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Washington County

Won’t you join us in our mission to provide housing opportunities that help break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life in our communities?

Washington County, Oregon is seeking a dedicated Director with exceptional leadership and management skills to oversee the daily operations of the Housing Services Department, providing program administration for the Washington County Housing Authority, a separate legal entity.  Housing Services is comprised of thirty–seven (37) devoted staff members and a consolidated operating budget of approximately $43.021M. This budget includes $9.4M departmental operational funds and $24M Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program pass-through funds to local landlords, with the remaining funds supporting public housing and self-sufficiency programs

Formed on August 4, 1970, by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, to provide a continuum of affordable housing options that promote community strength. The goal of the Housing Authority of Washington County is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families, veterans, elderly, disabled and homeless persons residing in Washington County. The Housing Authority of Washington County owns 243 units of public housing and 629 units of affordable multi-family rental housing, and offers 2,803 subsidized rental vouchers.  In addition, the Housing Authority offers 947 units of affordable multi-family housing through partnerships and has assisted in the development of over 2,000 additional units of affordable rental housing for low-income Washington County residents.

The Department of Housing Services was created in 1992 to administer housing activities and programs of the County and the Housing Authority. Working in partnership with both the non-profit and the private sector, the department combines traditional housing programs with economic opportunity to encourage self-sufficiency, skill enhancement and independence.  If you believe this is the next step in your career path, we encourage you to apply.

Essential Duties

  • Develops, plans, and implements Housing Department goals and objectives; and recommends and administers associated policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates Housing Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the Department’s work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; and reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Housing Department’s budget; directs the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; and implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Provides staff assistance to the Board of Commissioners and/or Housing Authority Board of Directors; and plans, implements, and evaluates county-wide affordable housing and/or supportive services or initiatives, as directed. Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Participates on a variety of boards and commissions; and attends and participates in professional groups and committees.
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.


Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the minimum required knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Urban or Regional Development or closely related field; AND
  • Five (5) or more years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in a housing authority or social service agency that encompasses personnel, fiscal, and program management.  At least two (2) years of experience must be in supervising and leading a professional staff.
  • Certification in public housing experience through National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), or Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) is a preferred requirement and may substitute for one year of experience.


The successful candidate will have a proven track record of establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships within and among federal, state, regional, and local stakeholders and possess:

  • Working knowledge of real estate principles and markets;
  • Working knowledge of market analysis and development of financing tools;
  • Skill to analyze, interpret, and provide professional guidance in navigating the dynamic landscape of housing services, HUD regulations, and federal budgetary changes and constraints; and the
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implements recommendations in support of Housing Department activities.
  • The application period for this opportunity will be September 23, 2017 – October 22, 2017
  • The salary range is $121,430.04 – $147,538.08 annually.


We offer a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within our local government agency provides daily opportunities to serve, build and sustain communities now and into the future. Washington County is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce representing the rich diversity in our region.  Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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