Director of Housing Programs
Hybrid/remote and in-office at the Urban League of Portland headquarters
ABOUT THE URBAN LEAGUE OF PORTLAND:
The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security, and quality of life.
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historic Black communities. Our Portland, Oregon chapter was activated in 1945 and is one of the oldest civil rights and service organizations in the area. As early champions for fair housing and inclusive employment, we helped identify and correct discriminatory practices and policies commonly used to oppress Black people around the state and throughout the nation. Influencing policy on the local, state, and national levels remains a critical part of our work to this day.
Many iconic Oregonians have contributed to our success. Historic records of the Urban League of Portland are housed at Oregon State University Libraries and are testaments to the crucial role we have played in improving civil rights and social justice in our area. Learn more about how Urban League has helped shaped our state by reviewing our archival collection.
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The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran by applicable federal and state laws.
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The Urban League of Portland’s Director of Housing Programs has the responsibility to effectively lead and oversee all programs and staff within the Housing Department. The Director provides leadership, vision, support, and guidance for service delivery of all housing programs, including housing placement, housing retention, and quality assurance. They assure service contract compliance and regulatory compliance. Coordinate service delivery in close coordination with agency programs, funders, and community partners. The position requires strong management and supervision skills, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills, knowledge of local housing resources, partnership development experience, and an interest in helping to empower Black communities. The Director of Housing Programs reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Programs.
Salary range for Director of Housing Programs: $88,500
- Research and be knowledgeable in housing first best practices, the goals and history of the Urban League and other local funders, the racial disparities of climate change impact, national and local African American/Black community and housing trends, local and national housing crisis information, and other valuable information necessary to implement the Housing Department’s programming
- Lead and monitor all aspects (outline, staffing and onboarding plan, project schedules, budgeting, collaborative partnerships, and housing partners) of Housing Programs and other Urban League programs focused on coaching all Urban League supporters and participants into housing stability and living-wage careers
- Create, present for internal review, maintain and monitor all housing budgets, applicable reporting and program forms, and other documentation
- Provide direct supervision and evaluation of housing leadership staff (e.g., supervision, information, and assistance, outreach, and strength base management)
- Assign Housing staffers for each supervision to leadership staff and monitor overall work workload assignments to ensure evenness and manageability
- Monitor all grant contracts, client fields, information and assistance records, and other social service program records for accuracy and consistency with program goals and outcomes
- Hold monthly Housing Leadership team meetings and attend housing-related collaborative meetings in the community and report back to the Associate Vice President of Programs.
- Conduct weekly one-on-one supervision with Housing Leadership staff
- Develop a comprehensive listing of affordable housing resources and develop partnerships with landlords who will give Urban League clients priority
- Strategize the Agency’s integrated services model by encouraging referrals and combined service-delivery deliverables between Housing Department programs and other internal departments
- Promote culturally-responsive mediation between community members and the social service system, local programs, and other service providers
- Provide holistic culturally-appropriate and accessible health education and information, and responsive crisis intervention for community members
- Collaborate with existing community groups to identify and address the underlying causes of chronic homelessness while working to engage community members in a wide range of system-level or city, region, and statewide policy interventions to reduce disproportionate homelessness and other health disparities for African/Black Americans.
- In coordination with Senior Leadership, develop and foster effective internal and external relationships with all third parties (e.g., consultants, public funders, private lenders/equity providers, managers, and regulatory officials)
- Maintain all data-related tracking systems; prepare all reporting outcomes, successes, and challenges; and generate community member data for monthly reports
- Use HMIS and Apricot case management software to maintain complete and accurate documentation of service objectives and outcomes as well as other services by federal, state, and local officials, and Urban League policies and guidelines
- Maintain complete client records daily (e.g., activity logs and mileage logs)
- Attend community members and coordinate access leadership meetings, training, and workshops related to housing
- Manage the housing program and supervision of staffers; conduct 90-day and annual reviews of all housing staff
- Commitment to the mission of the Urban League and the dynamics of social change
- Proven community resources both public and private and awareness of housing issues in the Portland Metro Area
- Thorough understanding of the needs of homeless and formerly homeless people, with particular emphasis on readjustment issues, substance abuse, mental health, and residential treatment modalities, including both Housing First and Recovery housing/treatment models
- Able to work under tight deadlines and within minimal supervision
- Proven knowledge of affordable housing programs (e.g., County General Fund, Supportive Housing Metro Bond Funds, HUD-VASH, HUD McKinney, Tax Credit, and Sec. 8)
- Understanding of landlord-tenant issues, conflict resolution, Fair Housing, ADA, and 504 compliance-related issues
- Able to take initiative and prioritize tasks, good time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills
- Proven ability to work cooperatively with others and support the goals and mission of the Urban League of Portland
- Strong oral and written communications skills, and an ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking in information in-person, in writing, and over the telephone
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive information
- Minimum of 3-5 years of lived experience, work experience, or equivalent transferable skills
- At least 2-3 years of supervisory experience that demonstrates progressive responsibility, and experience in community service or a non-profit environment is preferred
- Minimum 2-3 years of fiscal oversight and responsibility to develop program budgets
- Bachelor’s Degree minimum, Master’s Degree preferred
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and own a mode of transportation at the time of hire and throughout the course of employment
- Strong culturally-specific, competent, and an intrinsic relationship to African American/Black communities, with demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse team members and stakeholders in sensitive environments, while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality