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Director of Housing Stability

Portland, OR

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience

Published on 23 Jun 2021

Expires on 23 Jun 2021

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Director of Housing Stability


For 100 years, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (UWCW) has been working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our region. No matter the crises, we have always remained steadfast in our commitment to LIVE UNITED and take care of our community.

We are uniquely positioned in our region to bring people, community partners, foundations, businesses and government agencies together to build awareness of the challenges that poverty creates, focus on where the need is the greatest and scale what works to create sustainable impact.


The Director of Housing Stability will be at the center of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s (UWCW) new effort to address housing stability in our region. 

UWCW is committed to building more equitable and resilient communities through supportive housing services for families with the highest risk of being displaced and divert these families from becoming houseless. The Director will provide leadership and direction on matters of policy, equitable systems change, funding, research, and measurement. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and implement strategies for UWCW’s housing work.  This will include: identifying data and research, systems change pilots/projects, and advocacy in order to cultivate regional leadership around housing stability with a focus on BIPOC communities.
  • Lead ongoing community engagement process, including nonprofit partners, researchers, corporate leaders, and public sector partners to seek input/ideas for housing stability.
  • Work collaboratively across the Community Impact team to ensure alignment and integration of housing work with other strategies. 
  • Work collaboratively with Resource Development, Marketing & Communications and grant writing teams to articulate the value of this work and provide meaningful engagement opportunities for donors and community. 
  • Manage and build relationships with an array of stakeholders including policy makers, community members and non-profit leaders, funders, and government agencies. 

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities and skills. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Competencies and Required Skills

  • Must be able to prioritize work, meet specific deadlines, and make appropriate adjustments to changing circumstances as necessary. 
  • Must be able to transfer thoughts and ideas into concrete, coherent actions, while applying continuous quality improvement processes to evaluate outcomes. 
  • Must be a systems thinker, with the ability and drive to motivate systemic change for BIPOC communities.
  • Must have a strong racial equity lens and ability to navigate conversations on race as well as other factors driving social inequities.
  • Must have experience in housing systems, specifically from a non-profit, government, and/or philanthropic background.
  • Must have a strong understanding of the housing crisis in Oregon and current policies and systems.

Supervision and Working Relationships

  • This position reports to the Chief Impact Officer
  • United Way staff; funded partners; local, regional, and state government staff and leaders; regional foundation staff and leaders; and community and nonprofit leaders. 
  • Coordinates with all Community Impact staff members to foster ongoing, effective relationships with key community stakeholders across the region.
  • Supports Resource Development staff to engage and communicate about our community impact strategies effectively with donors. 


  • Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience and/or educational experience required.  Lived experience relevant to this role will also be considered. 
  • Experience in systems change, policy and advocacy, and program design.
  • Proven ability to develop, manage, and evaluate large-scale initiatives. 
  • Data driven with the proven ability to accurately manage and analyze data.
  • Working knowledge of Oregon housing policy and programs. 
  • Demonstrated experience in using an equity lens for funding and policy decisions.
  • Experience navigating and partnering with state and local governments. This includes working with local/state agencies on program development and implementation. 
  • Possesses strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to work with and manage groups of people/committees. 
  • Demonstrated success in project and/or initiative management, especially efforts involving diversity in stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated success in internal and external collaboration, inclusive problem-solving, and constructive team dynamics. 
  • Experience in grant-seeking, grant-making and managing operational budgets. Experience managing public funds preferred. 
  • Must be able to utilize creative strategies to engage stakeholders and maintain effective working relationship with key stakeholders. 

Technical Knowledge

  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is essential.
  • Experience with project management software.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.