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Job Title: 

Policy and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Washington County Department of Housing Services
Job Location: 
Hillsboro, OR
Salary Range: 
Monthly: $6,107.45 - $7,420.34 / Annually: $73,289.40 - $89,044.08
Full Job Description: 

Are you passionate about affordable housing, ending homelessness and ensuring equitable outcomes in housing programs? Washington County Department of Housing Services (Washington County Housing Authority) is hiring a Policy and Strategic Initiative Coordinator to join our dynamic team!

As a newly selected Moving to Work (MTW) agency, you will have the opportunity to help the Department implementing new MTW policies and programs that will increase the amount of affordable housing in Washington County and assist families to become self-sufficient while also increasing the efficiency of the Department.

Under general supervision of the Executive Director, this position will develop and prepare materials for Housing Authority Board of Directors, County Commissioners and Housing Advisory Committee. In this role, you will work on presentations, reports, and other documents for internal and external audiences related to the Department's Moving to Work (MTW) participation, policy management strategies, and demographics. You will also develop and implement program evaluation tools; coordinate policy development and implementation; conduct presentations for low-income housing residents, leadership team and staff; attend meetings with local and regional government housing and policy groups; and ensure the Department is staying up to date on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy and guidance and provide briefings to senior staff on changes happening around federal and state housing programs and in affordable housing and other housing services programs. They will have strong analytical and writing skills, have the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the aptitude to work with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Additionally, they will be organized, highly detail-oriented and comfortable with public presentations.
To learn more about the Department of Housing Services, please go to: www.co.washington.or.us/housing

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Duties may include:

1. Assists in creating a positive and supportive work environment; enforces a safe workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork and communication; creates a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion; and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.

2. Serves as lead writer of Housing Authority's annual Move-To-Work (MTW) supplement and Report, annual report to the community and departments contribution to the City’s Consolidated Plan, and other documents related to reporting departments performance and demographics. Develops summaries, presentations or reports on departments development or asset management activities for a wide variety of audiences.

3. Researches and develops a comprehensive system to track and evaluate appropriate indicators related to the impacts of MTW initiatives, Policy initiatives, and strategic plan goals. Continuously monitors and evaluates performance of these initiatives and strategies.

4. Designs procedures and implementation plans to meet agency goals. Works with staff assigned to implement new policies or carries out action plan tasks to ensure that implementation remains true to the policy objectives. Creates technical and training materials for staff to support accuracy in implementation and performance tracking.

5. Ensures all documentation needed for Housing Authority Board of Directors (HABOD) and County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) are complete and accurate before submitting.

6. In support of the leadership team, evaluates and recommends alternatives to current methods of service delivery and initiate change to improve performance. Compares benefits of expenditures and resulting services provided against other options to determine the greatest benefit for department properties and programs. Evaluates opportunity costs of different strategies.

7. Educates Department staff, stakeholders, and residents on concepts and changes related to MTW and policy efforts.

8. Provides a technical assistance to ad hoc interdepartmental problem-solving, planning, and policy development work groups on behalf of the leadership team. Acts as a liaison between the Department of Housing Services, local agencies, other County Departments, State agencies, Service providers and the public.

9. Liaises with Government Affairs and assists with conducting detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses of agency issues through research, interviews, focus groups, surveys and other appropriate means. Researches funding opportunities from Federal, State and local resources to support affordable housing and applicable services; initiates grant applications with supporting budgets, narratives and supplementary documentation.

10. Contributes to the analysis of current or proposed policies and legislation to determine actual or potential impact on department and/or our residents.

11. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, work plans, performance measures, and continuous improvement of service delivery to assist in attaining the unit/program/department initiatives and goals, agency core strategies, and mission through a spirit of service, teamwork and respect. Works respectfully and courteously with other employees, residents and the general public. Follows direction, and works well under pressure.

12. Attends all required training and safety meetings; uses, maintains and replaces assigned personal protective equipment; reports all injuries and illnesses to supervisor immediately; completes and submits incident/accident reports as required; reports hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices to supervisors; and follows all safety and health guidelines, practices, policies and procedures.

13. Performs related duties as assigned. Policy and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator is the working title for this specific position and
the classification title is Program Coordinator. Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cowashingtonor/classspecs/105065?keywords=program%20coordinator&pagetype=classSpecifications


Education and Experience:
The minimum qualifications of this position are:
An Associate's Degree in a health, social service, business, or related field and three (3) years of work experience in program administration, development, evaluation, and/or contract administration; OR
Five (5) years of experience in program administration, development, evaluation, and/or contract administration.
Preferred qualifications:
A Bachelor's Degree in a related field and 2 years of related experience.
Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements:
Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.

Background Investigation:
This position requires the successful completion of a background investigation post offer.

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:
Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link:  http://www.co.washington.or.us/Support_Services/HR/Policies/HRPolicies/index.cfm

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses if applicable. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.

Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Selection Process:
1. An evaluation of training and experience will be performed by Human Resources. Review of applications will occur the week of June 7, 2021.
2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an in-depth evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after June 14, 2021 and may take about 2 weeks.
3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the SME evaluation step as soon as possible.

Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Veterans' Preference:
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' Preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: https://www.co.washington.or.us/Support_Services/HR/Employment/upload/Veterans-Preference-Documentation-07-30-2019.pdf

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or email at: hr@co.washington.or.us at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via e-mail. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" of e-mail notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment:
Yeji Seo, Talent Acquisition Business Partner

Additional Resources:
New to GovernmentJobs.com? Visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/home/applicationguide for a comprehensive, step-bystep
guide on the application process.
For technical support, contact Government Job’s Live Application Support at 855-524-5627.
*Washington County is a drug-free workplace*

To Apply: 

To find more information and apply,
visit: http://www.washcojobs.org

Date Posted: 
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Posting Expiration Date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021
Job Location Details: 
Hillsboro, OR

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