• Housing and Community Developer

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 1 month ago(5/11/2018 11:48 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    USD $22.50/Hr.
  • Overview

    Agency Overview:

    Catholic Housing Service of Western Washington (CHS) is committed to changing the systems which oppress, discriminate or otherwise cause human suffering. Joined by others, we work to end poverty and institutional racism, and build community assets.  One key piece in achieving this goal is housing and community development.  Within CHS, our Community Development Center focuses on the development of CHS properties and working with partner organizations and communities of concern to achieve their communities’ objectives. Following our mission, we serve low-income and homeless families, veterans and the most vulnerable among us. Through our Communities of Concern Initiative, we collaborate with communities of color and rural and impoverished communities to focus on local infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, relevant cultural and recreational development and building assets and opportunities in those communities.


    Position Overview:

    As a member of Community Development Center within CHS, the Housing Developer I is responsible for providing comprehensive logistical and operational planning and development of affordable housing projects that are designed to meet the housing and supportive services needs of low-income individuals or families.  At any given time, the Housing Developer I is responsible for up to three projects in various stages of development.  The Housing Developer I will work out of CHS’s Seattle office.


    This is a full time, benefitted position with generous paid time off.  Hourly rate of pay is $22.50 to $25.03/hour DOQ.


    With the support of and consultation with a Senior Housing Developer, the Housing Developer I will complete the following:


    Project Feasibility Analysis

    • Develop project concept including soliciting the appropriate organizational staff for data.
    • Assist in development of multi-million dollar capital budgets and operating pro formas that generate sufficient tax credit basis, appropriate debt service and create positive net operating income to meet project and agency’s objectives.
    • Prioritize and carry out complex preliminary due diligence including soft cost research, environmental analysis, specification analysis, market analysis, financial feasibility, and preparation of presentations.
    • Complete feasibility analysis; coordinating with internal staff and outside consultants to arrive at recommendations for successful projects.
    • Complete land acquisitions, including the preparation of purchase and sale agreements, option agreements, boundary line adjustments, lease agreements and required documentation for other land use approvals.
    • Manage survey and title review with attorneys to clear title prior to acquisition.
    • Negotiate real estate easements with property seller, neighbors, utility companies and local planning departments.
    • Utilize vendor procurement consistent with agency Legal Protocol and public funding requirements.
    • Oversee the coordination of the contract review process for the Community Development Center as outlined in the Legal Protocol.
    • Maintain accurate project files and prepares project status reports for the housing development team.
    • Represent CCSWW/CHSWW at neighborhood meetings, public meetings, land use hearings, etc.
    • Regularly communicate budget, schedule and decision points to Champions, clients and sponsors.
    • Assist in hiring and supervising any independent contractors providing development work including architecture, contractor, attorney, site consultants and specialized work such as construction management or economic modeling in accordance w/ applicable procurement guidelines.
    • Actively participate in discussions on future development projects.
    • Prepare and present ideas to agency staff and leadership for consideration in a consensus oriented environment.
    • Maintain relationships with public funders, tax credit investors and construction lenders.

    Project and Construction Management

    • Ensure compliance with Evergreen Sustainable Design Standards to ensure resident and staff safety, health and long term building sustainability.
    • Oversee the construction contract/bidding process.
    • Participate in value engineering activities to bring building scope into line with construction market pricing.
    • Manage the design process with architects including securing all land use and building permits.
    • Process and maintain accurate and functional filing system for all construction process documents including draws, pay applications, change orders, meeting minutes, etc.
    • Work with design and construction teams to ensure attention is given to special-user needs, project budget, timelines, and lender/investor requirements.

    Funding Source Development

    • Prepare and coordinate applications for state and federal resources, including housing grants and loans, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, rental assistance, and/or public services.
    • Work with finance and agency leadership to explain and understand loans, contracts and other legal documents related to housing development projects.
    • Work with equity investor and lender to communicate current agency financial position, project economics, land use status, project design, and operating model.
    • Negotiate project financing structure and terms between agency leadership, public funding sources, construction lender and equity investor’s operating agreement including negotiating the developer fee pay-in schedule, equity contribution installments, representations and warranties, for first right of refusal terms for $10-15 million transactions

    Project Close-out

    • Facilitate the preparation and completion of appropriate compliance reporting to city, county, state, federal and private funding partners.
    • Facilitate completion of necessary cost certifications with accounting staff and third-party consultants.
    • Archive project files.

    Serving Mission through Housing and Health

    • Work with Champions/case managers/community leaders to define needs of resident populations.
    • Lead site selection team and design teams to incorporate needs of resident populations.
    • Utilize best practices in serving resident populations in building design.
    • Collaborate with property managers and service providers to develop 15 year operating and service budgets.
    • Consider building life cycle for specific resident populations.
    • Advocate for communities of concern and reducing disproportionality in industry meetings and committees.
    • Lead the design, development and property management orientation process with sensitivity to residential health and environmental impacts.



    • Education or experience in Human Services, Land Use Planning, Real Estate/Finance, Construction Management, Architecture/Design, Engineering, Government Contracting.
    • Bachelor’s degree in one of the above disciplines or a combination of equivalent training and work experience.
    • Proficient in MS Word and Excel.
    • Excellent written and communication skills.
    • Ability to be self-motivated with a desire to learn. 
    • Quick learner/ability to problem solve by connecting information from previous projects and identifying industry resources.
    • Strong attention to detail with the ability to maintain organization and follow-through. 
    • Able to change frequently between tasks and maintain work quality.
    • Experience conducting research.
    • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
    • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
    • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
    • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.




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