Executive Director, King County Housing Authority

Full Time
Tukwila, WA
Posted 1 month ago

Position Summary

The Executive Director provides leadership and strategic direction for a large and complex affordable housing developer and asset/property management entity with a wide portfolio of HUD programs as well as extensive non-HUD regulated assets. The scope of strategic and operational leadership and direction covers property management and maintenance, financial and asset management, property acquisition and development, repair and weatherization programs, resource conservation, resident and community services, HCV program management, program research and evaluation. Responsibilities include development of strategic objectives, goal and policies under the direction of the Board of Commissioners, short and long term financial planning and the successful execution of day to day operations. Organizational supervision is exercised over all personnel within the organization using a consistent, clear, highly collaborative and supportive communication style. The Executive Director must work strategically and diplomatically with a wide variety of public officials and governmental entities, nonprofits, large employers, private developers, professional associations and advocacy organizations in a collaborative and persuasive manner.  The Executive Director must have a strong grounding in housing development and operations and be knowledgeable about federal, state and local affordable housing programs, particularly programs that can be used to expand or sustain KCHA’s housing inventory. The Executive Director must have an understanding of regional housing trends and the social, economic, health and support needs of low-income housing populations and their communities. It is essential that the Executive Director also have a clear understanding of the history of housing discrimination, displacement and racial disparities in access to housing and public services.  The Executive Director must have a genuine commitment to racial equity and remediation of past community harm and the ability to employ a racial equity analysis to complex issues.  Equity is a critical element of KCHA’s mission and the Executive Director must ensure equity is embedded in all of KCHA’s programs and services.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership to the Authority to shape, support and guide efforts to fulfill the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Commissioners; develops new initiatives to increase the impact and effectiveness of the agency.
  • Assesses the housing needs of the community; advises the Board of Commissioners on addressing identified needs and formulating policies; interprets and implements policies approved by the Board.
  • Builds internal and external support for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives by modeling behaviors that honor KCHA’s values to help educate and shape organizational culture, practices, and procedures through an equity lens while ensuring an ongoing organizational commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. 
  • Provides oversight regarding the financial affairs of the Authority including long term and annual budgeting processes, maintaining KCHA’s AA bond rating, investing cash assets, developing and executing new approaches to financing mission-related initiatives.
  • Is responsible for oversight and management of the Authority’s $2 billion real estate asset base, including investor relationships with the 14 tax credit partnerships in which KCHA currently serves as General Partner or Managing Member.
  • Serves as liaison and represents the Housing Authority with local, regional, state and federal public officials and government agencies.
  • Establishes, maintains and enhances partnerships with nonprofit partners, financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, research institutions, school districts and institutes of higher learning, and other housing developers.
  • Establishes, and maintains relationships with community-based organizations and other key stakeholder groups in the community, including residents, to effectively identify and provide access to needed services.
  • Recruits and supervises senior leadership; oversees the leadership team in establishing  and executing equitable personnel policies regarding assignment, direction, training, supervision and disciplining of agency staff;
  • Sets annual operational goals and monitors and supports agency operations.  
  • Plans, finances, and develops new affordable housing programs and projects in partnership with state, county and city governments, local stakeholders, financial institutions, large employers and other community organizations. 
  • Serves as Secretary of the Board of Commissioners; records proceedings and maintains the records of the Housing Authority; acts as custodian of the seal of the Authority; executes contracts as directed by resolution of the Board; provides financial reports; keeps the Board fully informed.

The Ideal Candidate

KCHA seeks a forward-thinking, dynamic executive with a strong background in affordable housing program operations and housing financing and development, who has the political and communication skills to work effectively with a wide variety of elected and public officials, public agencies, residents and other community-based stakeholders, suburban cities and other affordable housing organizations.  The successful candidate must have an inclusive management style, be highly skilled in motivating and directing staff and have a clear vision for how KCHA addresses the region’s housing challenges. This person will ideally have led and developed other complex organizations and have a proven ability to collaborate with colleagues and implement Agency practices and policies.  

The successful executive will demonstrate inspirational leadership to all groups and individuals within or associated with KCHA. Demonstrated expertise at communicating with and advocating for people from all backgrounds is essential. Furthermore, the successful executive must have a proven record of inclusive leadership aimed to promote a culture of belonging among leaders and staff at all levels, including the Board of Commissioners.

KCHA seeks an executive leader who will contribute to and complement an evolving culture of diverse and innovative leadership, rising to the challenge of meeting the housing needs of tomorrow, today.

Specific Requirements Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, finance, engineering, planning or related field or equivalent professional field experience.
  • A minimum of 6 years of extensive experience in an executive leadership role in housing development and property management, including experience in HUD financed housing development and management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Career path that shows a mix of stability and growth focused moves with similar organizations and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, public housing, the HCV program, housing finance, and the laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations pertaining to a public housing agency; comprehensive working knowledge of urban development, housing management and rehabilitation programs.
  • An understanding of and experience with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program and bond financing.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in building strong, diverse, and productive work teams with a focus on equity, inclusion, mentoring and nurturing staff development.
  • Skilled in advocacy, public policy awareness, and networking that will be useful in representing KCHA at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Proven ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of constituencies: staff, consumers, community-based partners, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong communication, high degree of emotional intelligence, mediation, and conflict resolution skills, with proven ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of volunteers, public leadership, partner organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Prior experience within an MTW agency or equivalent bold leadership experience in innovative and community-based program development preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity and competency, which is essential in serving economically disadvantaged, diverse populations, including homeless and special needs households, with a particular focus on households that often fall through the community-based safety net.
  • Ability to analyse issues and develop effective policies and procedures regarding Housing Authority management and operations, present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically, and persuasively in public meetings and before elected bodies; ability to negotiate regarding Housing Authority matters while ensuring logical and beneficial solutions.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, ability to evaluate information, use independent sound judgment and discretion, implement timely decisions and make recommendations that anticipate the cost benefits, risks, and organizational impact on advancing organizational goals.
  • A thorough background check will be performed before hire, as well as a valid driver’s license.

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