The City is seeking a Director to lead the Housing Bureau.
About the Housing Bureau
The mission of the Portland Housing Bureau is to solve the unmet housing needs of the people in Portland. The bureau strives to ensure all Portlanders have the ability to find affordable homes with ready access to infrastructural services and resources, free from discrimination. This commitment is driven through policy development, allocation of capital funding, and management of programs that address affordable housing, ending homelessness, and homeownership. These programs are supported by Tax Increment Financing, Community Development Block Grant, HOME, other federal grant programs, as well as resources from the City's General Fund and Housing Investment Fund. The Bureau also oversees the City's investment in over 10,000, largely privately owned affordable housing units.
The Housing Director reports directly to the Mayor.
The current Housing racial equity plan is comprised of 5 primary goals:
- Community Engagement & Community Outcomes: Strengthen outreach, public engagement, and access to City services for communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and support or change existing services utilizing equity best practices.
- Contracting: Create greater contracting opportunities for disadvantaged and small businesses (MWESB's), and culturally specific organizations.
- Culture: Utilized an equity framework internally that is driven by leadership and externally communicated to our partners, that creates a culture of inclusion resulting in an open and safe environment for communication.
- Equitable services: Provide equitable services to direct and indirect recipients of the Bureau programs.
- Workforce: End racial disparities with the Portland Housing Bureau and ensure fairness in hiring and promotions.
Competencies for Success:
The next leader of our Housing Bureau must understand the current housing challenges faced by cities today and possess the following competencies:
Collaborative/Engaging: Effectively partner and build relationships with community organizations, community members, elected officials, businesses and internal stakeholders. Proactively articulate goals and report progress.
Strategic-thinker: Proven ability to develop strategic plans, execute and provide regular communication
Transparent: Provide full information that is essential for collaboration, engagement, strategic planning and collective decision making. Consistently ensure transparency around housing goals and progress. Invite broad public involvement and follow processes that are clear and without bias.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A commitment to understanding intersectionality, and the impact of proposed policies to underrepresented and vulnerable communities. A track record of hiring and developing diverse teams. A commitment to social justice in the delivery of housing to all residents of Portland's diverse communities.
Communicative: Excellence in communication, including the ability to develop and implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of the public, diverse stakeholder groups, City Council, bureau directors, internal/external customers, and Housing staff.
Integrity: Exemplary moral code that is reflected with honesty, and in complete harmony with how one thinks, speaks and acts. Ensures the Housing function performs according to its intended function.
Change agent: Inspires action and leads organizational transformation with a focus on effectiveness, ongoing improvement, development and equity.
Visionary: Evaluates the future and identifies advancements needed in a creative manner, with the ability to translate vision into action. Demonstrates new thinking and ideas to sustainably resolve challenges.
The ideal candidate will possess the following, as well as the items listed in the "To Qualify" section:
- A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible executive or management experience in the administration of municipal housing and community development or closely related function. Equivalencies will be considered.
- Understanding of socio-economic issues including mental health, homelessness and equity
- Long-term vision with a focus on inclusionary housing
- A broad understanding of City government to include policy development/implementation, sustainability, infrastructure, public safety, livability
- Commitment to high level customer service and responsiveness
- Track record engaging broad stakeholders including community members, organizations, developers and non-profits
- History of collaborating with other municipalities, transportation and human services
- Capable of navigating difficult conversations and identifying solutions
- Proven experience building collaborative systems and relationships in a complex organization
- Recognized as adaptable and approachable
About the City of Portland
The City of Portland comprises an area of approximately 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon. With a 2016 population estimated at 627,000, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance, and services for a metropolitan area with a 2016 population estimated at 2.4 million people. Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County, and is the largest city in Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland has a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and is one of America's best walking towns. Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty, with Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast each just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area, including the 5,000-acre Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness in the U.S. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.
Portland has a reputation for being unique, and our governance structure is no exception. Portland voters adopted the commission form of government in 1913, and over 100 years later, Portland is the only large city in the country continuing to operate under this structure. The five members of the City Council are each elected at-large, and have legislative, administrative, and quasi-judicial responsibilities. The Mayor assigns bureaus to each Council member. The Mayor serves as Commissioner-in-charge of the Housing bureau.
Portland is a full-service city with approximately 6,000 represented and non-represented permanent employees and a budget of over $3.46 billion. The City has maintained its triple-A bond rating for over 40 years, reflecting its strong financial management policies and practices.
Why join the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
- Experience in the development, public administration, financial management and long-range strategic planning of a large, complex public housing/affordable housing development agency.
- Experience applying federal, state and local laws/regulations applicable to affordable housing development, assistance and service programs.
- Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of City management, elected officials, staff and the public.
- Experience understanding and addressing the social, political and environmental issues influencing affordable housing program development and implementation.
- Experience developing innovative proposals and recommendations which support City housing policy objectives.
- Experience successfully negotiating agreements with partners including developers, real-estate stakeholders and non-profit organizations.
- Experience effectively engaging diverse groups including people with disabilities, and racially underrepresented communities.
In addition to providing a cover letter/resume please submit a separate equity statement outlining your commitment and track record to diversity, equity and inclusion. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:
- lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group
- experience living, working and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities
- track record of instilling equity and inclusion within operations
If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.
For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland's commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidate, highest qualified woman, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we will be asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability in the required equity statement. Please see the City's Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more information.
This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.
- Position closes: September 21, 2018
- First-round interviews conducted: Late September
- Final interviews: Early October
- Candidate selected: October
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS:
An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this announcement, and in accordance with the following instructions:
- Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
- Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflect how you satisfy each of the Minimum Qualifications.
- Your resume should support the details described in your cover letter.
- If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required Minimum Qualifications.
- Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of six (6) pages combined.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.
If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.
It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer