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Director of Development

Full Time
Real Estate Field
  • Development
Postal Code
United States

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The Seattle Housing Authority, a nationally recognized leader in providing innovative, affordable housing communities, is seeking to fill the Director of Development position.  We offer a competitive salary, determined by experience, and benefits package.

The Role:

The role of the Director of Development is to plan, organize, control and direct the functions of the Development department provide leadership to assigned team members who manage project design, permitting, construction, financing, surplus land sales, and partnerships.  In partnership with the executive team, assure decent, safe and affordable housing to persons of low income; and secure funding and oversee neighborhood and housing development as well as major rehabilitation activities for the Authority. 

The Department:
The Development Department creates communities of opportunity in Seattle neighborhoods through development and implementation of neighborhood plans, integrating community facilities, parks and housing for all incomes. In four projects, the Development Department has master planned 330 acres of SHA property, resulting in more than 8,000 new homes. One of these, High Point, was awarded the ULI Global Award of Excellence.

The department's work is currently concentrated on Yesler, until recently an SHA-owned public housing development with 561 aging units. Today, Yesler is in the midst of transformation into a thriving urban, mixed-income community with up to 5,000 units of sustainable housing, parks and open spaces, community amenities, art and arts programming and enhanced transportation options. The Department is also embarking on redevelopment of sites in many areas of Seattle and major rehabilitation of existing properties.

Summary of Duties:
  • Provide executive leadership and direction to the Development Department through the formulation of department goals and objectives that help further SHA's mission and strategic plan.
  • Oversee the construction activities of the agency including activities related to the development, rehabilitation, and improvement of affordable housing. 
  • Oversee SHA housing development activities including the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) activities.
  • Identify and redevelop sites and secure financing for SHA development and rehabilitation projects.
  • Develop and monitor the department's annual budget.
  • Formulate new and creative approaches to SHA's housing development program including the development of partnerships with stakeholders, funding providers, developers, community partners and residents to increase presence and expand opportunities.
  • Advance the agency's Race and Social Justice efforts through individual and team work plans and activities.

The ideal candidate has Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Construction Management or Business Administration. Eight or more years of experience in housing development, construction project management, public housing, urban planning, or related field, including five years in a supervisory capacity.  *May substitute an additional four years of directly relevant experience for the required degree.

Job Functions

  • Finance
  • Community Development
  • Planning/Entitlement

Job Sector

Not specified



7+ to 10 years

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