We, as an organization, strive to respect the race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, size, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, criminal background, religious background, marital status, military status, strengths, and differences of all people.

We acknowledge that we will always have room to grow as an organization and as individuals in our understanding of racism and oppression, and commit ourselves to ongoing alignment of our policies and practices to advance racial equity, inclusion and freedom of expression.

As organizers, advocates, and development consultants, racial equity and inclusion should manifest at all levels of our programs. Through collaboration, we strive to build hope, homes, and financial health to both heal and strengthen our communities.

 

 THE POSITION 

In 2018, the Housing and Facilities Development and Manufactured Housing Cooperative Development departments were combined to create the Real Estate and Cooperative Development (RECD) Department. The primary responsibility of the position is to direct the workflow and assist staff in the efficient and effective development of affordable housing, non-housing facilities that serve communities throughout Oregon and the conversion of manufactured home parks into resident-owned communities. As a member of the management team, this position reports to the Deputy Director.

Key executive responsibilities include:

– Overseeing CASA’s pipeline of projects by identifying potential projects and managing ongoing new construction and rehabilitation of rental housing, community facilities, and manufactured home park preservation through forming ROCs (Resident-Owned Communities).

– Developing and maintaining a strategic business plan for the department that accounts for long-term sustainability.

– Forming and implementing pilot projects and other programs that support CASA’s overall mission

– Leading other affordable housing initiatives that further the goals of CASA’s RECD programs throughout the state.

– Managing departmental staff by acting as a resource and providing technical project support. Overseeing staff professional development through coaching, and identifying training needs and opportunities, while soliciting feedback on departmental activities from staff members.

– Monitoring local, state and federal policy as it relates to the work of the department. This includes responding to, and interfacing with, national, state and local funders on funding program priorities and requirements. The position involves conducting educational campaigns and informational sessions to expand awareness of —

– CASA’s housing priorities among local communities, policymakers, housing providers and manufactured home park owners.

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Oregon, like much of the nation, faces a severe housing shortage and rising prices that affect more than just the state’s urban areas. Developing and preserving affordable housing in Oregon’s rural areas comes with a unique set of challenges, defined by the disadvantages of building on smaller scales, with frequent lack of local resources and capacity.

CASA is a regional leader in manufactured housing preservation as an affordable ownership and empowerment strategy, and development of farmworker housing and rural affordable housing. This position represents an opportunity to work on the front lines of innovative housing solutions, and effect both the built environment and policy landscape of Oregon.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

CASA is committed to the wellbeing of Oregon’s disadvantaged. CASA’s work culture is inclusive and equitable, builds teams, works collaboratively, makes transparent and shared decisions, and cultivates staff through professional development. CASA is most effective when working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders at local, state, and national levels.

CASA of Oregon is seeking a motivated, talented, and collaborative leader to direct our real estate and cooperative development efforts. The ideal candidate will have a number of traits that will translate into successful leadership of the department.

We believe in practicing equitable development and serving the holistic needs of the people we serve and seek a candidate that matches that commitment.

The ideal candidate finds creative solutions to large-scale problems in the housing realm, innovates and shifts between multiple departmental priorities and programs, and learns and grows with CASA and the RECD team.

The ability to build and maintain broad but focused coalitions is crucial to advance CASA’s policy and legislative goals.
The ability to communicate the overall vision and goals for the department and organization and to be a consistent resource and advocate for our work.

All candidates must be committed to working in a culturally and linguistically diverse workplace.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

Education:  

AA or BA/BS in housing, planning, business, architecture, public policy, or related field is preferred. Any combination of experience and education that would provide a candidate with the knowledge, abilities, traits, and competencies to be successful in this position will be considered. CASA gives preference to bilingual and bicultural candidates.

Experience:

CASA is seeking someone with significant breadth and depth of experience.  While some candidates may not have all the relevant experience, candidates who are open and enthusiastic to learning on the job will be considered.

Preferred candidates will have experience managing a team, acquiring and developing real estate, leading hands-on community engagement with disadvantaged populations, and conducting public advocacy campaigns.  Ideal candidates will have experience working in rural communities, writing and administering grants, and leading or participating in equity and inclusion efforts. This includes tax credit projects, bond financing, manufactured housing preservation using cooperative housing models, rural development, farmworker housing, land trusts, asset management and community organizing.

Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $73,000-112,000. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, 401(k) retirement plan, accrued vacation and sick time, paid holidays, sabbatical leave, and training and continuing education.

WORKING CONDITIONS

CASA of Oregon is located in Sherwood, Oregon, 15 miles southwest of Portland.  Normal office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Employee must be able to sit for long durations of time and be comfortable working in an open office environment. A driver’s license and access to transportation are required. Travel statewide and out of state is necessary and may require overnight stays. We support our staff through development opportunities, leadership training, and setting aside time for social interaction. CASA of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer.






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