13269- Chief of Housing
Job Details
Lloyd Corp Plaza - Portland, OR
Full Time (30+ hrs. or more)

This position is located at our administration office in NE Portland, near Lloyd Center. The schedule is typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Job Overview


The Chief of Housing will have oversight and responsibilities for Cascadia’s administrative and programmatic functions within our housing department. This position is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and implementing Cascadia’s housing development goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.


The Chief of Housing must understand, appreciate, and respect the diversity and cultural differences within our Cascadia community. As such, it is expected that this position promotes integrated care, our vision of trauma-informed and person-first approaches and helps create a work environment of inclusion, safety, and acceptance.

Essential Duties


This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.


Mission & Strategy

  • Directs development priorities and schedules projects; coordinates utilization of Cascadia resources to accomplish established goals and priorities.
  • Prepares reports on development issues and opportunities.
  • Develops viable real estate projects that align with Cascadia's mission and values.
  • Evaluates and analyze development, redevelopment, and land acquisition opportunities
  • Prepares long-range project strategies; oversees the preparation of work plans, schedules, and budgets for a broad range of development projects; evaluates feasibility analyses and monitors project progress and compliance issues.


Financial Performance

  • Develops and maintains sound financial practices.
  • Works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to develop annual budget, execution of legal and fiscal documents and loan portfolio.
  • Oversees financial reporting, tax filings and relevant audits
  • Prepares and tracks monthly and annual financial reporting materials and metrics.
  • Oversees grant strategy to support housing opportunities


Supervisory Oversight

  • Determine staffing requirements, recruit, hire, and train staff in a manner that encourages and maintains diversity and cultural responsiveness.
  • Establish work plans and priorities for staff members, assess the progress of staff members.
  • Provide consistent supervision and support for direct reports.
  • Promote and complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

Strategic Leadership

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and maintain a vision and strategic plan to guide the department.
  • Consults with the Board officers and committee chairs as is necessary and appropriate.
  • Take the initiative in thought leadership, innovation, and creativity.
  • Create, model, and maintain a work culture that supports and values inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Attend and participate in all relevant internal and external meetings, including but not limited to individual supervisions, team meetings, and consultations with stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external customers to promote quality and efficiency in Cascadia operations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.






Bachelor’s degree in from an accredited college or university in urban planning, finance, public administration, real estate, or related field.

Master’s degree, preferred, in Business Administration or related field


Minimum of ten (10) years of responsible managerial experience in affordable housing program management and development or ten (10) years of responsible managerial experience in a closely related field

Experience within nonprofits desirable

Experience with individuals who experience housing instability, food instability, and economic instability.

Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of federal and state housing and community development regulations
  • Federal regulations, including associated procedures and guidelines as they relate to housing and community development programs, such as Community Development Block Grant, LIHTC program, Homeless Assistance, Special Needs Housing Programs and Federal Home Loan Bank programs
  • Interpret and analyze the impacts of complex legislation, regulations, ordinances, contracts and financial documents.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Organized with attention to detail
  • Ability to coordinate efforts of various teams to present a coherent message


  • Demonstrated experience at the management level—proven managerial skills, ability to mentor and develop staff and foster teamwork and collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to travel to other Cascadia locations as necessary


Core Competencies


Decision Making:

  • Analyze possibilities, alternatives, and consequences to make sound decisions
  • Make decisions with little to no guidance and review
  • Practice legal and ethical standards
  • Provide recommendations in support of goals
  • Leads in a way that supports best practice
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Identifies opportunities to improve methods, systems, and procedures to increase productivity and to enhance services


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders
  • Build effective working relationships
  • Work independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrate a work history of dependability
  • Demonstrate strong problem solving and solution generating skills
  • Work accurately, efficiently, and effectively to control operating expenses
  • Contribute to cost savings by identifying opportunities to improve methods, systems and procedures to increase productivity and enhance services
  • Understand, appreciate, and respect diversity and cultural differences
  • Communicate Cascadia’s program goals and objectives to individuals, community groups and local businesses


Working Conditions


Environmental: Work is performed in an office environment at Cascadia’s Administrative building. Work hours are typically Monday through Friday during regular business hours, 8:30-5:00pm. Must be able to travel to Cascadia sites and properties.

Mental: The work regularly involves a degree of unpredictability and disruption of planned tasks requiring a flexible time management approach.

Physical Demands: A typical workday consists of sitting at a desk, utilizing computers and other office equipment. Site inspections will require light to moderate physical demand.


Cascadia offers benefits to all employees working a regular schedule of 20 hours (.50 FTE or higher) or more per week, including Medical/Dental, Vision, generous Paid Time Off, 403(b) retirement plan with up to 4% match after 1 year of employment, employer-paid life insurance, employer-paid short/long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, Employee Assistance Program (for employee and immediate family), and more!

Cascadia is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at 503.963.7654 or at peopleandculture@cascadiahealth.org

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