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.
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.
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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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