JOB TITLE:                  Executive Director                                                           SALARY, EXEMPT 

DEPARTMENT:           Executive                                

REPORTS TO:             Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

SUPERVISES:              Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Asset Development, Director of Information Technology, and the Executive Services Manager


The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the Housing Authorities’ operations including administration, management, development, and financial control. Works with the Board of Commissioners and senior management team on the development of all policies affecting the housing authority including strategic initiatives, economic feasibility, sound business planning and management.




Model and ensure the highest standards of ethics, engagement and performance throughout the organization.

Offer leadership throughout Whatcom County on effective housing opportunities that are affordable to households and individuals of modest and lower incomes. Disseminate information on the continuum of housing needs, promote best practices, and advocate for effective public policies.

Enlist, support, and encourage Housing Authority Commissioners as representatives of and ambassadors to the community. Support the Board of Commissioners in fulfilling their legal and fiduciary responsibilities by providing information on agency operations and key issues. Provide orientation materials and training plans when on-boarding new Commissioners.

Support and lead the senior management team, including establishing agency priorities, developing organizational training plans, and reviewing policies and programs. Anticipate and be proactive to meet the demands of the changing landscape.

 Strategic Planning and Annual Operations

  • Implement the Housing Authority’s Strategic Business Plan, engaging Commissioners, managers, staff, community partners and constituents.
  • Monitor the Plan’s goals, objectives, and metrics to ensure that the organization achieves its mission and is making consistent and timely progress. Provide leadership in developing course adjustments and updating the Plan.
  • In collaboration with management and staff, develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; understand the organization’s strengths and weaknesses; analyze market trends, identify external threats and opportunities; adapt strategy to changing conditions.

 Financial Management, Human Resources and Administrative

  • Maximize human resources; ensure the effective supervision, guidance, development and evaluation of all staff, and a work environment that results in positive morale and employee retention.
  • Directs resource development and fiscal strategy for the organization to ensure sufficient resources are secured to support core lines of business.
  • In collaboration and coordination with the Commissioners and senior management, develop and implement a fundraising plan to support the organization’s operations, seeking support from community partners and individuals.
  • Advocate for funding and policy initiatives related to the organization at the local, State, and Federal level.

 Relationship Building & Community Development

  • Represent the Authorities and its programs to local governments, current and potential partners, and the general public.
  • Encourage and cultivate public and private partnerships. Engage the business, investment, philanthropic, and development communities.
  • Public speaking in public policy advocacy that supports the organization’s mission and promotes the interests of affordable housing in low income and under-served populations.



This position functions primarily in an office environment.  Work outside the office includes numerous meetings throughout the community, occasional visits to housing construction sites and other properties of the Housing Authority.  Incumbents must be able to effectively utilize computers and related software, computer printers, photocopier, and telephone (hand and cell).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret, and apply state, federal and local regulations, including extensive knowledge of housing programs, laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability in formulating policies, developing and administering budgets, negotiating and administering contracts, formulating program plans with goals and objectives, preparing and presenting reports and budgets and conducting effective community and public relations.
  • Strong decision-making skills, organizational and time management, delegation, and follow-up skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement strategic plan objectives and the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Mission driven leader with strong and effective leadership and supervisory skills; demonstrated ability to collaboratively set goals, provide direction, ensure accountability and motivate others to achieve and overcome barriers.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, maintain and inspire others to buy into the vision of a growing collaborative organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess opportunities and mitigate strategic risks, while monitoring progress and making timely course corrections.
  • Demonstrated track record of fundraising.
  • Skill and ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, clients, partners and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability working with policymakers and government agencies to educate and influence policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a comfort with public speaking.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of construction techniques and practices.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, public administration, management or related field is required.
  • Ten years of experience working with affordable housing programs, with five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience required.
  • Demonstrated success leading an organization and motivating others within a fast-paced constantly-changing work environment.

Licenses or Certificates

Valid Washington State Driver's License (within 30 days of employment) and an acceptable driving record (according to the organization’s standards).


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.


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